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Panhandle Icons to Get Facelifts

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

CANYON---Big money will help restore Panhandle icons in Canyon. Canyon's Business and Community Development Department will spend $145,000 to help fund two major projects in town.

$115,000 will go towards restoring the first floor of the old Palace Hotel , also known as the Smith building.  It's located downtown in the courthouse square. The 101-year-old building has been vacant for four years. Now,  the renovated space will be available for retailers to lease.

"One thing that leads to the vitality and economic look of a town is not having vacant building." Evelyn Ecker, executive director of the Business and Community Development Department tells NewsChannel 10.

The future space has others in the Courthouse Square also weighing in with positive feedback.

" I think every business that moves in helps promote the rest of the businesses." said The Cake Shop manager, Janis Sluder.  She has worked in the downtown area for years.  Although the bakery does well financially, the company is excited new clients could be visiting the area.

We're always so excited to bring in more businesses on the square.  It brings people to our location and it also makes it very visible to the changes that we are making here." Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Malcolm says.

$30,000 dollars will also go towards helping to breathe new life into the iconic cowboy Tex Randall. Next month, the city will knock down a nearby condemned building.  It's in place will stand a Canyon Tourist and Information Center.

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