Washington leaders welcome new store owners to Main Street, hope to revitalize downtown

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Leaders in Washington, Pennsylvania welcome new store owners to Main Street on Monday with the hope that these new shops will help revitalize the downtown.

“There are a lot of things to look forward to and be excited about,” said Main Street manager Shana Brown.

Brown said she and other leaders climbed a number of hurdles in order to get several buildings demolished at the corner of Main Street and Chestnut.

“Obviously it’s been a long time coming for some of these buildings. It took a herculean effort on some parts,” she said.

The buildings were a dangerous eyesore for years before they started coming down.

The idea, city leaders said, is to entice people to come back to Washington, do some shopping, grab a bite to eat and get to the area.