Business and community leaders gathered in downtown Midland Tuesday, April 30 for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking completion of a $7.2 million project that rebuilt seven blocks along Main while refurbishing the area’s streetscape.

Midland Community Affairs Director Selina Tisdale says new amenities include curbless streets which can be quickly blocked off for festivals or other events, plus fireplaces and chairs at street corners for people to sit and talk.

The financial support from the Gerstacker and Strosacker foundations, plus the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation generated over $66 million in combined public and private investments, filling existing storefronts and spaces, plus spurring new development.