As originally published in Wheaton Suburban Life Thursday, April 12, 2018

Martin Memorial Plaza to be relocated as part of construction

WHEATON – The revitalization of downtown Wheaton continues as officials on April 6 broke ground on a multimillion-dollar streetscape project that will create a new look for Front Street, including new street lamps, benches, trees and planters, wider sidewalks and a relocated Martin Memorial Plaza.

As a downtown business owner, Donna Hesik is excited about the project. She owns Suzette’s Creperie at 211 W. Front St.”I just think it’s going to beautify [the downtown] amazingly and make it more accessible to the shoppers,” said Hesik, who also is president of the Downtown Wheaton Association Board of Directors. “The sidewalks are going to be handicapped accessible, so that will be helpful, and the sidewalks also will be wider. As a restaurant, that means I will probably be able to have more tables out for outdoor dining.”

Association Executive Director Paula Barrington said she is looking forward to Martin Memorial Plaza being relocated to the north side of Front Street from its current spot at the southwest corner of Front and Main streets. The relocated plaza will feature cafe seating, a community fireplace, a decorative fountain and planters.

“That new plaza will be even more of a magnet for people to gather and relax and enjoy the downtown,” Barrington said.