MIDLOTHIAN

The west entrance into downtown Midlothian was beautified with three medians and Texas native landscapes. The community-led project was recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting.

The project was conceived and initially funded by a group of Midlothian business leaders seeking to accelerate high impact community initiatives through business-led partnerships with the city, local nonprofits and other organizations. Together they collaborated with Keep Midlothian Beautiful, the Midlothian Community Development Corporation and the City of Midlothian to complete the beautification project.

The business leaders who either donated individually or secured donations through their companies for the Main Street beautification project were Justin Crocker with Earthtones Greenery, Tami and Richard Reno with Omega and Woodrows, Bridget Flaherty with Methodist Hospitals, Stephen Hidlebaugh with Leasing Impressions and Founders Row, Jamie Wickliffe with The Wickliffe Team, Melissa Pegram, Cathy Altman, Danny Rodgers with Citizens National Bank, Duke Burge with Computer Solutions, Derek Gove, Enrique Stohaus and Trey Austin with The TED Group, Eric Walker with Fuzzy’s Tacos, Annie Fairchild and Sharon Price with A Fairchild, PC and Steve Rose with Paragon Payroll.

All parties that were involved joined on Monday, Aug. 13 for a classic ribbon cutting to debut the charming street.

Earthtone Greenery played a significant role as they put in the labor into the landscape of the three medians, located on West Main Street. Director of operations for Earthtone Greenery, Kevin Klein, described the plant and trees that were arranged on the medians.

When planning, a few aspects were crucial to meet. First, the landscape had to be visible, so that meant no busy, bulky trees or bushes. Also, the plants had to be native to Texas. And lastly, Klein wanted to ensure the project would be easy maintenance.

The medians are comprised of Bermuda grass and live oaks with red oaks and bur oaks planted along the way. The end caps include river rock from central Texas and red yuccas and peach drip roses, salvia and lantana plants, “Which are extremely hardy to the area. We are going to have really good color popping during the year, but it’s also is going to be very low maintenance for the city,” Klein relayed.

“It’s beautiful. It’s a lovely drive into town. It’s a great example of collaboration and people coming together and making something happen,” said Altman, who also serves as chairperson for the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

Brad Barnes, the Midlothian director of Parks and Recreation, shared how the city helped develop the project and suggested the addition of the curb. The 4B, which is also a branch of the city, played a role as well by funding the construction of the curbing.

“The city helped with a lot of coordination, especially to get the TxDOT coordination. We also helped oversee the construction side of the project and helped cover some of the cost for the sod and some soil,” Barnes explained.

“It was really a group community project,” he added.

Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston had the honor of cutting the ribbon. He said, “We are doing everything we can in little steps to make the city look better and make the gateways first look better. And when you get citizen involvement, it’s so much better.”

He then recalled the days of when the road was only two lanes, and the city was less than 9,000 people. The road is day and night compared to 2001.

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