Staff video by Albert Villegas

The sod placement on Elm Street across from Riverfront Park is part of the overall strategy of downtown revitalization, Wharton Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Joshua Owens said.

Wharton EDC is actively seeking a retail establishment or restaurant that could utilize the outdoor space as part of redeveloping the law office at 135 West Burleson Street.

"In the interim, we are examining creative ways to activate the space, as we want a lively downtown retail environment," Owens said.

The sod placement project was led by Wharton’s business community, specifically Richard Lockley, of Wharton Feed and Supply. He coordinated donations from local sod farmers and labor from Victory in Jesus.

The land is .53 acres.

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