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      Revitalization of downtown Florence full speed ahead

      Construction is booming in downtown Florence. The city is undergoing a major revitalization of the area.

      Hotel Florence is just about finished.

      The 53-room boutique hotel on West Evans Street includes Victor's Bistro restaurant.

      The city approved tax credits to help attract the $5.3 million hotel.

      Florence City Manager Drew Griffin calls it the first key, private project as part of the redevelopment of downtown Florence.

      Griffin says the hotel is expected to open at the end of this month.

      Construction is moving right along on the Florence Museum.

      It's being built at the corner of West Cheves and Dargan Street.

      The new museum is expected to open in early 2014.

      An 11,000 square-foot building under construction on North Dargan Street will be home to a business incubator that will house six businesses, according to city leaders.

      It's expected to be open by fall.

      The streets of downtown Florence are being resurfaced and the city has invested in better lighting.

      The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center and the Florence Little Theater are already bringing lots of attention to the downtown area.

      The city is planning a grand opening of its Renaissance Dining Courtyard at the 100 block of South Dargan Street on May 15 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

      City leaders say the face of downtown Florence will be vastly different in the next few months.

      They hope to capitalize on bring tourism to the downtown by way of Interstates 95 and 20.

      The city hopes travelers will visit a downtown that's historic, quaint and filled with character.