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story.lead_photo.caption Photo by Les Minor / Texarkana Gazette.

Chris Lorquet, left, and Austin Hale of Integrity Electoral work Monday afternoon hanging outdoor lighting across Kress Gap at 116 W. Broad St. in downtown Texarkana.

The lights are the newest enhancement added by the city, along with the murals being painted on the east-facing wall. The lights criss-cross the area — which also serves as parking spaces — from the alley to Broad Street.

"They'll be on every night, and we wanted to install them to add ambiance to the space, added security, and so everyone could enjoy the murals after dark," said city spokes woman Lisa Thompson.  Kress Gap gets its name from the Kress and Co. department store that once thrived at the location.

It was torn down in 2017 by the city after accepting it as a donation in 2009 with hopes it could be saved. Texas-side officials eventually determined the cost of restoring it was prohibitive.          

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