John O’Sullivan Jr. and his father strung green lights from a hydraulic lift on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Erwin Street Thursday.
As city workers did the same to trees and landscapes on T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza adjacent them, the two businessmen who own multiple downtown properties, worked on a prototype for a plan hatched by Tyler Main Street.
The O’Sullivans will drape 7,000 green and red LED Christmas lights on the front and side façade. It’s the most visible building in relation to the annual Christmas parade in early December, the senior O’Sullivan said.
Tyler Main Street Director Beverly Able said the corner property would be the first of hopefully many and eventually all of the downtown buildings to participate in stringing Christmas lights on a large and very bright scale.
The idea is based on a program by the Big Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, Michigan, where buildings are completely covered in lights throughout the holiday season.
“We think there will be buy-in from businesses and building owners if they see what we’re talking about,” Mrs. Able said. “It’s really incredible.”