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Work On Grays Building Continues At Fast Pace

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Zoom Meeting Scheduled This Evening To Discuss Pacific Park Survey Results, Next Steps In Park Improvement Project

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Progress on the Grays Building in Pacific Park continues at a smart pace. Today, glazers install glass while masons erect brick veneers on the east end of the building. Inside the building workers tape and bed the sheetrock, according to Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell.

A little over a week ago, a crew began affixing roofing to the steel frame. During February and into March framing and plumbing top-out were finished. Electrical rough-in was nearly complete, and HVAC was being installed March 2.

The building is part of the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan adopted by the city in 2019. An emphasis of the plan was to design and develop a Pacific Park Site Specific Master Plan, created based on input from community members during a design charrette.

Voters in November 2019 approved a proposition allowing up to $200,000 of EDC sales and use tax funding to be used annually for up to 20 years by the city’s parks department to repay $3 million worth of bonds which will fund qualified 4B projects, including the new Grays Building and renovated playground and grounds in Pacific Park as well as a new Senior Citizens Center. In August 2020, the city was approved for a $750,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant for improvements to the grounds at Pacific Park.

With the new Grays Building progressing so well, the City of Sulphur Springs is concentrating focus more toward the redesign and upgrade of the actual park area. Community members were asked recently to complete an online survey on the City’s website to weigh in on finishing touches for the park area, including choice of a new playground, uses for a pavilion, additional desired amenities and any other feedback residents wish to relay. A Zoom meeting is scheduled at 5:30 this evening (March 29) to discuss the results and presentation on the next steps moving forward.

Construction drawings for the new Senior Citizens Center were last reported by Maxwell as still being prepared by REES Associates. Tandem Consulting has been hired to oversee the construction of the activity center for adults ages 50 and older, as is the case with the Grays Building.

Author: Faith Huffman

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