Post Number: 8
|Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 10:00 am: |
As a nearby resident, I received and reviewed info from the Corps of Engnineers regarding the proposed Grand Park ... Couple of questions - 1) Has funding for the park been finalized and a proposed date to begin / complete the project been established? (did not see in the report); 2) It appears much of the mixed use development will front the east side of Legacy Drive where there are currently large power lines running ... These seem inconsistent with the esthetics of the development ... Are there any plans to address this?
Perry Harts, Senior IT Strategic Planner
Post Number: 63
|Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 04:31 pm: |
The timing of the project is somewhat dependent on when we can receive permits from the USACE as well as TCEQ. These are very lengthy process and can take between 12 and 24 months. We are early in the process with the Corps so we are using 18 months for a place holder in our schedule. That would put starting phase one around the second quarter of 2010 and it is anticipated that construction will take approximately 18-22 months. Again, we are very early in the process so we are not very specific at this point. At this point, it is anticipated that the Park will take several phases and funding has not been allocated for future phases so I am not sure when the whole park will be constructed.
We have struggled with the power line issue. Due to several factors the majority of the park improvements seem to work better on the east side with the mixed use development on the west side. I am not sure how you hide those power lines. At present you can see them for a mile or better. There is the thought that if you place some taller building near them it will start to hide that view and they will become less noticeable from a distance. Yes you will still see them from the buildings but the hope is that the “Front” door of the buildings will be located looking into the park. If you place the mixed use development on the east and the park on the west they would be in plain site just as they are today.
Parks Planning and Business Development Manager