Pocket Park to become reality soon

Brownfield’s downtown will get a much-needed face lift in the coming months, with a long vacant lot being transformed into an attractive and usable pocket park. 

 The Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board — a temporary taxing entity with the sole purpose of improving the courthouse square — completed its purchase land this week for the park.

The TIRZ board closed on the property recently and finalize plans with architects on how to dress up the northwest corner of 6th and Main streets.

Lubbock engineering firm Kimley Horn has developed plans for the pocket park and engineer Sean Cudnoski was on hand to review schematics and get input from board members, who offered several suggestions.

The longtime eyesore will soon be a source of pride for businesses on the square and the community as a whole.

A rendering of the project shows a stage, benches, tables, string lighting and room for a food truck to park on the site.

A handicap accessibility ramp and rails installed by TxDOT will be removed because the grade for the park will be lowered to curb level angling toward the street at the corner.

The current slab covering the lot will be removed in the process, replaced with new stamped concrete areas.

A decorative light pole also will be placed on the corner and the string lights will glow from dusk to dawn, year-round.

The vacant corner has been the main focus of the TIRZ board since it was formed a year ago.

However, work has been delayed while the land purchase was negotiated.  The lot was purchased from a local individual for $10,000.

The project carries an estimated price tag of $175,000, which will be generated by the Tax Increment Financing Zone approved by local taxing entities several years ago.

Five local citizens were appointed to lead the TIF Zone, to include Mayor Tom Hesse, council members Leon Pope and Geronimo Gonzales, BISD Maintenance director Brian Paiva and Brownfield News Editor Brian Brisendine, who was elected Chairman of the Board.

A TIF Zone is a reinvestment zone that allows for a way to generate funds to improve infrastructure or a blighted area to induce growth within a city.

Article Courtesy of Brownfield News

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