TIRZ Board moves forward with pocket park
A pocket park to dress up an eyesore on one of the city’s most visible corners is a step closer to reality after Thursday’s meeting of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Board.
The board voted unanimously to move forward on the project, including a $19,000 payment to Lubbock-based firm Kimley Horn for architecture plans and design work to create the public pocket park at the northwest corner of 6th and Main.
Kimley Horn engineer Kerry Miller was on hand to review plans and get input from board members, who offered several suggestions.
In the end, Miller was instructed to continue the design work with an emphasis on highlighting Terry County’s official designation as the Grape Capital of Texas.
“A huge number of people with disposable income drive right by there every day on their way to Ruidoso,” said board member Leon Pope. “I can’t think of a bigger or better billboard than a nice looking facility that proclaimed our status as the Grape Capital.”
The board agreed with the idea and encouraged Miller to incorporate it into the design, along with more greenery and trees than the original plans showed.
The artist rendering shows a stage, benches, tables, string lighting and room for a food truck to park on the site.
Miller said he would return to the next meeting with revised plans and a timeline for construction.
The full board was present for the meeting to include Brian Brisendine, Leon Pope, Brian Paiva, Jerry Gonzales, and Tom Hesse.
Article Courtesy of the Brownfield News