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Business park more than 50 percent complete

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — The Narrows Business and Technology Park is more than 50 percent complete, even after an unexpected $22,000 change order to the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation project.

The change order removed another foot of soil from the future Charles Tillman Way, which will run through the park and connect Robert Griffin III Boulevard to Constitution Drive.

The unplanned work brings the cost of developing the land to $1.58 million.

“This will increase the bill,” said Polo Enriquez, the corporation’s executive director. But it won’t delay the project.

While the project is not yet 50 percent billed, the development is more than half finished, said Otto Wiederhold, with Walker Partners and the project’s engineer.

“Roughly 90 percent of the sanitary sewer is done,” Wiederhold said. “All (water) lines have been laid on Griffin.”

The project, which will be a 72-acre business park, still needs some storm drainage work and water lines along Charles Tillman Way, Wiederhold said.

Once those are completed, the project will start advancing a lot faster, he said.

The project may not look like it’s moving forward because most of the work has been underground, Enriquez told the corporation’s board. Cove EDC also is trying to retain as much of the natural vegetation as possible, so the park can keep some of the area’s natural beauty.

Not uprooting area trees has drawn a number of inquiries from residents about the “seeming” lack of progress.

“We have taken measures to preserve as much vegetation as possible,” Enriquez said. “Right now, we have taken out only what has been needed.”

At 10 a.m. April 11, the project will be ready enough to hold a street dedication for Charles Tillman Way, where the Chicago Bears cornerback, a former Copperas Cove Bulldawg star, will be present.

The corporation also tentatively has organized focus group sessions about what residents want in the business park, scheduled in June.

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