• November 22, 2014

Killeen begins phase 2 design for downtown project

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council authorized the city to enter into a professional services agreement to get the design of phase two of the downtown improvement project underway.

The council unanimously approved a professional services agreement with Walker Partners LLC at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The first phase of the downtown revitalization project stopped on Avenue D just east of Eighth Street; phase two will pick up where it left off and continue the improvements down Avenue D to the intersection of 10th Street.

The continuation of the revitalization project is part of a performance agreement between the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, the city and Solix — a company based in Parsippany, N.J., that operates a 175-person call center operation at 402 E. Avenue D.

Yong Cho, owner of Yong’s Beauty Supply at the corner of 10th Street and Avenue D, said she’s pleased the city is continuing the streetscaping project.

“It’s pretty and more comfortable. It’s better looking and makes downtown look better,” she said. “It might bring people downtown.”

Scott Osburn, city public works director, said as part of the agreement, the Killeen EDC will fund $300,000 of phase two of the revitalization project. He said phase two also will address drainage issues.

“Significant improvements are proposed to correct existing drainage on 10th Street from north of (the railroad tracks) to the intersection of Avenue D and 10th Street,” he said. “The existing storm sewer on Avenue D and 10th Street lacks the capacity to convey the existing drainage to Nolan Creek.”

The agreement allows the city to execute the agreement for the design of drainage work and the downtown improvements, which include pavement reconstruction, decorative lighting and landscaping. The agreement for the design of phase two has a $220,510 price tag.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the estimated cost of the project is $1.6 million, which includes the $300,000 contributed by the Killeen EDC. The project is expected to begin later this year and be complete by summer 2015.

Solix did not respond to a request for comment.

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