34th Street Association and Go 34th PAC ask for support in bond election - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/09

34th Street Association and Go 34th PAC ask for support in bond election

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday was the 1st day of early voting, and about 700 people cast their ballots. The 34th Street Association hopes voters said yes to all four bond proposals on the ballot, especially, but one in particular stands out to those who own businesses on 34th Street like Andy Turner. "We've worked very hard and very diligently to come up with a plan that would not only repair the infrastructure of this street, but incorporate the vision we have in the manner of streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, signage, street scaping, and safety," said Turner. 

Proposition 1 accounts for $43 million of the $60.8 million bond package. It would go towards street improvements, many on 34th Street. Business owners in this area say the street conditions are so bad they think it deters people from doing business there. They hope better streets will mean better business. "Right now when you drive down 34th Street your car takes a tremendous punishment," said Turner. 

Turner started working on a plan for 34th Street improvements about five years ago, and he says it's about time the city spends the money to fix the street. "When the city went back to look to see when the last bond money was spent on 34th they went back to 1950 and they stopped because they hadn't found any bond money spent on 34th street," he said. 

The group hopes voters will approve the bonds despite the tough economy. "You can look at it two ways. You can look at it with the down economy now is not the time, or you can take advantage of the facts. Right now construction costs are coming in anywhere from 50-60% of what they were estimated," said 34th Street Association President Kevin Watson. 

Other bond proposals include proposition 2 which sets aside $7.5 million to build three new fire stations in Southwest Lubbock. Proposition 3 is for $1.2 million to build splash pads in parks across the city, and Proposition 4 allocates $9 million to develop a 90 acre, 53 field soccer complex.

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