Lubbock one step closer to the downtown revitalization project - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/24/10

Lubbock one step closer to the downtown revitalization project

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Downtown Lubbock is one step closer to getting a makeover, above ground. The City says potential businesses looking to move to Lubbock want the mess of utility wires in the ground.

At the City Council meeting on Thursday morning, the Mayor approved a federal grant that brings Lubbock one step closer to clearer skies. They voted to accept a $1.5 million federal grant to help downtown development. The Economic Development Agency approves grants for cities looking to revitalize their downtown areas. "$1.5 million grant that we received from the Department of Commerce adds to that pot of money and effectively gives us about $9 million to proceed," says Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin.

Work can't officially begin until LP&L takes all of Xcel's assets, which could take place in October. If all goes to plan, Master Developer Delbert McDougal hopes to start digging trenches in 2011. Current businesses downtown are excited about the potential.

"It'll look much better, it will allow for future growth. A lot of other communities have developed their downtown area and this will allow us to take a giant step towards really developing this downtown area," says Cardinal's General Manager Brad Wyatt.

The Mayor said in addition to making the city look better, burying the lines will help prevent natural disasters from cutting off service. "Being able to put those underground it will help the aesthetics. It will particularly help when you have high winds or falling debris or something of that nature, you wont have the disruption of the electric service that you have with overhead lines."

The construction may not begin until mid 2011, but accepting this grant was another step forward for redeveloping downtown.

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