It's not a secret anymore, the $26 million McDougal project has an official name. The redevelopment area will be renamed 'Overton Park,' in memory of it's founder- the late Dr. MC Overton. "The Centre sounded good, but Overton park sounds much better," says Overton's daughter, Ruth Overton Carlock. "I think it keeps the integrity of the Overton family that started this as a super project in 1907 to revitalize it to what their expectations were then and back to where it will be know," says Delbert McDougal, President of McDougal Companies.
The Overton Park master plan includes a two block, four story complex of upscale apartments and retail shopping, complete with two courtyards and a pool. "If you look at a facility of that nature, with high security and all the parking inside, certainly it's a compliment to what students and parents are looking for," says McDougal. The complex, known as 'The Centre of Overton Park' will be located on the yet-to-be built avenue Y, between 8th and 10th street.
You still have to use your imagination but let's say, you live on the east side of the complex, you'll have a view of downtown Lubbock, and if you're on the west side, you can look out your window and see the Texas Tech campus. "To bring this all together really brings a new era to Lubbock because it gives you an opportunity to have new businesses and new shops in the northwest side of town," says McDougal.
A transformation that's some say is long overdue. "What has become a depressed area is appropriately going to be a top notch one," says Overton's daughter, Nat Overton West. The four-story project is expected to get under way in January and will take about a year and a half to complete.