County gives update on courthouse paving project

The parking lot under construction.

Coffee County Assistant Engineer Michael Walters gave an update on the progress of the Enterprise courthouse parking lot project.

Walters said that the county hopes to have the project competed sometime in September.

“We initially thought maybe August, but with scheduling and everything it looks like that sometime in September we’ll be able to get 90-100 percent done on that project,” Walters said. “That’s our goal right now but as in any construction project, you worry about weather and other elements that can go into affect and push that timeline back.”

Walters said the new parking lot at the corner of Edwards and Grubs Street should add about 40-50 new parking spaces. He said that the extra spaces will help the “parking situation” the courthouse currently suffers

“We desperately need it,” Walters said. “Our parking situation on court days is less than adequate.”

 He said the parking lot will also benefit downtown Enterprise.

“If anybody’s been out there shopping at all the shops they (the City of Enterprise) have downtown, they know that it desperately needs some parking,” Walters said. “Just anytime they have anything (in) downtown (Enterprise)—because of how active and how much growth they’ve experience in downtown Enterprise—parking has become a premium.”

The project started when the City of Enterprise agreed to buy 24 acres of land near the county health department on Salem Road for $150,000 to be paid over three years in agreement that those funds would be used to fund the project. Walters said the expected total investment is between $225,000 and $250,000.

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