New rec facilities, city parking lot move forward in Enterprise

Enterprise City Engineer and Director of Public Works

The city’s new recreation center and soccer complex, more parking for downtown Enterprise and renovations to city hall are all projects moving forward.

City of Enterprise Engineer and Director of Public Works Barry Mott gave a multi-project progress update to those attending the Enterprise City Council meeting Oct. 5.

As a move forward towards construction of a new recreation facility to replace the 61-year-old structure on East Lee Street, the Enterprise Parks and Recreation staff has moved out of the M.N. “Jug” Brown Community Center.

The comprehensive plans include the demolition of the Jug Brown building, with construction of a new building that will house the headquarters and provide space for other activities still in the development stage, along with plans for an outdoor swimming pool at the site.

Mott said an environmental study of any asbestos or lead paint in the old facility is complete and that he is awaiting results. A date for demolition of the old building will depend upon the results of the environmental study, he said. Plans are to open bids on the new building on May 28, 2022. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter and should be complete by July, 20, 2023.

Plans are also under way to renovate Peavy Park and develop 25 acres of land which was deeded to the city by Enterprise State Community College. The land is located adjacent to the city’s Peavy Park and ESCC’s main campus area. Both Peavy and the additional property will become a multi-sports complex with soccer fields, walking and biking trails, restrooms, playground, volleyball courts and disc golf. “We are working with the consultant on doing wetland delineation,” Mott said.

The city and ESCC are also working together to restore the old college indoor swimming pool for use by the college and the public. Mott said that the community college is expecting the result of the building and HVAC analysis within days. “If the building and HVAC reports are good, we will move forward on that project,” Mott said.

Mott also gave the council an update on the parking lot being constructed between Easy Street and East Lee Street downtown. He said the project is “still on track” to be completed by the end of November.

All the grading work is done, he said, adding that the issue of the type of lighting needs to be addressed by the council. Having previously asked the council to consider using decorative lights and poles to match those in place already along Main Street, Mott told the council that plans are to have three street lights down Easy Street, three down Lee Street and one on Edwards Street. At a price of $4,700 each, the nearly $33,000 will bring the parking lot project over the original budget. “But it you want to move forward with it, it would be a definite enhancement,” he told the council.

Mott said that he met with Alabama Power representatives to discuss the lighting for the parking lot itself which will consist of two 40-foot tall bronze aluminum poles, one with two heads and one with three, for a cost of $270 a month which includes installation, power and maintenance. The additional head will provide lighting for the proposed mural to be painted on the back wall of the Yancey Parker Building that faces the parking lot.

In an updated report of the plans to renovate the city hall, Mott said that a bid opening of Jan. 20, 2022 is set and construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter. Built in 1968, the existing city hall still has many of the original elements and support systems. Most building projects are designed for a 50- year life cycle, Mott told the council previously. The renovation program will include a rehab of the external façade building, a new roof, replacement of all mechanical, electrical, lighting and air conditioners and offices.

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Oct. 19 in the council chambers at Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. A voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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