By Dedra Cordle
The village of Urbancrest could see new recreational developments in its future.
At the Dec. 3 meeting, village council approved a design study that would determine the feasibility of additional shelter houses at select locations throughout the community.
According to Randy Bogue, chairman of Urbancrest’s planning committee, they are looking to develop green space near the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA and the southwest side of the village.
The preliminary plan calls for the construction of an enclosed shelter house located at the Martin Luther King Park and an open shelter house near John A. Cooley Drive and Fourth Avenue. This new park would be called Veteran’s Memorial Community Park.
Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. said having an enclosed shelter house in the village would have a positive impact on the community as it could be used to hold events such as weddings and other celebrations.
The preliminary plan also calls for the installation of a tennis court at the Martin Luther King Park.
In addition to the green space, the design study – which was awarded to the neighborhood design center – would determine the costs and logistics of building a garage to hold vehicles and equipment for the village’s street department. The land next to the former municipal building on Central Avenue is being looked at to house the garage.
The study will also determine the feasibility of additional parking spaces in the YMCA parking lot and at the Mayor’s Park Pavilion on Augustus Drive.
If the design study were to be approved, the project would be broken into phases based on priority. According to Barnes, the first priority would be to construct a garage for the street department, followed by additional parking spaces and then the shelter houses.
Because the design study is in its infancy, the total cost of the proposed projects has not been determined, but it will cost the village $2,000 for the design study.
Bogue said the neighborhood design center (which designed the new municipal complex) has a quick turnaround so the designing phase should not take too long to complete.