Winter and early spring will bring a flurry of important activity around City Hall and other parts of Downtown Garland.
Construction on the new parking garage behind City Hall is moving quickly. State Street is closed to through traffic from Third Street to Fifth Street and will remain closed until the completion of the City Center development. The parking garage is expected to be open for use in early 2015.
In March, the Landmark Historical Society will move its materials and offices back into the Landmark Museum, now located at Walnut and Fifth Streets, in front of the Central Library. An official reopening will be scheduled in late spring or early summer. The new Sixth Street extension that opens onto Walnut Street is scheduled to open to traffic in the second quarter of 2014.
Also in the second quarter, the municipal annex on Fifth Street across from City Hall and the old municipal building on State and Fifth Streets, which had previously housed Garland Power & Light offices, will be demolished. The municipal annex site will be prepared for construction of a portion of the City Center project. The other site will be cleared and prepared for future uses, yet to be determined.
Work on planned City Hall improvements will begin in the second quarter and are expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2015. Those improvements include exterior and lobby renovations, additions to the CGTV studio and office area, building code and safety updates.
Planned improvements for the Central Library parking lot and lighting system are on hold pending City Council’s decision regarding the final location for the Pace and Lyles Houses. City Council plans to resume those discussion after the approval of the 2014 Capital Improvement Plan budget.
For projects updates and other details, visit Garlandtx.gov and click on the “Downtown Redevelopment” button.