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Barrio renovation project moving forward

 Efforts are underway to improve one of Amarillo’s oldest neighborhoods. The Barrio dates back to 1889. 

A group of local citizens within the neighborhood are volunteering to make a number of improvements once more funding is secured. This comes after voters approved a bond election in 2016 providing $600,000 for enhancements.

“The great thing about the Barrio Neighborhood is that it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in our city,” said Mary Bralley, V.P. of Los Barrios de Amarillo.

A neighborhood rich in history is showing its age. In need of more than $2 million dollars, the Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee is looking at grant funding and fundraisers to help cover the cost of a $3 million dollar project to give S.E. 10th Avenue a new and improved look from Garfield Street to Ross-Osage covering 950 acres in different places.

“We’ve entered our 501c3 application last week so we want to become a non-profit by next year,” said Teresa Kenedy, President of Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee.

Since August of 2018, Kenedy has served as the President of the Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee. She tells ABC 7 News the idea to put up Street Toppers gives the Barrio more visibility. An estimated 6,000 people live in the Barrio, which is helping to drive an effort to refurbish it.

“We’ve seen a lot of improvements to our downtown area. Well, we’re right next to downtown so whenever you leave Center City we want you to go into another beautiful neighborhood,” said Bralley. “It’s really important all of our neighborhoods look beautiful and welcoming to those outside the community as well as inside the community.”

“It’s our way of welcoming people, residents, the citizens and the other guests to our city, to our neighborhoods,” said Kenedy. “We want to do that the minute

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Town moving forward on bathrooms at football stadium

9/23/2020

The Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex behind North Smithfield Middle School is the expected location of a new concession stand and bathroom facility negotiated as part of the Green Development solar project. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A proposed concession stand and bathroom facility that was negotiated as part of the Green Development solar farm is now in the design stages and could begin construction later this year, according to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski.

Ezovski briefed members of the Town Council on the status of the estimated $275,000 project on Monday. According to the administrator, the solar company has begun the permitting and design process for the facility and hopes to begin construction in the coming months.

“There should be a plan coming to us in the next few weeks with ambition that a shovel will be able to get in the ground in the next two months or so,” he said.

The two-part facility was proposed last year as one of the benefits to the town included in the development agreement for the 38.4-megawatt solar farm currently going up on Iron Mine Hill Road. Former Town Council President John Beauregard played a role in negotiating for the facility, which comes in lieu of a one-time payment by the developer.

Ezovski said on Monday the developer has contacted him to request data about the property’s septic system that the town has been collecting for several years. The current plan, he said, is to hook up the new facility to the existing septic system at the middle school.

“As many people will recall, the opportunity to install a separate system … is something that is just not feasible,” he said. “The space just isn’t available, so what we have identified, or has been identified, is the potential

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