Jeff Griffith Talks Citizens Tower Repairs, Downtown Redevelopment, & Police Substation Progress
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Lubbock City Councilman Jeff Griffith joined Dave and Matt to talk about last night's city council meeting, the repairs on the flooding at Citizens Tower, the proposed park and downtown redevelopment, McDougal, the Citizens Traffic Commission, police substation construction, LP&L & ERCOT, and more.
The conversation started when Griffith was asked if the city has a final bill on the repairs to Citizen's Tower damaged by the flooding. Griffith said that they do not, but they have a close estimate, and have just approved funding for $2.8 million worth of repairs. As for the final bill, he's going to let the insurance companies handle it. He went on to say that he would like to be able to snap his fingers and have the project done, but with all of the construction projects going on around Lubbock, it will likely take about 6-8 months to complete.
The Councilman also talked about downtown redevelopment and the McDougal company's involvement. Griffith explained that McDougal is the downtown redevelopment firm hired by the city to try and bring in new investments. He believes that they are doing well so far, and have brought great things to the city. Griffith also talked about the proposed park for downtown Lubbock. He reminded Dave and Matt that there is no money current appropriated for the project, and instead the TIF have payed for a preliminary plan. Griffith says that this is all derived from the downtown redevelopment master plan, and that citizens can go express what they think of the planned park today.
Griffith also acknowledged that speeding in neighborhoods has been a problem lately. He explained that several citizens have been asking the Citizens Traffic Commission to add speed bumps and other safety precautions to various neighborhoods, and so the council heard some discussion from that group last night. The Councilman went on to say that those kinds of safety precautions can be provided if people ask for them and there is sufficient data showing that they are needed, but even if the data is not there, neighborhoods can still pay for that kind of thing themselves.
Finally, The Councilman talked about the construction of the police substations, which he says is going very well. He explained that, despite delays from the intense rain lately, the substation at MLK and East 19th will be the first to open, with only a few months until the project is done, and a ribbon cutting planned for the summer. Then, the substation at 146th and Indiana will be completed, and finally, the substation at Frankford and Erskine will be completed last. All three facilities are on track, and will be active by this fall.
Listen to the full interview with Councilman Jeff Griffith in the audio above.