Steve Massengale Talks Citizens Tower and Villa Town Motel
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale joined Dave and Matt to talk about last night's city council meeting, a South Plains College building in Lubbock, parking at the new South Plains College location and Citizens Tower, the Texas Legislature, the Villa Town Motel, a water pipeline, and more.
The Councilman started the discussion by talking about South Plains College and Citizens Tower and where citizens and employees would park at these locations.
Massengale said that he didn't think that parking would be a problem for the SPC location, but for Citizens Tower, he said, "Long term, the surface parking plan for Citizens Tower is not enough parking spaces. Now, could we proceed with the plan we have and have enough parking spaces when we open? Yes. But do we want to spend the money on that surface parking lot and then come back in 2 or 3 years and tear it back up? To me that doesn't make sense. So we are considering some type of parking structure. There have been no decisions made at this point."
He went on to say, "We hope that we can make a decision on if we're going to do some type of parking structure by the end of this month." Massengale said that it would cause about a 10-month delay before they had something complete, should they decide to construct a parking structure.
When asked if he thought that Citizens Tower was still a good idea, Massengale said that he thinks that the city could have built a brand new building, but that he felt that the concern of the crumbling existing site was a problem and became the local government's responsibility.
Massengale also discussed multiple issues concerning TCEQ. One of which was his hope that the Texas Legislature would have given the city funding to clean the shingle site north of town, which did not end up happening. Another issue was the Villa Town Motel. The Councilman explained that the city needs permissions to clean the site. TCEQ previously blocked the city from cleaning up the wreckage.
Massengale hopes that they will one day be granted permission to clean it up and put it in the local landfill.
Watch the full interview with Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale in the video above.