Council to address new downtown design

Sulphur Springs – The Sulphur Springs City Council Tuesday is scheduled to address a proposal to renovate downtown.

Council is to discuss and possibly take action on back-in parking, two-way or one-way traffic around the square and the design itself.

Last month, the Hopkins County Commissioners Court approved a financial plan for the proposed renovation, which will come from the city's tax increment financing tool. This enables the cost of structural improvements to be repaid by the contribution of future tax revenues of the businesses in that area.

According to City Manager Marc Maxwell, the city already sold $3.8 million in bonds for the project, with plans to sell an additional $1.2 million in the near future.

Assisting in the design process were representatives with AECOM, out of Orlando, Florida. The company also assisted in the design of Main Street, which was finished in fall 2008.

Tuesday's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 125 South Davis St.