|Updated: 2/10/2012 7:53 am
||Published: 2/10/2012 1:26 am
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- There is now money available to build a new police substation for the 12th Street Corridor project, Little Rock City leaders say.
It is one of three separate projects under construction right now. The project's goal is to restore an area some have forgotten.
Back in 2010, Mayor Mark Stodola went behind a bulldozer to knock down an old thrift store to make way for the station.
Nothing has happened since then until this week. City leaders approved money, from a recent sales tax increase, to start construction.
The substation costs $9 million dollars.
"If all goes well, the city will probably bid out in April or May, " said board of directors member Ken Richardson.
A new library is also under construction due to a recent bond issue that passed.
The two-level building costs $12.5 million and is set for completion March 2013.
"It is 34,000 square feet. The typical branch is about 13,000 square feet. So this is an ambitious venture we are involved in," said Central Arkansas Library Director Bobby Roberts.
Better Community Development leaders are also building an Empowerment Center, focusing on substance abuse rehabilitation.
It costs $6 million and is financed by a mix of public grants and private donations.
"We hope this will be a seed for the community, where it will help to change the lives of the community," said BCD director William Richardson.