More affordable housing is coming soon near to downtown, Yesterday the city council approved a zone change to allow multifamily residential housing to be built on 2-acres on Oakes Street, across from Fort Concho. There are plans to build a 40 unit complex on the land with construction to start in a few months. The area will have a gated entrance and sidewalks. City officials say affordable housing is much needed as the city grows.
City officials say construction is ready to begin on the Ave. P detention pond project. The city will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Ave. P project site which is located off Old Knickerbocker Rd. near Ener-Tel Services and O’Reilly Auto Parts. This ceremony is open to the public. The contractor on the project is Darnell Construction. Construction is expected to begin in the next 30 days beginning with utility relocations and pond excavation which is expected to take approximately 6 months. Once those phases are completed it will then shift to construction of the outfall structure. The total project is expected to take 18 months providing favorable weather conditions.
Residents can offer their thoughts on a proposed housing development competing for state tax credits during a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 30th. The forum will be at 6 p.m. at the McNease Convention Center. Citizens will hear details about the proposed project vying for funding. The housing proposal is for Walnut Trails by Trinity Housing Development, LLC., at the corner of Houston Harte and Northwest Drive, with 48 to 60 units planned.
Final preparations are underway for this year's San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. With an all-new Carnival, the Sneak-a-Peek and First Rodeo performance are set for Thursday, January 30th. This will be the 88th annual Rodeo. This year’s rodeo will include 12 performances and the Xtreme Bulls performance, along with events such as saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and women’s barrel racing. In all the events, there will be about a thousand contestants. For complete information go to "San Angelo Rodeo dot com".
A unanimous vote of the San Angelo city council Tuesday morning brought approval to purchase portable traffic signals to install at the intersection of South Koenigheim and West Harris. The normal signal was damaged in an accident in early January and since then, there have been numerous accidents after stop signs were installed for Harris Street traffic. The cost of the temporary signals is nearly 75 thousand dollars. They will likely be installed in the next couple of weeks.
The Angelo State University Planetarium will present 14 different full-dome public astronomy shows during its early spring 2020 schedule beginning Thursday, (Jan 23), in the Vincent Building. The Planetarium shows will run every Thursday at 7 and 8 p.m. through March 5th. Two different shows will be presented each Thursday to give viewers the opportunity to see a larger variety of shows during the semester. All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
A long tradition of honoring the memory and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior continued yesterday and through the weekend in San Angelo. The activities, sponsored by the local Martin Luther King Junior Association, culminated with an ecumenical service at the County Library yesterday. The events were held to honor the work of Dr. King and to share the history of the Civil Rights Movement and achievements in the last 50 years.
A local group is holding a prayer vigil on Wednesday, the anniversary of the controversial Roe Verses Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. 47 years ago. The group "Defenders of Life" is inviting anyone to attend the pro-life silent vigil at noon on Wednesday on the lawn of the Tom Green County Courthouse.
The business of weddings was on full display yesterday as hundreds of brides and grooms to be attended the 29th annual West Texas Bridal Showcase at the McNease Convention Center. The afternoon had many booths and activities to showcase every aspect of planning a memorable wedding.
A pickup crash into a drainage ditch was fatal for the driver early Sunday morning. Police were called out about 7:45 a.m.to the 52 hundred block of Ben Ficklin Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash. The driver, 38-year-old Tyler Grappe, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say He was traveling westbound around 4:00 a.m. when his truck left the roadway and collided with the median and a utility pole before coming to rest on the embankment.