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MRA discuss Conway Streetscape Project

MISSION — The Mission Redevelopment Authority approved the reimbursement agreement between Mission and the MRA for the $1million Conway Streetscape Project on Tuesday.

Executive Director Ricardo Perez explained a survey of Conway Avenue has already started, which has put the project in motion.

Juan Delgado, a representative with SpawGlass Contractors Inc, said he had met with City Manager Martin Garza, the Planning Department and the architect for the project to discuss options of how the project would flow and a potential project schedule.

“Once the surveys are complete, the architect is going to take a week to do a schematic design,” Delgado said.

Since the project has a $1 million budget, the architect is making multiple schematic designs that cover anywhere from 16 to four blocks of Conway Avenue, according to Delgado. He added there would be a committee created to determine what the focus would be for the project.

Delgado said there would be a community outreach meeting, handled by the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, which will gather opinions and ideas from community members and business owner.

In early July, Delgado said final changes would be made to the design; he anticipates starting the project by July 15. The intent is to be done before September due to traffic and schools opening for the fall term.

Delgado explained the scope of work would not be too drastic; it calls for holes 12 inches deep for pavers and three-to-four feet holes for planting new trees.

Perez added there would be a point person who would have the power to make decisions on product placement and colors for the project, with the help of a committee.

“The contractor is the City of Mission, we felt maybe for that point of contact person to be selected by the city,” Perez said. “I want to be involved in the process. Once they get things rolling, decisions have to be made. They need someone to make these decisions.”

Garza said the point person would be a member of his staff, he added Perez would be involved in the committee with a few other selected individuals.

Perez said the Mission Historical Museum is making plans to add pictorial murals to standing buildings as part of the project.

Delgado said Spawglass would also assist the MRA with feedback of the maintenance costs on plants being used, for future reference.

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