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MRA Board discusses Conway Streetscape Project, water tower addition

City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—The Mission Redevelopment Board received an update on the status of the Conway Streetscape Project last week from Ricardo Gallaga with L&G Engineering.  

Gallaga explained work on Conway Avenue started on Feb. 19, and crews had already demolished portions of the sidewalk at Leo Pena Placita Park. 

“The grapefruit, under the direction of the city, will be cleaned … repainted and reinstalled at the same location,” Gallaga said.  

MRA Chairman Richard Hernandez asked Gallaga who designed the park’s grapefruit statue, and City Manager Martin Garza said the city has searched for the designer but has come up empty handed. 

“We have been trying to get the history of it…we have asked several people regarding that,” Garza said. “However, the decision has been made to go ahead and refurbish the structure and place it back. Originally, what was on the design was to remove it and plant a grapefruit tree in its location.” 

Garza said the grapefruit statue is significant to the community, and the city wanted to make sure it was placed back at its spot.  

The streetscape design includes both brick and pavement pavers and small star emblems will be placed on specific portions of the pavers.  

The board also discussed the possibility of an addition of a new water tower to the city. Garza said the city is looking to replace the Lucksinger water tower that is near Business 83.  

“We are looking to see where the best location is for a water tower,” Garza said. “A few years back, we did the water tower a 2 Mile Line and Shary Road, so in reality in itself can work on its own without the Lucksinger Tower.” 

The city manager stated they also are looking to possibly refurbish or replace the Lucksinger Tower.

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