By JIM HARDIN
Work on a Circle Drive water line upgrade project is scheduled to begin on May 24.
The city council awarded a contract on the project during a special meeting on May 7. Actual construction of the water line will cost about $58,000. There will be other expenses — engineering and testing, for example — but the total cost of the project will not exceed $71,000.
The city and Royse City Community Development Corporation will share the expense for upgrading the water line to a granite and limestone business that will open on Circle Drive in June.
A request for the water line upgrade was made earlier this year by Robert Gladu, owner of Artisan Masonry Inc. in Garland and A&A Granite and Limestone in Sunnyvale.
Larry Lott, executive director of the community development corporation, told board members during their March 26 meeting that Gladu made a request for an incentive grant after learning that he would be required to install a sprinkler system in the building at 2501 Circle Drive.
Lott said a sprinkler system is required because the building, formerly occupied by Custom Band Sawing, houses more than 6,000 square feet of space.
A water line upgrade is needed, Lott said, because the existing line that runs by the building is only two inches and would not provide adequate fire flow for the sprinkler system.
The water line would be upgraded to 12 inches.
The CDC board approved the incentive grant during its March 26 meeting and the city council approved the request at its evening meeting.
While the city and CDC will spend up to $71,000 for upgrading the water line, Gladu told CDC board members he will spend $80,000 for installation of the sprinkler system.
Lott and City Manager Carl Alsabrook agreed that the water line upgrade will not only serve Gladu’s business, but would also aid future development in the area of Circle Drive near the south service road of Interstate 30.
Alsabrook said the line will include a stub out — a future connecting point — for Omi Crane Systems, which is located nearby.
The gravel section of Circle Drive will be paved after the water line project is completed. City officials are hopeful both projects will be completed soon because Artisan is scheduled to open on June 1 and Circle Drive could see increased traffic when the I-30 overpass construction project in Royse City begins and traffic on the service roads become one-way.