Fairpark to get more benches, flowers

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Redevelopment Agency had a busy February meeting, as it moves ahead with its goal of returning momentum to Fairpark.
The board on Thursday voted to buy three benches to go around the residential pond by Clark Street. The benches and the concrete to secure them will cost about $1,200.
The board also approved buying plants to fill the hanging baskets in Fairpark. The labor and materials will cost about $3,000. Members asked Boyd Yarbrough of Ten Oaks Consulting to have the baskets installed by April 29, weather permitting.
Plus, the board bought 35 new trees for $3,325.
In addition, the board voted to spend $3,000 to add more electrical panels and outlets for the park area. The electrical upgrades are needed, said Debbie Brangenberg of the Main Street Association, because the events that are being hosted in the area need additional outlets.
The board members also reviewed house plans for a proposed residence in Fairpark. At the last board meeting, members voted to move forward with using agency funds to build a house in the current residential area.
Members reviewed two houses: both were two stories with a covered porch, garage, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. One house was 1,815 square feet and the other was 1,940.
House prices weren’t listed, but were estimated between $165,000 and $200,000.
Members expressed their desires to lower the square footage and the price point for the houses. Chairman John Oxford said the proposed house plans are a good baseline, but asked consultant Tony Bologna to scale down the homes to make them more appealing for middle-class buyers.
“It can still hold its value with the other homes in Fairpark square-footage-wise and still be a smaller home,” he said.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@journalinc.com.