Friday, August 21, 2015

City of Louisville Receives Initial Go- Ahead for Community Storm Shelter Design

On Tuesday night, Louisville city officials authorized the publication of a request for qualifications for professional services to proceed with design plans for a HMGP community storm shelter near downtown Louisville. (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program)

The community storm shelter is one of several projects in the works across Louisville and Winston County with assistance from federal and state funding after the April 2014 tornado. The grant for a community storm shelter if awarded would provide 90% funding.

A 12000 plus square foot structure is in the plans and funds could be authorized up to slightly over 3 million dollars. Tuesday's authorization allows the city to proceed with phase one of the plan -which is to develop the design and planning for the construction.

Current plans include the acquisition of property near Louisville
Elementary and Fair Elementary for the construction. Mayor Will Hill noted that the City would have to work very closely with the Louisville Municipal School District in planning and design.

The building would serve a dual purpose as a storm shelter and also as a community center. Tentative plans indicate that the structure would house up to 2500 people as a storm shelter and would be similar in construction to a shelter design in Tupelo. At full cost, the City's portion would be slightly over $300,000.