VOL. 130 | NO. 17 | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Shelby Farms Applies for Permits Totaling $7.2 Million
By Amos Maki
The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.
The conservancy, which is pursuing a dramatic remaking of the 4,500-acre park, applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $2.6 million permit for a new visitors center at 6903 N. Patriot Lake Blvd. The conservancy also applied for a $4.6 million permit for a new restaurant and retreat center at 415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd. Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is listed as the contractor for both projects.
The new visitors center will replace one on Farm Road that the conservancy will demolish, with some materials from that property being used in the new center.
The projects are part of the conservancy’s Heart of the Park improvement campaign that is well underway. The conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Saturday, Jan. 31. If they raise the final $100,000 by that date, an anonymous donor will match with a $1 million challenge grant.
The Heart of the Park improvements, expected to be complete in the summer of 2016, also include the ongoing expansion of Patriot Lake.