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Mayor announces $4.9 million plan to beautify City Hall

November 8, 2018

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday announced a $4.9 million initiative to beautify and address pedestrian safety concerns at City Hall.

City officials are partnering with Elyse Lanier, whose late husband was former Mayor Bob Lanier, on the project, which will draw from a mixture of public and privately raised funds.

“There’s no question that there’s a lot of work that needs to take place here,” Turner said. “If we can get this right, it will enhance the pride that all of us have about our city, and this is the epicenter.”

Turner and Lanier toured the perimeter of Hermann Square in front of City Hall on Thursday morning, pointing out uneven pavers on the sidewalk that will be fixed as part of the project.

Other beautification efforts include new curbs and gutters, access ramps, landscaping and irrigation, Turner said. Improvements also will be made to flower beds, drainage, pedestrian lighting and benches.

Powerwashing the 1939 art deco building, on 901 Bagby in downtown, is a possibility, Lanier said.

“I feel so much like this is part of the environment,” Lanier said. “All of this inspires people to feel better, to work harder … and I think it brings a wonderful result.”

The $4.9 million price tag — which is just the first phase of beautification — also includes some indoor repairs to address damage done in Hurricane Harvey.

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