Amarillo, TX - The curb controversy around the Potter County Courthouse has been resolved.
For several years there has been debate over the curb and streetscape design around the courthouse.
Thursday the debate ended and the design is breaking ground.
"The mayor, the city commissioner, the Potter County commissioners have all worked together on this and we've come up with something that everyone is pleased with," says Richard Ware, President of Amarillo National Bank.
President of Amarillo National Bank, Richard Ware, was one of the many in Amarillo who had first showed some concerns.
"Taylor is the busiest street in downtown, there is tremendous traffic including a lot of trucks. We were worried about safety and we felt like if they stuck the bulbouts this far out into the street that it was dangerous," says Richard Ware, President of Amarillo National Bank.
Dangerous for motorists and pedestrians but city officials discussed the issues all week and some changes to the design were made.
"This particular set of bulbouts will be sixty inches, six feet from the back of the sidewalk curb to the curb of the bulbout. This is all in the design guideline standards," says Richard Brown, President, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board #1.
Since the design was first proposed several years ago, thousands of changes have been made.
This compromise has now made many people happy with the outcome.
"In terms of downtown changes this is really lightening fast, these changes are great and we are all very excited," says Richard Brown, President, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board #1.
"I think it's great to have people talking about downtown, being interested in what we are trying to do downtown. We are trying to really make things better down here. We may have differences in opinion on what's better but at least we've all worked together on this," says Richard Ware, President of Amarillo National Bank.
Construction around the Potter County Courthouse has already begun, concrete was being poured today.