Life Safety Park plan going to architect

COPPELL — The Coppell City Council, by a vote of 5-1 Tuesday night, approved an agreement with an architect to design a Life Safety Park for the city of Coppell.

According to information provided by the city of Coppell, the Coppell Life Safety Park would be “a unique site providing educational opportunities to school children, families, and the general public regarding overall life safety programs such as fire procedures, severe weather response, and pedestrian caution. The facility will support not only a broad spectrum of public educational needs, but also provide community features including a park, museum, party room, and public classrooms further enhancing the Main Street development in Old Town Coppell.

“The Life Safety Park will also incorporate an Emergency Operations Center. The operations center would be built on city property, adjacent to utilities, and will incorporate fortified construction and generator power to ensure operations are maintained throughout unforeseen events.

The council approved an agreement with Brown Reynolds Watford (BRW) Architects in an amount not to exceed $578,850 “related to design, construction documents and construction administration.

The Life Safety Park, which is expected to be built in or near Old Town Coppell, will be funded through half-cent sales tax revenue and is to cost about $5.5 million. The city is looking at a 2-acre site at the Southwest corner of the city’s service center, at 816 S. Coppell Road in Old Town.
Mark Hill, who was elected to Place 7 on the city council in May, voted against approving the agreement with the architectural firm.

Hill, who said he had attended several public meetings where the Life Safety Park plan was discussed, said he voted against it because, “I think we are moving too quickly on it. We need tro get more input from citizens.”

Gary Roden of Place 4 did not vote either for or against the agreement.

City planners are hoping construction on the Life Safety Park will begin after the first of the year and will completed in about six months.