PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 1, 2013

Construction ramps up on Groves municipal building

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Dean Hollier drove the big yellow and black bulldozer across the muddy ground at Washington Boulevard and Main Avenue, smoothing the clods and clumps of dirt.

Hollier, of Hollier Construction, is busy preparing the ground for upcoming cement work for the construction of the new Groves Police Station/Emergency Operations Center/court facility in Groves. G&G Enterprises of Orange is the contractor for the project.

The slab and parking area will likely be poured within the next three weeks or so, Groves City Marshal Jeff Wilmore said.

“Work on the major structure — steel, masonry work — will be starting in September,” Wilmore added.

The 10,600 square foot facility will be located behind Bruce’s Market Basket and the city has until the end of the year to complete construction of the multi-purpose facility.

Funding for construction of the building comes from a Port Security Grant totaling $2.5 million coupled with a 25 percent match from the City of Groves. The total cost of the project, including the city’s portion, is $3.8 million. The city’s match will be worked into the city’s bonded debt.

The new municipal building must be multi-functional to serve as an emergency operations center as well as police station and court facility. The building will be able to withstand 150 mile per hour winds.

The current police station/city hall/court was constructed in 1974.

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