Last week’s Prosper Town Council meeting was dominated largely by the debate over the location of a needed ground storage tank and pump station. The additional station is needed to match the rapid growth of the town. This has been a reoccurring issue for the council at previous meetings due to the possible visibility of the tanks to nearby residents.

There has been discussion in regards to locating the station along Richland Boulevard west of Prosper Commons Boulevard or at the current Custer Road Pump Station site along Custer Road north of US 380. The Custer Road site would not be located in close proximity to a residential development but would not be as efficient long term due to the necessity of pumping water uphill. However, the Richland Boulevard site is likely to be visibly from the La Cima development.

A proposed solution to the problem is to spend additional funds to bury the tanks to a deeper level in order to make them less visible. This sparked debate amongst the council members as they discussed whether a more suitable site that would be both efficient and less visible was possible. The council decided to send the team back to the drawing board again before making a decision.

“One of the conversations that we’re having is that we thought that this other site was going to have a greater impact and greater cost to secure than what we thought because of what’s happening,” councilmember Curry Vogelsang said during the meeting. “If we can evaluate and see how that is from an aesthetic standpoint as well as a development standpoint to see how close that is then from a cost standpoint it would be better to bury them 20 feet than 30, because it would still be less visible than the original depth but not as expensive. Then maybe we can see what the impact would be.”

Also discussed at the meeting was the first stage of development for a plan to revive Old Town Prosper. Director of Development for the Town of Prosper John Webb presented the findings from the assessment conducted by the staff and consultants hired for the project.

“If you look at the numerous downtowns from the past couple of years that have really come back to life,” Webb said. “Several of them in the DFW area and across the country that surprisingly don’t look anything like the way they did back in the 60s and 70s when people gave up hope on downtowns. There are some consistent themes. There is always a purpose. They don’t happen by accident. It happens when the public sector and the private sector get together and find the best uses for the resources and make it happen.”

Although no formal steps have been taken to begin the downtown revitalization, it was clear that many residents are excited about the prospect. The Town Council requested more details on the plan from Prosper consultants and staff before anything can be put into motion.

The council also approved the authorization of the town manager to award the winning bid to GRod Construction, LLC for construction services regarding road repair for the Third Street, Parvin Street and Sixth Street project.