Historic silos to be removed

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Children climb Prosper silos.

The Town of Prosper will be removing some of the historic silos from the downtown area.  Town staff acknowledge that these silos are an important landmark for the town and will continue to maintain three of the smaller silos as part of the downtown Prosper project. 

“The Mahard family has been selling off much of the land holdings in Prosper over the last few years as they are relocating to Oklahoma,” City Manager Harlan Jefferson said.  “Four of the silos in the downtown area are scheduled to be removed, starting soon.  The silos pose a safety concern due to their age, and deteriorating structural integrity.  This situation caused great liability concerns  due to their age and deteriorating structural integrity.  This situation caused great liability concerns for the Mahard family.  The silos are also a potential site for vandalism and possible trespassing.” 

“We understand the importance of the silos as a historic landmark,” Jefferson said.  “We began working with a property developer many months ago.  We intend to preserve the three silos and eliminate any safety concerns.” 

The town is in discussions with DART/passenger rail to determine if it may be possible for a railroad station to be built on part of that land.  “We first learned of the Mahard family and that there was a possible railroad coming to that portion of the land in 2020,” Jefferson said. 

“The town is currently in the process of purchasing a 2.87 acre portion of the property from the developer that includes the three smaller silos,” Jefferson.  “This developer appears to want to meet the requests of the council’s requests.”  

Council recognizes that there will be a cost to maintain the silos.   At this time, the budget information is not available.  Former town council Dixon has suggested that the residents raise the money to save the silos and that the town will take on the liability, and the current council members are considering that option.  

“I do not think we should tear down the two larger silos if we can,” Council Member Amy Bartley said.  “I want to know if we can keep more of the silos if that is a possibility.”  

“It is crucial that we put fences around the silos as we consider our options,” Jess Hodges, Council Member, said.  “We need to be sure that we protect people from hurting themselves on these.  We know that teenagers will do things like try to climb them and things like.”