Nacogdoches leaders unveil emergency shelter drawings

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There are now architectural drawings of the proposed Nacogdoches emergency shelter . They'll be displayed in proud form tomorrow night for the public.

The informational meeting on plans for the Hurricane Recovery Community Shelter Project is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse annex.

Architects will make presentations and comments are welcomed. "There's a lot of people that are involved in shelter, rather it be Red Cross, the churches and other entities," Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English commented. "And so we're asking all of them to come together, look at our plans and make any recommendations that we feel like that need to be made. But we're also asking the public to come and share any input they may have also."

The Nacogdoches city and county federal grants total $7.7. Following several catastrophic events, including the breaking up of the Columbia shuttle and two hurricanes, the county determined a definitive need for updated EOC facilities.

"Nacogdoches and Lufkin are the first two counties actually that are in the sheltering hubs phases. This is actually federal money saying we recognize that you are a shelter and we are going to give you money to continue to do that," English explained.

A brick, storm proof shelter is planned for at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center. Architects have details calculated, down to how many cots the 27,000 square foot structure can hold. When a shelter is not needed, calculations show how many conference tables or vendor sites can be accommodated.

"There will be an upstairs also that you'll be able to look over on one side and still see what's going on in the expo or look over on the other side and see what's going on the shelter side," English described. The plan is designed to aide with security.

Leaders are anxious to move dirt on the project, possibly as early as this year. Lufkin, Center and Henderson are also working on emergency facilities.

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