City Of Brady Re-Dedicates Civic Center
BRADY, TX - Current and past members of the Brady City Council, along with past members of The Economical Development Corporation (EDC), gathered on Saturday to re-dedicate the newly renovated Ed Davenport Civic Center.
Mayor Tony Groves, along with members of the council and the EDC, spoke of the bumpy road that took some eight years since the approximate 80 percent vote in favor of the renovation project to come to fruition.
Along with the city dignitaries, also present was Mrs. Ed (Saundra) Davenport (on the right in red in the picture above).
Along the road to the completion was the recall of two consecutive mayors, and with the lack of action by the council, the project languished.
The original Heart Of Texas Civic Center was built on the 75th city anniversary through citizen donations and a grant for a total of some $118,000. The center was renamed in honor of a former mayor, Ed Davenport, in 2003.
On hand for the ceremony was David Alexander of KSA Engineers in San Angelo. The KSA firm designed the layout for the expansion and renovation in 2013-2014, and Waldrop Construction of Brownwood was awarded the contract for the actual work in October 2015 for a price of $1,727,046.
The estimated completion date was moved back several times. Some weather related and difficulties in upgrading utilities also occurred, which included rock formations and rattlesnake dens.
Many detractors of the project rallied around the cost of taxes and how utility bills would be increased outrageously. However, voters approved in 2009 that the EDC use ¼ cent sales tax.
New amenities include seating for 700 people in an auditorium, or 400 in a banquet style. The new features include an expanded kitchen, family restrooms plus double entry bathrooms. Additionally, there's a new stage and sound system with a year-round climate controlled cooling/heating system.
The crowd that gathered for the tour and ceremony were wowed and extremely pleased with the results. Many expressed the fact that the end result was a “long time coming, but well worth it.”