by: Istvan Bardos
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) – Two groundbreakings were held Tuesday on two major projects in West Memphis. Leaders came together first for a groundbreaking at the city’s newest fire station and police sub-station. Then an hour later, they met back up to dig dirt for the new municipal courthouse. The city hasn’t had a new one since 1931. These are just a portion of the new projects announced for the area over the last several months. And they are an important part of the city’s growth.
“I’m very excited about those groundbreakings because we haven’t had any building built here, municipal buildings, since 1974, which I wasn’t even born. And to be able to give those for our firemen, policemen and women as well, as well as our court staff and personnel, new buildings, I mean, I’m very honored about that,” said West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon.
Mayor McClendon says the city will break ground on another fire station by the end of the month.
The fire station and courthouse are expected to be done by fall 2020.