Work begins, extending city infrastructure to Paris Lakes Development on southeast loop

A worker stands in a ditch where a sewer line is being laid, extending city infrastructure across the Southeast Loop to the planned Paris Lakes Development.

A worker stands in a ditch where a sewer line is being laid, extending city infrastructure across the Southeast Loop to the planned Paris Lakes Development.

 

After months in the planning, work on the long-awaited Paris Lakes Development is under way along Paris’ southeast loop.

A line will be bored underneath Southeast Loop 286 to connect City of Paris sewage lines to the Paris Lakes Development on the east side of the loop. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

A line will be bored underneath Southeast Loop 286 to connect City of Paris sewage lines to the Paris Lakes Development on the east side of the loop. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

Work has begun on laying 2,000 feet of a forced main sewer pipe that will connect the site to City of Paris lines across the loop, near Covenant Christian Church. Sewage from the site will have to be pumped uphill to connect with the city lines, since the gravity flow is in the opposite direction.

“Paris Lakes Development has broken ground and headed that-a-way. We’ve basically started construction,” developer Ron Parker told eParisExtra on Thursday.
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“We’re getting the boring done under the loop and getting it over to our property. As soon as we get the final stuff done, we’ll know right where to take it to, and we’ll take it to our lift station,” Parker said.

Centerpiece of the development will be a four-story, 130-bed, state-of-the-art, full acute care trauma hospital with more than $30 million worth of new equipment.

This billboard sits on the southeast corner of the planned development site. (eParisExtra photo)

This billboard sits on the southeast corner of the planned development site. (eParisExtra photo)

Adjacent to the hospital will be a rustic shopping center that will feature “the stone and the hardy plank and the beams and timbers of the look of the 20′s and 30′s and 40′s.” The shopping mall will have a clock tower visible to people traveling on Loop 286.

It will take “another two weeks” to complete laying the line extending City of Paris sewer infrastructure to the site, Parker said.

Construction of the hospital and shopping center could keep 1,000 or more construction workers busy for two to three years, Parker said when he first unveiled plans for the hospital and shopping center site on July 1, 2012, in an article on eParisExtra.

The hospital itself is expected to employ at least 650 permanent employees.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.