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