Katy Downtown Plaza progresses despite weather hurdles

However, the weather forecast could create further delays for the city’s contractor to complete the grading work, Leblanc said. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)
However, the weather forecast could create further delays for the city’s contractor to complete the grading work, Leblanc said. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)

However, the weather forecast could create further delays for the city’s contractor to complete the grading work, Leblanc said. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)

Katy City Council was updated on the progress of the Downtown Plaza project at its Feb. 8 City Council meeting. Concrete was scheduled to be poured the morning of Feb. 8, but it was delayed due to inclement weather, said Chris Leblanc, lead engineer on the project.

“Weather permitting, we'll have concrete going down tomorrow [Feb. 9] for the hardscape project,” Leblanc said. “Then, hopefully, later this week, our plan is to re-mobilize our landscape contractor to start working on final grading, and—finally—irrigation work, and getting some sod down in the next couple of weeks. So it should be looking a lot more like a finished product over the next couple of weeks.”

However, the weather forecast could create further delays for the city’s contractor to complete the grading work, Leblanc said.

“We'll just have to see how bad it is.” Leblanc said. “I think we can get our concrete put in tomorrow [Feb. 9] based on what I'm seeing, and then we'll have to see. Hopefully Mother Nature holds off for a little bit.”

After the concrete is poured, next steps include laying sod down in the next few weeks and installing the pergola, which is currently still in fabrication and does not yet have a delivery date, according to Leblanc.

In previous meetings, the council had discussed creating an email address dedicated to resident feedback on the project. That email, presented yesterday, is plaza@cityofkaty.com. It will be devoted specifically to concerns, complaints and other feedback regarding the Downtown Plaza project.

“We're very anxious to get the project done,” Leblanc said.
By Laura Aebi
Laura Aebi is the editor of the Katy and Sugar Land/Missouri City editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She graduated from Texas State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from North Texas, Laura relocated to Houston after spending three years in Pacific Northwest. Previously, she interned with two radio stations in Central Texas and held the role of features editor at the San Marcos Daily Record.


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