At its May 11 meeting, Brentwood City Commission approved the demolition and reconstruction of the barn at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in a $239,000 contract with Stubblefield Construction LLC.
According to a release from the city, the original barn was built in the early 1900s as a horse barn and has undergone several improvements over the years, but staff from the Brentwood Parks & Recreation Department said it was time for the structure to be replaced due to its deteriorating condition.
“We have been using it to store equipment for years, but structurally, it needs to be replaced,” Parks Director Dave Bunt said in a release. “The new 2,400-square-foot building will have more storage and include electricity, which will allow staff to use the indoors during the cold winter months.”
The new barn will be built with white HardiPlank and a red metal roof to match the nearby Ravenswood Mansion, while the original red barn doors will be saved and placed elsewhere in Smith Park to remain as a backdrop for photos.
Additionally, the new barn will have Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bathrooms and will be funded by the city’s capital improvement funds.
According to the city, demolition is set to occur within the next 20 days. Construction of the replacement barn is estimated to begin in mid-June or July, with a completion date tentatively scheduled for late summer.