NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - A slab of concrete and what is left of an old structure helped establish the town of Nocona, but now the original Justin Boot Building located downtown needs some building up of its own.
Officials with the Nocona Economic Development Corporations said applying for a $500,000 grant with the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program will give them the opportunity to turn the building into a community event center.
James Yohe, Nocona Economic Development Corporations' Executive Director, said the state looks at how much effort the city is putting in.
"Our two boards are actually contributing to the overall project, so this will help actually improve odds of obtaining the grant," said Yohe.
The board will be contributing $12,500 each, and that $25,000 will go to the construction.
The building was donated to the city several years ago, and Yohe said ever since, the city has been developing plans on how to make the Justin Building Community Center a reality.
"I think it's just continuation of all the effort that the communities put into downtown and the image that we are portraying. We've really benefited by everyone's additions to downtown, from the steakhouse, to the pizzeria, the hotels and everything else that's been done," said Yohe.
The grant application is due the first part of August, and it is expected to take about 60 to 90 days to process before the city officials will find out if it gets approved or not. .
Then construction can begin, and the project is estimated to take about seven months.
City officials also approved requesting for the Texas legislature to allow towns with smaller populations, like Nocona, to pass ordinances creating residency restrictions and safe zones to protect children from sex offenders.
General law cities, or towns with 5,000 people or less, do not have the authority to adopt distance restrictions for registered sex offenders.
Officials with Nocona said allowing them to do so will help them protect the children in their city.
This shows the city's support for their state representative Drew Springer, and city leaders said this change could be made around the first of the year.