Proposal being studied for Marktplatz corner 'makeover'
The Marktplatz northwest corner may soon get a makeover, if the Fredericksburg City Council approves a proposal by the Marktplatz Redevelopment Commission regarding the existing former bank property.
Tim Crenwelge and John Klein presented information on improvements to the old Security State Bank drive-thru area.
The city currently has several employees housed in the former bank building. Sketches of the plan show the drive-thru area being renovated into restrooms, a large multi-purpose room that could be leased by the public, storage and an events office. Concession space also may be added and the property wall extended along Austin Street to near the corner on Crockett Street.
Estimated cost would be $950,000.
A potential splash-pad addition has been “put on the backburner” for now due to cost factors, Crenwelge said.
The splash pad would add an estimated $170,000 to the cost, Crenwelge said, including an underground water storage tank, which would supply irrigation water for Marktplatz.
“When I saw the estimate, I told the members we need to focus on the most important things, the restrooms and the meeting room,” Crenwelge said.
“We’re already irrigating the grass on the square,” Crenwelge said. “All we would do is let the kids play in it, store it and then use it (for irrigation).”
Klein said it would be a very basic splash pad, not like the one in Kerrville’s Louise Hays Park, which has lights and music and was “a million-dollar project.”
Additional sleeves would be added to new plumbing to allow for the addition of a storage tank later, if the project proceeds.
The idea for additional Marktplatz restrooms has been discussed since the late Lucille Rochs was on council. She was an advocate for adding restrooms.
The council authorized the Redevelopment Commission to make plans for the area. The council accepted the proposal, and the commission will begin fundraising efforts to help offset costs.
Crenwelge also reported on funds from a donor to the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, which would like to install a glockenspiel near the Adelsverein Hall (corner of Adams and Austin across from Bethany Lutheran Church).
“Their preference is to put it on the side, where they have funded the Adelsverein Halle and the Oktoberfest Halle,” and other projects, he said.
A glockenspiel is a clock tower which could potentially have German characters that could go off every three hours.
The commission and the PCAA board will review the glockenspiel project after this year’s 38th Oktoberfest celebration is completed.