Port Arthur city council continues plans to renovate Rose Hill Manor

Port Arthur city council members are looking to start renovations at Rose Hill Manor soon

PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur City Council members say they've picked out a construction firm to map out the Rose HIll Manor so they can finally move along in getting repairs done.
City Council says the Labiche Architectural Group will be paid $66,000 to map the historic house, since they do not have the original plans.
Councilman Willie "Bae" Lewis says the Rose Hill Manor needs a makeover.
"We get a lot of visitors go in. They want to look at the old architecture, they want to look at the old Rose Hill, it reminds them of a different era," Lewis said.
Lewis estimates the total cost of repairs for Rose Hill is $1.5 million, and wants Port Arthur residents to know they won't foot the bill.
He thinks that tourists and locals alike can marvel at the Manor once it looks as good as new.
"So this is what's going to happen, those two options, 108 loan from HUD or issue bonds. But the notes, the note for borrowing the money will be paid for by the hotel-motel tax."
Councilman Lewis says they do not have a set date to begin renovations.
Other plans for Rose Hill Park are in the works. A public hearing is set for September 19th, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall where residents can hear a request to create one tract of land out of a portion of a parking lot to establish the legal boundary for Rose Hill Park.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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