PITTSBURG, KS.--- The Pittsburg City Commission has accepted a six month extension for the Stilwell Hotel renovations. Originally, the Stilwell foundation said the work would be done within a year, but due to the harsh winter, construction was unable to be completed. The hotel was built more than a century ago and was in need of building updates. The city is providing around $12,000 in matching funds to help cover the costs. The hotel renovations will now be complete by this September.
"When someone takes ownership of a downtown building, that comes with a big responsibility because it's an older building, a lot of upkeep. It's the city really being able to partner with our private entities to make sure our downtown stays looking nice," said Blake Benson, Economic Development Director.
Also in Pittsburg, the Parks and Recreation Department is planning to build 10 new tennis courts for the community. The city commission approved a resolution to send in a grant to the state that the city is co-sponsoring with USD 250. The new courts will be located next to Pittsburg High School, between the school and the storage units.
"It's important for the community because six courts were eliminated last year at Pittsburg State University. So it's good for the community to be able to work together to build the tennis courts and to build this life-time sport for our kids," said Kim Vogel, Parks and Recreation Director.
Four of the courts will be marked for 10 and under play. The city is still in the funding stages for the project. The Parks and Recreation Department has already raised $150,000 for the project so far, the total cost will be around $650,000. Officials are hoping to start the project by this fall.