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Posted on: September 26, 2011

[ARCHIVED] An Extraordinary Celebration of Community in Missouri City

Three years after Missouri City purchased Quail Valley Golf Course; another major milestone has been reached: the start of construction on a new Community Center and Golf Pro Shop.

A celebration of the citizen-City Council initiative was marked with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17. Guest speakers shared the history and significance of the project with supporters, offering these insights:

"The new center will be a great for our community!”

—Velma Herrick, resident of 39 years

“This is your facility. I hope we have weddings and big events in this center that we haven’t been able to have in Missouri City.”

—Mayor Allen Owen on behalf of City Council; also attending the event were Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt and Council members Don Smith, Danny Nguyen, Floyd Emery, Robin Elackatt and Bobby Marshall

“It was very important for the City to preserve the green space we had.”

—Bob Gowen, Citizens for Missouri City’s Future, resident of 38 years

“There are so many things we are going to be able to do here. I commend the Mayor and Council and I can’t wait to hold my first Town Meeting here.”

—State Rep. Ron Reynolds

“In July 2008, when those tractors came out here to start mowing what was then just open space that had been neglected by the previous owner, that was a pretty exciting time and I said then it was the rebirth of Quail Valley. Maybe the biggest step is getting a Community Center the whole City can enjoy.”

—Charlie Butera, President, Quail Valley Fund

“We’re excited to be a part of your future.”

John Brinich of Summit Builders, contractor for the new facility

Dozens of residents, local officials and dignitaries attended the event and viewed and signed a schematic design of the future center; the autographed image will be framed and displayed in the new building.

Following State and City regulations, black filter fencing has been stretched around the construction site, which was the main parking lot for the current Pro Shop and Grille, and signage is also posted around the area. Contractor Summit Builders has already begun work and the entire project is scheduled for completion in August 2012, barring any weather delays.

Construction is under way on the new facility; fencing is stretched around the site and signage is posted around the area.

City Council awarded the Houston firm a $7.9 million contract to construct the 25,000-square-foot, two-story state-of-the-art center, which will be located at 2880 La Quinta Dr. It will feature sweeping golf course views, ballroom and community meeting rooms, a full-service kitchen and a catering kitchen, a 10,000-square foot one-story cart storage building, and demolition of the existing facility on the site. The existing Pro Shop and Grille will remain in operation until the new facility opens to the public.

“We are excited about the new Community Center and Golf Pro Shop adding extraordinary value to Quail Valley Golf Course and Missouri City,” said Tyson Stittleburg, QVGC General Manager and Head Golf Professional. Stittleburg will manage the new facility. He and his staff “look forward to hosting many community events, tournaments, weddings and banquets for years to come.”

Missouri City acquired the Quail Valley Golf Course property through eminent domain in June, 2008 after deterioration took a toll on the community and led to declining property values. About 72 percent of voters from all areas of the City approved a $17.5 million bond referendum to provide funds for the acquisition of 400 acres of park land. Funds from the referendum will pay for the new community center and the future Tennis and Recreation Center, which the City will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at 2701 Cypress Point Drive (construction site for that project).

For regular updates on both projects, please watch www.missouricitytx.gov, Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse), tune into 1690 AM and follow us @MissouriCityTX on Twitter.

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