Special Photo/Miller Architecture and Planning The renovations at O'Neal Plaza are about 50 percent complete, an official told the Douglasville City Council Thursday. The plaza work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The Douglasville City Council got updates during Thursday's committee meetings on expected completion dates for the O'Neal Plaza and Welcome Center renovations.

The renovations at O'Neal Plaza are expected to be completed by the end of September. The recently approved renovated Welcome Center is expected to be completed by January 2018.

The plaza renovation delays were partly caused by the discovery of unexpected utilities during construction. Another delay in the process was having to renegotiate the contract to fit within the city's budget, which resulted in having to redesign the project, officials said.

The redesign and renegotiations took about six to eight months, according to consultant and project manager Ligia Florim with Bron Cleveland Associates, Inc.

Working around the rain, Florim said the plaza is about 50 percent done right now. Laying down the concrete for the fountain walkways and installing the fountains are the two immediate next steps in the construction process. With the workload for the construction workers picking up, JHC Construction was able to give the current end of September projection.

"That's some good news," Councilman Richard Segal said at the meeting. "I'm happy to hear that."

All of the landscaping will be completed as well with the new Plaza project. The work for the Welcome Center will proceed after September, continuing until its projected completion in January.

"So the project overall, despite the hiccups, we think that we have made progress since February. So, we're moving as fast as we can and we hope to be out of there for your full festivals and activities you have coming up," Florim said.

In other business at Thursday night's council meeting, Beverly Clements requested alcoholic beverage licenses for her new 18-plus bar on Fairburn Road called the "Twisted Pickle Tavern."

And Councilman Sam Davis announced this past week was another successful one for Wednesday Wind Down at Hunter Park.

"We have thousands out there now," Davis said of the event's attendance. "Richard (Segal) is one of the witnesses. Also, we had a little league tournament and it was great. It was a great event. I invite everyone to come out and witness it for yourself."

There was also another reminder announcement that 2,000 servings of free ice cream will be given out today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of National Ice Cream Day in the old Douglasville Police Department parking lot on Church Street downtown.

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