4B board members deny Filgo building sidewalk repairs funding

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A new attraction could soon be coming to downtown Wichita Falls, while also preserving a historical building.

The Filgo building located at 10th St. and Indiana St. in Wichita Falls was built in 1929 by G.W. Filgo.

“It started out as a hardware store,” Developer Andy Lee said. “So, it was one of the first hardware stores built in downtown Wichita Falls and it was a good space. It was about 24,000 square feet.”

The first floor of the building is currently Picker’s Universe, selling antiques and collectibles, but new additions will be coming to the building.

“The plan is to expand it and include a restaurant on the second-floor level,” Syd Litteken Senior Design Draftsman Sabian Santistevan said. “Also, to create a bar on the midway level.”

In all, the project is estimated at $2.5 million, but there is still some extra funding they need to complete some minor projects. That’s why Santistevan and Lee went before the 4B board requesting $385,000.

“We’ve got some big oak trees that are in the sidewalk and oak trees need lots of water, putting them underneath the asphalt and putting them underneath sidewalks doesn’t provide what they need,” Santistevan said. “So, trees are pretty resilient and they come through where they need to and they’ve buckled up some sidewalks and everything.”

The 4B board members decided to not make a motion on that request, forcing Lee to figure out another way to fund those improvements. Lee and Santistevan are hoping to have the whole project completed by April or May 2020.

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