NEW PORT RICHEY — The city is expanding its effort to create a master plan for upgrades at Sims Park to include other city-owned properties in the downtown area.
On Tuesday, the New Port Richey City Council unanimously approved spending $15,200 for surveys of the historic Hacienda Hotel, the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce site, the Orange Lake property and the Gloria Swanson parking lot.
In May, the council approved spending $24,500 for an architectural firm to complete a master plan for Sims Park in order to meet requirements for several grants the city has applied for to revamp the park.
The funding also included a conceptual architectural master plan for the Hacienda, the hotel built in 1927 which the city has struggled to redevelop, in order to mesh its design with Sims Park. The additional surveys of the hotel and surrounding properties will result in a master plan that will integrate planning for all of the city's included properties, according to Parks and Recreation Director Elaine Smith.