The Galveston City Council on Thursday accepted a $500,000 grant from The Moody Foundation to create a public green space on the site of the former Central Fire Station and City Hall annex.
This generous gift provides the City of Galveston with an opportunity to create another beautiful public space downtown and enhance the attractiveness of historic City Hall.
“The Moody Foundation has supported many important causes and created numerous opportunities for Galveston, including this most recent public green space,” Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. “Thank you to the foundation for your enduring support for this community and your assistance with this project.”
The City of Galveston applied for the grant earlier this fall to create a green space on the location of the former City Hall annex. Demolition of the annex will begin this month and is part of a post-Ike Disaster Recovery project to build the new Fire Station 1, which opened this summer at 823 26th Street.
Once the demolition is complete, the City of Galveston will use the Moody Foundation grant to create a plaza behind City Hall complete with green space and landscaping, a brick walkway, and a decorative screen wall, which also serves to block the public view of utility and generator equipment. We anticipate the completion of the plaza by the end of 2020.
“We are so appreciative of the Moody Foundation for this grant to create a beautiful plaza behind the historic City Hall building,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “Like the new Fire Station, this plaza is designed to maintain the historic charm of downtown Galveston and the City Hall grounds.”