$31 Million Proposed in Capital Improvements Proposed for Dothan

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) --  Dothan mayor Pat Thomas unveiled a major capital improvement plan during Tuesday nights city commission meeting.

The plan consists of ten projects with a total cost of $30 million dollars.

This announcement is the culmination of over two years of work and planning.

Mayor Pat Thomas says these improvements will benefit the next generation of Dothan residents.

"Our parents plan for us.  My father was a city commissioner here.  My children benefited because he was thinking ahead for us," said Thomas.

The plan consists of ten "stand alone" projects.

Including a new activity center and recreation facilities at city parks.

Purchasing 28 acres at Walton park.

Adding another attraction for Water World, as well as an aquatic center in downtown Dothan.

The aquatic center has a price tag of $8.5 million dollars, the most expensive of all the projects.

There is also the purchase of land for a new industrial park and property to be used for future city space.

The ideas for these projects came from the city's "Envision Survey" in 2005 and Leisure Service forums.

Mayor Thomas says the city is solidly behind the industrial park and additional city space.

"Everything else was citizen driven just as it will be from this point forward," says Thomas.

Of the ten proposed projects, each will be voted on separately during the May 20th commission meeting.

Mayor Thomas says these plans could really change the face of Dothan.

"We first got our house in order, and at this point we are ready to move forward to build the buildings, the bricks and mortar that will be there for our children, that was always are plan," said Thomas.

The money for the project will come from the one cent sales tax  passed in September of 2006.

The city will hold a public forum on April 29th at the Dothan Opera House on the proposed projects.

A second forum will be held on May 12th before the city votes on May 20th.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis