In a planned Okaloosa County/city of Crestview project, those developments will stand on and next to the county-owned, former Piggly Wiggly site southeast of West Beech Avenue and North Wilson Street.

CRESTVIEW — Eventually, once the world returns to "normal" from the coronavirus outbreak, downtown Crestview will see a new public parking area, a small park with a playground, and restrooms.


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In a planned Okaloosa County/city of Crestview project, those developments will stand on and next to the county-owned, former Piggly Wiggly site southeast of West Beech Avenue and North Wilson Street.


The park will stand on the north end of the property, with restrooms on one corner, according to a project rendering. To the south, plans call for the creation of 50 parking spaces, some of which will be at a reconstructed parking lot adjacent to Gordon Martial Arts.


In an agreement with the city, the county will provide the labor, materials and equipment to construct the parking area, restroom building and park and pay the electrical utility bills for those items.


The city will pay $25,000 for construction of the restrooms and $55,000 to develop the overall parking area. Crestview Community Redevelopment Agency funding will be used to pay those costs.


In addition to handling other responsibilities, the city will pay for water and sewer connections at the site, pay the water and sewer utility bills for the restrooms and provide maintenance of the parking area, park and restrooms.


Work on the parking area began the week of March 9, according to Crestview City Clerk and CRA Director Elizabeth Roy.


Initially, project officials had planned on about 10 weeks to complete the parking area and an additional eight weeks to complete the restrooms and other site improvements, county Public Works Director Jason Autrey said in an email Monday.


"However, with the recently declared local state of emergency we have suspended this (and other) capital improvement projects so that staffing resources can be reassigned to duties that will aid with COVID-19 response/mitigation," Autrey said. "Therefore our timeline is currently in suspense."