• Chris Kyle Memorial – A memorial for slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” Chris Kyle was unveiled July 28th at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza near the Veterans Affairs Clinic at 8050 E. Highway 191. The memorial is laced with symbolism. The plaza is surrounded by four trees from the Crawford Ranch of former President George W. Bush. In addition to honoring Chris Kyle, organizers of the effort wanted a memorial to pay tribute to all veterans.
• UTPB – The College of Business and Engineering at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5% of the world’s business programs.
• UTPB - The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua signed an agreement in Ojinaga to establish academic and entrepreneurial collaboration between the two universities. The City of Odessa, Odessa Chamber of Commerce and Odessa Hispanic Chamber were in attendance to celebrate the partnership that will impact students in both countries.
• Paul Talley State Farm – Opened July 15th at 3801 E. 52nd St., Ste B with a ribbing cutting and a speech by State Representative Brooks Langraf.
• Chickn4U – Open for business, Grand Opening was July 7th. The business owned by ICA is doing relatively well, employees 30, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p. m.
• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church – The church is undergoing a two year $6 million expansion of its main building to increase seating from 550 to 1,100. The expansion will mean having fewer Sunday Masses, which currently amounts to four.
• UTPB Spray Ground – City of Odessa, Parks and Recreation Department is planning to build a dinosaur-themed splash park just west of the soccer fields at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, addressing a lack of aquatic facilities in northeast Odessa. Plans for the “Junior League Jurassic Jungle” call for a spray ground more than 180 feet in diameter, with the archway of dinosaur bones, a triceratops playground and palm trees with slides – all of which spew water. There will also be jumping fountains, along with lights and animations. Estimated cost is about $1.6 million. The project should be ready for bids in September with a targeted opening date of May 2017. The city’s long-term plan calls for parks in the area, there are none east of Loop 338.
• French Press Café – The former Coast 101 building on Grant Avenue is being remodeled with a goal of opening in October 2016. Owner, Kristel Tate says she and her daughter long dreamed of opening a bakery and coffee shop, especially since the pair took a trip to Paris last year. Tate is leasing the building at 511 N. Grant Avenue with hopes to eventually buy it. Tate began scouting downtown properties with Downtown Odessa Director Gloria Hernandez. Hernandez said it’s the first new business under the city effort to move to an existing downtown building and rehabilitate it.
• The Bridge Church – Permit issued 7/14/16, new church building, 3901 E. Yukon Rd., $5,300,000.
• Samson Corporation – Permit issued 7/13/16, warehouse with sleeping areas, 1200 W. Interstate 20, $2,000,000.
• EL Farmer & Company – Permit issued 7/21/16, install TX industrial bldg. for Office, $52,360.
• ECISD – Permits issued 7/25/16, 24X32 Classrooms, 9400 Rainbow Dr., Bldg. RC74 and Bldg. RC100, $30,000 each.