Walker breaks ground as city continues to grow
WALKER - The city of Walker and developers broke ground on a $17 million apartment complex Thursday as the city continues to grow.
The complex will feature 168 apartments on the corner of Highway 447 and Travis Street. Walker has now seen around $60 million of new construction over the past two years, and there's more to come.
"We're looking at expansion in the Our Lady of the Lake area. We're looking at expansion of the literacy center into a junior college," said Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey. "We have discussions with some people on some additional restaurants that will be coming in and maybe some more housing. So I think the future is bright right now"
People who live in the area say they are happy to see Walker booming with more places to eat, live and shop.
"Well it's telling us that there's going to be good things for us, our children, our grandchildren," said resident Gaynell Roberts. "As people grow, as the area grows, we all grow. We all benefit. The schools, the community, everything about the community is going in an upward move right now."
Ramsey says growth has led to a 12 percent increase in sales taxes over the past year.