KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. -- A project to revamp the Kimberling City Shopping Center's parking lot has begun, but's much more than just a repaving.
"All those folks ask me, 'When are we going to do something about that parking lot? I lost my car in a pothole," Bob Zell, who owns the Rustic Timber Furniture shop at the center, said
Something is being done and the project began Tuesday morning. The current lot will be replaced by a nature friendly one. Planners hope it will keep pollution from running off into the lake.
"We're estimating, per year, it will prevent about one and a half pounds of phosphorous," Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc. director Gopala Borchelt. "One pound of phosphorous can grow 700 pounds of algae."
The project is a joint venture between the Water Quality nonprofit and the shopping center
Flat stone pavers over a bed of rock will cost about $700,000. Half of that will be covered by a grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
"They look like cobblestone once they're put down," Gopala said. "The water will percolate between them instead of running off and then the aggregate colonies below will have a chance to clean up that water."
Many business owners, like Zell, were glad to see the work begin.
"They picked a good time of year to do it. Things are a little slow right now," Zell said.
Chic Cave owner Valerie Gardner said it's good not just for the shopping center, but the entire community.
"We all think it's fantastic just because it's going to upgrade the Kimberling City and I think it's going to be a win-win for the whole area," Gardner said.