It has been a project desired for years in Sherwood and it appears the restoration of the former Roundtop service station on Trammel Road will come to pass.
Darrell Brown, Chairman of the Sherwood History and Heritage Committee, said the city of Sherwood has received a $50,000 historic preservation grant that will go towards the restoration of the Roundtop Filling Station.
Brown said the news has been a long time coming.
"On behalf of the Sherwood History and Heritage Committee, it is my honor and privilege to be able to finally announce to all of you that the City of Sherwood, Arkansas, has received a historic preservation grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage in the amount of $50,000, towards the restoration of the Roundtop Filling Station."
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe made a formal announcement about the Roundtop grant, as well as other historic preservation grants awarded to several other Arkansas cities and counties, at a ceremony held Friday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center museum in Little Rock.
"The [committee] would like to thank Mayor Virginia Hillman, the Sherwood City Council, and the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce for their strong support of our efforts thus far," Brown said. "We would also like to especially thank our city’s Economic Development Director, Kelly Coughlin, for her hard work in preparing the grant application and seeing the process through until the very end."
Brown said the saving of the Roundtop has been a dream for many citizens in the community for many years now. "Thanks to a lot of hard work and support, and now, this $50,000 grant, that dream is one giant step closer to becoming a reality," Brown said. "Sherwood’s time is now. The Roundtop’s time is now."