Commercial, industrial, and residential activity continue in Cleburne, according to a report from the city’s Economic Development Director.
Grady Easdon presented an economic development update to the City Council at its Aug. 28, 2018, meeting. Easdon highlighted ongoing and upcoming development across the city.
“As we continue to grow as never before, our ultimate goal is to maintain our unique identity and build upon our wonderful heritage and history while growing in a manner that provides the best possible opportunities for housing, employment, enhanced service levels, and quality of life for all citizens of Cleburne,” Easdon said.
The city and business community continue to invest in downtown Cleburne with the area on track to become a destination.
Easdon highlighted businesses moving downtown including The Garden of Eating Bistro and Ooh Wa Wa Gourmet popcorn from Keene. Easdon said a restauranteur plans to open a Mexican eatery in the recently closed Yaya’s restaurant. Easdon mentioned he is in regular communication with business owners interested in opening shop in the downtown district.
Earlier this year, the city amended a policy that restricted downtown businesses from selling alcohol. Easdon said several businesses are in the process of acquiring TABC licenses.
The city plans to continue its sign and building façade revitalization program, which assists downtown businesses in funding improvements. Easdon said 10 businesses have participated in the program and it has had a dramatic effect on downtown’s appearance.
Cleburne could easily see more than 200 new homes within the next year if the economy and development projects continue at the current pace, Easdon said.
The city issued 54 building permits through July 2018 compared to 57 in the same period in 2017 and 16 in 2016. The numbers show an expected leveling of building permits as two major subdivisions are working on constructing the infrastructure. The city anticipates new home building will drastically increase within the next six months after roads and utilities are installed.
Many new businesses are coming to town including activity at Cleburne Station.