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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Residential, commercial, industrial developments remain active

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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.

Downtown Redevelopment

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.

Residential Development

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.

  • Cross Creek Estates Phase II is a 68-lot subdivision that is built out and mostly sold.
  • Raintree Homes will soon begin home construction in the Belle Meadows Phase II subdivision, which has 35 lots.
  • Belle Lagos, which will have 51 lots, has completed its streets and infrastructure construction. Eight homes are under construction.
  • The 5-acre Garza Group development at Boone and Blakney is underway with two homes completed in the 10-lot neighborhood. The group says it plans to begin construction on more homes in the subdivision and has bought lots on the city’s east side for new residential development.
  • A DFW residential developer is planning a 246-lot Planned Development where homes will be in the $240’s to mid-$300’s.
  • Dirt is moving at the 356-lot Belclaire Estates project. Phases 1 & 2 will be 152 lots. This new development is adjacent to Smith Middle School with access from Nolan River Road and Country Club Road.
  • Bent Creek Section 4 now has the infrastructure in place. Lots in this 16-lot development are priced from $55,000-$63,000 with home prices anticipated to range from $275,000-$350,000. Sharp Image Homes is the builder in this subdivision.
  • Babbitt Homes has nine newly-completed homes in the development on N. Hyde Park, north of West Henderson.
  • A preliminary site plan has been submitted for a 40-acre new subdivision containing a mix of townhomes and single-family homes on the city’s east side near Santa Fe Elementary.
  • Residential construction by other local custom home builders accounts for roughly 15-20 additional homes currently underway on individual lots throughout Cleburne.

Commercial/Industrial Development

Many new businesses are coming to town including activity at Cleburne Station.

  • Furniture retailer FFO Home opened in June in the former Staples Office Supercenter. The 30,000 square-foot operation is one of about 50 locations throughout 7 states.
  • NAPA Auto Parts is relocating and building a new facility at N. Main and Ramsey, across from the old hospital. The new location will offer much easier access and more parking.
  • Citizens National Bank, based in Waxahachie, has opened its new Cleburne facility at Granbury and Wardville in the former chiropractic clinic located across the street from HEB.
  • Johnson County Farm Bureau completed construction of its new facility located at the corner of W. Henderson and Meadow View Drive.
  • USMD will soon open its SeniorCare clinic in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center across from Yellow Jacket Stadium. The grand opening is slated for Sept. 21.
  • There is strong interest in several commercially-zoned parcels on the west side along the West Henderson and Nolan River Road corridors for a mix of retail/food/commercial development.
  • Several manufacturing companies in the industrial park are undertaking expansion projects that are yet to be finalized but should be happening soon.
  • Activity at Cleburne Station includes: a contract in place for a retail establishment, two offers for additional retail, plans for the 22,000 square foot retail strip in the final planning stages, pre-leasing of office space in the proposed tower overlooking left field is underway.


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