New businesses, more homes, and downtown redevelopment describe the past quarter in economic development in Cleburne.
Economic Development Manager Grady Easdon provided a quarterly economic development update to the City Council at its Jan. 8 meeting. The presentation highlighted downtown redevelopment, residential development, and Commercial/Industrial growth.
The City has allocated all $50,000 budgeted this year in the Downtown Building Rehabilitation Program. In this program, downtown business owners and developers are able to apply for grant money to rehabilitate and improve buildings. The City still has money in its Downtown Façade Improvement Program and city staff is planning a spring push to encourage business owners to plan façade upgrades and partake in the program and beautify the Henderson and Main retail corridors.
The Garden of Eating Bistro and Jeans, Jewels and Jesus boutique recently opened downtown. A new coffee shop called Mug On the Square plans to open soon on the south side of the Courthouse Square. Casey Waits, the owner of Loaf ‘N Dog, has purchased the iconic Burger Bar and has extended the business’s hours.
Residential development continues on the high it experienced in 2017. In 2018, the City issued 101 residential building permits, which include single-family and duplex, compared to 102 in 2017. The permits allow the building of a residence. City staff anticipated a slight downturn in single-family residential permits issued in 2018 because many neighborhoods were in the stage of building streets and infrastructure. Despite this expected decrease, the City issued 93 single-family permits compared to the record-setting 94 in 2017. As more subdivisions finish infrastructure development and move into home building the city anticipates more single-family permits.
Home builders are working on getting more residences built in the Belle Meadows Phase III and Belle Lagos subdivisions; located at on South Nolan River Road behind the fire station and on Westhill west of South Nolan River Road, respectively. Developers continue constructing new homes throughout the city’s east side. By putting tax-foreclosed lots on auction, the city has encouraged the redevelopment of vacant lots scattered throughout east and northeast Cleburne. The developer of Belclaire Estates, on South Nolan River Road near Smith Middle School, is constructing the neighborhood’s streets and infrastructure. Upon full buildout, the subdivision will have 356 lots. Four new homes are under construction on Blakney Street. Gosset Farms, a 246-lot development north of West Henderson and west of North Nolan River Road, is moving forward. Plans for The Villages at Mayfield, a mix of single-family homes and townhomes near Santa Fe Elementary are underway. The Villages at Mayfield will contain 220 lots with amenities including a walking trail.
Asaka Sushi & Hibachi plans to open on Jan. 15 in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center.
NAPA Auto Parts has a new facility on North Main under construction. This building is larger than its current location at 522 N. Main St.
The Economic Development Department continues to field interests for commercial professional/medical office space along the North Nolan River Road corridor; for retail along West Henderson, North Nolan River Road, and around The Depot; and for industrial manufacturing.
Watch the presentation