More business and more homes is the story in Cleburne for the first quarter of 2019.
Economic Development manager Grady Easdon presented a quarterly economic development update at a recent City Council meeting. The presentation highlighted new businesses in and coming to town, residential growth, and more.
“As a hometown guy I’ve never seen the trend that we’re in now and that we’ve been in for over a year now,” Easdon told the Council. “We’re in a healthy and growing economy here.”
Easdon spoke of the businesses that are revitalizing the downtown area including the recently opened Jimmie’s Restaurant, The Co-Op, and soon-to-open businesses including Breck & Co floral boutique and mercantile, and Mug on the Square coffee shop.
“I talk to these downtown merchants on a daily basis and these people are passionate about downtown and what is going on in their world,” he said. “We’re working hard on getting more like them.”
Residential development continues to grow in Cleburne. This past March, the city issued 53 residential building permits compared to 29 in March 2018. Several neighborhoods are in different stages of development including Belle Meadows, Cross Creek Estates, Silo Mills, The Villages at Mayfield, Belclaire, and more. Easdon also highlighted projects to renew homes across the city and new homes coming to empty lots in the city’s east side.
“Things are on an upward trend with all the new residential growth and it’s not just focused in one area but all over town,” Easdon said.
Industrial and commercial businesses are also looking at calling Cleburne home. Easdon said interests for commercial professional/medical office space continues to be strong, especially along the North Nolan River Road corridor and near the new high school. He added there is interests for retail along West Henderson, North Nolan River Road, and area around The Depot.
The City continues to field information requests from companies considering Cleburne for location of industrial manufacturing facilities. The companies Easdon has responded to would employ from 50 to as many as 500 employees.
Watch the presentation online