The City of Cleburne is seeing growth in its downtown redevelopment and residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
Economic Development Manager Grady Easdon presented the quarterly economic development update to City Council on Aug. 27. His update shows the amount of in new businesses and homes in Cleburne rising.
“Our economy here remains very healthy at present.” Easdon said. “It’s a great time to be in Cleburne.”
New businesses continue to take root in the city’s historic downtown. Recently opened businesses include floral boutique Breck & Co., Cleburne Floral, Black Sheep Baa & Grill, Scott’s Photography & Graphics, and Shabby Shack; which moved from the mall. Easdon also highlighted upcoming businesses such as Mug on the Square coffee shop, Wonderland Dance Academy, Central Station Toys, and resale boutique Miss Minnie’s Mercantile.
Beyond downtown, Cleburne’s commercial and industrial development shows increased activity. So far this year, the City has issued 10 new commercial building permits for a total value of almost $6.9 million, compared to 3 permits for $528,500 during the same period in 2018. The City issued two industrial permits so far in 2019 for a total of $229,974 compared to zero permits last year. City staff continues to respond to interests on available land parcels for the development of retail, commercial, and multi-family projects.
To accompany the commercial growth, more homes are being built in Cleburne at a record pace. The City issued 128 new residential building permits through July 2019, compared to 66 for the same period in 2018.