This past fall has been full of commercial and residential growth in Cleburne, according to a staff report.
Economic Development Manager Grady Easdon presented a quarterly update to City Council at a Dec. 10 meeting. Easdon’s presentation highlighted growth in the downtown district, new commercial and industrial businesses in town, and an increase in homes being built in Cleburne.
“As we continue to grow, I encourage our staff and this City Council to not just grow for the sake of growth and let’s find ways to maintain our uniqueness and small town vibe so Cleburne will continue to be Cleburne,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “We get excited about the new rooftops not for the sake of growth but as the tax base increases we can spread that burden around while being able to maintain the quality of life that we enjoy in Cleburne.”
The Downtown Commercial Historic District continues to welcome businesses, some completely new and others relocating from other parts of Cleburne. This fall, businesses like Trovato Street candy store, Mug on the Square coffee shop, Central Station Toys, Wonderland Dance Academy, and resale boutique Miss Minnie’s Mercantile opened downtown.
Stores such as J Rae’s Boutique, Thrift-To-Go, Shabby Shack, and Dunn & Co. have relocated downtown joining numerous shopping and dining locals.
“New businesses are choosing to locate here while some of the more established businesses report more customer traffic than ever before,” Easdon said.
Commercial and industrial growth is happening throughout the city. In 2019, the city issued 13 new commercial building permits through November for a total value of almost $6.9 million, compared to four permits valued at $528,500 during the same time period in 2018. KFC is returning to Cleburne on W. Henderson. The Bealls in Nolan River Mall will reopen under the Gordmans name in January. Gordman’s is an off-price retailer of clothing, home furnishings, and accessories.
The city issued two industrial permits through November for a total value of $229,974.
Residential growth is continuing at a rapid pace. In 2019, the city issued 238 new residential building permits through November. That amount more than doubles residential permits in the same time frame in previous years such as 87 in 2018 and 101 in 2017.
Raintree Homes has 18 new homes, most already sold, under construction or complete in the 34-lot Belle Meadows subdivision. There are five new homes underway in the 16-lot Bent Creek development. Ten homes on the city’s east side at Boone and Blakney are complete and all but one is sold. The Fox Custom Homes subdivision on Blakney is now completely built and mostly sold. The Villages at Mayfield, a 200-plus lot subdivision of single-family homes and townhomes is underway with lot grading on the east side of town behind Santa Fe Elementary. In the 51-lot Belle Lagos subdivision, Carnegie Homes has 14 homes under construction or complete. D.R. Horton Homes has about 80 homes in construction in the Belclaire addition. In addition to new and growing subdivision, the city is also experiencing many new homes built in infill lots, many which have been vacant for years, primarily in Cleburne’s east and north side.