Cleburne continues to see commercial and residential growth with new businesses and neighborhoods coming to the city.
City staff presented the quarterly Economic Development update to the City Council at its Oct. 13 meeting. The update provides a look at the current state of commercial and residential activity in the city.
“We’re growing there’s no doubt about that and I know we’re up to the challenge of growing in a way that we maintain our sense of character and that small town feel ” Mayor Scott Cain said. “We’ll do that by staying on top of the growth and not getting behind.”
Local businesses have informed city staff that they plan to open in the near future including Chic-Fil-A in late October or early November, McAlister’s Deli on Oct. 30, and Harbor Freight Tools at the end of the month. Other businesses are in the works include a new Murphy USA gas station, Aldi grocery store, 7-11 convenience store, RV Depot, Texas Best Smokehouse, and a new drive-through car wash.
Commercial development remains active as the city issued 15 commercial building permits year-to-date through September. Last year, the city issued 12 commercial building permits year-to-date through September 2019.
People are shopping and dining more in Cleburne as well. Sales tax allocation is up 15.83% compared to the same month last year.
Last year the city saw the most new home starts in recent history and the growth continues in 2020. From the start of the year through September 2020, the city has issued 286 new residential building permits compared to 198 through September 2019. Many of these new homes are coming in new neighborhoods or new phases of existing neighborhoods.
“I want to thank everybody, our staff, my colleagues on council, and most importantly the private sector that’s driving our economy and putting Cleburne on the map as the number one go-to place to live, work and play,” Mayor Cain said.
Watch the presentation online