March 25, 2017
Welcome to springtime, everyone! I hope we continue to have a pleasant season. All of our large-scale residential construction appears to be going well. A Stonehollow representative told me that they have already sold around 20 lots. I believe Palladium is still shooting for opening up for leases at mid-year. D.R. Horton has completed their work on Village Parkway.
In a couple of weeks, I believe that a new restaurant, Jalapeños Mexican Grill, will be opening for business in the business center near the Mobil station, just north of the Pizza Hut. The restoration work on West Marshall on two buildings in our old downtown is also a welcome sight. We can all look forward to the 1873 Market at Preston and Marshall when it opens, and further east, Stonehollow is building an office. Great projects.
Straight from my notes published in the March 24 edition of the Van Alstyne Leader: There has been lots of discussion and research regarding a city government campus. All of that work and discussion will benefit the city greatly, but financially the city is not ready to jump on that project in a big way yet. Van Alstyne is definitely growing and we are financially sound, but there is no will on the part of the council or our city manager to overburden our citizens with the cost of a new government campus. We don’t need the debt. The study on what we will need in the way of city buildings was worthwhile because it will be valuable information for years yet, but the construction is too expensive for us at this point in time. There is a step worth taking before we consider building anything, and that is securing some property for the future project. There are several properties that might suit the city, and who knows what may become available. We on the council appreciate your patience and will be glad for your thoughts if you want to converse with any of us. Some thought was given to soon holding a public meeting on this topic, but honestly, there is not enough information at this point to make it worth your while. There will be public meetings later. We do want to keep you informed, in print and in meetings.
On April 18th in the community center, our Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Meet the Candidates Forum and each of the candidates in contested elections plans to be there. Questions will not come directly from the crowd, but questions may be provided to the Chamber of Commerce prior to the forum. Your questions may be submitted via email to www.surveymonkey.com/r/VFXNQKG, or they may be placed in boxes at Texas Star Bank or the Senior Center. The questions will be reviewed and compiled so that the moderator will have them ready. Prior to questioning the candidates, the President of our Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Mr. Randy Uselton, will be making an important presentation regarding questions 1 and 2, appearing on our May election ballot. While city government may only inform, and not promote any of the options, the EDC however is free to promote as they wish and so this will be well worth hearing. Please make time for this event. The doors will open at 6:00 P.M. and the discussion will begin at 6:30.
God bless you all.
Mayor Larry Cooper