By David Tuma, Publisher
Planet Fitness opened up this week in the revitalized the old HEB building on Main Street.The parking lot was full Monday marking a major change to the downtown area after being abandoned the past few years. Ace Hardware should open up sometime soon at the same location.
Which-Wich a sandwich shop will open up inside the CEFCO convenience store on N. Main Street. Belton is also getting a Wing Stop along Sparta Road.
“It was an awesome year. The city council encourages growth and development. We are growing. It is a balance of maintaining Belton’s small town feel with progressively growing. We have a great school district and people will continue to move here,” said Erin Smith City of Belton Planning Director.
Dawson Ranch Phase VI, Highland Estates and Dawson Ridge will add 196 new homes in few years. Mystic River is planning Phase II. The upscale subdivision has seen enough lots sell to plan the second phase.
Hubbard Branch an upscale subdivision in the Miller Heights area is in the final phases of planning. Homes should go under construction this spring or summer. Chisholm Trail west is near approval and will add another 182 homes in the next few years. This summer could see a major increase in homes being built inside the city limits of Belton.
“We are getting a lot of looks at property in the commercial areas. There are plans for a second Bushes Chicken,” said Smith.
The city will be looking into the possibility of running sewer lines along I-35 from Loop 121 to the Lampasas River. They are working with Halff Associates to develop a sewer plan along I-35. This area could see some major retail developments near the intersection of Hwy. 190 an I-35.
The expansion of Sparta Road is in the works. The extension of MLK to Loop 121 should be completed in 2016. Trying to get into Belton early in the morning driving along Hwy. 317 can take time. A plan to expand Hwy. 317 to 4 lanes from Adams Avenue to Belton will go out to bid in January.
This is good news for the area. It will connect homes in West Temple, Morgan’s Point Resort to Belton with a 4-lane road.