Marble Falls unveils timing of Chick-fil-A, Burger King and more projects

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

Marble Falls leaders recently released a state-of-the-city report featuring the city's financial health, projects and business prospects. The report stated a Chick-fil-A, proposed in the 2100 block of U.S. 281, is expected to break ground in the early part of 2017, while Burger King officials are considering the southwest corner (pictured) of U.S. 281 and RR 1431. Staff photo

Marble Falls leaders recently released a state-of-the-city report featuring the city’s financial health, projects and business prospects. The report stated a Chick-fil-A, proposed in the 2100 block of U.S. 281, is expected to break ground in the early part of 2017, while Burger King officials are considering the southwest corner (pictured) of U.S. 281 and RR 1431. Staff photo

MARBLE FALLS — An annual state-of-the-city report has revealed business prospects for Marble Falls as well as its financial health, future and ongoing projects in the community, according to the document.

The report listed a couple of national fast-food chain restaurants that have begun setting up stakes in the community, City Manager Mike Hodge said.

“We’ve got Chick-fil-A, which has submitted plans and is going through the review process. (I) anticipate they’ll probably open if we can get them started pretty quick in early part of 2017,” he said.

The chicken restaurant is proposed to be located at the intersection of Commerce and the 2100 block of U.S. 281, the site of the former Edgar Funeral Home.

A well-known burger chain might change the landscape at an intersection that currently features an auto repair shop and a resale business.

“Burger King is looking at the southwest corner of 1431 and 281,” he said. “I think they see that there’s a good market for it, and we’re starting to see a lot more traffic both on 1431 and 281.”

City officials revealed progress on current business construction.

“We’ve got the Bealls store coming on-line in April of next year (1500 block of RR 1431). The (new) H-E-B should come on-line, basically, at the end of 2017,” he said. “Ross (2500 block of U.S. 281) is completed, and they’re trying to get open this month, August to September.”

Along with the economic prospects, the document unveiled infrastructure and capital improvement program (CIP) projects.

“We’ve got some major CIP projects we’re working on, primarily water and sewer side,” Hodge said. “We’ve got the public safety building. We’re going to be looking at some funding.”

City officials also approved reinstating some positions and creating others, including assistant city manager, water plant operator and a patrol officer for the upcoming budget year.

Other highlights of the state of the city include:

• Proposed Gregg Ranch subdivision at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 71 near the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center is expected to break ground sometime in 2017.

• Homesteads at Mormon Mill, currently under construction, will feature 70 apartment units just off U.S. 281 on Mormon Mill Road. It’s scheduled to open in 2017.

• City’s bond rating has improved to AA-minus due to factors such as an increased reserve fund and conservative spending.

• Staff numbers have decreased. Since 2008, the city has reduced the number of employees from 127 to 106.

• Construction is underway on the final phase of an approximately $4 million water plant expansion and $2 million wastewater plant upgrades. Officials expect to dedicate $8 million in bonds to help fund the improvements.

connie@thepicayune.com

17 Responses to “Marble Falls unveils timing of Chick-fil-A, Burger King and more projects”

  1. Lynette Holtz says:

    What a shame about more fast food coming to Marble Falls . Let’s fight to keep it the special – not too commercialized place it is .

    • Zachary Bowles says:

      Oh,go crawl back into your 18th century hermit hut in the hills. 😉

      Anti progressivism has never benefitted society.
      New jobs are always a good thing.

      • steve says:

        The problem with progressives is they can’t tell you what the final destination is. They have no end game. Wise old man once said (he’s the one who lived in his hermit hut in the hills) you can’t grow for ever.

  2. M. Lynne says:

    Having kids friendly eateries with indoor playscapes would be great! Everything here caters to the elderly and families need places to eat too. I love Chick-fil-A.

  3. steve says:

    It’s interesting that chick-fil-a is locating in the particular spot. They may need to install traffic signals as that is a tough area to cross. Also they will be right next to the trash company, hope they put up a back wall so folks don’t have to look at it. Of course you can’t do much about the smell.

  4. Betty says:

    Tthe two restaurants are using unsightly spots not knocking down trees. Not happy about the subdivision. Where is the water coming from ?

  5. Common Sense says:

    Great to see more options coming to Marble Falls. If you have concerns about the way development happens, I suggest participating in community surveys, attending town halls, etc… Development is coming faster and faster as Austin and its outlying areas grow – it is inevitable. The population will increase, more housing will come, more businesses will come, more roads will be needed (and hopefully an eventual loop diverting pass-through 281 traffic), etc. That’s simply the way it goes. Marble Falls is no longer the sleepy little town it was when I first came here – it hasn’t been in a very long time. However, it doesn’t have to grow in a bad way. It should be smart; it should be planned (within reason, not to impede market demands, etc.). I won’t personally go to Burger King, but I’d sure as heck go to Chick-fil-a!

    • jennifer says:

      Agree! I’m thankful that BK is coming though, for a burger it’s way better than mcds! And cheaper than Whataburger.

  6. Rhenda O'Malley says:

    Families need more business here.Tired of driving to Austin if you don’t want it from Walmart.SO many of the restaurants open and close when they want too.NO we don’t want it to be as busy as Austin,but just a little more variety would be nice.We could all benefit from competitive prices that comes from more business to chose from.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love that Chick Fa La is coming in. They have healthy options on their menu and an indoor play area.
    However, I think a chipotle is needed as well.

  8. gabriel torres says:

    I honestly think we need more things that cater to young adults and teens in this town, instead we have a lot of things that cater to the elderly and the retired and families. i think it’s great we’re getting these restaurants but i would love to see cool things for young people to enjoy a lot more than run around and do things they’re not supposed too or worse fall into using drugs.

  9. jennifer says:

    I don’t want to see our beautiful town turn into a huge city either, but we do need more options. Alot of $$ and or business from us is going to Austin. I have a lot of friends that travel to Austin weekly to go to places like hobby lobby and bath and body works… And while they’re already out will shop at HEB in Austin before coming home. $ lost for our economy for sure. Our town would benefit greatly by building a hobby lobby and a bath and body works for sure!! As far as restaurants go I believe we need a Wendy’s and a golden corral. I don’t believe those on the board from the blue bonnet cafe will allow a golden corral however ha!
    But I understand the concern on the flip side as well, I don’t want to see a mall open up here or anything.

  10. OmaDavis says:

    There was a bowling alley, but it closed. Why? We sure would love to have a Denny’s. Our favorite breakfast place in Austin. a breakfast buffet is sorely needed in Marble Falls.

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