With Burnet EDC land purchase, area would be open for business

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

The Burnet Economic Development Corp. is purchasing 13.51 acres on U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive. The tract allows for a number of development opportunities for the city. Graphic courtesy Burnet EDC

The Burnet Economic Development Corp. is purchasing 13.51 acres on U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive. The tract allows for a number of development opportunities for the city. Graphic courtesy Burnet EDC

The city of Burnet opened up development opportunities during the regular City Council meeting Feb. 26.

City Council authorized the Burnet Economic Development Corp. to purchase about 13.5 acres at the corner of U.S. 281 and Houston Clinton Drive.

The purchase is for $325,000.

Evan Milliorn, assistant director of Administrative Services, said the land could have a number of uses.

The site is in a part of town that has the second-highest traffic counts in the city, Milliorn said.

“It’s very attractive for future retail and QSR (quick-service restaurant) development,” he said.

The land also is being evaluated in a hotel feasibility study the EDC approved in January.

“We have not received the hotel study. We anticipate that it will be complete within the next couple of weeks,” Milliorn said.

The property also has potential for the airport.

“The back part of the property could be used for additional airplane hangar space, which is in very high demand,” Milliorn said.

The tract is being surveyed and scheduled for closing at the end of March.

jared@thepicayune.com

6 Responses to “With Burnet EDC land purchase, area would be open for business”

  1. Walter Stewart says:

    I would hope that the city fathers would use tax payers money to develop new jobs for the area and not to compete with entities that provided the taxes in the first place. If new retail or service industries are justified by economic conditions they don’t need government subsidies otherwise they just take economic support from existing locals. I. E. Walmart

  2. A taxpayer says:

    Don’t forget, Burnet PD is looking to keep up appearances by building another unneeded city building.

  3. suzanne says:

    Great, as long as it’s not a business that is going to just be digging a hole in the ground or multiplying the already high number of extremely heavy/dirty vehicles in our roads tearing them up and creating unsafe driving conditions for the community. Criminals are the only people I can think of who don’t support their local police, fire, and ems.

    • A good citizen says:

      I do not support the justice system here in Burnet.The cops are crooked and are revenue generators for the city.I have been harrased multiple times by the Burnet p.d. while doing nothing illegal.The courts here will try to take every penny you have.So no I don’t support thugs in a gang with guns.

      • Dwayne says:

        That isnt my experience at all. I’ve only ever seen the local pd “harrass” people who are doing something illegal, are uncooperative, or are otherwise showing a bad attitude. Yes, if you’re convicted courts in the US will levy their power to send a strong message.

  4. Jeff says:

    Simply here to say to the future developers…please no more fast food businesses in Burnet. Taco Bell, Chicken Express, Sonic, Subway are more than enough. Carry on.

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