STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
The city of Granite Shoals is looking for ways to encourage business development along one of its main thoroughfares.
During the April 23 regular City Council meeting, council members and city staff discussed the benefits of rezoning portions of Phillips Ranch Road for general business.
Currently, Phillips Ranch Road — what many consider to be the city’s Main Street — is zoned for residential multi-family use with some businesses on the left side when turning onto it from RR 1431.
The area under consideration stretches from West Bluebriar Drive to West Castlewood Drive.
City Manager Jeff Looney said a general business designation for Phillips Ranch Road would allow more economic development along that stretch of road.
While council member Todd Holland requested this item to be on the agenda, it’s not new. Past councils have also discussed the idea.
Also regarding Phillips Ranch Road, city staff told the council crews are working on side street entrances from New Castle View to the end of Phillips Ranch Road, patching potholes and overlaying the street with 2 inches of pressed asphalt.
“Folks have been patient, and we’d like to get the project finished,” Looney said.
In December, the city completed major work on Phillips Ranch Road stretching from New Castle View to RR 1431. The stretch of the road was closed for approximately a month for the upgrades.
In other business, the council discussed Granite Shoals-Bob Sylvester Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the change from a private facility to a public one in October 2017.
The city has requested the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division study the facility to give recommendations on what to do and how to improve it. The airport, which has a grass strip, was built in the 1960s before Granite Shoals was incorporated.
“We want to continue to make it safe for people to land and take off,” Looney said of the airport.
City leaders also commended residents and businesses that made the first-ever GraniteFest, held April 27, a success. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which featured live music, food, a car show, and other activities.
Officials plan to make it an annual gathering with a future date that doesn’t conflict with other area festivals. This year’s event fell on the same weekend as the Llano Crawfish Open and the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic.
“We’ll have to work on that, but I think it was a success,” Looney said. “I can’t say enough about the sponsors who put faith in Granite Shoals and the locals.”