The Killeen Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday unanimously approved combining two parcels of land that will house the MGC Pure Chemicals America superpure hydrogen peroxide plant at the Killeen Business Park.
The commission voted to approve the replat at its regular meeting, which will combine about 25 acres of land and streamline construction permitting, according to Killeen Director of Communications Hilary Shine.
The replat does not involve any new land acquisition by the company and only combines the two parcels on which the plant will be built.
The plant, which will produce a chemical used to clean semiconductor parts, was approved through a performance agreement with the Killeen Economic Development Corporation in July.
Under the terms of the agreement, the corporation agreed to reimburse MGC for up to $486,000 in property tax payments; oblige the city to waive $20,000 in city tap, platting and permitting fees; pay closing costs up to $10,000; offer $224,000 in job creation grants; and reimburse MGC for up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvements, among other incentives.
In return, the plant is obligated to hire 28 positions with an average salary of $66,600, make a capital investment of approximately $23 million for its 20,000-square-foot original facility, and create an additional 28 jobs and make an additional $20 million investment if the facility expands.
In other business, the commission unanimously recommended a future land use map adjustment and zoning change that could create a row of duplexes immediately east of the Clear Creek Mobile Home Park on South Clear Creek Road.
The 20 acre plot of land would act as a “buffer zone” between the mobile home park and busy road, and possible future single-family residential housing further to the east.
City Planner Tony McIlwain said the landowner and city staff were concerned single-family residential homes would be difficult to sell so close to the road and Killeen Fort-Hood Regional Airport.
“That dynamic is just not conducive to that type of housing anymore,” he said.
Resident Laura Villegas, who lives near the proposed subdivision, said she feared duplexes would bring single men and short-term residents to the area and increase the risk of racing on the roads.
A stone’s throw away on Bunny Trail, Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, died Dec. 17 after crashing his green Dodge Challegner through the front of a home on Barbed Wire Drive at a high rate of speed. Police said Strongheart was racing another driver, Staff Sgt. Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, when he lost control of the vehicle and went through the front of the home.
Hernandez was charged Dec. 20 with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death and assigned a bond of $100,000. He is currently not being held in the Bell County Jail.
“I’m scared,” Villegas said. “I was born and raised in Killeen, and that’s all I know. I hear the ambulances going past five times a night in that area.”
Villegas also pointed out the new duplexes would be within a minute’s drive from Joker’s Ice House Bar & Grill, which sits adjacent to the airport.
The two items will go before the Killeen City Council for final approval later this month.
The commission also appointed a new chairman and vice chairman. Marcus Peters will take over for Tad Dorroh, who is terming out of the commission Oct. 1. Ben Purser will take over the vice chair role from Peters.