• November 23, 2014

Ramping up retail

Killeen Town Center latest development in growing Central Texas region

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5 comments:

  • Alvin posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 221

    I agree. This city/town has been centered on residential home building for as long as I've been living here. You can see this as with the city 'fathers' electing to go for a development of unincorporated land, with the inclusion of new water mains, both fresh (drinking) water, sewage collection, that is 25 years into the future, which includes a new water plant, a new water head tank, and on the south end, development of a new water treatment plant that will feed from Stillhouse Lake, so as to be more accessible to the thousands of homes to be built there. The city of Temple is looking at a new Biodiesel facility, Thomas Biodiesel, LLC, and the city of Lampasas is looking at a heavy equipment facility, a California based company, I can't remember the name at the moment, but what has Killeen got to look forward to, a Walmart, (5) junior anchors and (6) out-parcels that are nameless.
    The college is great, but when the students graduate they have to seek employment elsewhere or go into retail because that's all this city has to offer. Nothing but retail and the Military and I have nothing against the Military either. I have nothing against Walmart nor any other retail store, but can't this city offer anything else? Apparently not.

     
  • Viktor posted at 11:09 pm on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    @ KarmaGrant: That's just it! It's not a trend. Walmart goes where the money is and sooner or later they would've opened a new store without anyone convincing. Crutchfield and EDC need to focus on attracting real industry instead of more retail that will logically follow with the increased population. @Alvin: There has always been too much reliance on base and troops. Economy can't be diversified because more homes, strip malls and shopping centers have worked for so long. Change is unwelcome for city's elite. They know best!

     
  • Alvin posted at 10:14 pm on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 221

    So the mayor says the 'Residents' will benefit not only from sales tax revenues but also from water, sewer, and solid waste. I guess that tells us where we stand on the solid waste issue. I can only surmise, and that''s my personal opinion, that the mayor and associates never had any intention of 'giving' anything to the citizenry a solid waste package, but instead used that as another money making venue to add to his list of accomplishments.
    I keep hearing about the Walmart Super Center, 5 junior anchors and 6 out-parcels but I have yet to find out 'who' the 5 junior parcels and 6 out-parcels are. Do you have a name that can be placed on each of these entities?
    As to the issue of a sewer line extension to the development,would the sewer line extension be from the existing sewage treatment facility or the new, yet to be built facility?
    But, again, all I see is retail development, not industry to any extent. So Killeen will still be a 'bedroom community' subservient to Fort Hood. Lord help us for I personally believe,if for any reason, Fort Hood closes down, for within a few years Killeen will become a ghost town.
    In answer to Fran – I believe the city has already seen to that scenario as they are in the throws of moving, expanding, out to include an additional source of fresh water, Stillhouse Lake. That will increase the Killeen city capacity by an additional 10 MGD

     
  • KarmaGrant posted at 6:14 pm on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    KarmaGrant Posts: 20

    "Crutchfield said the trend in major retail developments is to establish a major anchor store, like Walmart, which then brings in other retailers."

    How is this a trend when it's been going on for almost 2 decades at least?

     
  • Fran posted at 3:35 pm on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    Fran Posts: 54

    Yes, there will be an economic boom and even more places to shop. But, does

    anyone who encourages all this growth have a plan for future water shortages

    coupled with more people living in the area?

    Anyone who has lived here a while, knows this is a certainty.

    Bet not.