Henrietta Economic Development Director Rick Langford told the Henrietta Growth Corporation board of directors on Monday that he has been in talks with two businesses that have shown interest in setting up shop along Hwy. 287.
Langford said Waffle House is in the process of conducting a feasibility study for a location next to the Best Western Hotel, located on the Hwy. 287-frontage road, near Spur 510.
Langford said he was not ready to name the other business publicly, but said it is a gift shop.
To allow for access to the proposed business locations will require a new city street parallel to the access road between the Best Western parking lot and Clayton Road to the west. TxDOT has stated that it will not approve any additional parking lot entrances from the frontage road in that specific area due to congestion.
Langford believes the city meets at least the minimum requirements to apply for a state grant to build the street.
The office of Janet Pilsner, agent for Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty Insurance, will soon get a facelift. Pilsner has requested a façade grant from the HGC to replace the shingled roof on the awning of her building with sheet metal, as well as cap the heavy beam work on the building’s front at a cost of $1,550. The HGC approved Pilsner’s request for the 50-50 grant, and will reimburse her for $775.
Feb. 27, the HGC approved a request by Langford to list five lots in Western Estates with Penny Riordan of Strategic Realtors and Howard Beeler of Heritage Real Estate. Originally, one realtor was to list the two choice lots, while the other realtor listed the other three. On Monday, Langford said the realtors have chosen to list all five properties in a joint agreement.
Langford also said that a homebuilder who had shown interest in building spec houses in Western Estates would not be able to do so at least until the end of the year.