BEAUMONT, Texas — Further Golden Triangle growth may be on the way for Beaumont’s West End.
This time, city leaders and a Houston developer are focusing on a wooded area off Dowlen Road between Gladys Avenue and Delaware Street.
The plans of the land have been in preparation for a few years. According to the cityseveral developers came forward but did not follow through with their plans.
The land across Delaware Street from the HEB on Dowlen Road was once an oil field.
However, the wells have been plugged recently, but it could soon be the site of the new Beaumont district.
“Beaumont’s time is coming and there’s good reason to be optimistic about Beaumont right now,” Mike Getz said.
Beaumont Councilman said Houston developer Sam Yager appeared before City Council earlier this week with plans for a municipal management district off Dowlen Road between Gladys Avenue and Delaware Street.
Getz said it was too good a growth opportunity to pass up.
“A municipally managed district is something new to Beaumont, but has been used across the state of Texas for many years to develop planned communities with all kinds of high-end amenities and that’s what we envision. to do now here in Beaumont,” Getz said.
Getz said the developer is paying for the project upfront. Those who decide to live in the new community will pay taxes to offset these costs.
“It might be an opportunity to get something like an Aldis or a Trader Joe’s,” Getz said.
According to Getz, Yager is currently meeting with Drainage District 6 and it is unclear when construction could begin on the 500+ acre lot.
However, he said that in a few years the site could accommodate around 400 new homes, as well as new stores along Dowlen Road and Delaware Street.
“It’s happening all over the state of Texas and there’s no reason we at Beaumont can’t have some great stuff too,” Getz said.