Permits sought for Whole Foods development

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The owner of the shopping center where Whole Foods Market will open next year is seeking permission for alcohol sales, saying it plans several restaurants for the development.

Scott Woodruff, senior vice president and development director for Centennial Real Estate Co., told the Colleyville City Council that it plans to house several restaurants that would serve alcohol, including Matt’s Ranchero Martinez. The Tex-Mex restaurant has four locations in the Metroplex including Allen and Garland. Whole Foods would only sell beer and wine.

Woodruff said construction work on Whole Foods would begin on Dec. 1, with a target opening set for next summer. It will be located in a former Albertson’s in the Village Park at Colleyville shopping center, to be rebranded Colleyville Downs, at Texas 26 and Glade Road.

Centennial asked for a blanket permit that would cover alcohol sales in any future restaurants in certain lots, which raised some concerns.

Mayor David Kelly said he has reservations with such a wide permit because of past problems, which resulted in a bar.

“As it went through a later regeneration, we got in some type of facilities that probably weren’t appropriate for the city,” he said.

The council shared several ideas for checks and balances, including tying the permit to the Whole Foods lease.

Council members will most likely vote on the issue at the Sept. 17 meeting.

2014 Budget

The council also addressed its upcoming budget, which goes into effect on Oct. 1.

While the budget and tax rates will be voted on in a future meeting, council members expressed their satisfaction with the proposed budget.

Kelly said citizen input has figured into identifying city needs.

Councilwoman Carol Wollin stressed how Colleyville is in a good place, unlike other cities that face budget problems.

“The city’s retirement system is fully funded,” she said. “It does not have any unfunded liability”

Councilman Chuck Mogged shared his satisfaction with the addition of a capital improvement plan.

“The budget really starts addressing infrastructure for the long term,” he said. “It’s not something we’ve always put at the forefront but we are doing that now.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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