Last year Roanoke saw a large number of business and housing projects added throughout the city.The city, which bills itself as the “Unique Dining Capital of Texas,” granted more than 30 certificates of occupancy for new businesses.Two of the more notable additions, said Mayor Scooter Gierisch, were the Chick-fil-A and the BlueWave Car Wash.Housing developments included the Briarwyck subdivision, which is in the final two phases of residential development of 140 homes. The Fairway Ranch subdivision finished building model homes and will add 580 homes throughout 2014.The Glenmere and Highlands Glen addition to the north side of the city will add more than 135 new homes.Three of the city’s major street construction projects included Main Street and three street projects in the Marshall Creek subdivision, totaling more than $4 million in capital improvements.In 2013, the Marshall Creek Road Bridge was completed as an access point from U.S. 377 to Blythe Bridge Drive. It allows residents in the Briarwyck subdivision and surrounding area quicker access to roads outside the neighborhood."It took a number of years of working with the railroad and the city to get this where it is today," Gierisch said. "We couldn’t be more excited."Continuation of Oak Street to the south will be designed. Also, a new city hall is in the planning stages.In continuing with its entertainment reputation, new restaurants in 2014 will include Matt’s El Rancho Tex-Mex coming to Oak Street in June.The ALDI grocery store at Highway 377 and Marshall Creek Road is about 40 percent finished, according to Gierisch, and is projected for completion in the first quarter of the year.The city also received an upgrade in bond rating from an A to AA, which will enable the city’s bonding capacity at lower interest for capital improvements.Sales tax increased approximately 10 percent in 2013, with $12 million in annual collections.“My vision for Roanoke is simple and is shared by citizens from all over the city,” Gierisch said. “We strive to be the city with the most productive jobs, the highest rate of home ownership, and the best schools of any area in the country.” This story contains material from Star-Telegram archives.
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