Lidl will not build a second location next to Mary Orr Intermediate School, deciding to withdraw the application Monday.
The German grocery store couldn’t reach agreement with the Mansfield school district to share a driveway with Mary Orr. The project had been tabled multiple times before the City Council voted to allow the applicant to withdraw the application permanently.
Lidl still plans to build a location on Debbie Lane just east of Matlock Road. The council approved zoning for that store last year.
Long-time council member will retire
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Mayor Pro Tem Cory Hoffman got choked up as he announced he would not be seeking a fifth term this May. Hoffman served 12 years on the council, estimating that he’s been to 288 regular meetings over the years.
“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Mansfield,” Hoffman said. “The table is set. It’s been a pleasure serving with each and every one of you.”
Hoffman, a CPA, said he first ran for council to improve the building quality in the city, raising Mansfield’s stature to attract higher demographics. He said he wanted to serve on the council until his children graduated from high school. His youngest graduated last year.
The announcement surprised many in attendance as Hoffman didn’t warn anyone.
“I was shocked by that. All I could think was, ‘Oh no,’” said City Manager Clayton Chandler.
Hoffman’s decision to not run leaves Place 5 as an open seat for the upcoming May election. Filing for Place 3, 4 and 5 starts Jan. 17.
Chandler credited Hoffman for standing up for the controversial Big League Dreams and Hawaiian Falls projects when he took office in 2006. Chandler said these projects contribute significant hotel/motel tax to the city that allows Mansfield to put on firework shows, parades and other fun events.
“You might not have those benefits,” Chandler said. “You have truly made a positive difference in the city.”
Other council members also reacted to the news.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” Broseh said. “I can’t tell you how much we’ll miss you.”
Fifth fire station planning could start soon
Mansfield could need a fifth fire station within three years, meaning the city needs to start designing and buying land for the fire station soon, Chandler told the council.
Chandler discussed that and other upcoming projects in the work session prior to the regular meeting.
The fire station proposed for the southern end of Mansfield will cost an estimated $7 million, none of which has been allocated, yet, Chandler said.
That’s in today’s dollars so the final cost could be higher, he said. The city hasn’t purchased the land, yet, but the station is intended to serve new developments like South Pointe, the M3 Ranch and Somerset.
“We need to be in that process today just in the land and design,” Chandler said.
It’s also possible that the city could build the station on land it already owns, he said.
The city would also have to add 18 to 21 new firefighter/paramedics to staff the one fire truck and ambulance for three shifts.