Mansfield News

Council prioritizes future projects and commercial possibilities

City Council prioritized future road, commercial and facility projects at a recent work session.

City leadership met May 27 to direct city staff for budgeting and project prioritization while staff works on developing budgets for next and future fiscal years.

“It’s a huge undertaking every year to come up with a forecast and projections and still lay out a plan not only good for the next months but good for years to follow,” City Manager Clayton Chandler said.

While most of the meeting occurred during a closed executive session the group discussed two possible entertainment projects, hospitality projects, business project and future road projects.

The road projects include completing work on the parts of Texas 360 the city owns when the Texas Department of Transportation plans to add toll lanes along the highway south of Interstate 20 to US 287. The project also aims to improve intersections and frontage roads. The project will also add U.S. 287 northbound and southbound bridges over Texas 360 and part of US 287’s northbound frontage road and ramps. Chandler said that could cost the city $12 million.

Chandler said the group also discussed improvements to south Main Street and downtown, which the city recently took over from the state.

One of the items under discussion was incentives for the developer that plans to bring a shopping district along U.S. 287 and Broad Street. While no planned proposals have been sent to the city yet, The Shops at Broad would bring more businesses to the corridor.

Councilman Cory Hoffman said he was pleased with the discussion.

“We had some good detailed discussions about projects on the horizon and how they’re going to impact the city,” he said.

Chandler said many of the items discussed at the meeting will come forward to council in a public city meeting where public input will be possible.

Mansfield City Council’s returning members sworn in

Three Mansfield City Council members took the oath of office at the scheduled meeting.

Councilmen Stephen Lindsey, Place 3, Darryl Haynes, Place 4; and Cory Hoffman, Place 5 each retained their seats after the May election.

Councilman Brent Newsom was chosen as Mayor Pro Tem by fellow council members.

The council also approved the first reading of a zoning change request to build a private home at 502 E. Broad Street on .39 acres. Council members also approved the second reading to build homes on 12.4 acres west of S. Main Street and east of Chase Trail.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

Twitter: @dustindangli