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Highland Village gas station plan passes first read

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Proposed rendering of new gas station in Highland Village.  The  revised plans will change slightly and there will be less red around the doors, according to city officials.
Proposed rendering of new gas station in Highland Village. The revised plans will change slightly and there will be less red around the doors, according to city officials.

The Highland Village City Council on Tuesday approved a site plan for a Murphy Oil gas station in front of Walmart and an easement agreement with KSW Holding Highland Village, L.P. for overflow parking for Unity Park at Celebrations Village Center.

The gas station was first approved with the 2005 site plan for The Marketplace at Highland Village in March 2015 a replat of the Walmart property was approved separating the lot for a Murphy Oil gas station. Public hearings were held at Planning & Zoning and City Council when the applicant presented the site plan.

The Council approved the first read of the site plan which included site plan, building elevations, signage, lighting and landscape plans.  The Murphy Oil gas station with be on the south side of the Walmart parking lot facing FM 407 and will begin construction early 2016.

In addition, DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse will move into the space previously occupied by Office Depot in The Marketplace at Highland Village. DSW is scheduled to open this fall, according to shopping center owner DDR Corp.

The owner of Lot 1 of Celebrations Village Center, 2380 FM 407, is redeveloping what was known as Celebrations Event Center to include a chapel for weddings, wedding receptions and similar events.

The approval and addition of the chapel required an additional 40 off-street parking spaces. The proposed location is adjacent to Unity Park. Since those spaces will only be used during highly attended events the owner has offered an easement to the City to allow parking for Unity Park in exchange for the City’s agreement to pay for a portion of the construction cost of the new parking spaces.

Unity Park, the city’s community park, is a popular destination for tournaments and special events and the additional parking spaces will accommodate peak use times for these events. Council approved $90,613 for the City’s participation cost by a vote of 5-2.

During the Mayor and Council reports, Lions Club member Barbara Fleming recognized winners of the Highland Village Lions Club Poster contest. The winners, students at Highland Village schools, submitted poster drawings depicting the 28th Annual Balloon Festival. The festival will take place the weekend of August 14-16 at Unity Park in Highland Village. Event details can be found at www.lionsballoonfest.com.

Also during the Mayor and Council reports, Mayor Wilcox recognized champion baton twirler, Highland Village resident and Marcus High School freshman Chailie Alsaffar who is representing Texas at the National Baton Twirling Association competition at the University of Notre Dame celebration the 50th Anniversary of America’s Youth on Parade.

Police Chief Doug Reim administered ceremonial swearing in of Officer Marcela Rodriguez.

The City Secretary’s office is accepting applications for boards and commissions to serve as advisory groups to Council and staff. The City Secretary’s Office accepts applications from interested citizens who would like to volunteer their time to the City.  All volunteers must be residents of Highland Village and qualified voters. All applications are considered by City Council when they make their annual appointments in September.  Applications are available on the City website and must be returned to the City Secretary by July 31, 2015.

The HVTV Update informed residents of the request for applicants to Boards and Commissions and an HVBA Business Spotlight featuring Tree Shepherds of Highland Village.

The City Council early work session and regular session is available on HVTV (Time Warner 16; Verizon 43) and via the website streaming by clicking HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.

 

Most of the information in the article submitted by Laurie Mullens with the City of Highland Village.

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