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Auto Repair Shop Coming to Lantana

Lantana officials have issued a building permit to Kwik Industries for a 6,000 square foot Kwik Kar Service Center near the Sonic on FM 407.

The auto repair shop is expected to open in January and will have high-end finishes, such as a stone exterior, to make it consistent with Lantana Architectural Control Guidelines, according to Ray Ellis, President of Kwik Industries. 

Each Kwik brand store is developed and built by Kwik Industries and sold to a buyer who will independently own and operate their unit.  Ellis said that a couple from Double Oak purchased the service center.

“Kwik provides potential owners with a turnkey facility, including the site, development costs, building, equipment, inventory, computer systems, and training,” said Ellis.

The Lantana Kwik development consists of three lots and includes a future Kwik Kar Wash and Kwik Dry Clean Supercenter. 

Ellis said that he hopes to finalize a buyer for the Kwik Kar Wash soon.

Senior Housing Development Announced

High-end rental housing for seniors is coming to Lantana.  Lantana developer, Republic Property Group, recently announced the sale of 5.58 acres near FM 407 and Copper Canyon Road to Fort Worth-based Cadence Capital Partners for a 102-unit age-restricted residential development.

The Aspens at Lantana will be located behind the future CVS and Sonic, with access from Copper Canyon Road.

The gated community will contain two to three story homes with attached garages below.  Floor plans will include one and two bedrooms ranging in size from 690 to almost 1,100 square feet.

The Aspens is slated to begin construction in 2012 with an anticipated 2013 opening.

Read more about the development here.

Lantana to Host Annual Hazardous Waste Collection

Area residents will have the opportunity to make their community a little more clean and green this month.

Denton County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lantana North Amenity Center, 11555 Lantana Trail.

Common items accepted at the collection include pesticides, motor oil, herbicides, antifreeze, fertilizers, brake fluid, gasoline, paint, fungicide, and aerosol cans.

As part of Denton County’s Storm Water Management Program, the county has entered into a contract with the Upper Trinity Regional Water District to assist residents in collecting and disposing of their household hazardous waste, according to Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads.

“I am pleased to be able to bring this program to the residents of Southwest Denton County. This partnership with Upper Trinity will help protect the Lake Lewisville watershed, and keep our drinking water clean,” said Eads.

Last year, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District collected 13,261 pounds of waste at the collection event in Lantana.

Residents who wish to participate in the collection need to pick up a free voucher prior to the event at Denton County Public Works, located at 1505 E McKinney Street, Suite 175, Denton, TX 76209.

There are a limited number of vouchers available on a first come first serve basis, so residents are encouraged to coordinate with their neighbors to maximize the effectiveness of the program, Eads said.

For more information, call Denton County Public Works at 940-349-3250.

Traffic Enforcement Petition Should Hit Streets Soon

The two Lantana Fresh Water Supply District boards are expected to vote next month to implement a plan for gathering signatures from residents on a petition to request traffic enforcement from county commissioners.

House Bill 2541, a new state law passed this spring, requires residents living in a FWSD to formally request traffic enforcement via petition to their county commissioners, since the roads inside water districts are considered private, according to a ruling last fall by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

“The petition does not add dedicated patrols, it is simply a process set out by the state legislature to allow the county Sheriff to enforce our existing traffic regulations on Lantana’s roads as they were before the AG’s ruling last fall,” said FWSD #6 Vice President, Max Miller.

At least 50 percent of Lantana residents have to sign the petition in order for it to be presented to county commissioners for consideration.

Residents can contact the Lantana Fresh Water District at 940-728-5050 or County Commissioner Andy Eads at 940-349-2801 with questions or concerns regarding this issue.

Police Activity

Recent calls to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office from Lantana:

9/7/11 – An employee of Highland Homes reported that someone stole 86 pieces of rebar valued at $350 from behind his construction building in the 8200 block of Primrose Trail in Bandera.

9/12/11 – A 17-year-old male was arrested and charged with assault family violence during a domestic disturbance in the 8000 block of Watson Rd. in Laurel.

9/21/11 – Unknown person(s) removed 48 bundles of roofing shingles and two boxes of roofing nails valued at $1,500 from a job site at 9125 Parson Dr. in Fairlin.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). 

Board Passes Budget with Rate Increases

Board members from Lantana’s two Fresh Water Supply Districts approved the 2011-2012 budgets at their September meetings with no property tax increase, but agreed to raise water and wastewater rates by $2.45 per month to cover increases from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District that supplies water and wastewater treatment to Lantana. The rate changes go into effect on Nov. 1st.

Development Watch

Lantana had 2,442 occupied homes as of Sept. 30, with an estimated population of 7,937.

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