Feature Photo: An aerial view of the proposed site for the city business park. Image: Google/VBX Graphic.
by Art Benavidez
Temple (Bell County) — The city held a first hearing on a city-initiated request to rezone 313.9 acres for the proposed expansion of a business park, during Monday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The property was rezoned from agricultural (AG) to light industrial (LI) zoning.
The property is largely undeveloped, except for one home, along with associated structures that have been previously used for agriculture purposes and is located at the southwest corner of Industrial Boulevard and SH Loop 363.
The working title of the development is Project Pasta and the property will have access from Cearley Road, Industrial Boulevard, Eberhard Road and Wendland Road.
The property will contain an additional 86.3 acres that will be included in the development of the property and is currently zoned light industrial.
Several infrastructure improvements are planned for the business park. The alignment of Enterprise Road bisects the property in an east-west direction and is classified as a future community; the alignment of Wendland Road in a north-south direction bisects the property and is shown as a future minor arterial road; abandonment of a portion of Cearley Road and the projection of Wendland Road within the project boundary are also in process for City Council consideration.
The city, on behalf of the Temple Economic Development Corporation, owns the property and the proposed uses for the business park can include offices, most commercial uses, a distribution center, light warehousing and utility uses.
The Fort Worth office of the engineering firm Olsson is on board the project.
The city will hold a second reading on the item on Sept. 2.
VBX Project ID: 2021-5FDA