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Comment Period for Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study Public Meeting (of Sept. 22, 2014) Ends Thursday, October 2, 2014
If you were unable to submit an official comment regarding the information presented at Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study Public Meeting on September 22, 2014, you can submit a comment through Thursday, October 2, 2014. The final day of the comment period is such. You can submit a comment by clicking the link here: www.nctcog.org/blacklands. Press the icon “Submit a Comment or Question.”
Upcoming Community Information Sessions Regarding Blacklands Corridor Freeway/Tollway, Also Known as Northeast Gateway Toll Road, Scheduled
Information from www.texasnorthgateway.com.
Fort Worth, TX — (Sept. 23, 2014) Texas Turnpike Corp. today announced a series of informal opportunities in which interested property owners may ask questions and make comments about the proposed Northeast Gateway toll road project expected to help address growing mobility challenges in Hunt, Collin, Rockwall and northeast Dallas counties.
“We are committed to talking with as many persons as possible who own property in the wide area we are studying between FM 1570 in Hunt County to the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County,” said K. Neal Barker, board member and spokesperson for Texas Turnpike Corp. “I want to emphasize that our team has NOT established what we believe is the preferred route. The conversations that we are seeking to have with area property owners will help us understand community dynamics, economic development strategies for both the public and private sectors, and, perhaps most importantly, the constraints to the various routes we are considering.“
A total of 10 different time periods at different locations have been scheduled to make it convenient for interested individuals to be a part of the process. While some persons may find it easier to meet in the evening, others may find it convenient to meet in the morning. The meetings will be held over the next two weeks. The schedule is at the end of this news release.
“These meetings are informal, one-on-one gatherings. We will not have any ‘formal’ presentations, but rather plenty of time to dialogue. We encourage everyone to come when they can; there are no ‘scheduled’ appointments,” said Barker.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is recommending a combination of strategies to help meet local and regional transportation needs in the area between Greenville and Garland. Its feasibility study shows a new location highway can help improve mobility. According to NCTCOG’s 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the DFW region is expected to grow considerably because of the low-cost of living, attractive economic climate and variety of “quality of life” factors that are inviting to residents and businesses. NCTCOG’s study area encompasses two lakes; Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard. The population east of the lakes is projected to grow by 91 percent in the next 20 years, and the population west of the lakes to grow by 50 percent.
The public is encouraged to sign up for informational emails and electronic newsletters at www.texasnortheastgateway.com. Texas Turnpike Corp.’s mailing address is 6300 Ridglea Place, Suite 1004, Fort Worth, TX 76116.
Two meetings are scheduled to occur in Royse City. They are Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 AM until 9 AM at the Royse City Holiday Inn Express located at 1001 Pullen Street. For the full calendar of sessions, please visit the website above. Information regarding the Blacklands Corridor Study can be found at http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp.
New Development and Big News for Royse City
Royse City will be the site of a mixed-use master plan community that will feature recreation, retail, office, health care, housing and school on approximately 170 acres in the northeast part of the city.
Plans for The Meadows at Royse City were revealed after meetings of the city council Tuesday night and the city’s Community Development Corporation board of directors Wednesday morning.
Gaurav Biswas, one of three leading principals of The Meadows of Royse City LLC based in Addison, expressed excitement with plans to develop The Meadows in “this very friendly community.”
He stressed that The Meadows will be much more than another mixed-use real estate development.
“It will be a thriving mini-metropolis within Royse City and drive growth of business and commerce, along with creating local jobs and attracting superior skills into the community,” said Biswas, president and chief executive officer of Fruit Capital LLC.
“We envision The Meadows to put Royse City on the regional map for growth, entertainment and business. The development will act as a catalyst to further improve the historic town center and surrounding businesses.”
Biswas said he and the other leading principals — Thomas Williams and Sandra Ingalls — will work closely with Royse City officials “to make this an outstanding development that we can all be proud of.”
Royse City City Manager Carl Alsabrook stated, “This is huge for Royse City. This development will bring services and opportunities that we currently don’t have , but need. It is extremely exciting due to the unique design of the development. There is currently nothing in the area quite like it. It is truly a community within a community.”
The development will be built off Farm to Market 2642, just north of Interstate 30. The Verandah subdivision is adjacent to the planned site for The Meadows.
The residential development will include garden apartments, duplexes, fourplexes, senior housing and loft apartments within the town center.
Commercial development will include office space for professionals, real estate, medical services, banking and numerous other businesses.
Biswas said The Meadows will have a specific focus on health care services, including medical offices and ambulatory surgical centers.
A proposed intermediate school site will be located in the development. Biswas said the Royse City Independent School District is in the process of contracting with The Meadows for the 12-acre school site.
The conceptual master plan also includes a 30-acre, state-of-the-art, regional water and adventure park that Biswas said “will form a key anchor for commercial development in Royse City and create a fantastic entertainment venue for the community and the region.”
For news release, click here.
Royse City’s Celebrate Freedom (formerly known as 4th Fest) will be Friday, June 27th. This year’s event will be held behind the Royse City Middle School Football Stadium. The same great fun will occur, but this year includes more: vendors will be a part of the festivities, beginning at 6 PM and Mark Chesnutt will be performing a free acoustic show at 7:30. Free inflatables and activities will be available at 6 PM and the fireworks display starts at 9:30. Best viewing will be from a grass field. So, bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs.
If you are interested in being a vendor at Celebrate Freedom, please contact Jo Nell Mellody of the Royse City ISD Education Foundation at 972-636-2413. Vendor space rental fees will go to an awesome cause: Royse City ISD Education Foundation.
Hot Summer Nights at City Lake Park
The Royse City Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks & Recreation Board have created a summer program, Hot Summer Nights, offering family-friendly entertainment at City Lake Park. On Thursday evenings/nights from June 12th through August 14th (except July 3rd) free entertainment will be featured in the Park, located at 1100 Live Oak Street. There will be movies, concerts, and a sing-off showcasing local talent. Movies will begin at 9:00 PM and the others begin at 6:30 PM.
This program is being made possible by these great sponsors: American National Bank, Bullpen Uniforms, City of Royse City, First Baptist Church (Royse City), KKVI/89.9, Longhorn Inc., PegHead Guitars, Royse City Soccer Association, and Total Recreation Products.
Community Build at City Lake Park
On Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd, volunteers, city employees, and professional playground equipment installers gathered to construct a new playground at City Lake Park. Members of the Royse City Masonic Lodge, members of the Royse City High School football team, and members of the Royse City Parks and Recreation Board assisted in the build. The community build was a success as much of the labor associated with the playground was complete in those two days. Additionally, food and hydration were provided to all participants by local businesses and organizations, including: the Royse City Lions Club, Texas Title, Arbor House of Rockwall, Scooter’s Oil & Lube, Re/Max (Royse City), Baker Spine & Sport, and Domino’s.
Many thanks goes out to all of those who assisted in the build! Final touches will be placed on the playground early next week (week of March 31) and then, it will be open. An official ribbon-cutting/grand opening will follow in coming weeks.
The new playground at City Lake Park is a joint beautification project between Collin County 2007 Parks & Open Space Bond Program and the City of Royse City.
Saturday, February 15th Main Street will be hosting Winter Wonderland. The is an event not to be missed! Main Street (SH 66) will be closed between Elm Street and Plum Street to make room for a vendor market, ice skating rink, snow tubing slide, mini train rides, and inflatable slide and entertainment! Admission is free and so is the skating, tubing, sliding and riding. Come join the fun and don’t forget to visit our downtown businesses while here!
Then, on Saturday, February 22nd, from 9 AM until 12 Noon, the Royse City Lions Club will be hosting a recycling/donation event in the parking lot across from City Hall (305 N. Arch Street) & CF Goodwin Library. This is a fundraiser for the Lions Club, but a GREAT way for area residents to rid of unwanted items. Please see flyer and a list of acceptable items is available by clicking here.
Thanksgiving Lunch for the Seniors of Royse City Community
Dr. Paul of Paul Chiropractic and many other sponsors are providing a free Thanksgiving luncheon for the Senior Community Friday, November 22nd from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Mellody Room at Royse City’s City Hall (305 N. Arch Street). In addition to lunch, there will be entertainment and door prizes. Event flyer can be viewed here.
Lake Turnover at City Lake Park
During the weekend of October 5-6, there was a fish die-off at City Lake Park. City staff worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials and it was determined that the occurrence was likely due to the drastic change over the weekend. There was no evidence of pollutants. Clean-up is currently underway.
Be Aware!.. Possible Rabies Exposure
Be aware of a possible rabies exposure that has occurred, here, in town. The incident occurred on Monday, September 9, 2013 involving two dogs possibly being exposed after an encounter with a skunk. A test has confirmed that the skunk is positive for rabies. We wish to make as many residents as possible aware of this incident so people can ensure that their pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. An exposure of this type cannot be confined to a specific area of town. Please report any suspicious looking animal and for more information, call Animal Control Officer, Monica Vidaurri @ 214-796-1445. Please vaccinate and let your friends and neighbors know to be aware!
Boards & Commissions Campaign Continues
There are several City Boards and Commissions with openings and applications are good to have on file of those interested in serving their community. Bring your knowledge, expertise, and general interest to help your fellow citizens and make a difference. Click HERE for further information and application.
Annual Drinking Water Report Available
The latest Consumer Confidence Report, also known as the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, is available for viewing. The reporting period of this report is January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012. Click HERE to view report.
Severe Weather Resource
In order to keep your family and yourself safe, you should have a plan in the event of severe weather. Please see the links below for information on preparing as the City does not have designated storm shelters. Additionally, if you are a citizen of Royse City and are not receiving IRIS alerts, please contact the Utility Department at 972-636-2250. This service provides messages, texts and/or emails in the event of weather warnings. Also, anyone can sign up for Rockwall County Nixle at http://nixle.com/register/. This service is used through the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and sends out warnings via texts.