, Port Arthur, Texas

December 31, 2013

New construction tops list for Groves in 2013

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — New construction, from subdivisions to a police station/municipal building, tops the list of news for the City of Groves in 2013.

Construction of the Groves Police Department/court/emergency operations center, located behind Bruce’s Market Basket at 4201 Main Ave., began earlier this year. The 10,600 square-foot multi-purpose facility will serve as an emergency operations center as well as police station and court facility. The building will be able to withstand 150 mile per hour winds.

The facility will also feature a much larger parking area with spaces for up to 85 vehicles. The current location on Lincoln Avenue has room for about 10 to 15 vehicles.

The City also saw the opening of the opening of the new K.L. Butler Addition which includes Bryan Hebert Lane. The street was named after fallen Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Hebert , 36, was killed while assisting with a police chase July 8, 2011. Hebert was a Groves native his mother Cyndi Hebert works for the City.

The subdivision was headed up by Raymond Depwe, who died the day before the dedication after battling Parkinson’s disease.

The developer of property on 25th Street at Cleveland is moving forward with financing and hopes to break ground in January on his 18 to 20 lot addition, Groves City Manager D. Sosa said.

A local businessman is moving forward with his B and B Mini Mart to be located at Main Avenue and Gulfway Drive. The estimated cost of the project is $1.3 million, Sosa said.

Big news about development at the site of the former Super Kmart was announced this year when council gave their blessing to negotiate a Chapter 380 economic development agreement with a local developer for the Twin City Highway site.

The economic development agreement, if approved, would call for the city and developer to spit sales tax for a set amount of years. The number of years has not been decided at this time.

“The purchaser of the Super Kmart building is working to finalize his financing and is preparing to move forward as soon as the sale is complete,” Sosa said.

The purchaser, who has not been named, plans on a warehouse type store within the shopping center that includes room for lease space for other businesses.

The City is also in the process of replacing all of the neighborhood watch signs with new updated signs. BASF and TOTAL are paying for the signs and sponsoring the project, he said. They are purchasing 200 of these signs that will replace the existing signs at a cost of $8,000 or $4,000 each.

Planet Fitness, located next to Big Lot’s on Twin City Highway, opened its doors in late December with upwards of 1,000 patrons signed up.

“This is a positive addition to the city of Groves and the area of mid and south county,” Sosa said. “I am impressed with this operation and the owners and managers I have met. This will also be a positive element in the entire retail district along Highway 347.”

Beverly Herford’s Merle Norman shop was named the 2013 Groves Small Business of the Year. The business, which has expanded several times, is located at 4300 Lincoln Ave.

City Councilmember Dr. Joseph P. Arisco, who served since 1996, announced he would not run for reelection to the Ward 1 seat. He called his time on council an enjoyable experience adding “I’ve been through a lot with the City but remember I’m only one of five on council. Anything accomplished is not by one person but the whole council.”

Looking to the new year, Sosa sees move development in the city.

“The Pea Patch may be sold,” he said of the former golf course. “It appears the developer is looking into turning it into a gated community, a very, very nice subdivision.”

Sosa said developers for the project have changed hands and he expects a property transfer to occur sometime in December.


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