BIDC goes with city plan

The Brownfield Industrial Development Corp. will fund a city project to extend utilities to a site on the Lubbock Hwy where Bush’s Chicken is expected to build a new restaurant.

The board voted unanimously at a lunch meeting Tuesday to support the project with almost $59,000 from a contingency fund.

BIDCorp director David Partlow told the Brownfield News following the meeting that the grant is in line with his organization’s mission to create jobs.

 The fast food franchise with locations in several area communities intends to employ 40 people when they open for business next spring.

With the funds, the city will move forward with Lubbock engineering and architecture firm Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper to develop the site in preparation for construction.

Last Thursday, the council authorized PSC to develop plans to extend water and sewer lines onto the property formerly designated as a possible hotel site, south of Chisolm Travel Center.

Partlow explained how the new restaurant could inject as much as $700,000 into Brownfield’s economy on an annual basis through payroll and taxes.

The restaurant will add a $750,000 building to local tax rolls and employ as many as 40 people in both full and part time positions, he said.

In other business, the board approved a $5,000 expenditure for a lighted sign at the entrance to the Jack Cargill Industrial Complex on the Levelland Highway.

The board voted earlier this year to rename Industrial Park #2 in honor of BIDCorp’s longtime executive and former mayor Jack Cargill.

A formal dedication will be scheduled after the sign is installed early next year.

The full board was present, to include chairman Randy Anthony, Mike Swaringen, Michael Franke, Judy Besler, and Brian Brisendine.

Article Courtesy of Brownfield News

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