A public hearing was held during the April 1 Mesquite City Council meeting to consider an ordinance for an application submitted by Scott Woodruff of Stallion Town East LLC for a change of zoning to allow a commercial development on property on the south side of the 1900 block of North Town East Boulevard.

There were no responses in favor or in opposition to the application from property owners within the statutory notification area. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval with certain stipulations.

Jeff Armstrong, director of Planning Development Services, said the five-acre property is located on the northern portion of North Mesquite High School, and the proposed development is for retail and restaurant uses.

“It’s all related to channel improvements that will take some of the high school property out of the floodplain and allow them to relocate and reconstruct some athletic fields, and it also allows for the development of a previously approved residential development on Gus Thomasson,” he said.

Armstrong added that the property is zoned single-family residential, and the school will maintain this zoning; the rezoning will just be for the commercial area proposed at the north end.

Some stipulations to the rezoning include the developer complying with the site plan and allowing for either four or five lots on the site, general retail zoning use is allowed with the exception of fuel sales, gift, novelty, souvenir shops, tobacco stores, finance, insurance, real estate uses, automotive repair services.

The council approved the zoning change.

Mayor Stan Pickett said this development could mean four to five restaurants for this area.

“Each one of these things represent 35-40 jobs, up to 80 jobs. You’re looking at this one small development, somewhere in the neighborhood – if everything builds out – of 200-300 jobs on that corridor,” he said.

Armstrong also revealed that one business that will make its home there is Raising Cane’s.

Another public hearing was held in relation to this property, which is to consider a resolution approving the terms and conditions of a program (Chapter 380 Agreement) to promote local economic development and stimulate business and commercial activity in the city. This was unanimously approved by the council.

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