Bastrop weighing industrial park patches

The Bastrop Economic Development Corporation is asking the city for permission to spend up to $ 1 million on infrastructure projects in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park.

BEDC interim director Genora Young presented plans to extend Jackson Street and prepare properties in the area to city council on Tuesday.

The development of the road would include improvements to public services, and because of supply chain tensions across the world due to the pandemic, engineers and city officials estimated that the project would cost less. one million dollars.

Part of the money, approximately $ 200,000, would come from a bond granted to the BEDC in 2013.

The project, Young said, would potentially make three additional properties within the industrial park available for development in the future.

“This is our effort to let the board know what EDC is considering in terms of infrastructure improvements in the park, and where the best place to start would be,” Young said.

Just north of where the infrastructure upgrades are proposed is another major development that the city approved in September. MOVA Ventures Nebraska LLC, an Austin-based financial technology company, plans to build a three-building head office soon on 26.5 acres of land in the park.

The BEDC hopes to continue the city’s economic growth by attracting more businesses to the industrial park, and the city will act as the project manager for the infrastructure improvement project, Young said.

Council member Drusilla Rogers suggested that the BEDC offer bids for the contractor who would be responsible for the design and construction of the project.

Board member Jimmy Crouch, who is a construction consultant and general contractor, agreed.

“I would recommend that he make an offer, not just awarded to someone,” he said.

Mayor Connie Schroeder, who also sits on the BEDC board of directors, explained that “the intention is that when the project is finished, someone can travel south on Jackson, turn east on a street. which has no name yet and pass just over a mile. “

The council voted unanimously to continue discussing the proposed infrastructure improvement project at its December 14 meeting.

Margie D. Carlisle