CORINTH — More than 100 Corinth residents flocked to the City Council meeting Thursday night to hear developers of Buc-ee’s travel center deliver a presentation on possibly developing a new center within the Corinth city limits.
City officials tossed Buc-ee’s developers several questions about how they plan to make the proposed 60,000-square-foot development mesh with the city’s vision for growth during a joint special meeting with City Council members and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The developers requested a meeting with the city to deliver a presentation in an effort to see if their development is a fit for the area.
If approved, it would be the first Buc-ee’s in North Texas and possibly the largest Buc-ee’s travel center. Buc-ee’s, a Texas-based company, is owned and operated by Arch Aplin III and Don Wasek.
Aplin said Thursday the company is interested in developing the new travel center on 20 acres west of Interstate 35 on land surrounding the Corinth Police Department.
No formal applications have been submitted, but Aplin said he wanted to first begin a dialogue with the council and residents to see if they would welcome the development.
Aplin told stakeholders he couldn’t imagine a better business model that fits within Corinth’s mission.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Buc-ee’s wouldn’t benefit the city,” he said.
Aplin said the business would create a new revenue stream for the city and create nearly 150 to 200 jobs.
However, many residents expressed opposition, saying the development would create more traffic congestion and destroy the peace and quiet that an adjacent neighborhood enjoys.
Many were concerned about the traffic that the “oversized” convenient store would attract, but others said the development would make Corinth a destination for motorists who would add revenue to the city.
One resident who opposed the development said she bought her home one year ago because it was located in a quiet part of the city, which could be home to the new business.
City Manager Rick Chaffin said the meeting was only an introduction of the business to city officials and residents. City officials didn’t discuss their views on the business because the developers had not submitted any official applications.
Chaffing said Buc-ee’s representative contacted the city more than one month ago to request a public meeting.
News of the meeting generated a lot of interest among residents, who filled every seat in the council chambers.
They filtered into the building with concerns, but many entered with more curiosity about the store, which would be the largest in Corinth if built as outlined in the presentation.
The travel center could include 60,000 square feet of retail space and about 96 gas pumps, officials have said.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.