Developers hope to convert old fire station to house new businesses
ARGYLE — Business developers have approached the Argyle Town Council seeking approval to convert an old fire station on U.S. Highway 377 to house a new restaurant and a coffee and ice cream shop.
Earlier this month, the council approved all of the zoning changes and site plans necessary for the developers to precede with the project, and officials expect them to submit additional plans this fall or winter.
The businesses include Backdraft Pizza Company, a proposed 4,993-square-foot restaurant; and Kimzey’s Coffee and Cream, a 2,400-square-foot coffee and ice cream shop with drive-through service.
Developers with Elk River Investments are seeking to develop the businesses, and Town Manager Charles West said they’re the same applicants that own Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Argyle.
There’s no set timeline for the businesses to submit their plans to the council, but West said he expects the plans will be submitted sometime after the fire department moves to its new location.
In 2012, the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department constructed a new Argyle Fire Station at the intersection of FM407 and South Gibbons Road.
West said the fire department should be completely moved into its new building by the end of September or the first week of October.
Recently, town officials have stressed the importance of attracting new business because they say it helps the town support growth and maintain a high level of service.
In the fall of 2012, the Town Council and other officials held a meeting to discuss ways to make Argyle more attractive to potential developers while at the same time keeping its small-town feel. They said that growth may arrive slowly, but once it comes, the town must be prepared.
They said the growth of new businesses and residential development would strengthen the town’s ability to serve residents. And recently, the town has seen some growth. According to Argyle’s 2013-14 proposed budget, the town added more than $37,000 in revenue from new property to help fund a $2.5 million budget.
West said that so far, Elk River Investments is the only firm to submit an application for a new restaurant in Argyle this year.
But city officials said they want to see more. In a recent interview, Mayor Peggy Krueger said she would like to lure more restaurants and retail businesses to the area. She said that she and the council are also working on bringing in a new grocery store.
The addition of a new coffee and ice cream shop and pizza restaurant is a step in the right direction, West said.
“Any time you have a new business come into the city, it’s a good thing,” he said. “It means a little bit more tax revenue for the city.”
West said it’s too early to tell how many jobs the two new businesses will create, but he expects developers to have that information ready the next time they come before the council.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.