AMANDA ROGERS, Mansfield News Mirror
Mansfield is booming.
The Great Recession slowed the city’s residential and retail development, but both have rebounded.
“We are officially a boom town,” said Scott Welmaker, director of the Mansfield Economic Development Corp. “I think we’re on the cusp of a retail boom because of the Shops at Broad and HEB. When you’re in a boom town, you can’t get help, you can’t get concrete, you can’t get steel.”
New homes and retail business are thriving, including a buffet of new restaurants.
Driving the economic train are the 870-acre master-planned South Pointe community that will have 443 homes and 450 apartments between U.S. 287 and Texas 360, and M3 Ranch, an 800-acre project on South Main Street and FM 917 that will eventually include 1,600 homes with retail, commercial and apartments.
Add in the completion of Texas 360, set for next year, and Mansfield is flourishing.
Here’s a round-up of progress on new businesses building in town:
- Rusty Tacos and Smoothie King are building next to Sprouts on East Debbie Lane.
- Mi Cocina Restaurant is going in on the east side of Sprouts facing Debbie Lane. The site plan shows a second 8,000-square-foot restaurant, but there are no names attached to that, Welmaker said.
- Luna Grill and Bahama Buck’s are set to build near Life Time Fitness on East Debbie Lane.
- SpringHill Suites is close to breaking ground on an 88-room hotel on East Broad Street across from Mansfield High School, just east of Fire Station No. 3, Welmaker said.
- Ground has been broken for three new restaurants – Twisted Root Burger Co., Quincy’s Chicken and a dessert place — behind Mellow Mushroom on South Main Street that should be open by next summer.
- The Mansfield Fieldhouse, a public-private partnership with the city of Mansfield, was scheduled to open in October, but was delayed by spring rain. The facility, which has eight basketball courts and a dozen volleyball courts, is now set to open the first part of December at the northeast corner of U.S. 287 and East Broad Street.
- The Shops at Broad, an 81-acre development that includes the Dr Pepper StarCenter ice arena, 330 apartments and a 405,000-square-foot shopping center, is scheduled to begin construction in the spring, also at the northeast corner of U.S. 287 and East Broad Street.
- HEB grocery store is part of a large development at the southeast corner of U.S. 287 and East Broad Street. The 100,000-square-foot grocery has been in contact with the city, Welmaker said, and has to be open by 2020 in order to be reimbursed for the cost of a road the grocery chain is building behind the store. The development will also have 60,000 to 70,000 square feet of shopping space, and four to five pad sites, one that will be an HEB fuel station.
- Texas Health Resources is building a 100,000-square-foot behavioral health facility between Texas 360 and Miller Road that will include indoor and outdoor pools and a luxury resort.
- Construction on the Hobby Lobby next to Kohl’s on the southwest corner of U.S. 287 and East Broad Street should be going vertical in the next week or two, Welmaker said.
- Schlotzsky’s and Jake’s Hamburgers share a shopping strip next to Newsom Stadium on the southeast side of Texas 360 and East Broad Street. Slim Chickens is in a separate building in the same area. All wanted to be open in time for football season, Welmaker said, but now are hoping to open before the end of the season in November.
- Construction on Denny’s and Wendy’s, also near the stadium, has not begun.
- D-Bat in Mansfield is moving into a former cable company building on Sentry Drive. The batting cage center had been on South Wisteria Drive. Renovation is moving rapidly, Welmaker said.
- Dollar General is building on the west side of town on Turner Warnell Road.
- Developers are looking at a 20-acre site on the east side of Mansfield High School, Welmaker said. The development will be anchored by a grocery store.
- A 10-acre site near RaceTrac gas station and Walnut Ridge Baptist Church has brought a “lot of interest from restaurants interested in being in Mansfield,” Welmaker said.