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STORY BY LANDON FISHER COURTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT MCLENDON-CHISHOLM OFFICIALS PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY AS TOWN TAKES OFF D espite being one of the small- est communities in Rockwall County, Mobile City notwith- standing, McLendon-Chisholm has enjoyed growth since its incorpora- tion in 2009 that can only be described as “explosive.” As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the small town’s population was just under 2,000, though that number has cer- tainly grown in the last decade due to numerous new housing developments – the city even punctuated its escalating growth with a multimillion-dollar city hall on FM 550. Along with such a rapidly growing population, the city has to reckon with its plans for commercial development to serve the thousands of new and soon- to-be residents. As it stands, commercial business in McLendon-Chisholm, apart from a few convenience stores, a sleepy “downtown” strip and some one-off busi- nesses, is virtually nonexistent. “This is something we’ve actually been addressing recently with the Economic Development Committee, and we’re slowly working towards figuring that out,” Jim Bloom, McLen- don-Chisholm city councilman, said. “The thing is, it’s a totally blank slate, a new canvas, so we have to be careful how we proceed.” Bloom pointed, in particular, to the Texas Department of Transporta- tion’s plans to expand SH 205 – the primary thoroughfare through McLen- don-Chisholm, as a prime opportunity to take a serious look at the future of commercial development in the city, and that some sort of town center would be an ideal first step. “We really want to have something that’s walkable, welcoming and enjoy- able for families,” Bloom said, pointing to nearby city centers like Rockwall and Rowlett’s downtown areas as newly revitalized examples. Bloom also added that a number of city surveys and conversations with McLendon-Chisholm residents have shown that the town’s residents are very concerned with maintaining McLendon-Chisholm’s rural, quaint atmosphere. And balancing that atmo- sphere with a desire for a diversified tax base and new businesses can be a real challenge for elected officials and real estate developers alike. “I know you’ll never be able to please everybody, but we still want to main- tain McLendon-Chisholm’s personality,” he said. “With no economic develop- ment corporation (like those of Rock- wall, Heath and Royse City) city staff and the city’s boards are left with a lot of legwork to do, but it’s all worth it because we want to have a good story to tell of the city’s development.” Royse City Church of Christ New Testament Christianity without man-made traditions F F F Bible-Based Christ Centered Nondenominational We cordially invite you to join us as we endeavor to worship and glorify the Father in heaven. 205 Bell St., Royse City, TX 75189 • 972-822-3955 www.roysecitycoc.org • office@roysecitycoc.org Evangelist: Curtis A. Little Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. SUNDAY: Bible Class AM Worship PM Worship 9:30 am 10:30 am * 5:00 pm *except 1st Sunday of the month: devotional - 1 pm WEDNESDAY: Bible Class 7:00 pm Junior Summer Sailing Camp ages 7-18 Check out our website for details! www.rcyc.org SPRING 2019 On the Horizon 21