Buc-ee's on Thursday's agenda at Corinth City Council

CORINTH It is a parcel of land that sat empty for so long along a busy Interstate 35E. But its fate will be known Thursday night as Corinth City Council members decide whether to bring in a Buc-ee's.

'I didn't anticipate this much interest in the project,' said Guy Brown with the city's Economic Development Department.

Brown will be talking with Council members Thursday and providing a cost-benefit analysis on retailer that has plans to build a giant 96-pump convenience store.

The 20-acre site along the soon-to-be widened I-35E corridor and hundreds of feet from homes sits right next door to 34 acres of land owned by Steve Gregory's group, Minerva Partners Limited.

'We feel like Buc-ee's is the wrong use, in the wrong place, and in the wrong town,' Gregory said.

He and some residents argue Buc-ee's would bring traffic congestion into the neighborhood. When News 8 asked residents in a nearby subdivision how they felt, the views were mixed.

'I'd rather see a Buc-ee's than a strip mall with a donut shop, a cleaners, and the rest of it empty,' said Richard Rogers, a neighbor who lives a mile from the disputed property.

Those who support the business like the tax revenue it would bring the city: $3 million over 15 years. It's a contract that comes with incentives.

'If they don't generate new sales tax, they don't receive a rebate,' Brown said.

But rebate or not Steve Gregory says Buc-ee's is not a good fit. He said there were major plans for some mixed-use commercial development.

'It goes against everything we thought we would do here,' Gregory said.

Thursday night's Council vote may set everything in motion.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com


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