Royse City Herald-Banner

Local News

August 30, 2013

Taco Bell faces one final hurdle

Approval needed from TxDOT for curb cut

Taco Bell’s Royse City building site has been cleared and the planning and zoning commission has approved the project’s plans and design, but the restaurant still has an obstacle to clear.

Restaurant officials are waiting to hear from the Texas Department of Transportation regarding their request for a curb cut that would allow their customers to enter and exit using FM 548.

The planned building site was cleared on Aug. 21 — a week earlier than originally scheduled — when the former Royse City Independent School District administration building was demolished.

During a special meeting later that morning, the planning and zoning commission approved Taco Bell’s plans and design.

Michael Stansberry, general counsel for Southern Multifoods Inc., said during the meeting that plans call for Taco Bell to have “shared access” with the yet-to-be-determined restaurant that will be located on the FM 548-Interstate 30 corner where the Wing Dingers restaurant was formerly located.

Taco Bell customers will be able to use a drive that will be built on the south side of the corner site. That drive will allow Taco Bell customers to use FM 548 for entering and exiting the property if TxDOT approves the curb cut request.

“It’s very important to us to get back to 548 and to have shared access,” Stansberry told planning and zoning commission members.

Stansberry said during an earlier meeting that Taco Bell officials planned for the building to built by the end of the year.

The officials cannot say now whether that will become reality because of the uncertainty involving the curb cut.

Taco Bell officials have voiced the importance of the 548 direct connection since news broke the restaurant was coming to Royse City.

“For us, obviously, being a fast food service, it’s all about access, means of access,” Toby Gowin, director of development for Southern Multifoods Inc., told city council members during a May 28 meeting. “Once that access went one-way, that would, obviously, limit, I think, that convenience.”

Gowin said he understood the safety concerns that were mentioned earlier during the meeting and that all two-way service roads would eventually be converted to one-way.

He added, however, that, “I guess our concern is for our customers and trying to get that access to 548.”

Mayor Jerrell Baley commented that Taco Bell traffic could “loop” back to FM 548 by turning east onto the service road, then turning onto Pullen Street that would take them past The Fellowship of First Baptist and Royse City Hardware to the farm road.

“So, it’s not going to be that inconvenient for your customers,” Baley told Gowin.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • RGB_RCISD_meeting_4-15-14.jpg School board gets update on HB5

    The Royse City Independent School District Board heard positive feedback regarding House Bill 5 during a regular meeting on Monday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_RCISD_Tech_4-8-14.jpg DIGITAL LEADERSHIP: Scott principal brings 21st century learning to Royse City

    Digital learning and 21st century learning skills are key topics of conversation among today’s educators.
    They are also important conference topics, according to a Royse City Independent School District principal who covered both at a recent state conference and is scheduled to make a similar presentation to a national audience this summer.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_FM_552_expansion_meeting_4-15-14.jpg PAVING THE WAY: TxDOT provides first look at future expansion of FM 552

    Rockwall County may see perhaps its biggest road improvement project come to light in the next four years, with a proposed six-lane expansion to FM 552 stretching between Texas 205 and 66.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_Big_Sky_2_4-8-14.jpg Big Sky holds party at grand opening

    The vast, open land on both sides of County Road 2584 provides a very peaceful feel for those traveling it. From the large porch area at the new Big Sky Event Hall, all one can see is 250 acres of grass dotted by a few trees and a pond.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • New development planned off I-30

    Royse City will continue taking steps towards bringing in more retail with a groundbreaking scheduled this month for the 1.5-acre development at the corner of Interstate 30 and FM 2642.

    April 11, 2014

  • Pille tournament slated for this weekend

    The Royse City High School Interact Club invites residents to play for Austin Pille during its golf tournament fundraiser at Stone River Golf Club this coming Saturday.

    April 10, 2014

  • Bulldogs release 2014 football schedule

    A new district and new classification brings with it a totally revamped football schedule as the Royse City Bulldogs will see in the 2014 season. The Bulldogs – who move into District 12-5A – will see some familiar foes and a few they won’t be too familiar with at all.

    April 9, 2014

  • Fate council approves new city manager

    The Fate City Council has at last made a final decision on the hiring of a city manager.
    After another lengthy executive session to start  a regular meeting Monday night, the council unanimously voted to hire Michael Kovacs to fill the position.

    April 9, 2014

  • Summer camps planned by B&G Club

    Parents looking to provide their kids with some summer fun can sign them up for the Boys and Girls Club’s summer programs in Rockwall and Royse City.

    April 7, 2014

  • RGB_DSC_0032_4-1-14.jpg Fate girls throws birthday party for 103-year-old resident

    Evelyn Fife sat in the dining area of the Royse City Health and Rehab Center, surrounded by quite a few friendly faces, a glittery tiara reading “Happy Birthday” on her head, and a large cake with white, purple and pink frosting on the table in front of her.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later
Featured Ads
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook