Royse City, Texas

The Royse City Community Development Corporation met Tuesday morning to discuss a grant for Morgan Daws of Southern Roots, the 2015 proposed fiscal year budget and various businesses and construction sites in town.

Daws and Southern Roots asked for a $6,343 grant from the CDC to “renovate the inside of the Southern Roots Salon Studio to enrich the community of Royse City,” Daws said. “We want to increase retail and revenue downtown, and with our new renovations and product sales, we estimate about $75,000 a year in sales tax.”

A breakdown of the funds include a custom air brush salon system, interior redesign, a POS computer system with PC and custom displays with Toni & Guy, Burt’s Bees and Smitten products.

Daws explained that in January, the state of Texas no longer permits anyone under 18 years of age to use a tanning bed since the UV lights can cause skin cancer. The custom air brush salon system that Daws wants allows for anyone — even if they are under 18 — to be tan without the risk of skin cancer.

The CDC granted Daws the entire amount with a performance agreement in place.

Executive Director Larry Lott updated the CDC regarding the status of the Bonner Carrington Apartments, that they were approved by the city and their construction should be complete by March of next year. Lott is excited about the prospect of multifamily housing in Royse City, something he says “the city has been lacking for too long.”

Charlie’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers is scheduled to open soon, and Lott and other members of the CDC have met with the owner to ensure a swift and successful opening.

Just last year, the CDC gave FIT Lifestyle and Nutrition a grant of around $3,000 to improve their space. A performance agreement was set up to require the business to remain in Royse City for at least three years, but FIT moved to Wylie after only 10 months of business.

FIT is aware their performance agreement was broken and that the CDC is owed back the grant money, with hopes of selling their building to Cross Fit Training and also pay back the CDC with the money earned.

Lott informed the CDC of the Blackland Corridor project’s updated route, and that it has moved closer to Royse City — possibly going as far as touching the north side of the city. Blackland Corridor will be a 100 percent privately funded toll road from Rowlett to the outside of Greenville and used to alleviate congestion on Interstate 30.

The CDC’s proposed budget was approved by the corporation itself, but at press time had not been officially passed by City Council.

Main Street director Paula Morris reported on businesses downtown like Frosted Whimsy.

The current owner plans to sell the business, but according to Morris, wants the performance agreement to be completed either by her or by the new owner. Lott and Morris recently met with the owner to discuss the way the business was functioning, in the hope that it will improve and increase revenue. During last week’s Back 2 School Bash, Frosted Whimsy handed out more than 200 samples of frozen yogurt and stayed open late to accommodate customers, Morris said.

Morris added that “Back 2 School Bash was a success,” and an estimated 1,500 people participated in the community wide event. Morris said the CDC will hold the event next year.

The CDC meets once a month at City Hall and welcomes local residents to participate in and observe their meetings. More information regarding CDC can be found at roysecitycdc.org.

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