An ice cream shop and a recreational facility for volleyball could be in Royse City’s future.

Those are two business possibilities that Larry Lott, executive director of the Royse city Community Development Corporation, mentioned on May 30 during a meeting of the CDC’s board of directors.

Lott provided only a bit of information regarding the prospects.

A building could be remodeled downtown for the ice cream shop, Lott said. He said a couple he met with has a business plan for their project.

Regarding the recreational facility, Lott said two women who are heavily involved in youth volleyball talked to him recently about a facility that would be used for volleyball only. He said they’ve looked at several pieces of land and he will help them as they continue their search.

Lott also reported that two additional businesses want pad sites in the area of CVS Pharmacy, on the northeast corner of Interstate 30 and Erby Campbell Boulevard.

“The two businesses are really neat. They’re going to be interesting,” he said. “And until we get them finalized, we won’t talk about names, but I think you’ll be happy with them.”

Lott also had an update regarding Anderson Crossing, the planned retail development on the northwest corner of I-30 and FM 2642. 

He met briefly with the landowner while attending the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Las Vegas last month.

The landowner gave Lott an update on the baseball park that will be built on 17 acres in the development. 

The sale of land for the ballpark should close soon, he said, and construction could start in August.

“They feel very strongly that’s the situation,” Lott said.

Lott also gave the latest information regarding the planned Ridge Park and Bearpen Creek subdivisions.

Ridge Park is an 85-lot planned subdivision on FM 35. A holdup on progress has been the need for a property owner to sign an easement for a water line.

Houses with at least 2,800 square feet will be built on one-acre lots. The developer has lined up two quality builders, Lott said.

“We’re excited to see the bigger homes, bigger lots,” he said. 

Bearpen Creek is a 962-acre planned development adjacent to Royse City High School. It’s a project that has been in the works since 2004 or 2005.

Lott said he talked recently with engineers who said they’re looking at alternatives for offsite utilities — which has been a “huge problem” for them. With water and sewer issues facing them, he said, the developer is looking at alternatives.

“It’s been pretty well dead,” Lott said of the project. “So, it’s good to see a little life. It’s s showing a little life. So, we’ll see what happens there.”

Two emergency medical facilities are making progress.

Rockwall Urgent Care is ready to finish out the interior of its building that will face the north I-30 service road in front of the Walmart store. The Emergency Center adjacent to CVS Pharmacy “is getting their plans reviewed as we speak.”


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