By NICOLE JONES
Site work is under way for a planned expansion of Manvel City Hall on Highway 6 to serve the city’s immediate growth needs while city leaders continue to think long-term.
Manvel purchased 150 acres near state Hwy. 288 to be used for a future municipal center as part of its long-range plan, according to city staff. The current City Hall will be used as another city when that happens.
The 150 acres is located within what is known as the Sowell tract, 600 acres just south of Del Bello Boulevard, where new commercial and residential development is under way.
“It was great to be able to buy it at the rate we did,” Mayor Debra Davison told the council.
In addition to a new city complex, the council has discussed developing sports fields, entertainment and opportunities for small business owners.
“I know it’s all pie in the sky right now, but it’s realistic in terms of us being proactive,” Davison said. “We don’t have the retail we would like to have as of yet, so we need to get busy and make our revenue. We dreamed this up for that reason.”
Manvel has doubled in size since 2010, with an estimated $830 million in values for the coming fiscal year.
“From 2012 to 2019, we’ve gone up a half a billion dollars in value,” City Manager Kyle Jung said. “And it doesn’t appear the subdivisions are slowing down. It’s up to the council to decide when at you want to do, when you want to do it and over what time period.”
The current City Hall expansion is expected to be complete by April 2020. A new rear parking lot is also under construction.