Proposed development in Killeen would increase housing opportunities, provide more dining and retail options
KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - City leaders in Killeen are hoping a proposed 200-acre development will not only create new housing opportunities, but also attract new businesses to the area and increase sales tax revenue.
Anthem Park would located off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. “That area has been looked at as prime real estate that could improve our image and give citizens something they deserve in the area,” said Mayor Pro Tem, Ken Wilkerson.
Officials said the mixed-use project would include 1,700 units of residential and commercial spaces.
Wilkerson said he’s hopeful the development will attract popular shops, restaurants, and entertainment spots like PF Chang’s and Dave and Busters to keep consumers in town.
“We’ve had too many people in this area that have to go to Austin, Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio to see this type of development,” said Wilkerson.
The Mayor Pro Tem said if approved, the park could generate more than $124 million in sales revenue for the city.
“We have to be creative in getting things to get revenue into the city so we can take care of all the patriots who are here. We can take care of the firemen, police, and all of that,” said Wilkerson.
We’re told the city and the developer, CSW Development of Austin, have yet to pinpoint the cost of the project. If the city approves it, construction could begin as early as this year.
Wilkerson said the council votes on the plan is scheduled for March 14. However, he said council members want to hear the public’s thoughts before making a decision.
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