City, economic development leaders look to boost retail opportunities
Posted on 6/6/2017 8:16:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The city of Seguin Economic Development Department and the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Board of Directors continue to work together to try to enhance the retail opportunities that exists in Seguin. The SEDC is primarily focused on manufacturing job growth and retention, but it shares staff with the SEDC board and city administrators continue to work together to try to bring new retail stores and developments to Seguin.
Seguin Economic Development Director Josh Schneuker says they recently attended a large conference designed to connect retailers and developers with potential sites. Schneuker says this year's RECon, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers, was productive. He says they spent the trip sharing Seguin's story, and opening up some eyes about the opportunities that exist in this community.
"Our city manager Mr. (Doug) Faseler and I attended that event and we had 25 meetings that we were able to set up with retailers and developers and tell our story of what's going on here in Seguin. In meeting with a lot of those developers, we noticed that they aren't aware of what's going on here in Seguin and that we are actually growing as well. The growth is not just confined to the 35 corridor. Everybody's so focused about what's going on along that corridor, but they forget that we're 15 minutes away from that corridor and we're really picking up the pace in terms of our growth as well. We had a lot of productive meetings. We've got a lot of follow ups ahead of ourselves with both potential developers looking to tackle some new projects here in Seguin and also retailers that are now really strongly expressing their desire to be in the Seguin market," said Schneuker.
Schneuker says while they were meeting with potential new developers in Las Vegas, they also continue to work on some existing proposed retail projects already on the books. The New Quest development is a proposed large multi-purpose project near Interstate 10 and State Highway 46. He says New Quest is still actively working on the project, including some plans to add a larger residential component to the overall development, and potentially a site for a new elementary school for the Seguin ISD once that additional growth takes place. Schneuker says this project has been in the works for a long time, and it's still moving forward.
"Right now, New Quest has kind of made some changes to their proposed site plan for the development -- still centering around that commercial development along the Interstate 10 frontage road but looking at some single family development now along the back side of the property, fronting FM 78. Accounting for some park land and large detention area with Mill Creek running through there and also now a proposed school site. We're trying to facilitate the conversations between all parties there and keep the wheels in motion on this project and hopefully, get it started sooner rather than later," said Schneuker.
There's also proposed second Wal-Mart development in the works on the opposite side of the highway in this same general area as New Quest. Schneuker says there's not much new that can be said about the Wal-Mart project at this time. He says they are reaching out to corporate to see if there's an updated timetable on that project.
Schneuker provided the update on their retail recruitment efforts during Monday's regular monthly meeting of the SEDC's board of directors.

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