PN council to consider riverfront residences
The Port Neches riverfront could see a 37-acre residential development under a proposal before the City Council.
“Based upon the conversations that the city council had last fall and the media reports surrounding it, there are individuals expressing interest in that property,” City Manager Andre Wimer said.
Officials, who have been considering putting the city-owned property up for sale since last year, are expected to take up the subject Thursday. They could place regulations on plot size, establish a time frame for development and address other considerations to boost growth along the riverfront.
A residential development was among several alternatives in the Neches Riverfront Master Plan created by the city after it formulated plans with a steering committee and consulting firms to transform its riverfront into an area that could build and diversify the city’s tax base.
The alternatives detailed a mixture of commercial property supported by nearby residential property and event or green space that would attract visitors.
Wimer said a residential area would make commercial development more sustainable.
“One of the other factors would be there is only a certain amount of commercial activity support that could be supported,” Wimer said.
The Port Neches City Council already is in talks with developer Victor Ybarra, who has proposed bringing his Tex-Mex chain Iguana Joe’s to the riverfront.
Wimer said infrastructure improvements are under way at the proposed location before construction can begin.