Van Alstyne concrete plant withdraws application

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KXII) -- Plans for a concrete plant in Van Alstyne have fallen through after residents fought back against the proposal.

"We really don't want this cement plant down here because we have less than 16 foot wide roads, in a lot of these places its a lot less."

Melinda Day lives just outside Van Alstyne city limits off of FM 3133 and Willy Vester Road, less than a mile from where Lucky's Redi-Mix proposed building a concrete plant.

She says roads aren't the only reason they petitioned against the company, she was also concerned about the chemicals and the dust.

"Stuff coming out of the plant, you know all of the particulates and things because the wind when it blows down here it'll blow straight down hill and right onto my house," Day said.

She was one of hundreds of residents who signed a petition they believe led to Lucky's Redi-Mix to withdraw their application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Our dozens of calls to the company's owner, Marc Mahoney have not been returned.

"I cannot speak for the City of Van Alstyne but they never contacted me with information on capital investment in our community or how many jobs they would bring to the area."

Van Alstyne Economic Director, Jodi Carr, says they were open to the business but hope a new purpose for the land can be found.

"We welcome people to bring their business to town and we're hopeful to get more jobs for our community," Carr said.

"He already bought the property," said Day. "I wish he would sell it or build a nice big house and live here with us because I'll tell you that because I would bring him an apple pie I can tell you that."



 
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