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Land deal eyed for truck stop, housing projects

 

Pecos Economic Development Corp. board members agreed to help Reeves County market land on the southeast side of Pecos that is being eyed by two companies for development. But the effort would have to involve a land deal between the county and the Town of Pecos City for the PEDC to get fully involved. Board members took the action following a presentation by PEDC president Bill Oglesby at their regular monthly meeting, held Monday night at the PEDC’s Cypress Street office.

County Commissioners had discussed the proposal during their meeting earlier on Monday, which would involve the city annexing the land currently owned by Reeves County on the southeast corner of the Interstate 20-U.S. 285 intersection. That corner on the intersection has been abandoned for nearly 30 years, since a Standard-Chevron station on the site closed in the 1980s.

“The county owns two tracts of land, a 183-acre tract and a 266-acre tract,” Oglesby said. “On the 183 acres, they’ve had people come to them to want to purchase part of the land, and on the 266-acre tract we met with Love’s Travel Stops on Thursday, and they’re interested in purchasing a 15-20 acre tract.

He said he talked with commissioners about a plan to develop all the acreage of land on the two tracts, and was scheduled to talk with council members on Thursday during their regular meeting.

“They’re supportive of it, because they realize they don’t have somebody doing this,” Oglesby told Pecos mayor Venetta Seals. “It makes sense to try and develop the land. Like one of the commissioners said, the land’s been sitting there forever.”

“The county is in the same was the city, their property has to be bid on,” he said, adding that county attorney Alva Alvarez was seeing if the county had a legal ability to directly transfer land to the PEDC. “I don’t think the county can move the land to the PEDC the way the city can,” he said. “So it may the county has to move it to the city and then from the city to the PEDC.”

City attorney Scott Johnson said a similar transfer was made a few years ago on three acres of land on the northeast corner of the intersection, which at the time was planned for a La Quinta motel, but now is under development for a Candlewood Suites motel after it was annexed into the Pecos city limits.

“If Love’s comes in the advantage is to the city, because they’ll be getting the sales tax,” Oglesby said. “The county will get ad valorem tax, but the real advantage is to the city, to get it into the city limits so we can collect sales tax off of it.”

Ogelsby said the one acre where the former Chevron station was located is owned by the city and would be part of the deal. City public works director Edgardo Madrid said he believed that land has already been cleared for redevelopment by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

And additional costs the PEDC incurred on the land sale would be included in the purchase price, Oglesby told the board, and the land sales would involve performance agreements.

Love’s currently operates truck stops 75 miles east of Pecos on I-20 in Odessa, and 85-miles west of the city, on Interstate 10 in Van Horn. Pecos’ only truck stop, the Flying J, was built on the northwest corner of the I-20-U.S. 285 intersection in 1989.

The other company seeking to buy county land on he south side of the interstate is Target Logistics, a company that has been building modular camps for oilfield workers in South Texas, North Dakota and in Mexico. They are seeking about 17 acres for a similar development off of U.S. 285 on county land south of the city limits.

“I’ve been trying to buy the land for years and have been getting the runaround,” said board member Wally Moon, before the board agreed to move forward on the marketing proposal, which would involve diving up the land sales based on business interests.

The PEDC also approved spending $28,530 to buy lots in the Sunrise Addition, on the east side of Pecos near the West of the Pecos Rodeo Grounds. However, following an executive session, board members opted to take no action on a proposed development option in the Sunrise Addition.

The purchase was for Lots 2-10, and the board had previous given Oglesby approval to purchase the land, following an executive session. The purchases were in two separate purchases, for $20,890 and $7,640.

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