Downtown revitalization, business gain ground

Cheetah Car Wash features an automatic cleaning system and high powered vacuums. The business opened last week and had its first full weekend of service and washed 323, a good sign that it was very much needed in Mathis.

MATHIS – During Monday’s City Council meeting, Mathis Economic Development Cooperation Director Doug Dowler gave his monthly report on various projects the EDC has in the pipeline.

One of the biggest developments Dowler brought to the council’s attention was the update on the TDA grant which would mostly fund the downtown sidewalk revitalization project.

“I wanted to report to council that we have received official notification from the Texas Department of Agriculture under the CDBG program for downtown revitalization of the scoring of our application for our downtown sidewalk project.

“Our application and one other both received a perfect score of 85 points.

“We were ranked number one when it came to the tie-breaker based on the tie-breaker criteria, we had the number one scoring application in the state of Texas.”

Unfortunately, there were some technical aspects that caused the application to be disqualified. The application was missing two signatures and was sent back to the EDC.

“However, we have been given 10 days to cure the technical deficiency. We had a meeting today to discuss what we needed to do to correct the deficiency and we’ll be submitting it back to them by the end of this week.

“And we should be back in the running.”

The EDC will be hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss the three projects they are working on including the revitalization of the three buildings the EDC purchased and hiring a planner for the downtown sidewalk project

Dowler also received some good news about a new local business that opened up recently.

“Maybe some of you have seen the new Cheetah Car Wash that was opened up,” Dowler said. “During their first full weekend of operation, they actually washed 323 cars which far exceeded their expectations.”

The Cheetah Car Wash located at 1417 N. Business Highway 359, opened in the middle of last week.

“If that holds true, they’re going to be very pleased with their operations here.”

Dowler reminded the council that the Shop Small Saturday event will take place on Nov. 26.

“We’ll be starting at 11 a.m. and going until 3 p.m.,” Dowler said. “We have 28 businesses that have signed up to participate.”

Participants can pick up a stamp card at City Hall or the Mathis EDC building, and collect stamps from each business listed and be entered to win gift baskets and gift cards donated from local merchants.

“We’re starting to see banners going up around town and posters so we’re looking forward to a good event.”

He also mentioned that State Senator Judith Zaffarini will be visiting the San Patricio County EDC. She will be visiting the Portland Community Center at 11 a.m. to meet with the public and officials.

“We’ll be continuing on with our other projects and looking forward to doing more for the city of Mathis.”

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