MATHIS – The Mathis Economic Development Cooperation is starting off 2017 with a full plate, as they reported during Monday night’s city council meeting, with new business offerings along with their ongoing efforts on the downtown restoration project.

The Mathis EDC is currently underway on the clean-up of buildings 103, 109 and 115 on E. San Patricio Avenue, with clean-up crews already hauling off more than 30 large dumpsters with about 10 to 15 more to go.

“It has made quite a bit of improvements on the buildings as far as keeping them cleaned up around there,” EDC Director Doug Dowler reported. 

“We are also opening up the back alley, which was designated a public alleyway, behind the buildings in downtown.”

The city public works have also found that the alley has access to water and power, and possibly the EMS or police department could use the utilities in the future.

One of the biggest announcements Monday night was the Mathis EDC being contacted by a company out of Arizona who wants a complete market analysis on the Mathis area to possibly build a new hotel off Interstate Highway 37.

“They  are interested in locating a new hotel here in Mathis,” Dowler added.  “Their first step in their process is to get this market analysis done.

“[The company representative] will be here Jan. 30, doing a site visit as well as some interviews around town with some of our leading businesses and looking at our tourist activities.

“It’s looking very promising right now. Keep your fingers crossed that will move forward with this, as well.”

The Mathis EDC also got some interesting statistics while working on the market analysis.

“We received a traffic count from TxDOT on I-37 and there are 27,000 cars a day that travel I-37 through Mathis,” Dowler said.

“The hotel people were pretty pleased with that and it exceeded their expectations, so I think that’s a positive step in the right direction.”

The Mathis EDC will join the San Patricio County EDC Feb. 15 to take a bus trip with other city officials to Austin where they have scheduled appointments with several legislators and state funding agencies.

The Mathis EDC should also hear back in a month or two about their downtown revitalization grant application, which would kickstart the plans the EDC has to fix sidewalks, plant trees and revive downtown.

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