IDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian City Council approved a tax abatement agreement and rezoning for Buckley Oil Company at its Tuesday, July 9 meeting.

Development Services Director John Taylor opened the public hearings on the rezoning and specific use permit with the Buckley Oil Company owners in the audience. Taylor announced that the owners intended to the headquarters of their bulk solvent and chemical company to Midlothian in addition to constructing its fourth facility in the Metroplex in the RailPort Business Park.

Taylor explained that SUP allowed for an exemption of the 70 percent brick or stone requirement on storage buildings, which will be located at the back of the property where they will be less visible.

The council approved both items 6-0 with Councilman Mike Rodgers absent.

Midlothian Economic Development President/CEO Larry Barnett presented two items to approve the eight-year tax abatement of 12.5 percent for a total of $200,000 according to incentive guidelines set by the city.

“Buckley Oil will invest $5.5 million dollars in the city and create 25 new jobs with taxable sales coming out of the company’s headquarters office,” Barnett said.

The council approved both items. Mayor Pro Tem Joe Frizzell spoke to the owners in the audience and welcomed them to Midlothian.

Taylor also presented the site plan for a assisted living and memory care facility in MidTowne for the council’s approval. The main issue the council saw with the two-story,  13,000 square feet, 75 bed facility was a drive punch at the rear of the property that could connect with a possible future drive through the First United Methodist Church of Midlothian’s adjacent property.

“I’ll only vote for this if you remove the stub out and put a curb in there, it’s too tempting for someone to cut through the church’s property,” Councilman Wayne Sibley said, to the agreement of Frizzell and Councilman Ted Miller.

Instead, the council suggested a stipulation in the approval to require the property owner to allow connection to the adjacent property (the FUMC parking lot) if or when it is developed.

Mayor Bill Houston and Sibley also noticed that a walkway from the back of the facility to other MidTowne property meant for pedestrians was to be stamped, textured concrete. Sibley said from experience using a walker, the walkway should be smooth concrete since elderly residents living at the facility may use the walkway. The council voted to approve the site plan, landscaping and building elevations with the additional conditions.

Taylor also presented an item to initiate the process of annexing four tracts of property. The four annexations are considered to be technical annexations, because they correct mapping errors or annex property surrounded by the city limits and already serviced by the city. The four tracts equal about 43 acres and include only seven residences. The council approved the item.

In other action, the council:

•    approved the construction of a lift station to service phase two of Lawson Farms to be funded by impact fees from the developer

• tabled a bid award to XIT Paving and Construction, Inc. for the Justice Center access driveway until the next council meeting

• approved the establishment of a contractual usage agreement with guidelines and fee schedule

• authorized City Manager Don Hastings to execute the Dove Lane Realignment Agreement with Ash Grove Cement Company

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