WAXAHACHIE — After a few hiccups meeting city code, development on a second location of the White Rhino Coffee House is moving forward. The shop will be the first in Waxahachie.
The Waxahachie City Council approved the replat of three lots on Tuesday night so the business can meet the city’s parking requirement.
The White Rhino first opened its doors on West Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill in 2008. Its second location will be located at 414 W. Main St. The coffee house was expected to open by the end of the summer, but construction issues have delayed the opening of the business.
“The replat is to get the adequate parking that is required by city ordinance. We had to purchase those other structures in order to meet the parking requirement,” Contractor Brad Yates said. “They are hoping to relocate the home at 501 Water St. but the problem is that there are no lots left in town. You start moving those guys out of town it does get cost effective.”
Yates said the two remaining homes located at 503 and 505 Water St. will be demolished to meet the parking requirements. Materials will be salvaged from the structures before demolition.
Yates stated, due to the age of the building, the project has run into issues that needed to be addressed before construction could begin.
“During that process, when we applied for the building permit, we realized that there was asbestos that had to get abated,” Yates explained. “There has been just years of add-ons that were not up to code.”
Yates noted that the final hurdles in the project have been overcome and expects that a final building permit will be issued by the end of the week. Construction is estimated to take four to six months.
“We really look forward to joining the Waxahachie community,” White Rhino owner Chris Parvin said to the council. “You guys definitely have something special going on here.”
Parvin previously stated that they are going to preserve as much of the house as they can during the restoration and renovation process.
“We feel a responsibility to make sure that we are not altering or changing this beautiful home that’s been there for 120 years or so. We’re going to end up spending more money than we normally spend, but we just think it’s worth the investment,” Parvin stated in an April 3 Daily Light article. “I will say that putting any commercial use in will obviously require upgrades, but we think we can improve the house in ways that will make it safe and useful for the community, our business, and also preserve the heritage of it.”
Following Parvin, Director of Public Works Jeff Chambers addressed the council and presented a recommendation to award the bid for street work on Country Drive to the Reyes Group of Grand Prairie. The Reyes Group was the low bidder with a bid of $154,555 for the repaving project.
Chambers told the council that after reviewing the company’s qualifications, financials and references that he is confident they will be able to do the work.
“We do a lot of these project," Chambers said. "It just rejuvenates the pavement, which gives it a good smooth surface and gets rid of the potholes."
The project is going to resurface around 1,600 feet and is expected to start within the next three to four weeks. This new surface is expected to have a life span of eight to 10 years.
According to the Reyes Group’s website, the company provides both specialized and general contracting services for new construction, infrastructure development, and existing complex renovation.
In other business the council,
• Approved a request from Harlen Roberts for a zoning change for a detached single-family dwelling located at 203 Lynn St.
• Continued a request from Hani Al-Wahban of Texas Tires for a specific use permit to allow tire installation and repair with outside storage located at 110 N. U.S. Highway 77.
• Continued a request from Mary Graf for a zoning change from a single family-one zoning district to a planned development single family-one with a concept plan located at 111 Farley St.
• Held the second public hearing on the proposed tax rate of $0.68 per $100 valuation for the 2017-2018 fiscal year was held.
• Held a public hearing on the city’s budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.