Community Impact Newspaper reached out to the mayors of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake at the start of the new year. The mayors each offered insight on opportunities for their cities and what they are looking forward to in 2019. Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate’s responses are below.
Tate said that as a child he would sit in his father’s grocery store, where community leaders would gather, and listen to them talk about their ambitions for Grapevine. He said those memories instilled in him a desire to help Grapevine continue to progress and grow. Prior to his 1988 election, Tate served as mayor from 1973-1985.
Top goals for 2019 include:
• Completion of Grapevine Main/the Hotel Vin by early 2020
• Opening of Grapevine’s first dog park
• Opening of the newly renovated and expanded Oak Grove softball field
• Groundbreaking of the Stand Rock Hotel and water park
• Groundbreaking for the replacement of Fire Stations Nos. 2 and 3, the Grapevine Animal Shelter and the Grapevine Golf Course Clubhouse
Opportunities for Grapevine:
“The implementation of the Dallas Road overlay. The implementation of the Dallas Road redevelopment and trail extension plan that will make the area from Ball Street to Texan Trail more aesthetically appealing, and safer for pedestrians.
“There will be a lot of pressure on Dallas Road redevelopment as a result of TEXRail. The overlay will ensure that the development is quality and coincides with our vision.
“The protection of residential neighborhoods. The success of businesses along Main Street has instilled a desire to encroach into the adjacent residential areas. Maintaining a strong downtown residential core is one of the foundations for our success and it shouldn’t be altered. On that same note, the infiltration of short term rentals into residential neighborhoods is a real threat to our neighborhoods.”