With its unanimous approval on Nov. 1, the Flower Mound Town Council also agreed to allow an exception to the town's development standards regarding utility lines. The town's standards called for the nonprofit to move about 140 feet of utility lines along Morriss Road underground. But properties already developed on either side of the proposed center have above-ground utility lines that are not expected to be moved underground anytime soon.
Randy Bollig, president of Loreto House, told the council that requiring underground lines for only the nonprofit's site did not make sense given the overhead lines in that area. An estimate submitted to the town showed that moving utilities underground on the Loreto House property would cost more than $128,000. Bollig said that is money that the nonprofit does not have.
Loreto House plans to build a one-story, 6,593-square-foot office building in Flower Mound. It would offer a variety of services, including prenatal education, lactation consultations and pregnancy and parenting programs, free of charge to women who are pregnant or have a child younger than 36 months. The center would also distribute free diapers, clothing and baby items to its clients. Loreto House currently has a center in Denton. An estimated opening date was not available.