Magnolia City Council approved multiple projects from the Magnolia 4A and 4B economic development corporations for 2022 during its meeting Dec. 14. Director of Economic Development Rachel Steele presented the council with seven projects from the 4A corporation and nine projects from the 4B corporation.

Projects include the implementation of a facade grant program, a monument signage plan, updated security systems and trash cans for Unity Park, and expanding sanitary sewage along FM 1774, according to the project list presented to council.

“The city of Magnolia has a 4A economic development corporation and a 4B community development corporation that identify and support initiatives to improve quality of life and economic opportunity within the city of Magnolia,” Magnolia City Administrator Don Doering said in a press release.

Brenda Hoppe, Magnolia 4B EDC board president and City Council member, said in the release the corporation's board members are excited about the facade grant program. The program will provide about seven $5,000 grants for businesses in the city seeking to make improvements to their facades, signage or structure of their building, according to the project list.

The monument signage plan will cost $35,000 to implement monuments, city limit signs and welcome stations throughout the city. Expanding sewage infrastructure along the southern part of FM 1774 to Friendship Drive will cost approximately $200,000, the project list shows.

Magnolia 4A EDC board President Robert Franklin said in the press release the 2022 project list is determined through a culmination of meetings, public comments and discussions with business owners and City Council.

“The project list is an annual process both corporations pursue to enhance the economic opportunity in the city of Magnolia,” Franklin said.

Other projects include $10,000 to develop the city’s website and repairing the city’s LED sign at City Hall, which was funded in 2011, the project list said.

Steele said in the press release the 4A EDC will approve a task order before the end of the year to initiate the project along FM 1774 and residents can expect survey crews to begin work in January or February. The 4B EDC will meet in mid-January to take proposals on projects at Unity Park and City Hall, the release said.