By Allen Edmonds, The Democrat Missourian
Belton Mayor Jimmy Odom, required by city charter to deliver a state of the city address annually, reveled in his duty Jan. 10 at the Belton Chamber of Commerces monthly membership meeting at High Blue Wellness Center.
Odom reported the city to be bucking the economic trend, issuing $3.4 million in residential building permits and $32 million in new commercial permits for 2011. The bulk of the non-residential building involves the major Research Belton Hospital renovation, but the city is also looking ahead to the anticipated March 1 opening of the new Cosentinos Price Chopper at State Route Y and M-58, he said.
In addition, the surrounding Crossroads project has moved its Phase 2 development plan ahead, with several retailers indicating interest in the area around the Price Chopper. Additionally, JoAnn Fabrics will open this spring, and a Chipotle Mexican Grill has purchased the former Backyard Burgers location and remodeling will begin soon.
A new oil change facility will be built in the center near Kohls on M-58 and a major retailer is close to committing to the Markey Parkway area.
Finally, he said, Belton has achieved Tree City USA status due to the work of the newly formed Tree Board and the Belton Park Department.