Posted on: February 14, 2018
State of the City 2018
On Tuesday, February 13, City Manager Nathan Watkins outlined the vision and plans for the City of Mont Belvieu in the State of the City address. The city's unprecedented growth was the central focus of his remarks.
Speaking before the packed room at the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, Watkins started by reflecting on 2017, sharing that the City added nearly 16 homes a month. "It's really about growth in Mont Belvieu," Watkins said. "For 2018 we have more planning and more growth coming." The City's growth over the next 12 months will come in the form of both residential and commercial developments; six new neighborhoods, 285,000 square feet of retail space, at least 5 new restaurants, the M.L. Wismer Distributing Center, a senior living center, and the highly anticipated H-E-B grocery store.
Watkins also reinforced the City's commitment to its connectivity plan as the city continues to grow. "Once Eagle Drive was improved to four lanes, we added sidewalks. Everyone expressed how much they enjoyed using them so we pursued grants to expand our sidewalk connectivity ordinance." The City will continue to add sidewalks and lighting throughout 2018. This will keep the Mont Belvieu on track to achieve the goal of being able to bike or walk to every neighborhood in the city; starting at Cherry Creek to the north and extending all the way to Cottonwood in the south.
The most rousing applause of the afternoon came with an update on the City's $14 million gigabit fiber network project, MB Link. Watkins proudly shared the recently approved logo and stated that with the hire of a broadband engineer and with network at 50 percent construction completion, the project is on schedule to bring fiber-based gigabit internet service to residents by late summer. "Mont Belvieu will be the first city in the state of Texas to offer one gigabit broadband connectivity and one of the first cities in the entire United States to offer one gigabit broadband connectivity to all of it's businesses and residents," said Watkins.