The request for the funds was made by Bobby Apple, a real estate broker and certified commercial investor.
Apple is the owner of The Apple Company of Texas Realty Group, LLC, of Celina, and he said he plans to build a 42-lot development on Beeville’s west side.
He was asking for the funds to help put in drainage improvements, water and sewer lines within the property he plans to develop just west of North Lightburne Street and West Corpus Christi Street.
“I think it will round out the subdivision,” Apple told the board. He said he expects total costs of the improvements to be somewhere between $550,000 and $600,000.
Currently, Apple said he had engineers working on increasing the number of lots from its original configuration of 32 spaces to 42.
He said 10 of the lots near the front of the development will be for duplexes and the remaining lots will be designed for single-family homes.
The engineers are drawing up the final plans to take to the City Council for approval. Apple said he has owned the property for two years.
“I’m looking forward to submitting the plans to the city,” Apple told the board.
Board member Leticia Muñoz made the motion to assign the request to a subcommittee, and board member John Salinas offered the second.
The board also voted to assign a request for $350,000 from the Hall-Rialto Preservation Association to a subcommittee.
Contractor Robert Beck and Hall theater spokesman Mark Parsons answered questions for the association saying they were fairly sure they could open the first floor of the two-story theater for business with the $350,000 grant.
Beck reminded the board that the BEIC had granted the association $150,000 two years ago with the condition that the group raise an additional $250,000 within a certain time period.
The money was returned to the corporation when the association failed to raise the additional funds.
Beck and Parsons said they were trying to get additional grant funds from local businesses.
Beck called the historic theater a “gem” for the city and said it could bring more visitors from Beeville and surrounding communities to the downtown area.
The plan, he said, is to use the building for entertainment and meetings.
Parsons said the facility could serve patrons of all ages, from 5 to 85.
BEIC board members also agreed to send a request for $10,163.04 from the Beeville Lions Club for playground equipment to be installed at Klipstein Park on North Adams Street to a subcommittee.
Michelle Wright said she was speaking as the president of the Lions Club, and she said the organization had raised about $12,000 for improvements to the city property.
She said the park serves as a recreation area for residents of all parts of the city and is also used by the St. Philip’s Episcopal School and a senior citizens facility in the area.
The money will be used to purchase and install a piece of playground equipment called a Zig-Zag-Zang. The equipment is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12.
Wright said existing playground equipment at the park is designed for younger children.
The Lions Club has a three-phase improvement plan for the centrally located park. The playground equipment would be the first phase; the second phase would include a special rubbersized walking trail and a pavilion; and the third phase would include lighting for the property.
Wright said the Lions Club will be requesting additional grant funds from businesses that offer assistance in funding projects of that type.
“I think it’s a much needed thing,” said BEIC board member Filipita Bastida.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.