As the population of Tyler increases, so does the amount of construction seen around town. Developers are specifically seeking out South Tyler for their new projects.
“When they come to town, they pretty well look to try to find something on South Broadway because that’s where they all feel comfortable,” says Burns Commercial Properties owner Mark Whatley.
Restaurant chain Le Madeleine, Orangetheory Fitness, and Old Chicago Pizza will all be coming to the new Towne Oaks Plaza at the corner of south loop and Old Bullard.
It’s an already congested area, but city planners say they don’t anticipate a major traffic problem.
“Those have been approved and there was no need for an analysis to take place, so we had assurance that there won’t be any decrease in level of service,” says City of Tyler principal planner Kyle Kingma.
They’re building a large parking lot to handle anticipated traffic, and Whatley says there will also be easy access from the road.
“There’s a median cut there in the loop so people rather than drive down Old Bullard and the Loop, and circling back to get in the center, they can turn there on the loop directly into the shopping center,” says Whatley.
Saltgrass Steakhouse is also under contract to purchase 2 acres north of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Whatley says he expects construction to start in July or August.
Plus, the shopping center at Fifth Street and Beckham Avenue is getting an update.
The Village at Cumberland Park is also getting new retailers.
“Tyler is a great place to invest, great place to do business, great place to live, so i can see why they’re starting to come to town,” says Kingma.