Development at Exit 79 just east of Royse City is encountering delays that will postpone some openings scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

• A baseball park slated to be ready for play next summer will not open until 2019 at the earliest.

• A Buc-ee’s franchise that had been advertised as opening in 2019 has shifted its opening date to 2020.

These items were confirmed Thursday by Royse City Council member Thomas Crowley, who said he preferred that requests for additional details be directed to City Manager Carl Alsabrook.  

The Herald-Banner was, however, unable to make contact with Alsabrook before press time.

The news on Buc-ee’s wasn’t a surprise to motorists who frequently drive on I-30 as the chain of gas and convenience stores had changed the date on a promotional billboard from 2019 to 2020.

“I can’t speak for Buc-ee’s,” said Crowley, “but our frontage roads at that exit are under the control of two different TxDOT offices — the

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Hunt County office in Paris and the Rockwall County office in Garland.  It takes longer to coordinate work in that situation.

“I’m presuming that the owners of Buc-ee’s may not feel they will have adequate ingress and egress until the frontage roads are complete. I can understand that. They plan for 75 gas pumps at this location and plan on handling a lot of traffic.”

Buc-ee’s currently operates at 24 locations, all in Texas.  

A 25th, in Katy, is expected to open in the next few weeks. In Royse City, heavy equipment is in use and landscaping has begun at the future site of the store on the southwest corner of the interchange.

The baseball park, to be sited at Exit 79 north of I-30, is a joint venture involving developer Mark Schuster and the Royse City Independent School District. In February of 2017, Schuster requested a six-month extension on a memorandum of understanding he’d filed with the Royse City Community Development Corporation that detailed his plans to build a 2,000-seat, $12 million baseball park on 12 acres as the centerpiece of a much larger retail project.The extension is scheduled to expire in early August.

Schuster is also an organizer of a start-up independent, semi-professional league that planned to include a team based in Royse City that would use the new park as its home field.

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