By JIM HARDIN
It’s no joke.
Question: Why did the house mover haul a portable building from Royse City to Greenville and then back to Royse City?
Answer: To get it to the other side of the interstate.
The only way to get the structure from its former location on the south Interstate 30 service road in Royse City to its new location at the Royse City Animal Shelter on the north side of the interstate was to make a 16-mile trip to Greenville on the eastbound service road, take Wesley Street in Greenville over I-30 and then head back to Royse City on the westbound service road.
City officials in Royse City had thought the structure could squeeze under I-30 on FM 548 in Royse City. That could happen, a moving company employee said, but only if part of the roof was cut off. That didn’t appear to be economically feasible, he said, so the decision was made to take the structure to Greenville, make a U-turn and return to Royse City.
Even though there was a huge obstacle in the move, city officials believe getting this building was an offer they couldn’t turn down.
Jimmy Butler, associate superintendent of operations for the Royse City Independent School District, said the building formerly housed the school district’s business office. He said the structure was a portable building and was moved in and attached to the former school district administration building on the I-30 service road.
A San Antonio developer, Full Service Hospitality, has purchased the school district property, along with the adjoining lot on the southeast corner of FM 548 and the I-30 service road that formerly was the home for Wing Dingers restaurant.
City Manager Carl Alsabrook said the developer donated the portable building to the city for a much-needed addition to the animal shelter on North Josephine Street.
Then, he said, animal shelter Coordinator Kellye Sullivan-Robertson found an anonymous donor who agreed to pay half of the approximately $8,500 moving, leveling and hook-up expense.
Alsabrook said the building will be used for animal shelter offices, rest rooms, utility room and showroom for prospective pet owners to meet adoptable dogs and cats.
The city manager said the new building meets a big need at the animal shelter. And removal of the portable building helps out the developer. He has a fast-food restaurant prospect for the location.
Larry Lott, executive director of the Royse City Community Development Corporation, said the developer and fast-food restaurant officials are now in a 90-day “due diligence” period of a contract for the former school district property.
He would not identify the restaurant, saying only that a fast-food restaurant with a drive-through is proposed for the site.
A 5,500-square-foot “sit-down” restaurant is planned for the adjacent property, the former Wing Dingers site. The developer reportedly is still meeting with prospects for that location.