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Mesquite, TX – January 8, 2021 – The Economic Development Department presented the City of Mesquite’s quarterly report during the City Council meeting on Jan. 4. The report covered the third quarter of 2020, which includes the months of July through September of 2020, and was highlighted by the announcement of increases in sale tax receipts as well as permits for new construction for commercial projects and homes.
Mesquite sales tax receipts increased in the third quarter of 2020 in comparison to the same quarter of 2019 from $11,175,430 to $11,484,987. The report also showed Mesquite’s commercial new permit valuation was $7,491,000, the commercial remodel permit valuation was $28,095,574 and residential new permit valuation was $109,251,292.
The Downtown Mesquite project made significant progress during the third quarter. David Witcher, the Director of Economic Development said, “We have had 380 agreements, including with Alejandro’s, we have worked on Heritage Plaza and two façade reimbursement projects have been improved… Front Street Station has continued to make solid progress during this time.” Witcher added that Downtown Mesquite also received statewide recognition and was noted for another Downtown award.
Witcher also highlighted three new projects that were approved during the third quarter including the new Office Depot location in the Market East Shopping Center, the Whataburger located at 3200 N. Town East Boulevard and the new Huntington Properties project off IH 635 and Military Parkway.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Economic Development Department rolled out their Roadmap to Resources webpage, which included videos and an electronic newsletter providing resources to businesses, employers and the workforce to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website received more than 2,900 unique visits and has been instrumental in helping the community’s economy.
Watch the full presentation to City Council below.