Cuero may soon have four new hotels
March 17, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.
CUERO CITY OFFICES
The city of Cuero offices, currently housed in two buildings across the street from one another, will come together when a new project is completed later this year or in early 2013. The project, which will expand the existing offices on the north side of Main Street, will allow for the police department, council chambers and utility payment offices to move to the same building as the other city departments. The project is estimated to cost about $2 million, said City Manager Raymie Zella.
The building being vacated will likely be demolished and allow space for library expansion and additional parking.
For more on the impact the Eagle Ford Shale has had on the area, see the Your Money section.
As many as four new hotels could be built in Cuero in the coming months.
With the activity associated with the Eagle Ford Shale play, the need for housing - even if temporary - exploded in Cuero and the surrounding area.
The hotel construction started with the Best Western Inn & Suites in February 2009.
That Best Western Inn and Suites has already expanded, completing the addition of 27 more rooms earlier this year, giving it a total of 79.
Four other motels are in various stages of planning and permitting, said Joe Perales, Cuero's building official.
Perales came on board last fall with the increased demand for building permits in the city.
The proposed hotels include a proposed 100-bed facility with a restaurant at the site of the city's recycling collection center on Broadway Street near the city park.
"A contract is pending on the property. We should know something for sure by April," Perales said.
The city's collection center will move to a site near the state prison on Farm-to-Market Road 766.
Three of the proposed hotel projects are on the other side of Cuero, on U.S. Highway 183 toward Gonzales.
A permit has been issued for a 36-room unit south of Cuero Memorial Hospital and two others are in various stages of negotiations and planning.
At one location, an architect has made a site visit and also made contact with Perales.
Perales said that until projects have been reviewed and building permits issued, changes are always possible.
Also on the horizon are two subdivisions.
Pebble Ridge Estates No. 2, on Broadway Street across the street from the city park and airport, will have 16 slots for homes.
The original Pebble Ridge estates has 45 residential and three commercial lots.
The Quarry Phase I, near the existing Alamo Heights subdivision, is expected to be built to accommodate 57 homes.
No plans have been submitted for The Quarry, Perales said, but site work has begun to prepare for underground utilities and a model home is being built on Sarah Street.
"The way it looks, Cuero is going to have some new housing pretty soon," Perales said.