The Dollar Tree distribution center dictated discussion at the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday. Council members voted in favor of annexing a .99 acre tract of land for the center.

Before council moved forward with the project, Mayor Bill Benton asked if the land owner requested the annexation.

“So this is not a forced annex?” Benton asked.“We did not ask them? We haven’t pressured them in any way?”

Community Development Director Travis Tanner assured council that this was requested by the land owner.

“It’s just under an acre of land that they’re proposing to have annexed into the city to become part of that project,” Tanner explained. “This property is located southwest of Spur 10 and Klosterhoff Road.

“It’s currently in the (extraterritorial jurisdiction). It’s been acquired by Dollar Tree and it’s now being included in the scope of their project for the distribution center.”

The petition for the annexation was formally accepted by city council at the Aug. 20 meeting. Council held a required public hearing, but no one spoke. Council member Jacob Balderas made a motion to accept the annexation.

The motion was seconded by council member Lisa Wallingford.

Council also approved a final plat submitted for the Dollar Tree’s distribution headquarters. The expansion consists of 192 acres, 1 block and four reserves.

It is located at the intersection of Spur 10/Hartledge Road and Klosterhoff Road and was recently annexed into the city limits. Primary truck access will be located off of Klosterhoff Road, and passenger vehicles will have access from two new rights-of-way to Spur 10.

City staff noted that the job creation total will be around 400 within a three-year period, starting with about 200 employees. The project is scheduled for completion by October 2020.

“It’s another step toward the Dollar Tree distribution center,” Benton said. “I can see why they want that property.”

The next regular city council meeting will be held Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

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