By Betsy Dolan
Large construction vehicles have just started moving dirt at the site of the new Niagara bottling facility in Missouri City’s Lakeview Business Park and already the company has decided to expand by implementing Phase 1 and Phase 2 simultaneously. Niagara’s decision has spurred Lakeview Business Park developer Trammell Crow to move forward with $2.75 million in drainage and road improvements in Phase 2 of the business park.
“Niagara is taking 25 acres in the center of the project which means we need to finish the roads and get those water and sewer lines in place faster than we had initially intended”, Bob Graf, Economic Development Coordinator said.
In May, Niagara, the second largest bottled water company in the United States, announced their decision to build a 356,000 square foot facility in Missouri City. While the plant will be large enough to accommodate four bottling lines, the initial plan called for just two. Due to projected demand in the Houston area, Graf said the company decided to combine the first two phases and install three lines.
“What that means for us is that it adds 98 new jobs right away but it also means that each bottling line they put in represents a taxable value to Missouri City of about $15 million dollars in equipment value,” Graf said. The company has said it intends to add 269 direct and supplemental positions within its first 10 years of operation in Missouri City.
Missouri City has three years to reimburse Trammell Crow for the Phase 2 improvements at Lakeview Business Park and will do so with Metro sales tax rebates earmarked to be used for general mobility projects. Needed water and sewer improvements will be managed and reimbursed through WCID No. 2.