Flint concrete development plans put on hold while seeking alternative sites

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Leaders from the Flint community met on Wednesday with the owners of Tycon Ready Mix to discuss the proposed concrete plant that has many concerned over their health and the environment.

Tycon Ready Mix purposed property on Burkett Road just off FM 346 in Flint for over $550,000. Several residential neighborhoods are located within 440 yards, which is the main concern of the opposition group.

On Wednesday, a meeting was held behind closed doors with several community leaders and State Representative Matt Schaefer.

Attendees were State Senator Bryan Hughes, Smith County Judge Moran, and Smith County Commissioner Jeff Warr. Along with officials were representatives from local HOAs to discuss the concerns of hundreds in their neighborhoods.

All parties engaged in constructive dialogue about concerns raised by numerous residents in the past weeks, according to Rep. Schaefer and HOA representative Garrett Boersma.

A previous meeting was held at Grace Fellowship Church where over 200 people that live in the surrounding area attended to discuss concerns over health, environmental impact, traffic, and quality of life. They also met with Smith County commissioners shortly after to discuss the impact on more substantial level.

“We are worried that the quality of life we invested in when we chose our neighborhoods will betaken away from us,” said Scott Chelette, a resident of Foxwoods and member of the HOA board. “Here’s what we’ve learned about what we can expect if the plant is built. When we talk about our quality of life, I should say that most of us bought our homes because of the quality of life. In our neighborhoods, you can walk around most evenings and all throughout the weekends and you will find kids playing in their yards or out riding their bikes to their friends’ houses. People are jogging, riding with bike clubs. We do annual get-togethers and we talk in our front yards often.

At the conclusion of the Wednesday meeting, Tycon Ready Mix agreed to pause the project while all parties consider alternative locations and evaluate potential solutions, according to a press release from Rep. Shaefer.

Additionally, it was agreed that a public hearing by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would be set so that all concerned parties can further discuss concerns.

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