Cleburne voters pass propositions tied to Chisholm Trail development

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Cleburne voters passed three propositions in support of an economic development plan tied to the Chisholm Trail Parkway on Tuesday.

The three proposition called for the creation of an economic development corporation, a half cent increase in the city’s sales tax rate, the ability to use revenues from the increase as well as bonds to purchase land for and to construct a baseball park. The city hopes to secure a minor league baseball team for the city.

Earlier this year, the city of Cleburne announced plans to create what could be the city’s largest retail economic development program in many years.

Part of that announcement will include Dallas Mavericks General Manager and Matthews Southwest partner Donnie Nelson who will be involved in establishing a minor league baseball team and new ballpark planned for the area.

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Cleburne Station is the name of the plan, a 75-acre development set for the southeast corner of Chisholm Trail Parkway and U.S. Highway 67. The site would feature shops, restaurants and a multi-use stadium for sports and live music.

Cleburne is the county seat of Johnson County, just south of Tarrant County, with a population of about 29,000.

Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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