By Sean Rice
It appears Celina's new Super Wal-Mart is still on track for construction at the Havemann Road site, despite local scuttlebutt to the contrary.
Celina Mayor Sharon LaRue said Wal-Mart has completed purchasing the property across from the current Wal-Mart from developer RG Properties. Also, heavy equipment has started to show up on site. Both actions are signals the development is moving ahead, LaRue said.
Bo Gunlock with RG Properties, a middleman development company Wal-Mart uses, told LaRue "not to worry" in a e-mail this month, and said earth-moving work is set to begin.
When Super Wal-Mart plans were announced two years ago, the completion date was this summer. LaRue said she has not heard of a new completion date yet. Gunlock could not be reached for comment this morning.
Another signal of things to come: Representatives of Murphy Oil USA are scheduled to appear before the Celina Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The company wants to review the site plan that calls for a gasoline filling station to be built on the corner of the new Wal-Mart site on Havemann Road. In other development news, workers for Landmark Structures, Fort Worth, Texas, will be back in Celina next week to work on the Summit Street water tower. LaRue said many individuals are interested to see crews raise the "bowl" of the water tower to the top. The event will be broadcast on the city's Web cam, and Summit Street will be closed to allow for spectators, she said.
LaRue said Landmark will give two to three days notice before the bowl goes up.