Mike Copeland: Pignetti license; New Waco High; Waco Surf’s Mother’s Day; Site Selection Awards | Local business news

Italian Restaurant Pignetti, a Temple dining institution, has agreed to deliver to Waco, and it’s bringing the entire menu.

Owner Clinton Harwell said in September he would place a second Pignetti in the former Phoenix Ballroom building on South Third Street in downtown Waco. Now Harwell has a building permit backing his piece, according to the local office of the Associated General Contractors of America.

In September, Harwell told the Tribune-Herald that he would use 6,000 square feet on the building‘s first floor, creating a dining room and seating for about 140 people, a full bar, an area dedicated to mixed drinks, meals private and a patio. He said he thinks Pignetti’s in Waco will attract people attending Baylor University-related events, tourists to town to enjoy all the city has to offer, including a thriving downtown which includes the Magnolia market at the Silos, and locals wishing to enjoy a good meal. Harwell already has a big local fan, businessman Tom Wright, co-owner of The Phoenix Ballroom.

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Wright told the Tribune-Herald that he visits Pignetti in Temple weekly, loves the food and thinks it will complete Waco’s dining scene.

Although very Italian, Pignetti’s offers an eclectic menu with dishes heavily influenced by American, Hispanic and Spanish cuisine. Harwell said in September that steaks could play a bigger role at his Waco establishment.

New Waco High

According to the local office of Associated General Contractors of America, the tender has begun to build a new Waco high school, at least the first of six phases spanning 37 months. The company launch consists of site preparation work at 2020 N. 42nd St., which includes the installation of utility and irrigation lines, landscaping and steel erection construction and roofing.

A new Waco High was included in a $355 million bond package approved by voters in November. Homeowners will pay about 10 cents more per $100 of property valuation to pay off the debt.

The new campus, according to a description in the Associated General Contractors newsletter, will cover 370,000 square feet, accommodate 2,100 students, include a competition gymnasium seating 1,980, an auxiliary gymnasium seating 470, a 600-seat auditorium for meet the needs of fine arts students. , a library, a digital learning center and more.

Waco High’s current campus is to be demolished.

In May, work will begin on a new parking lot to serve the new Waco High. Crews will get down to business in August. Construction company Rogers-O’Brien will manage the project and is accepting bids.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Job

Dick’s Sporting Goods at Richland Mall, 6001 W. Waco Drive, apparently decided to do its best. She got a building permit worth $200,000 to remodel her shoe department.

Dick’s opened its Waco store in April 2018.

Other building permits of note include Fourcooks Senior Care, 329 W. State Highway 6, spending nearly $1 million on an interior renovation, $971,023 to be exact. The space at 2200 W. Waco Drive will be redeveloped at a cost of $150,000 for laundry facilities and commercial offices. A building permit worth $8 million has been issued for a three-story parking garage at 414 University Parks Drive. An explanation provided by the Associated General Contractors indicates that the permit is separate from another Waco issued in 2020 for an apartment complex and parking lot at this address.

Waco Surf on Mother’s Day

The Tribune-Herald published a story last week about a new group of California owners taking control of BSR Cable Park just off Old Mexia Road.

The investors spent several million dollars upgrading the facility, renaming it Waco Surf and making it clear that they wanted to improve the site’s image in the future.

Mike Vogelaar, executive director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission, recalled in an email that his organization was lending a hand.

He’s working with Waco Surf on a fun run and 5k for Mother’s Day “to help the community see all the new changes.” He also said the commission had created a television commercial and social media ads, and would visit some students in the area to help Waco Surf connect with the community.

Mother’s Day offers on May 7 include the 5K, Fun Run, Waco Surf beach pass, t-shirt, finisher medals for competitors ages 5 and up, bouncy house for young people and a mimosa on the beach for anyone 21 and over. .

For more information on registration, go to www.wacosports.org.

Site Selection Award

Waco-based economist Ray Perryman rightly heralds success in Texas economic development in 2021.

He said in a column that the state won its 10th consecutive Governor’s Cup this year from Site Selection magazine. It had 1,123 so-called qualified projects, those that invest at least $1 million in capital improvements, create at least 20 new jobs or start at least 20,000 square feet of new construction, Perryman said.

The Texas list includes behemoths, namely the $30 billion Texas Instruments semiconductor plant in Sherman and the $17 billion Samsung semiconductor plant in Taylor. Perryman said Texas placed four projects in the top 10.

Ohio ranked second, albeit a distant second with 507 qualified projects. California had 301.

Perryman attributes Texas’ success to its young population, favorable location and climate, regulatory efficiency, and attractive incentive programs.

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