On Friday morning the City of Forney welcomed the Garrett-Moore Company to Forney with an official groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of their joint project, “Victorian Village on Main Street.”
About two dozen city, county and state officials gathered at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in historic downtown to recognize a project which will bring much needed retail and office space to Forney.
Located on the corner opposite of the old Booker T. Washington School, this project is a joint venture between the Forney Economic Development Corporation and the Garrett-Moore Company.
Kicking off the ceremony, Forney EDC Executive Director Warren Ketteman first addressed the crowd to acknowledge and thank many individuals for their hard work in bringing this project to Forney.
Following Director Ketteman to the podium, Garrett-Moore Company Partner Terry Moore stated “This is a very exciting time for us. We’re excited to be here and be part of the family of Forney. We’re really excited about this project and we’ve got most of the buildings leased up and ready to be moved into. We want to thank everyone at the EDC for helping us with the property acquisition. And we want to thank everyone at the city, all the officials and the mayor.”
Next speaking in representation of the City, Mayor Rick Wilson said “We too are extremely excited about this project because it gives us an opportunity to expand upon our vision for downtown and the revitalization that we’ve completed here in the last year. And to see it move to this end of town and when it eventually connects, it will be a great vision for the community.”
Mayor Wilson said “We’re really excited to be working with the Garrett-Moore Company. Their vision for Victorian Village is a great vision for our community. And it is in sync with the City Council and the EDC. And I know Warren thanked them, but I too would like to thank them for all the hard work that they have come together and done.”
Dignitaries present to celebrate this occasion included new Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards, Kaufman County Precinct 2 Commissioner Skeet Phillips and a representative from State Senator Bob Hall’s office who presented the Garrett-Moore Company an official letter of recognition from the State of Texas.
Those attending were treated to warm coffee and cookies and invited to sign the official shovels used to turn ground of this new and exciting project.
Written by: Denise Bell