Wal-Mart already operates a massive distribution center in Cedar Crossing Business Park in Baytown, West Chambers County.

Baytown city officials are paving the way for a project called the Chambers Town Center by offering a tax incentive and by a proposal to rezone the piece of property where the store will be built, if the deal goes through.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., had no official comment on the proposed new store.

The project would feature a 150,000 square foot Walmart store and possibly several hundred thousand square feet of retail, commercial, entertainment and restaurant development.

“Nothing is a done deal until all the paperwork has been processed, but it looks very favorable,” said Deputy City Manager Ron Bottoms.

The proposed site for the new store is located in Chambers County, southeast of the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 146, which would put it on land behind an existing Jack-In-The-Box and a service station.

The project is being developed by the Crosswell Greenwood Company, which specializes in large retail development.

The city of Baytown is involved because of a 2007 limited-purposed annexation of the property, the terms of which are that the city gets its percentage of any sales tax generated from the property, but receives no property tax and provides no city services.

One of the initial steps in the project is to get the property rezoned to accept commercial development.

The city of Baytown will hold public hearings at City Hall on Aug. 21 to hear comments on several zooming issues, but among them is one that would rezone the 68.196 acres for the proposed Chambers Town Center from a Neighborhood Conser-vation District to a Mixed Use District.

Source:  Baytown Sun