After meeting Wednesday with Flint residents and local officials, the owners of Tycon Ready Mix have decided to pause their concrete batch plant project.
Tycon Ready Mix LLC applied to register a concrete batch plant near Flint, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The application states the plant’s entrance was proposed to be 180 feet north from the intersection of Hunters Trail and Burkett Road (County Road 139) in Flint.
Many residents expressed concerns over the potential plant’s impact to their community.
In a statement from State Rep. Matt Schaefer, the company agreed to postpone the proposal as all parties consider options and evaluate solutions.
Leaders of the Flint neighborhoods surrounding the proposed plant met with owners of Tycon Ready Mix at a meeting hosted by Schaefer. State Sen. Bryan Hughes, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and Smith County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Warr were in attendance as well.
Schaefer said in the statement there was constructive dialogue about residents’ concerns, such as health, environmental impact, traffic, and quality of life. Tycon Ready Mix representatives said in the meeting the company plans to exceed environmental requirements and create a business that is good for the community and economic growth.
“Additionally, it was agreed that a public hearing by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should be set within a reasonable amount of time so that all concerned parties can further communicate concerns,” Schaefer’s statement read.
Flint resident Debora Burkett started the Facebook group, Flint Concrete Plant Protesters, last month to have a unified group to hear issues over air quality, traffic and noise levels from others. The group has since grown to over 700 members.
In an interview with the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Arturo Lara, who lives in the Foxwood subdivision with his family, said his wife and two sons have asthma, and they’re especially concerned about the air. The Foxwood subdivision is roughly 180 feet from the proposed plant entrance.
“My kids already have asthma. We’re right next door to that. We’re like the second house that’s right here. I know they’re going to be making a lot of noise,” Lara told the Tyler Paper. “It’s already a peaceful neighborhood the way it is and that’s one of the reasons we moved here.”
The Flint neighbors also hosted a community meeting Feb. 1 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Flint to discuss their concerns and listen to Schaefer, who has been serving as a liaison between Tycon and the concerned citizens.
Dozens of residents also spoke in opposition of the plant during the Smith County Commissioner’s Court on Feb. 4.
After hearing from residents last week, the commissioner’s court voted to draft a letter to the TCEQ to voice the concerns of Flint residents.