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FERRIS - The City of Ferris added 43.6 acres into the city limits after a voluntary annexation was requested by the land owners during the Monday, Nov. 6 council meeting.

Two separate tracts of land including 3.2 acres owned by Susan James and 35.2 acres owned by Winnie Melton Bryant requested their land be annexed.

Jason Willett of Waxahachie served as independent administrator for Bryant.

'They wanted to come into the city and the zoning they requested was approximately half residential and half local retail,' City Manager Gus Pappas said.

'They wanted to come into the city to receive city services such as zoning, water and sewer.'

The land which sets east of the new high school on the north side of Farm to Market Road 660 currently under construction would eventually have up to 100 homes and retail businesses located on the property.

'It ties in with the larger tracts of land to the east of it and south of it,' Pappas said.

Karl Stauss, representing an unnamed developer, requested a zoning change from R-1 residential to R-3 residential and local retail.

The northern portion or 23.3 acres would be zoned residential and the land nearest the roadway would be zoned retail.

Ferris Jim Parks asked Stauss what types of businesses would be targeted for the area.

'This is typically not for a regional center, but a small shopping center to serve the east side of town,' Stauss said.

Not elaborating on potential retail clients, Stauss did say the proposed retail zone would be adequate for a Brookshire's grocery store with smaller retail stores in the same shopping center.

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