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Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:54 pm

Representatives of Texas Central, the developers of the proposed high speed rail project between Houston and Dallas, hosted a holiday lunch and learn for Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce members on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Texas Central Partners Community Outreach representative Beverly Collinsworth, Texas Central joined the chamber “because it is the heart of the community” and “what better way to learn the needs and concerns of Grimes County.”  The event held at Pecan Lakes Golf Club consisted of a brief informational presentation.

According to the company, the high-speed rail “provides a quick, safe and comfortable connection for Grimes County to Houston or North Texas, integrating the tremendous growth of these regions by giving area residents a more convenient and reliable way to see family, shop, vacation and conduct business.”

Texas Central representatives outlined the proposed project and the company’s desire to make a “tremendous investment” within Grimes County and other counties where the project route would be developed. According to the presentation, Texas Central plans to build a $1 billion passenger station and other facilities in the Roans Prairie area to service Grimes County, Huntsville, College Station and Bryan. Opponents of the project, including Grimes County Judge Ben Leman and area resident Bob Goldstein, have said that any proposed tax revenue would pale in comparison to the devaluation of the properties adjacent to the project. Texas Central representatives at the lunch and learn stated that any impact would be nominal, with one proponent of the project stating that it would be “less than that of a freeway.”

Representatives of Texas Central stated that they believe construction will begin in 2019 and employ 10,000 direct jobs during each year of construction, but did not specify which building method would be utilized. One event goer asked if the project would be started on each end or all along the route simultaneously and the representatives did not provide a direct answer. Collinsworth and her associates said that further lunch and learn events and other public meetings would occur, with Collinsworth being an active member of the community and chamber. Collinsworth said she was “eager to meet everyone” she could.

Elected representatives of Grimes County and the city of Navasota were not present at Tuesday’s gathering, although elected county officials have been vocal on their opposition of the project.

For more information on the proposed project, go to www.texascentral.com

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