Lucky’s Redi-Mix Co. LLC applied for an Air Quality Standard Permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 2, 2016. The business has since withdrawn its application.
This comes after heavy criticism from neighbors near the potential concrete plant called for a public hearing on the permit.
Mike Mitchell lives near 1360 Willy Vester Road where the concrete plant intended to be built and was an outspoken critic of the plant. He said this is a victory for the community.
“It is a win not just for me but for everybody that lives out here,” Mitchell said. “There was a host of people that were opposed to that. There were over 100 comments on the TCEQ’s website about that permit application. So, yeah it’s a win for every family out here within a half-mile radius.”
On the TCEQ’s website, it says the application was withdrawn by request of the applicant. That applicant was Marc Mahoney, owner of Lucky’s Redi-Mix Co. LLC.
The Van Alstyne Leader reached out to Mahoney for comment on the withdrawn application but did not receive a response.
Mahoney can resubmit a request for an air permit at any time, but according to the TCEQ website an entirely new application must be submitted.
“Public notice may be required as directed by the standard permit,” the TCEQ website says. “If notice was published for the withdrawn application and the new application also requires public notice, then notice must be republished.”
Residents near Willy Vester are keeping a close eye on the TCEQ website to see if a new application is submitted. Mitchell said he would not be surprised if that is the case.
As to why the application was withdraw Mitchell said he can only speculate.
“I suspect that he saw that he was going to have quite a bit of opposition from neighbors, and realistically the majority of that opposition was safety issues out here,” he said.