The Van Alstyne Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors met last Thursday night in regular session.


Community Development Corporations are funded through a portion of the sales tax brought into the city, and strive to bring in businesses and create jobs, and work with projects for the betterment of the community.


Executive Director Rodney Williams said that, at this meeting, the board agreed to grant façade improvements, through its façade matching funds grant, to two new businesses expecting to open in December.


The Asian Cuisine Restaurant is moving into the shopping center at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 75 and Van Alstyne Parkway. December 18 is the owners’ targeted opening date. The building is under renovations now, an owner said, and they are happy to receive the CDC assistance in making the outside facade more inviting.


The second façade matching grant was given to the Quilt Asylum, under renovations now on Van Alstyne Parkway just east of the U.S. Post Office. The owner, Karen Riley, said her current plan is to have a grand opening there on Dec. 4.


The Board also discussed and agreed to have improvements made to the Railcar Stage’s roof, but agreed to hold off on repainting the rail car until spring.


During Williams’ report, he updated the Board on other projects, including the Christmas Town special events, which to date include the Christmas Tree lighting, the Christmas parade, both projects of the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce, but with assistance from CDC, which has purchased a new Christmas tree for the Dorothy Fielder Park, following the demise of its previous one, Christmas movie at the Railcar Stage; and other activities still in planning stages for downtown. Williams also reported that CDC has purchased two new doors for the East Field Park building, and are having those installed.