Business development booming in Cleveland

Homes are going up quickly across Liberty County. Pictured are homes under construction at Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland.

By Rachel Hall

Fast-paced growth in the greater Cleveland area is bringing an increase in residential neighborhoods as well as multiple businesses recently opened or in the process of opening around town. 

“In the next five years, you won’t know Cleveland.  It won’t be what it is today,” said Cleveland EDC Director Robert Reynolds. 

Development is moving forward at an unprecedented pace with investors from around the state and other parts of the country flocking to Cleveland for what is considered to be a hot market for new housing and businesses. 

“Businesses are looking here, because they want to be here. They didn’t just randomly pick our town. They have done their studies and they saw where the next growth is coming,” said Reynolds. 

Job opportunities will come with new businesses opening. For instance, the QuickTrip Travel Center currently under construction at the corner of 59/69 and 2025 is scheduled to open in January 2022 and is looking to hire about 30 people. 

BNSF is another company in the process of permitting and construction of their logistics center, and recently received a vote of approval for voluntary annexation into city limits at the last Cleveland City Council meeting held in June. 

“BNSF is a huge deal for Cleveland, because it will bring in other businesses. BNSF is not a rail yard; they are a logistics center that helps businesses increase their reach to the Houston market and surrounding areas,” said Reynolds. 

Additional businesses such as O’Reilly Auto Parts and Anytime Fitness are in the construction process and will open in the near future. Investors have also purchased other buildings around town and are in the process of remodeling with hopes of leasing commercial spaces. 

Strip centers are also in discussions, according to Reynolds, who explained that investors are looking for land to build on and bring their tenants to the Cleveland area. 

“I am meeting people and investors every day. They all say we are a very friendly town and we are pro-growth. They want to be here and we welcome them,” said Reynolds. 

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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