It, being the Chisholm Trail Parkway, and they, being Walmart and the Walton Group of Companies.
The Crowley City Council recently approved the site plan for a Walmart Neighborhood Market on the 6.57 acres on the northeast corner of the intersection shown, just east of Nicky D's Burgers.
The grocery store, which will include a pharmacy with drive-thru, will be 41,921 square feet with parking for 168 vehicles.
Walmart public relations officers declined to comment on the date of groundbreaking, but timing is right for the retailer, as LGI Homes broke ground in May on its 700-home Bridges of Creekside residential development adjacent to the planned grocery store and the Walton Group has, in two separate transactions, purchased 2,023 acres along the tollway.
Of that total, Walton acquired 268 acres in the Chisholm Trail Ranch master plan.
Formerly owned by StratfordLand and Legacy Capital the specific acreage is the single-family home portion of the project. Planned retail, commercial and multi-family acreage did not change hands.
According to the Walton website, the company is "a family owned, multinational real estate investment, planning and development firm concentrating on research, acquisition, administration, planning and development of strategically located land in major North American corridors" with 85,000 acres under its management.
"Walton is currently in discussions with builders and plans lot delivery [within Chisholm Trail Ranch] at the end of 2015," Walton spokesperson Laurey Peat, of Peat and Associates Public Relations, said of the 1,100 homes in the planned neighborhood. "Walton has also been working with the Crowley ISD on a planned elementary school site within the first phase."
The real positive for Walton, and eventually CISD, is that the company's purchase of 1,755 acres of land from the Texas General Land Office in June, is directly adjacent to the Chisholm Trail Ranch property. This, Peat said, could allow for shared resources between the two projects.
As for the larger plot of land purchased from the GLO, Peat said Walton is looking at the acquisition as a "community relations opportunity in a very important market. They are in the first stages of talks with a number of organizations who may be interested in development, but nothing is finalized."
Rumors that a major four-year university may be interested in the property are true, but Peat stressed that many options are being discussed with several possible stakeholders.
The opportunity is not lost on CISD Superintendent Dr. Dan Powell, who said a four year college on Crowley's doorstep would be a huge positive for students.
"There are children in our classrooms this year who may graduate from college, perhaps even earn graduate degrees, without even having to leave the boundaries of this school district," Powell said of the possibility.
That the area is ripe for growth is an understatement. In addition to the Bridges of Creekside, Crowley will be home to two other residential developments hoping to capitalize on the city's new fast track to downtown Fort Worth.
End o'Trail Ranch is slated for development on the northwestern border of Crowley, reaching past S.H. Crowley Intermediate School to the Fort Worth city limits and Crestview, which will be developed south of town sharing a border with Deer Creek estates. Both developments plan over 200 housing sites with parks and other amenities.