Manvel Mayor Debra Davison and City Manager Kyle Jung delivered the city’s State of the City address at the Alvin Knights of Columbus Hall Nov. 12, reviewing the continued developments of historical growth and expansion that persists throughout Manvel.
“This year we’re building,” Davison said.
Many ideas that were once just plans and artists’ renditions in Manvel are now coming to realization in Manvel, from an expansion at City Hall to new schools and hundreds of homes.
“We talk a lot about building from the ground up. If you’ll notice, we talked about pipes in the ground, as well,” Davison said, referring to the city’s ongoing focus on drainage and water infrastructure.
Davison said years of work and planning by residents, staff members and former mayors has allowed Manvel to succeed in the exponential development it is experiencing, and those people have decided to build a community that stays close to and respects its roots.
“The residents of Manvel have made an overwhelming statement that they want a city that says who they are and I’m so glad they have let me and all of us to be part of that vision,” Davison said.
Davison announced a new section on the city’s website featuring the history of Manvel by Janice Del Bello, whose family has lived in the community for over 100 years. Davison said the Facebook post announcing this addition has become one of the most popular posts ever on the city’s Facebook page.
“Residents told us they are using it in homeschooling, private tutoring and sharing it with others in the community,” Davison said.
Jung said that the city has experienced a $1.5 million a year growth in sales tax revenue over the past 10 years and 2018 saw the construction of 463 new residential homes, adding $167 million in new property value. The city also issued 35 new commercial permits this year, representing an annual increase of $75 million.
“We predict we’re entering a new phase of commercial development in the city,” Jung said.
The city continues to meet with developers on a frequent basis to discuss the development of the new 150-acre City Center complex that will include a new city hall, police station, municipal court and numerous sports fields to host both local and statewide tournaments.
“This is a long-term project, but we also have short-term ones under way to serve our citizens better,” Davison said.