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Hayhurst Project in the works in Bridgeport

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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The Hayhurst Brothers’ presence in the City of Bridgeport could be growing soon.

On Monday, after meeting in executive session, the city council approved with a 4-0 vote the economic development and performance agreement between the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. and Eden Hurst LLC.

Specifics of the project, titled “Project Spire” were not discussed. In 2018, the Hayhurst Brothers formed a partnership with Oak and Eden Handcrafted Whiskey, which uses a wooden spire to age its whiskey in the bottle.

“We appreciate everybody being so open and being very accepting,” Daniel Hayhurst said. “We love it here.”

Several members of the board lauded the Hayhursts for their impact on Bridgeport.

“The Hayhurst Brothers and the companies they are involved with are trying to present Bridgeport with options that will help us secure our future, and maybe make a little money for the city,” council member Kathy Kennedy said.

The Hayhurst Brothers, comprised of Daniel, Seth and Jake Hayhurst, star in the reality show “Texas Flip N Move,” on the DIY Network.

“I appreciate the fact that they are trying to make Bridgeport a destination city,” councilman Jimmy Meyers added.

After moving forward with the economic development agreement, the council adopted a resolution to submit a 2019-20 Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the community development fund.

The grant application would be seeking $500,000 in funding. The city will commit $100,000 to match.

The resolution approved Mayor Randy Singleton acting as the city’s executive officer and authorized representative in matters pertaining to the city’s participation in the block grant program.

Other action items:

  • The council approved appropriating $15,200 to amend the 2018-2019 budget to cover the expenses for the downtown tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) fund following a project downtown. The funds will be reimbursed into the grant fund.
  • The council passed a motion to reimburse the Bridgeport Historical Society $650 for a historical marker at 1407 Carpenter Street.
  • The council approved the Parks and Recreation Board’s recommended appointment of Erick Macias for Place 2, Bridgeport Youth Association representative, for the term expiring May 31, 2020, and Ray Reyes to the Zoning Board of Adjustment Place 2 for the remaining term expiring May 31, 2020.

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