People Setting Sights on West Odessa 4/30/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
April 30, 2013
West Odessa - People are setting their sights west, making their way towards west Odessa for homes and business.
Driving through west Odessa all you see is wide open spaces, but these empty plots of land are being bought quick. County officials say people are starting to see more than just land out here in west Odessa, they're seeing potential.
Empty land far as the eye can see in west Odessa is being developed left and right.
“The property is more available out west than anywhere else in the county,” Ector County Commissioner Freddie Gardner, precinct 1 said. “It’s really growing and it’s a great opportunity for development.”
Commissioner Gardner has lived in west Odessa for nearly 50 years. He says the scenery in his neighborhood is fast changing.
“Right across the street from me is a vacant piece of property. It’s been vacant for years. Now I’ve got about six houses that are under construction on that land,” commissioner Gardner said.
He says people are flocking to west Odessa because they can buy land at a low cost and have plenty of room to grow.
“We’re hoping that there will be more businesses move in,” commissioner Gardner said.
The Hot Spot Cafe has been open for business in west Odessa for just over a year. Owner Tommy Barton says he's seen a lot of new faces are moving to town, making business better than ever.
“We open at 4:30 am and close at 2:00 pm. There is no break for us. It stays pretty busy,” Barton said. “We’re getting a lot more business out here and more jobs. A lot is moving west.”
Commissioner Gardner says if you're looking for change, west Odessa is the place to be.
CBS 7 spoke to the Ector County Appraisal District this afternoon regarding land value. They tell CBS 7 there is a pretty significant difference in price of land in west Odessa compared to east Odessa.
Commissioner Gardner says as people continue to move out to west Odessa, the value of land will go up.