Business View Civil and Municipal | April 2021

41 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL APRIL 2021 BAYTOWN, TEXAS largest logistic centers – like an industrial subdivision on steroids. They’re cultivating leading companies to come to Baytown and creating living wage jobs. We’re so appreciative of their investment and their key roles on our Economic Development Foundation (EDF) and Chamber of Commerce Board. The President James Scott and his team have done an excellent job in launching this venture and turning it into more than we ever imagined. They are a wonderful group.” Another essential partnership is with Fidelis Realty Partners, who are redeveloping the San Jacinto Mall. Since opening in 1981, former mall owners allowed the 1.2 million-square- foot building to fall into disrepair. Davis reports, “Fidelis came along, purchased the 100-acre property, and together we’re redeveloping the area into an outdoor lifestyle center. It’ll feature new restaurants, entertainment ventures, as well as big box retailers, which Baytown’s never had. We have the utmost confidence in Fidelis and their ability to bring something iconic to Baytown, and everywhere from Beaumont to Beltway 8. It’ll be the place to visit.” Delays due to complex negotiations with existing store anchors have been challenging for Fidelis and the city appreciates how diligent and steadfast they’ve been. Now that the project is about to become a reality, excitement is rising. Baytown’s robust economy is strengthened by the average petrochemical job averaging $127,000 annually in salary and benefits. While this is, “a terrific platform for prosperity,” Davis clarifies, not everyone can participate in this booming economy. “Houston is a destination for many, and like other communities, we grapple with the realities of homelessness; compassionately finding solutions for those without housing or jobs. We’re not a social agency, but we’re thankful to partner with the United Way of Greater Baytown Area &