La Vernia continues to grow, and the increasing population in the subdivisions around the city has prompted business growth throughout 2016.
The past year brought changes to existing businesses and added a number of new ones to cater to La Vernia’s needs. This included the construction and opening of Cayetano Villas, apartment-style accommodations with rents on a sliding scale, according to income. Some of the units -- ranging from one to three bedrooms -- rent at market rates. It’s the first development of its kind in the city. Applicants must pass a thorough background and credit check to become a resident of the development, located on F.M. 1346 near Country Care Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Just in time for the return to school in the fall, the FroYo Factory opened at 198 F.M. 1346 in the La Vernia Crossing retail complex. The eatery offers 12 flavors of frozen yogurt with more than 36 toppings, along with specialty smoothies and coffee-type drinks. Seasonal flavors and specials, as well as hot chocolate, are available.
Contributing to the availability of financing for potential La Vernia homebuyers, Sente Mortgage opened its doors in mid-November at 128 Bluebonnet (F.M. 775). The Austin-based independent mortgage bank has 14 branches in Texas.
The growth continues, with two new auto parts dealers -- AutoZone and O’Reilly’s -- due to open their doors this year. AutoZone is located at La Vernia Crossing, across U.S. 87 from H-E-B. O’Reilly’s is taking shape next to St. Ann Catholic Church on U.S. 87. Both are hiring.
La Vernia-area bibliophiles asked, and Wilson County listened. A new public library, planned for a fall opening, finally opened its doors to patrons Jan. 3, sharing space with the La Vernia News. The Jane Yelvington McCallum La Vernia Public Library offers a range of services, from books to CDs and DVDS, eBooks and audiobooks, children’s titles, WiFi and computer use, and much more. Check it out, at 112 E. Chihuahua St. in downtown La Vernia!
These are but a few of the changes the city experienced this past year, and 2017 looks to hold more in store.