Economic development officials in Cibolo said they are prepared for the increase of people and new projects.
In the year 2000, there were 3,000 people living in Cibolo. Today there are 30,000, according to city officials.
*Population (all dates are as of Oct. 1 of the respective year except 2018, which is as of May 1)
Chefs Gwyn and Justin Hammerson are remodeling a century-old house in Cibolo. In a few months it will be transformed into Kindling Texas Kitchen, a new restaurant in Cibolo — one of dozens of new business in the city.
Dave Petersen, president of the Cibolo Economic Development Corporation, said the city has had a steady increase in business year to year.
“The Walmart came just a couple of years ago, and that was really kind of the first ‘big box’ entity that came to town. And now we have just a lot of other retail that’s come along,” Petersen said.
There are another 14 businesses currently under construction.
The amount of money the city has received from sales tax has consistently increased over the past few years:
Sales Tax Growth
- FY 2014 – $1,279,848
- FY 2015 – $1,448,944 (+13.2%)
- FY 2016 – $1,908,511 (+31.7%)
- FY 2017 – $2,299,259 (+20.5%)
- Estimated FY 2018 – $2,900,000 (+26.1%)
On top of that, property tax revenue has also gone up:
Property Tax Growth
- FY 2014 – $6,737,621
- FY 2015 – $7,387,236
- FY 2016 – $7,835,488
- FY 2017 – $8,455,482
- Estimated FY 2018 – $8,860,000
Petersen said they’ve added 375 houses on average per year.
“Five years from now, we’ll be over 35,000 people, probably pushing at 40,000. We will have much more retail involved. We will have significant growth along the FM 1103 corridor,” Petersen said.
Residents have different opinions about the growth.
“When I first moved here it was really small and like homey, and it’s growing and that’s really, really cool,” Brooklyn Moore, a Cibolo resident, said.
Ivory Freeman has lived in Cibolo for about five years.
“We have made Cibolo our home after living overseas for nine years,” Freeman said.
Freeman said there are mixed opinions about the growth.
“The big box stores have come in. Initially, it was met with a lot of hesitation because, you know, people like their small convenient community, but we also like to have access,” Feeman said.
Freeman said collaboration is key.
“The combination with the city and TxDOT is something that needs to happen because on any given day, now to have access to Interstate 10, to have access to (Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph), to have access to (Interstate) 35, you don’t want it to be an inconvenience,” Freeman said.
Santikos Entertainment is bringing a family entertainment center that includes bowling lanes, laser tag, a full-service bar and a restaurant. The 87,000-square-foot megaplex is being constructed at the corner of Wiederstein Road and I-35 in the new Cibolo Crossing Shopping Center