Yesteryears for Jan. 29, 2022

James Goodwin lays down a reflector Jan. 29, 2007, along Dixie Drive as crews prepare to open both lanes of traffic. Construction on the road from Pine Street to Oyster Creek Drive began in June 2006.

75 years ago

Plans are expected to be ready in three weeks and bids asked in about 10 weeks for a $65,000 gymnasium to be built by the Brazosport Independent School District at the high school in Freeport, according to J. Ray Gayle Jr., school district business manager.

It is estimated that it will take about 60 days to build the structure after a contract has been let.

The 88-foot by 94-foot structure, which will be of transite brick construction with a tile front, will be built on the present outdoor basketball court site between the high school building and the baseball field.

Funds for the project is part of the $1,200,000 bond issue voted by the district for schools at Velasco, Clute and Lake Jackson.

The building will have a 42-foot by 74-foot basketball court, accommodations for seating 800 spectators 245 lockers if or boys and 245 lockers for girls and an equipment room.

50 years

A $90,000 suit had been filed against the mayor and members of the Angleton City Council following the denial of a rezoning request during the council meeting last Tuesday.

A suit filed by Attorney Wiley Thomas and M.L. McLeod names Mayor Jesse Bates and City Councilmen R.D. Hurst, M.L. Fulbright, G.L. House, Ross Ivy and Willie Thomas as defendants.

The suit followed the recent action of city council denying the rezoning, as requested by the two men, of a tract of land just north of Angleton High School for building multi-family housing units.

McLeod and Thomas claim that the land should have been rezoned for the proposed apartment because “it is fairly close to the largest shopping center in Angleton, near the elementary school, and further, the land is highly suited for multi-housing units.”

Further, the suit petition states that experience shows the city is growing in a northeasterly direction, and there is a demand for multi-family housing.

15 years ago

FREEPORT — Dow Chemical Co. will expand production of a product used in items such as foa m and spandex at its Freeport facility by 50 percent to meet a growing world demand, the company announced this week.

The company is one of the leading suppliers of diphenylmethane diisocyanate, commonly called MDI, which goes into items such as insulation, mattresses, refrigerators, Lycra, adhesives, car parts and athletic shoes, said Dow spokeswoman Tracie Copeland.

Dow plans to expand production of its Freeport MDI facility in two stages over the next three years.

“Demand for MDI as been growing steadily, and expanding our production capability will allow us to more effectively address the changing market needs,” Pat Dawson, business vice president of Dow Polyurethanes, said in a press release.

Dow already has expanded its Portugal site’s production of MDI, and expansion at the Freeport facility was the next logical step, said Urszula Murphy of Gibbs & Soell Inc., which helps handle public relations for Dow.

The expansion could mean more jobs for the Freeport area, but Copeland said that remains to be seen.

“The reality is they’re trying to make this plant more effective and productive, which may or may not mean more employees,” said Doyle Haney, the production leader of the Freeport MDI plant. However, he said the project could produce jobs for local construction companies, and new equipment for the plant would have to be fabricated with some of the work done locally.

Phase one of the Freeport production expansion began months ago, focusing on replacing and updating minor equipment with larger and newer equipment to help boost MDI production, Haney said. The phase would be fairly minor and inexpensive, he said. But cost estimates for the project were unavailable Wednesday.

Copeland said phase one of the expansion should be finished in 2008.

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