By Sylvia Gonzalez
WEST ODESSA - As you know many people are moving from all over the country to the area and many are moving to the west part of Odessa. The population has increased alot in the last few years, so much so that its estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people have made West Odessa their home, however, businesses are also seeing the potential in West Odessa.
Freddie Gardner, County Commissioner of Precinct one, says this is a great economy and West Odessa is taking advantage of it.
"I just think that West Odessa is going to continue to grow and we want to see it grow," Gardner said.
Gardner says he has never seen the economy of West Odessa as explosive as it currently is and says not only are residents seeing the opportunity to move there but developers are also eyeing West Odessa as a pot of gold.
"I think the builders are seeing the opportunity to buy the land that's vacant and to put up some subdivisions. There are some very nice homes being built in West Odessa," Gardner said.
Gardner says there are people from all over the country moving to the Basin but explains why the majority are attracted to West Odessa.
"Alot of the people that move to West Odessa or move out into the county, they like lesser restrictions, they like to do what they want to do in their property, the county does not have ordinance making powers like the city does."
However, people and developers are not the only ones moving in. Gardner says in the last year six new businesses have opened up in West Odessa and says more could be coming.
"There is a group out of El Paso that's looking into putting in a shopping center out west and putting in business. I think things are really looking up and as I say it's a great opportunity right now," Gardner said.
Sunshine Cleaners Manager, Tom Fleming, says business was picking up so they decided to expand their business to be able to meet the demand. Although he is happy for the new businesses, he says it would not hurt to have more in that part of town.
"It would be nice to have more businesses out there, you know maybe an HEB or something out there, other than Lowe's," Fleming said.