Stanton Torn Between Growth, Keeping Small Town Roots

Stanton Torn Between Growth, Keeping Small Town Roots

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

STANTON - The boom has caused a lot of growth in the Basin, and being right on the Interstate, the town of Stanton is an ideal place to build. Many who live in the town are torn between wanting to grow and wanting to keep their small town roots.

"We kind of stay on the run every day with requests for locations for businesses, hotels, that say they want to be here in Stanton," City Manager, Michael Adams, said.

The town is home to about 3,000 people and has seen their fair share of growth.

"Population growth has increased probably 20% in the last couple of years," Adams said.

One thing that is different about this town, than so many surrounding it, is businesses haven't been popping up all over the place.

"It takes a while, it's kind of a long process to get it done. We try to help what we can," he said.

Adams says he would love to see the town prosper and for new businesses to come in.

"It would give us a little more access to things we have to travel to Midland and Big Spring for," Adams said.

However, there are some who don't want Stanton to lose their small town appeal.

"We like our small town feel. I think that's why people come to Stanton because we have that small town community," Heather Simpson, with the Chamber of Commerce, said.

But Adams disagreed.

"I don't think we'd ever grow that much that we would lose that anyway no matter what happens," he explained.

With the city working to bring in new businesses, like the Cobblestone Inn, a new hotel currently under construction, there is one thing Adams said the community constantly asks for.

"Restaurant is probably the top thing that we hear. A good family restaurant, which of course, we've been trying to acquire for a while," he said.

New businesses would really help taxpayers out as well.

"Not having new commercial business hurts our tax base and that's why we have relatively high taxes," Adams said.

Simpson said they welcome new business but just aren't ready to see their hometown go through some of the same growing pains as neighboring cities.

"We like our small town. We don't mind the population so much, but I don't think we're interested in the big city aspect of it and the overcrowding and the traffic and that kind of thing," she said.

The Stripes in Stanton, which is always hustling and bustling, will soon undergo reconstruction and expansion.