Mike Copeland: Permits issued for new Denny’s, pedestrian bridge

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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 1:10 am, Sun Aug 11, 2013.

Several notable building permits were issued by the city of Waco inspection services department in the past week or so, including one valued at $9.1 million for construction of a pedestrian bridge over Lake Brazos that will link the Baylor University campus to the new $250 million football stadium.

Other permits attracting attention included the following:

Denny’s restaurant, 709 N. Interstate 35 in Bellmead, $6 million;

Interior remodel of the former Peter Piper Pizza location in Westview Village, Valley Mills and Waco drives, to make room for East Buffet, $178,000;

Finish-out work for a new Smashburger restaurant at Valley Mills and Wooded Acres drives, $170,000; and,

Interior finish-out work for bank inside the new H-E-B Plus! store under construction at Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35, $100,000.

The new H-E-B is scheduled to open on Aug. 23, at which time the H-E-B locations at 1102 Speight Ave. and Valley Mills Drive at Dutton Avenue will close.

Chile festival

Chuy’s restaurant at Legends Crossing in Waco will take part in the Green Chile Festival by serving dishes made with chiles from Hatch, N.M.

Austin-based Chuy’s contracts with farmers every spring in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico to grow more than 1 million pounds of green chiles just for its restaurants, Chuy’s said in a news release. When the chiles reach their height of flavor, Chuy’s sends teams there to pick them.

“It’s our opportunity to showcase the one-of-a-kind flavor of the green chile, and the only time of the year we introduce new menu items,” said Tommy LaRue, vice president of operations for Chuy’s, in a statement.

The festival lasts from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8.

High rating

The Mission Waco-Mission World program founded by Jimmy Dorrell has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating, which is awarded to 10 percent of the charities it evaluates, according to a release from Dorrell, who is the group’s president and executive director.

Dorrell said the rating “demonstrates to the public that Mission Waco-Mission World is worthy of their trust.”

Charity Navigator is an independent nonprofit that evaluates charities and assigns ratings.

Mission Waco-Mission World, North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, operates the World Cup Café, the Jubilee Theater for live stage performances and the World Trade Fair, where artisans from developing countries sell their merchandise.

Dorrell, other staffers and volunteers also hold worship services for the homeless at Church Under the Bridge, involve area churches in programs to give shoes for the poor and feed the hungry, and lead groups to Haiti and Mexico on mission trips.

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