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MELISSA, TX-The family-owned Phillips Lumber Co. has hawked almost four acres to the city of Murphy amid construction of a state-of-the-art $1.2-million lumberyard in Melissa, north of McKinney in Denton County.

Steve Phillips, president, tells that the 20,000-sf warehouse and 5,000-sf office project will be ready to occupy in March 2002. The eight-acre project, which has just broken ground, is being outfitted with a five-car rail spur. In the interim, it is continuing to operate its Murphy yard, which is situated in Collin County, under a lease agreement.

Phillips Properties has sold the land at 136 N. Murphy Rd. to Murphy, which is planning to build a town center on the site located across the street from its existing municipal offices. The city reportedly is assembling several tracts from a host of property owners to develop the town center, a popular concept with Texas municipalities.

John St. Clair of Henry S. Miller Commercial has represented seller Phillips Properties. Con Shirley of LaFayette Properties Inc. has acted on Murphy’s behalf in the transaction.Phillips Lumber Co. supplies only commercial homebuilders and contractors. The family-owned business was founded in 1971 and maintains its headquarters at Cedar Hill in southwest Dallas, where it has a 12-acre lumberyard.

Phillips confides that he is scouting northern Tarrant County for yet another location. The Melissa project marks the second ground up lumberyard for the firm. Huitt-Zollars of Dallas has designed the undertaking and is acting as landscape architect and engineer. Phillips is doing the contracting work under the supervision of project manager, Darren Heitman of Heitman Construction Co. of Cedar Hill. Phillips says the Melissa lumberyard includes a paved lot and heavy landscaping so that “it will look like a nice little industrial park” to passersby.

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