The Burnet Economic Development Corporation and San Saba businessman Michael McHenry are close to reaching an agreement on a deal that would result in him expanding his Wedding Oak Winery operation to include a prominent presence on Burnet’s historic downtown square, multiple sources familiar with the negotiations have told the Burnet Bulletin.
The winery and a related business would occupy the space at 206 E. Jackson St., commonly known as the Badger Building, plus the property at 231 Pierce St., currently the home of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce and the property just east of the Badger building that the EDC recently purchased from businessman Ken Wade, the sources said.
The Badger Building and the Chamber of Commerce site were owned by the family of Tex Robertson and its Community Center Foundation, which donated the property to the EDC after the negotiations with McHenry began, according to the sources.
Reached Tuesday as he was traveling from San Saba to Houston, McHenry said, “I cannot confirm or deny anything at this stage.”
Burnet City Manager David Vaughn, who is a member of the EDC, declined to comment when asked about the negotiations with McHenry.
For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.