Copperas Cove will name a roadway after Robert Griffin III, this year’s Heisman trophy winner and former Copperas Cove High School Bulldawg standout, after the Five Hills shopping center developer choose to abide by the city’s request. Tuesday night, the city council drafted a letter to H-E-B, which is developing a portion of the future Five Hills shopping center, that tells the grocery chain of the city’s desire to change the name of a road currently in construction.
The developer, C-Cove 90 Partners, originally planned to name street Heisman Way to honor Griffin receiving the award, but several council members and residents vocally opposed the name in June, asking that it be changed to the Heisman winner himself, RGIII or Robert Griffin III. According to documents, the road will have a T-intersection with U.S. Highway 190 and take traffic south to Martin Luther King Boulevard during the first phase of construction and Old Copperas Cove Road on the second phase.
The road will have four 11-foot lanes and a 14-foot painted median that will be marked with turn lines for driveways to retail stores, once it is completed, said Chris Stewart, the Stewart City Planning LLC, the city consultant for city planning. The project also includes sidewalks and landscaping, according to city documents.