Corpus Christi: Houston Firm Granted Zoning on 240-Unit Addition to Apartment Complex
Feature Photo: Entrance to the Ariza Corpus Christi Apartments. The developer anticipates adding 240 units (Phase 2) in 2022. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — City Council approved on Tuesday the rezoning request of a Houston-based multifamily developer to proceed with a 240-unit addition to a market rate apartment complex.
The Nov. 16 vote passed despite opposition from the district council member and the neighboring residents in Cimarron Lake Estates. The residents complained that tenants in the multi-story buildings would be able to look down into their backyards, however, a developer representative was able to convince a council majority that this issue had been resolved.
The project involves construction of 10 residential buildings, and an amenity center building that will be adjacent to a swimming pool with tanning deck and grille center. There will also be a small dog park on the far southeast corner of the property.
This is a 10.1-acre project site that will be south-adjacent to the existing Ariza Corpus Christi Apartments, 3902 Cimarron Boulevard, which was recently constructed by the developer Cypressbrook Company, a Houston area commercial real estate brokerage, management and development firm with offices in Houston and The Woodlands.
John D. Bell, an attorney with Wood Boykin & Walter, represented Cypressbrook. He explained the terms negotiated with the city Development Services Department.
A conceptual site plan submitted lines up the buildings in two rows, with the row nearest the single-family residents limited to two stories and the north row of buildings being three stories in height. A parking lot and 10-foot minimum landscape buffer will be constructed between the south boundary and the two-story buildings, providing a distance of 80 feet between those buildings and a 6-foot masonry wall the developer has offered to construct.
The neighbors then complained that upper level residents of the three-story buildings would be able to look over the two-story buildings. Bell said that would not be possible, because the two-story buildings will have pitched roofs that would rise six feet above their eaves, thus blocking views to the south from those balconies.
In addition to the masonry wall, the developer will also plant a row of canopy trees, 30 feet on center, along the southern boundary, Bell added.
According to the project summary of the conceptual site plan, the phase two project will have 12 efficiency units at 560 square feet each; 116 one-bedroom units with living spaces ranging from 676 to 896 square feet; 103 two-bedroom rooms of 908 to 1,198 square feet; and nine three bedroom units at 1,175 square feet each.
The net rentable area total is approximately 204,160 square feet. A majority of the parking will be uncovered surface parking, but there are also 62 spaces being provided (20 spaces as attached garages and 42 spaces under breezeway garages).
The zoning change takes the property from Farm Rural District to Single-Family 6 District with a Special Permit. The property has an address of 3942 Cimarron Blvd.
The survey was prepared by the Corpus Christi office of Urban Engineering.
Since 2016, Cypressbrook has developed six apartment complexes in Texas. They were constructed in Austin, College Station, Corpus Christi, Kyle, Spring and Temple. All six projects were designed by Mucasey & Associates Architects of Houston.
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