Corpus Christi: Local Construction Company Gets Zoning for 11-Acre Apartment Project
Feature Photo: A section of the 11.2-acre MVR Construction Co. project site, as seen from Airline Road with the AEP substation in the background. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — A local developer obtained a Planning Commission recommendation to rezone an 11.2-acre tract from Farm Rural to Multifamily District to construct an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Airline Road.
The commissioners, at their Sept. 29 meeting, heard a request from Vahid Rezaei-Nazari to rezone an undeveloped southeast tract at 3538 Airline Road to RM-3, the highest density residential zoning allowed. It is roughly 600 feet south of Brooke Road and opposite (east of) the Riverstone Apartments.
The staff recommendation in favor of the request, presented by senior city planner Andrew Dimas, noted that the proposed apartments would be located between two major arterial roads–Airline Road and Rodd Field Road.
The project site is also near similar zoning. The site of the Riverstone Apartments was granted RM-3 zoning in 2005, and a vacant tract just north of Riverstone was granted RM-2 zoning in 2015. Dimas said the applicant on the lot zoned RM-2 had planned to develop a senior living facility but it was never built.
RM-3, with its 36 units per acre cap, theoretically makes the maximum number of units on 11.2 acres approximately 396. However, Dimas said surface parking, drainage, landscaping and other infrastructure requirements and easements make it nearly impossible for a developer to reach the maximum. A more realistic number would be approximately 80% of the maximum or about 317 residential units.
RM-3 site plan requirements include buffer yards of at least 10 feet, a street setback of 20 feet, and rear setbacks of 10 feet. Surface parking must provide 1.5 spaces for one-bedroom units, 2 spaces for two- and three-bedroom units, and one visitor space per every five apartments.
The lot is also cater-corner to an AEP Texas electric power substation.
Vahid Rezaei-Nazari is listed with the state as a director of MVR Construction Company, which is listed on the application as the property owner.
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