Harlingen City Commissions OKs Zoning on 32-Acre Townhouse-Condominium Project
Feature Photo: An aerial view of the proposed Treasure Hills City phase one subdivision development, showing its proximity to the Treasure Hills Golf Club. Image: Google Earth/VBX Graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Harlingen (Cameron County) — The City Commission approved a zoning change from light industrial district to planned development district to allow for the development of a mixed use townhouse-condominium and commercial project on 31.98 acres, during their Wednesday regular session.
The project site is sandwiched between FM 509 along its eastern border and the Treasure Hills Golf Club to the west. It is just south of the Arroyo Colorado waterway and about 4,000 feet south of FM 106.
The civil engineering firm Ferris, Flinn & Medina LLC of Harlingen, acting as agent for the developer, Eko Corporate LLC, requested the rezoning.
The proposed site plan includes 149 residential lots that could be townhouses or condominiums. Each unit will be a three-story residence with a maximum height of 36 feet.
In addition, some commercial development is proposed to occur along the southwest side of the property. These would be two-story buildings with a maximum height of 42 feet. Commercial lot setbacks will vary depending on each building footprint.
All residential and commercial lots will front an interior public street. The site plan allows parallel parking in the middle of the residential streets and the green areas south and north of the residential areas, but that parking will be on private property to be owned and maintained by the subdivision homeowner’s association.
Treasure Hills City site plan: Commercial retail development will front the main interior road, which has a roundabout (center left). The townhouse rows extend to the right (north) of the commercial development. Source: City of Harlingen.
Access to the site would be from FM 509. The due west interior main street has a roundabout half-way in and cut-outs along the south border for a future phase two. The width of the streets vary but they all will have bicycle lanes on each side of the street. Some of the streets will be one-way streets.
Setbacks for the residential lots will be 20 feet in the front, 5 feet in the rear, and no side setbacks. The site plan lays out the units in six rows. The green spaces include two promenades with pedestrian walkways and landscaping.
Eko Corporate named this development Treasure Hills City Phase 1 Subdivision. This is currently undeveloped land. Treasure Hills City has a 2,000-foot border with FM 509.
Eko Corporate is based in McAllen and is a start-up company that was registered with the state in July 2021.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.