Kerrville: 33.8-Acre Annexation Sets Stage for Workforce Housing Project
Feature Photo: Four of the five models offered by Lennar Homes in a workforce housing development agreement with the city of Kerrville. Courtesy: Kerrville public records.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Kerrville (Kerr County) — City Council approved a resolution January 12 to annex about 33.8 acres of land into the city limits, a step necessary to fulfill an agreement with a national home builder to provide workforce housing.
The city owns the land and has been holding onto it for years with the goal of entering into a development agreement with a private developer that would construct single family housing at affordable prices.
The City Council approved the issuance in 2016 of a Request for Qualifications for that purpose. In 2018 and again in 2019 the council issued Requests for Proposals.
No award was ever made, however. The failure to reach a deal was blamed on the level of incentives offered by the city and an inability to build out the project site in a reasonable time period.
Finally, in 2020, Lennar Homes of Texas Land and Construction Ltd. negotiated terms that were acceptable to City Council. On Oct. 21, 2020, council gave the city manager authorization to negotiate a final agreement.
Lennar has committed to construct homes that will be priced from $185,000 to $227,000, a range that would be affordable to home buyers earning 80% to 120% of the area median family income.
There would be a minimum of 125 homes constructed, but some concept site plans have configured up to 130 or more homes. The final number depends on what steps can be taken to mitigate flooding in the eastern section of the property.
Lennar is offering five models, each with two-car garages, and they footprints range from 1,034 to 1,871 square feet.
The land is located southwest of the intersection of Loop 534 (Veterans Highway) and the new extension of Olympic Drive. It is just west of Tivy High School.
Map of the 33.81 acres owned by the city of Kerrville that is being annexed into the city limits for a workforce housing project.
For its part, the city agrees to provide the land, which has an appraised value of $1,690,000. The city will also waive fees associated with annexation, zoning and platting.
The zoning, platting and plan review will take place over the next few months. Following these development approvals, Lennar is required to close on the land acquisition within 15 days.
After the closing, Lennar must begin construction within two months. That would put the site work phase somewhere in the late spring to early summer.
City staff anticipated the first homes could be constructed by the fourth quarter of 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.