McAllen Commission OKs Apartment Project by Texas A&M Tres Lagos Campus
Feature Illustration: The Texas A&M HEC at McAllen opened Fall 2018, and Rhodes Enterprises plans to build an apartment complex in the area highlighted in pink.
by Adolfo Pesquera
McAllen (Hidalgo County) — The McCallen City Commission on Monday approved a zoning change that will allow construction of an apartment complex next to the Texas A&M University campus at Tres Lagos.
Tres Lagos is a 2,571-acre master planned development north of McAllen, is a 2,571-acre that will include single family housing, apartments and other higher-density communities, parks, schools, churches and retail. To date, less than a third of the development has been built out, however, the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen opened in Fall 2018 at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard.
The development company, McAllen-based Rhodes Enterprises Inc., is now planning to capitalize on the university’s new campus by focusing on the land around it. Immediately to the south, Rhodes Enterprises requested and obtained a zoning change for two adjacent tracts–about 13.68 acres at 6301 Tres Lagos Blvd. and another 0.32 acres at 6401 Tres Lagos Blvd.–from commercial-industrial to multifamily residential.
The two tracts are part of a 42.58-acre tract and are being replatted by the Edinburg office of Melden & Hunt Inc.
In addition to the apartment project, Rhodes asked for a received approval from the commission to rezone about 51.6 acres at 6401 Monte Cristo Road that is immediately north of the Texas A&M campus, changing that site from multifamily to commercial-industrial. Staff said this will provide the developer opportunities for a variety of commercial types of development, and “the requested zoning follows the proposed master plan submitted by the applicant in 2019.”
Map of the northeast sector of the Tres Lagos master planned development, identifying the tracts near the Texas A&M campus that were rezoned this month.
No feasibility plan or site plans were submitted for any of the zoning requests. However, on the new multifamily zoning, staff noted that the maximum density allowed for R-3A multifamily could yield 54 studio apartments per acre at 800 square feet each, or 29 three-bedroom units per acre at 1,500 square feet each.
“Therefore, the maximum number of units for the subject property is approximately 738 studio units or 396 three-bedroom units.”
The actual mix of units–whether studio, two-bedroom, three-bedroom or some combination thereof, would be up to the developer. In any case, the living space area would be capped at about 590,400 square feet.
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.