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McAllen: LRGV Developer Proposes North Side 162-Unit Multifamily Project

Feature Illustration (above): A concept rendering of a fourplex lot in the El Dorado at Thousand Oaks development. Courtesy: City of McAllen public records.

Posted: 5-15-2020

by Adolfo Pesquera

McAllen (Hidalgo County) — A rezoning request is pending before City Commission that would enable an Edinburg-based developer to move forward with plans for a 162-unit fourplex style multifamily project on the north side.

The proposal requires a change from single family residential to multifamily residential apartments for 39.83 acres at 12512 N. Ware Road, which is about 2,000 feet south of 8-1/2 Mile Road.

A feasibility plan submitted to the city’s Planning Department consists of four floor plans–two of them being for two-bedroom/two-bath units, and two plans for three-bedroom/two-bath units.

The City Commission tabled the case at its May 11 regular meeting at the developer’s request. This followed an April 27 City Commission meeting where the case was tabled because commissioners wanted additional information.

The city staff has been in opposition because the concept doesn’t conform to the “Auto Urban Residential land use designation.” There has also been neighborhood opposition.

Red Rock Real Estate Development, the developer, is still assessing its options on how to move forward, according to the Planning Department. The assigned project name is El Dorado at Thousand Oaks I, II, III.

The initial concept site plan describes a series of 2,201-square-foot buildings grouped in pairs of two duplexes (four apartments), and each pair having eight parking spaces. A narrow pedestrian path separates each pair of buildings.

Site plan of a fourplex lot. Courtesy: City of McAllen public records.

Given the opposition, however, the site plan will require modifications.

During the April 7 meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission, project engineer Alfonso Quintanilla of Quintanilla, Headley & Associates Inc., said it was the developer’s intent to construct the apartment duplex complex in one phase, however, a written statement given to the City Commission said this would be a two-phase development.

Red Rock provided a project description that states the development includes a planned, private gated apartment fourplex subdivision with a homeowners association. Each lot measures about 10,000 SF, with 4,000 SF of living area. That would put the gross square footage for all units at about 324,000 SF.

“The construction used in our apartments is of high quality stucco and stone. In addition, we offer covered parking and a proposed high and bike trail along with two parks,” Red Rock said.

Rents would be market rate, ranging from $1,100-$1,200/month.

The plat for El Dorado at Thousand Oaks I, II, III.


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About the Author:

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.

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