Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
by Adolfo Pesquera
New Braunfels (Comal Co.) – A Nissan dealership appears destined for New Braunfels, despite strong resistance from neighbors of the planned site.
Last week, the New Braunfels City Council followed the advice of staff and the planning commission, which earlier this month approved of a zoning change for a planned Nissan dealership that would face the Interestate 35 access road.
However, all of the affected neighbors opposed the rezoning, with most preferring that if the developer be given anything, he should be limited to a special use permit in order to keep the door closed to other potential uses.
Keith Morgan, regional general manager for Courtyard by Marriott prepared a lengthy presentation in opposition, noting that its River Village was a $16 million investment in 2009.
“If the subject property gets rezoned, it is a real threat to our investment; especially if Senate Bill 441 is passed and signed by the governor. This would allow operation of a car lot seven days a week,” Morgan said. “We bring almost $600,000 annually to the city. Car sales don’t produce nearly as much annual revenue as hotels do, as car sales produce sales taxes that only the state collects. Cities can collect sales taxes on accessories only.”
The car lot would share a western property line with the Courtyard New Braunfels River Village from I-35 to Lake Dunlap. Other residents opposed the car lot because they felt it would ruin the natural lakeside views and create too much noise.
David Martin, Nissan’s representative, tired to assure councilmembers and the public that the dealer would be a good neighbor. He said the dealership would be built to highest standards, there would be no body shop and mechanical work would be done indoors.
Mark Hampton represented the buyer. The landowner listed on the rezoning application is Clearview New Braunfels LP, with Michael Starcher listed as president. Clearview New Braunfels LP is a holding of Clearview Investments, 2121 N. Akard St., Dallas, Texas.
The property required rezoning because it is split between two zoning classifications and the buyer needs uniform zoning, (C-1B General Business District). The property address is 744 N. I-35 and it consists of 7.248 acres.
AE Collective LLC, an Austin-based civil engineering firm, submitted the Nissan rezoning application.