Feature Photo: Aerial view of the proposed site, including 9.66 acres that will be developed into a multifamily apartment complex in the future. Image: Google/VBX Graphic.
by Art Benavidez
San Marcos (Hays County) — A Dallas real estate firm received a rezoning recommendation for 49.6 acres that they intend to anchor with a 290-unit apartment project, at Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
The undeveloped site, comprising three tracts, is located southwest of the Centerpoint Road and Center Point Court intersection in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction adjacent to San Marcos Premium Outlets.
The property is expected to be annexed by the city at a June meeting.
Roughly 10.19 acres will go from future development (FD) to character district one (CD-1). This portion of the property will become a detention pond for the overall development, along with the outlet mall.
Another 9.66 acres is going from future development (FD) to character district five (CD-5).
Dave Holland, an executive director with Provident Realty Advisors, the developers, said that portion of the property will most likely be developed into a three-story Provident parcHAUS garden style apartment complex.
The largest portion, 29.66 acres, converts from future development (FD) to character district four (CD-4) and will become Centerpoint Residential Development.
Site plan for the Provident parcHAUS Centerpoint residential project.
The residential unit mix is to consist of 54 one-bedrooms units, 145 two-bedrooms units and 91 three-bedrooms units.
Holland said they had to get creative with the zoning because a planned development community is not offered for zoning by the city.
“What we’ve done is create a mini-master planned community,” he said. “What we’ve done is deconstructed a typical three-story garden apartment and spread it out to lessen the density and create a single family feel to it. Every unit will come with a private, fenced-in backyard. Most of the units will also come with an attached garage.”
Holland said their community would consist of one and two story units with a lot of green space.
“We’re going to really compliment the employment center directly next to us and up and down I-35,” Holland said. “We’re going to be partnering with the San Marcos Housing Authority to provide workforce housing for this area. The workforce housing is not low income housing, it’s not tax credit housing, it’s somewhat of a hybrid.
“Half of the units will be available at market rate and 25% of the units will be available at 60% of the AMI (area median income) and another 25% will be available at 70% of the AMI.”
Austin-based LJA Engineering, Inc is on board the project and released a site plan that showed a 1.74-acre detention pond, a 0.11-acre park, a 0.39-acre park, a clubhouse, 320 parking spaces and 23 bicycle spaces.
Dahlonega, Georgia resident Lara L. Lowman is currently listed as the property owner.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.