San Marcos: 125,000 SF Cannabis-Growing/Distribution Facility Eyed for Trace Development
Featured Photo (above): An example of a Surterra wellness center in Florida. The company has filed preliminary plans to build a 125,000-square-foot complex to develop and distribute cannabis and related products for medicinal use. Image: Surterra Wellness
By Edmond Ortiz San Marcos (Hays County)–An Florida-based wellness company is proposing building a 125,000-square-foot complex in the Trace master-planned development to grow and distribute medical cannabis products.
Preliminary site plan for the Surterra Wellness facility. Image: City of San Marcos
Surterra Wellnesswants to construct on a 9.5-acre tract at 1105 Van Horn Trace.
The Trace Planned Development District, at Posey Road and Interstate 35, is being designed to accommodate the construction of multifamily and residential communities, and new office, retail and civic space near the San Marcos outlet mall.
Surterra’s facility, at the northeast corner of I-35 and Van Horn Trace, will contain:
Offices for Surterra Texas’ new headquarters
Up to 10,000 square feet for patients to pick up medication and to receive product consultation
Cultivation rooms and spaces for related activities
Bio-medical space for extraction, refinement, formulation and product assembly
Space for testing and analytics
Space for distribution activities
Plans also call for private driveways around the project site, screened exterior storage and delivery areas, four small truck bays, and 173 surface parking spaces, with six for disabled visitors and employees.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on May 26 recommended approval for a conditional use permit to allow the use of bio-medical operations, distribution, food processing and plant nursery activities on site.
There are no details on the building height or estimated construction schedule, cost or delivery method.
Bowman Consulting’s Austin office is the project engineer. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-4022.
Surterra recently changed its corporate name to Parallel, but is still using the Surterra name in filing paperwork for the prospective San Marcos project.
Surterra/Parallel currently grows its cannabis-based products in a Florida facility, and runs more than 20 wellness centers across Florida where its products and services are provided for medical use.
Surterra is currently expanding operations to Texas, Nevada and Massachusetts.
Surterra is one of three companies licensed under the Texas Compassionate Use Program to cultivate and manufacture low-THC medical cannabis for specific patient groups across Texas.
The company plans to launch its San Marcos facility initially with 25 employees and scale up to 200 employees within one year.
Surterra Wellness’ first Texas corporate office, manufacturing and distribution facility is proposed for location in Trace, a mixed-use planned development district. Image: City of San Marcos
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.