San Marcos: Austin Developer Proposing RV Storage Facility for Northern Portion of City
Feature Photo: An aerial view of the proposed site from I-35. Image: Google/VBX Graphic
by Art Benavidez
San Marcos (Hays County) — A recreational vehicle and boat outdoor storage development is expected to receive rezoning approval, with conditions, at today’s City Council meeting.
The 15.23-acre property, Guard Dog RV/Boat Storage, will convert from community commercial to heavy commercial district.
The undeveloped site north of town is located in the 400 Block of Riverway Avenue near the Blanco River. A portion of the property is within a floodplain.
Austin developer Robert W. McDonald, with BR 2020 Land Bank, LLC, is proposing to construct a facility that would be used for safe and secure storage of RVs and boats.
The Planning & Zoning Commission opted not to recommend the project due to environmental concerns. However, staff is now recommending the zoning change, with a delayed effective date.
This will allow McDonald the ability to record restrictive covenants prohibiting all uses except self-storage, outdoor-storage uses and associated office space on the property, as well as prohibiting the changing of oil or other fluids on the property.
The storage facility concept includes a combination of enclosed and open spaces that range in size from 12 by 24 feet up to 13 by 80 feet.
A draft site plan submitted to the city shows a layout of 199 enclosed spaces and 116 open spaces. McDonald is also proposing to construct a concrete masonry wall along the north and east borders of the site.
Exhibit site plan.
Austin-based Vigil & Associates site plan included the following specs:
67 enclosed units at 12×24 feet
46 enclosed units at 14×50 feet
45 enclosed units at 13×60 feet
41 enclosed units at 13×80 feet
33 open spaces at 12×60 feet
39 open spaces at 12×40 feet
44 open spaces at 13×80 feet
Water quality pond
A wash bay at 50×100 feet
64.51% (421,636.7 SF, 9.68-acres) of impervious cover
Cedar Park surveying firm Baker-Aicklen & Associates, Inc. is on board the project. This will be the first of two readings regarding the item.
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.