San Marcos: Indianapolis Developer Proposing Senior Housing Development
Feature Photo: An aerial view of the proposed site showing the retail component at the corner of the development. Image: Google/VBX Graphic
by Art Benavidez
San Marcos (Hays County) — An Indianapolis developer is on track to receive zoning appropriate for a low intensity senior housing project.
The proposed housing project, Legacy Square Apartments, would be located on 19.142 acres northeast of Redwood Road and Old Bastrop Road. In addition, the developer plans to have commercial retail at the hard corner of Redwood and Old Bastrop.
The city staff report was supportive of the commercial component, stating it would provide a variety of neighborhood services in an area where such options are scarce.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended on Tuesday the change from Future Development (a placeholder status for newly annexed land) to Character District 5 with an alternate compliance.
A Character District 5 zoning requires a two-story minimum. The alternate compliance attached to the request will allow for one-story housing. Annexation of the land has not yet occurred, but is contingent on City Council approving the new zoning.
The senior housing project has a street address of 2519 Redwood Road, which is immediately south of a multifamily housing development that is underway by a different development team.
The developer, Kittle Property Group, Inc., proposes a mix of 210 units. Two buildings, each being three stories tall, will contain 106 units. The buildings will have interior corridors served by elevators.
The remaining 104 units will be in the form of 26 one-story fourplex cottages. The cottages will include a covered front porch that is a minimum 60 square feet in size and six feet in all directions and free of post obstructions.
Kittle Property Group will be responsible for constructing public roadways in accordance with the block standards required for CD-5. These roadways must include streetscape improvements such as sidewalks, bike lanes, street trees, and landscaping in accordance with the Development Code.
In addition, a greenway is required along Redwood Road that will connect to the surrounding properties. The development will be required to dedicate parkland at the time of plat.
Kittle Property Group is requesting a low income housing tax credit from the state to help finance the project and provide rental rates more affordable to low income seniors. A resolution of no objection on the tax credit will be considered by the City Council concurrent to the zoning and annexation requests at their May 4 meeting.
San Marcos resident James Smith, Jr. with Smithco Redwood, LLC. is listed as the property owner.
Fayetteville, Arkansas-based surveyors Blew and Associates, P.A. are on board the project team.
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.