San Marcos: Multifamily-Commercial Complex Awaits Final City Approval
Feature Photo (above): Looking south from the State Highway 123 overpass at Redwood Road, the land behind the Sunoco station (highlighted area) is being prepared by an Austin developer for a multifamily development. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
San Marcos (Hays County) — An 32.24-acre property destined for a multifamily-commercial complex is closer to becoming a reality now that the City Council gave the first reading on its annexation and rezoning.
The property is located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in the 2400 block of State Highway 123 and 1850 Redwood Road.
The site is currently undeveloped. It does include a 30-foot-wide easement along the southern edge that was previously annexed for a sewage line.
The owner and the developer of the property is New Braunfels based Jaime J Russek Martinez who authorized Austin-based land surveyors Doucet & Associates, Inc. to speak on his behalf.
Senior Project Manager Ed Theriot with Doucet & Associates, Inc. represented the project, referred to as Picoma San Marcos, and addressed the council regarding specifics on the proposed development, particularly some of the council members’ concerns that the development may lead to gentrification of the area.
“We are proposing a market rate but with a mixed income multifamily residential housing project on about three quarters of the site,” he said. “We have developed a site plan that will have a substantial retail element and that will be along the SH 123 frontage road. This particular housing project is not the type of development that would cause gentrification of an area. This is a mixed income type of development that would provide badly needed housing for this area.”
Theriot added that they were actively working through the permitting process and have all of the site plans completed.
“We want to have the watershed plans done by December,” he said. “Our goal is to start construction early in the summer of 2021.”
Director of Planning and Development Services Shannon Mattingly said that the development would need to have roads that intersect every 2000 feet, along with bike facility requirements, sidewalk connections and parkland dedication, however a fee-in-lieu may be requested for park space.
“A transportation master plan will be required to build the roads that are proposed in our transportation master plan of the site,” she said.
Theriot said that they are proposing that Cottonwood Parkway be extended through the site and reach SH 123.
Parkland dedication and parkland development is required at the time of plat and is based on the number of units proposed. A fee in lieu of dedication and development may be accepted if requested by the subdivider and approved by the Responsible Official and/or the Parks Board.
The Transportation Master Plan also requires a greenway through the subject property.
The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the development at their Oct. 27 meeting.
City Council will have a second reading regarding annexation and rezoning of the development at their Dec. 2 meeting.
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.