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Temple: Idaho Developer Planning on Mixed Use Development Next to Local Church

Feature Photo: The mixed-use planned development First Baptist West Campus subdivision will be adjacent (east and south) to the First Baptist Temple facility. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.

Posted 1-11-2021

by Art Benavidez

Temple (Bell County) — City Council approved last week a request to increase acreage in a mixed-use planned development with retail, a senior multifamily project and single family residential.

The ordinance expanded the multifamily portion from 14% to 21% within a planned development, and increased building heights for age restricted senior housing up to two stories.

The property, the First Baptist West Campus subdivision, is located next to the First Baptist Temple facility that resides at 8015 West Adams Avenue in the northwestern portion of the city. The change increased acreage from 77.45 to 79.08 acres.

Along with the increase in land, Temple-based civil engineers at Turley Associates, Inc., on behalf of First Baptist Church, asked to reduce the number of single family lots from 270 to 256.

Turley Associates also proposed waiving the requirement for six-foot width sidewalks on both sides of an extension of Sanders Farm Road, and instead constructing the sidewalk on one side. This would be tied to a participation agreement between the city and the developer–Boise, Idaho based White-Leasure Development Company.

Documents submitted by Turley Associates state that White-Leasure Development Company is “under contract” to purchase the property from First Baptist Church.

White-Leasure Development proposes a mix of uses that will include 11.86 acres of general retail; an age restricted (55+) multifamily complex on 16.61 acres; and single family residential lots on 56.94 acres.

The multifamily development portion is zoned MF-2, multifamily two, and will have various single family residential and assisted living uses with up to two-stories maximum building height allowed. Building heights are limited to a maximum of one story within 50-feet of the eastern property line.  

The multifamily lot will front onto the yet to be constructed Sanders Farm Road extension, with a side frontage onto Tanglehead Drive and those two streets will be its only point of access. Total unit count is limited to 20 units per acre under MF-2 conditions.

A  25-foot-wide landscape buffer is required along the common boundary of the planned development MF-2 zoned portion, adjacent to existing single-family residential uses to the east, along with the preservation of existing trees and buffing and screening requirements.

The city has the option to upgrade the trail on a required six-foot sidewalk within the trail easement along Hog Pen Creek to a 10-foot width.

Other conditions related to the street improvements are to occur as follows:

  • There will be an arterial street, with a six-foot sidewalk, between West Adams Avenue and Tanglehead Drive that transitions to a collector road with six-foot sidewalks on one side of Tanglehead Drive.
  • A collector street with a five-foot sidewalk, between Tanglehead Drive and the south property line transitioning to a local street with a five-foot sidewalk on one side (transition location to be determined during patting).
  • Additionally, no single-family driveways shall directly access Sanders Farm Road and Tanglehead Drive will be constructed with a collector street with a five-foot sidewalk on one side between Sanders Farm Road and the east property line, and no single-family driveways shall directly access Tanglehead Drive.
  • Streets (other than Sanders Farm Road and Tanglehead Drive) are to be 55-feet right of way with 31-feet back of curb to back of curb, and with a five-foot sidewalk on one side of all non-cul-de-sac streets and a seven-foot landscaped strip between the curb and sidewalk.

VBX Project ID: 2021-0314


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About the Author:

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.

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