Temple: Local Developer Plans Townhome Project Across From Joe M. Pirtle Elementary
Feature Photo: An artist rendering of the townhomes, with a variety of architectural styles, by Baird Williams Construction.
Temple (Bell County) — A local developer recently received rezoning for a townhome development by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The 5.29-acre property is converting from agricultural (AG) to planned development (PD) single-family attached dwelling. The request is the second part of a planned development that will include the adjacent 4-acre tract to the north.
The site is undeveloped and located across from Joe M. Pirtle Elementary School at 715 South Pea Ridge Road in the western portion of the city.
Derek Marshall with Baird Williams Construction owns the property through the entity BWC Ventures LLC.
Commissioners considered the request at their Sept. 7 regular session. The project was presented as Tarver Ridge Townhomes.
Temple-based Clark & Fuller civil engineers produced a site plan that showed 22 townhome buildings with 89-units in a variety of architectural styles, and a half-acre neighborhood park. Most of the townhomes are attached in groups of four, the exceptions being one building that has six units and one that has three.
The project will require a 6-foot-wide sidewalk to be constructed along South Pea Ridge Road, along with internal sidewalks and trail connections. Internal sidewalks in the planned development are 4 feet wide.
Two-inch diameter trees are to be planted every 50 feet along South Pea Ridge, Tarver Drive and the internal streets.
The development will require a minimum of two parking spaces per dwelling unit be provided in accordance with the city’s unified development code.
A private park is shown on the site plan that will be owned and maintained by the homeowner’s association.
City Council is expected to hold a first reading on the recommended item Oct. 7 and second reading on Oct. 21.
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