Temple: Salado Developer Bringing Apartment Complex to City
Feature Illustration: An artist rendering by Belton Engineering Inc. on the proposed apartment complex grounds.
by Art Benavidez
Temple (Bell County) — A Salado-based developer is proposing a mixed-use development with 24 apartment buildings and a commercial site on more than 22 acres.
The Planning and Zoning Commission was to have considered the case this week, but it was tabled at Monday’s meeting to correct an oversight in the advertised legal description.
The project, Village on Pepper Creek, is now scheduled to be heard March 15. The request is to rezone the 22.149-acre property from commercial to planned development Multi-Family 2, and planned development commercial.
The proposed development will encompass two lots that front on West Adams and South Kegley.
The Village on Pepper Creek, located in the city’s northwest sector, will have a physical address of 5719 West Adams Avenue.
Lot one connects to both streets and would be rezoned to allow the multifamily use. Lot two fronts on South Kegley and will remain as commercial zoning.
The apartment complex will offer a number of amenities, including enclosed parking, clubhouse, swimming pool, extensive sidewalks within the complex, and areas for dog grooming and exercise.
The apartment structures, the majority being three stories, will be visually similar to townhouses, with articulation and pitched roofs.
Documents submitted to the commission stated that due to the location along Pepper Creek, a planned development condition will require a trail easement on the western property boundary to enable future trail construction.
This trail would connect to the existing Pepper Creek Trail to the north and would enable extension of the trail to the south, when and if that property is developed.
A gate into the apartment complex will provide access to the trail for residents.
Belton-based Belton Engineering Inc. released the following specs:
18.49-acres for the apartment complex (lot 1)
A leasing center/office
4-acres for commercial development (lot 2)
A proposed six-foot sidewalk
A 20-foot utility easement
Salado-based developer William Rosier created the special entity WGR Development, LLC to own the land.
The proposed planned development rezoning is scheduled for first reading on April 1 and second reading on April 15 by City Council.
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.