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May 24th, 2008
California company plans commercial, residential development on 500 acres adjacent to outlet mall

by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

A California company development partnership says it is putting together a deal to develop a high-end, high-density commercial and residential community on 500 acres bound on the west end by Prime Outlets and on the east by the Old Bastrop Highway.

Representatives of Centro City, Calif-based Land Development & Associates say their Prime Village project will be anchored by at least 100 acres of commercial on the end of the tract nearest the outlet malls with entrances on Centerpoint Road, which runs the length of the tracts’ southern property line. The balance of the property will be divided between multi-family apartments and condominiums; fourplex townhouses; about 500 single-family homes on 2,500-3,000 sq. ft. lots; and a gated subdivision of about 460-480 single-family houses on 8,000-10,000 sq. ft. lots. The residential areas would be situated around an elliptical-shaped park spinning off a trail system that runs between the neighborhoods; a pond doubling as runoff detention would occupy the southeast corner and serve as a main gateway to the residential properties from the Old Bastrop Highway, land use planner Brian McCarthy said.

LDA President Daniel Singh and other company representatives recently presented a broad outline of his group’s intentions to the city council at a recent meeting but has yet to present a conceptual site plan that would initiate the platting and rezoning process. Consultants on the project include Eastsound, Wash.-based architectural firm Studio 29, Fredricksburg-based Vordenhaum Engineering, Austin-based Loomis Austin and Austin-based Horizon Environmental Services Inc.

Under the scenario he presented, a new major arterial would run between the residential and commercial portions, connecting Centerpoint Road to McCarty Lane near where the $72 million San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center is nearing an October opening. That road would bisect another commercial center being planned by Dallas-based Stratford Group on 245 acres formerly owned by Texas State University.

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