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November 7th, 2008
Developer plans residential project on campus’ edge


Managing Editor

In a conspicuous addition to San Marcos’ emerging low-slung skyline, a six-floor residential development is planned for nearly a city block on Texas State University’s outskirts.

The Vintage San Marcos project would occupy 2.7 acres between Comanche and Fredericksburg street north of Pat Garrison street. Comprised of tracts of what was Farm Lot 21 of the Veramendi League No. 1 that made up the original town, the property includes the Balcones, Carlyle and Pat Garrison apartments and a rental house at 418 Comanche Street.

The city council unanimously approved a planned development district for the properties at their Oct. 21 meeting following a split recommendation, 4-3, from the planning and zoning commission in September. Austin-based developer Brandon Easterling sought the master development agreement based on a total of 257 unit in three buildings with central courtyards and ground level parking garages with 467 spaces.

In the agreement, Easterling and JBE & Associates and the city agreed to design standards and material as well right-of-way dedication for future upgrades of surrounding streets. Perimeter sidewalks will be built to 10-feet with landscaping. Easterling said the development will seek LEED-NC certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Residents are being relocated from the existing apartments, where one-bedroom 550 square foot units rent for $575. A representative for the developer has said they do not yet know Vintage San Marcos’ price range, plans for which include 12 efficiencies, 66 one-bedroom, 108 two-bedroom, 24 three-bedroom and 188 four-bedroom. At two people per room, the complex’s population could top 2,200 as planners strive for more density in areas surrounding the central business district.

Approval follows closely to another major planned development district okayed by the city council recently. With about 37,000 square feet of retail and office space, Concho Commons would be built on a 1.7-acre tract  between Guadalupe Street and LBJ Drive at Concho Street.


» Map: Planned downtown development


» Map: Vintage San Marcos and surrounding land use [pdf] » Planned Development District terms and standards [pdf] » Planning department memo to city manager recommending approval [pdf] » Land Development Code comparison chart [pdf] » Minutes from P&Z Sept. 23 and Sept. 9 meetings [pdf]

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2 thoughts on “Developer plans residential project on campus’ edge

  1. Pingback: Map: Planned downtown development | San Marcos Mercury

  2. Balcones Aparmens have not been sold nor have the tenants been asked to leave. This will be a possible site for a development when money is available ( the economy is bad right now) I have owned this site for 10 years and still own it..Claudia Kotin

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