by SEAN BATURA
A developer says he will build a five-floor 174-unit apartment building on Thorpe Lane on the site of an abandoned nursing home in San Marcos.
The project, Thorpe Lane Lofts, would sit on 2.42 acres at Thorpe and Warden Street where the former River Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation center has sat overgrown and idle since being abruptly closed by regulators in 2007.
Houston-based Javastone Capital Holdings says the building will feature one- and two-bedrooms apartments situated around a central courtyard and pool area.
Plans call for 2,060 feet of retail or office space on the ground floor, a provision negotiated by the Planning & Zoning Commission before it unanimously approved rezoning the property last month. The rezoning still must be approved by the city council.
The developer has agreed to 10-foot sidewalks and trees lining the street at every 30 feet, exceeding city requirements for five-foot sidewalks and trees every 50 feet. Senior planner Sofia Nelson said the streetscaping would “increase the walkability of this area in a safe manner.”
The plan includes a parking garage that will not be visible from Thorpe or Warden. The developer has agreed to pay a fee of $43,500 instead of dedicating parkland as part of the project.Email | Print