COVER: An architect’s rendering of proposed Concho Commons development. The side with the swimming pool faces south, toward downtown San Marcos.
3:45 p.m. OCT. 24: San Antonio developer Darren Casey told the San Marcos Mercury that he hopes to complete design and permitting processes in time to start construction on his Concho Commons high-rise by April 2013. The 13-floor building will have retail on the first two floors and 310 apartment units on the upper floors.
“We’ve tried for several years to match up the market with the demand and the site and now we feel like we maybe got the timing right. We think the university and the city are ready for a high-end luxury student housing option for students and we’re going to deliver a landmark project in the heart of San Marcos,” Casey said.
Because the warrant allowing added building height does not require city council approval, Casey said the Concho Commons project is fully entitled with last night’s planning and zoning commission vote.
“We’ve got the entitlement and we’re off to the races,” he said. Construction will take about 22 months with a projected completion date of late spring 2015, Casey said.
11:59 a.m. OCT. 24: The planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a measure Tuesday evening that allows developer Darren Casey to add eight additional floors to his anticipated Concho Commons development between Texas State University and downtown San Marcos.
Standing at 128 feet from street level, the resulting 13-floor mid-rise would be among San Marcos’ tallest buildings. The building site lies in the transition area between campus and downtown where city planners want to see denser, urban-style development as an antidote to congested streets and suburban sprawl.
Casey’s plans include 17,000 square feet of retail space on the bottom two floors and 584 beds between 310 apartment units on the upper 10 floors. (A basement would bring the total number of floors to 13.) He would build 588 parking spaces, more than the 480 required under city codes.
“I look at this as a wonderful entrance way into that part of the university,” planning commissioner Bucky Couch said.
CLARIFICATION: The paragraph discussing the architectural concept of “massing” was reworked to be clearer and more accurate.Email | Print