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Clear Springs Apartments, the only riverfront apartment development in San Marcos, will be vacated after the end of the semester and eventually demolished.
The 111-bed complex at Aquarena Springs Drive, on the east bank of the uppermost San Marcos River, will be emptied of Bobcats in May, the University Star reports. The 47-year-old building will be torn down at some point and the property restored as an extension of Sewell Park, said Roseanne Proite, Texas State’s Housing and Residential Life director.
“Once the funds have been identified, the land will be redeveloped and returned back to more of a natural state,” Proite told the student-run newspaper for a story published Feb. 7. “Hopefully it won’t be left [unoccupied] for very long, but we simply don’t know when that’s going to be.”
Lacking a central fire alarm system and enough fire exits on its upper floor, Clear Springs doesn’t meet building code requirements.
Clear Springs Apartments has been slated for razing since at least 2006, when it was identified for planned demolition in an update of the university’s Campus Master Plan. Officials considered converting the existing building into offices or constructing a new Alumni Center on the 3.46 acre property, according to Texas State documents.
Built in 1966, the apartments were privately owned for most of their existence. Texas State bought the property in 1994, the same year it acquired the adjoining Aquarena Springs amusement park on Spring Lake.
Now headquarters for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Spring Lake property recently was restored by the Army Corp of Engineers to something approximating its state before Ralph the swimming pig and other attractions drew vacationers to San Marcos.
The apartments overlook the largest stand of Texas Wild Rice, one of eight federally endangered species that inhabit the upper San Marcos River. In March 2012, Texas Parks & Wildlife designated the 3.8 miles of the river as a State Scientific Area intended to help preserve the rice, which does not grow naturally anywhere else.Email | Print