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San Marcos Planning & Zoning CommissionApril 9, 2013 | Download full agenda here 28:30 | Louie’s Beer Garden and Seafood Shack
37:00 | Railyard Bar & Grill at
45:45 | McCarty Commons and H-E-B


The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved alterations to a planned development district at the request of a developer who says H-E-B plans to build a new grocery store on the southeast corner of Interstate 35 and McCarty Lane.

The McCarty Commons Planned Development District was approved by the city council in 2009, as the economic meltdown put a stop to virtually all lending for commercial construction. The 259-acre property, Texas State University’s former demonstration farm, has sat vacant for the past four and a half years. With H-E-B apparently on board, Stratford Land Company’s Ocie Vest says other big box and auxiliary businesses may soon come calling.

“Retail’s finally coming back and we’re thrilled to have a great anchor like H-E-B. Hopefully, this is the start for the rest of the development of the property,” said Vest, who is senior vice president of entitlements for Dallas-based Stratford.

H-E-B is under contract to buy 17.7 acres at the northwest corner of the 259-acre tract, Vest said. He did not say when the deal is scheduled to close or when the San Antonio grocer intends to start building. He declined to name a sale price.

Vest and H-E-B’s engineer for the project, S. Danny Miller of Austin-based LJA Engineering, said they could not say if the store is planned as an H-E-B Plus. They also said they did not know if H-E-B executives intend to close one of its two existing San Marcos stores.

Changes requested by Stratford would allow H-E-B to operate a carwash and in-store check cashing service — uses prohibited under the original agreement — and allows for more signage than would have otherwise been permitted.

The land sits across McCarty Lane from the Embassy Suites hotel and the San Marcos Conference Center. The PDD requires for about 60 acres of parkland dedication along Cottonwood Creek. The plan allows for 72 acres of general commercial retail development along Interstate 35 and a mix of office, residential and commercial uses on the back 115 acres.

The city and county transportation plans call for a future extension of Texas 21 to cross the property, connecting Texas 80 to Posey Road. A major connector running east-to-west between Interstate 35 and the Texas 21 extension was scaled down to 35-feet in width because Stratford thought its previous configuration interfered with H-E-B’s intended parking lot arrangement, city staff said in a memo to planning commissioners.

Also on Tuesday, the commission:

• Issued a conditional use permit for Allen Shy’s new downtown seafood restaurant at 119 E. Hutchison St. Louie’s Beer Garden and Seafood Shack will be located in the renovated building that most recently housed Taqueria Del Charro. The San Marcos City Council previously waived a 12-month waiting period for Shy that is typically required by city ordinance for granting new downtown restaurants permission to serve alcohol. (The council has granted waivers as economic development incentives for other establishments, as well, including The Rooftop at San Marcos bar and restaurant.)

• Approved Railyard Bar & Grill’s application for a one-year extension of its conditional use permit, but chastised the bar’s owner for letting their paperwork lapse. Owner Matt Hageman told commissioners that the city marshal’s office has told him to expect both city and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission fines for serving alcohol without a permit for about two weeks.

Read more

» McCarty Commons Amended Planned Development District [pdf]

» Planning staff memo on PDD amendments [pdf]

» McCarty Commons Concept Plan by San Marcos Mercury

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CORRECTION: The story should have said the original McCarty Commons Planned Development District was approved by the San Marcos City Council in 2009, not 2008. Landowner Stratford Land Co. presented their plan to the council in September 2008 but it was not voted on and approved until the following year. Also, the storys should have identified the Stratford Land Co. partner as Ocie Vest, not Ocie West.

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One thought on “P&Z clears way for H-E-B on McCarty Lane (with video)

  1. we need and a HEB built now! All the grocery stores are on the other side of town. That’s a great location right off IH 35.on Mcarthy Lane.

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