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An artists’ rendering of the latest incarnation of San Antonio developer Darren Casey’s proposed development across Sessom Drive from Texas State’s new high-rise Chautauqua and Gaillardia halls. COURTESY IMAGE

An artists’ rendering of the latest incarnation of San Antonio developer Darren Casey’s proposed development across Sessom Drive from Texas State’s new high-rise Chautauqua and Gaillardia halls. COURTESY IMAGE

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by BRAD ROLLINS

Darren Casey’s latest attempt to win city support for a bar-raising luxury retail and residential complex on the northern edge of Texas State University averted sudden death at the San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday.

The San Antonio developer wants to build a five-story Mediterranean-style landmark on Sessom Drive with 16,000 square-feet of ground-floor retail fronted by a sprawling outdoor plaza. On the upper floors, 380 apartment units would have 800 bedrooms between them. Casey has had five houses and their grounds, a total of more than 14 acres, under a purchase contract for more than a year and a half with the intent of buying and developing the properties as soon as entitlements he wants are nailed down.

Last January, the city council rejected a similar, though considerably larger, plan as the one he is trying to sell now. Most of 2012 was whiled away on one false-start after another as Casey and his people searched for an alternative that could both win approval and be worth building.

This time around, Casey has the challenge of city staff’s recommendation against his proposal as well as the ongoing distraction of a planning commissioner-cum-real estate broker who — despite his consistently abiding by state and city ethics requirements that he recuse himself from P&Z deliberations and votes on projects in which he has a financial interest — galvanizes opponents and gives a foothold to distrusting elements of a community quick to see corruption, or its potential, everywhere.

On Tuesday, after 2½ hours of public comments from dozens of supporters and detractors, the commission finally had its first say on Casey’s request to abandon a short segment of Loquat Street and an assortment of alley and street right-of-ways dedicated more than 100 years ago but never developed for public use. Connecting Canyon Road and Sessom Drive, Loquat cuts the 9½-acre building site in half and, unless the city agrees to abandon it, Casey’s project is as good as still-born.

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57 thoughts on “Casey’s Sessom Drive landmark survives first P&Z hearing

  1. Based on the picture, it looks like a very nice development. Looking forward to seeing it in real life. You can’t do better than to have something like this right by campus.

  2. So just piss on the neighbors who bought with the promise of SF6 zoning as their neighbor and the convenience of Loquat Street?

  3. newsflash, the ASG does not own property in San Marcos, we could really care less if you show up to speak about how wonderful this will be for the students. Key point; YOU DO NOT OWN PROPERTY. And, to Pam Couch: How would your wealthy “parents” friends feel if a development was built right next to THEIR neighborhood? Some of the comments PRO were laughable at best. Id like to know more about neighbors land getting “destabilized” from these developments – that comment was made last night and this seems to have LONG TERM implications for our community. Some of these commissioners need to show some watchdog teeth. For shame!

  4. Since it appears very likely that this thing will go thru regardless of citizen out cry, has there been any discussion on how they plan to mediate traffic on Sessoms? Or do we just get to enjoy a parking lot during peak hours? Never mind the environmental impact.

  5. Sara,

    Just added some documents. They include two versions of the concept plan that show possible intersection configurations for Comanche and Sessom that would serve Casey’s proposed development.

  6. I was curious when the attorney stated that there was plenty of overflow parking across the street. Was he talking about the TxState parking lot? Wouldn’t you have to have a certain kind of sticker to park there?

  7. One of my big problems with multifamily in this town is overflow parking. The Retreat, obviously, but also that complex at Craddock and LBJ seems to always have cars outside the fence. I heard some rationalization by the attorney for their parking calculations – he stopped short of saying, but his intent clearly was – hey, parking garages are expensive! I just can’t imagine the returns are there on this project given the cost to construct on that location.

  8. I am in the Student Housing industry and this market is already oversaturated. If we keep building apartments we will not only ruin more neighborhoods, we will force already struggling apartment complexes into bankruptcy and they will eventually sit vacant or turn into slums. Even with increased enrollment at Texas State it does not support all of the apartments that have come into this market. Just because apartments mean more $$$ for taxes, doesn’t mean it is going to have a positive effect on the current businesses here or for our community.

  9. Agreed, enough with the student housing. Has anybody had to deal with the traffic from the Retreat? It is HORRIBLE. And now, they have a stop sign on rr12! And don’t even try Wonderworld to 35 when classes let out for the day.!

  10. What does student housing have to do with traffic? They have to live SOMEWHERE and no matter where they live, they’re going to drive their cars. So might as well build housing as close to campus as possible to minimize the need for them to drive.

    And as far as the need for additional student housing….the Chamber did a study a while back (couple years maybe?) that showed apartments in San Marcos at 92% occupancy. I believe that same study said that industry average is around 80%. With the ever-growing student body and also a growing local population to serve, and the numbers from that study, I think additional housing in San Marcos is a necessity.

  11. Well, how about limiting this “ever growing student body”? There are too many of them.. Limit housing and you limit student population, ergo reducing traffic and the strangle hold the University has on our town.

  12. Aaron, the city has no control over how big TxState gets. Simply limiting housing will not slow their growth. Dano – what use is zoning if it can be changed for no reason? Why do we even have zoning. I really don’t think this Casey project is all that bad but I have to put myself in the shoes of the neighbors who invested based on the current zoning. What compelling reason has Casey given to support a zoning change? You may say we should be like Houston and not have zoning but it’s too late – we do have zoning – so city staff, P&Z and council must be able to defent their decision.

  13. Ok, i am just ranting. Since96, you are correct…. And in regards to zoning, anyone who lived in Houston can attest to, no zoning is a MESS!

    On a totally othet note, why do these college brats need “luxury” housing? I lived in Jackson Hall and it was fine for me.. It builds character, not entitlement to have to share a toilet and shower with twenty othet people!

  14. You gotta compete man! These kids have choices – they could go to UT, Tech, A&M, Baylor etc. We gotta be world class. Plus, it’s a free market. If Casey thinks he can make money, it’s his right to try. I think he needs to share the profit with his new neighbors first though and spend a little more to buy them off. I don’t know what currency they accept though. Fences, buffers, road improvements, parks, etc. Sounds like he’s almost there though.

  15. I don’t know about all that, but it is difficult to reconcile the lifestyle with the endless complaints about student debt.

    I’m more interested in the effectiveness of the greenspace proposed as a buffer. Has anyone done any kind of study of the land, to figure out how the noise from this development will carry? How do the elevation changes impact the effectiveness of the buffer?

    I’m not sure how overflow parking will come into play, because I am not sure where they could even overflow to.

    I expect traffic on Sessom/Academy to be bad, as long as there is no center turn lane. I don’t know how much worse this might make it.

  16. BTW, ranting about “college brats” is a good way to turn off potential supporters.

    Speaking as a turned off potential supporter…

  17. Ah changing hearts and minds one insult at a time…. Pretty sorry reason to not support saving our town from over development and environmental ruin…

  18. Yep, and irrational anger is a pretty sorry reason for some people’s word choices. Feel free to alienate whomever you choose. Just don’t shed too many tears when they don’t turn out to support your cause.

  19. I assure you the average occupancy will be way below 92% this year with the student housing market. Most of the complexes in the market right now are running 100+ leases behind last year’s numbers. I work for the largest student housing company in the nation, we own 4 apartment complexes in this town alone and people are panicing about this market. There are 4-5 more complexes already approved to go in the following year as well and the projected enrollment does not support this. Maybe the Chamber needs to do an updated study, because EVERYTHING in this market changed this year due to too many student apartment complexes. On a side note regarding the 80% industry average… If I leased up to 80%, I assure you I would not have a job the next year. Do you have any idea how much money you lose with 20% of your units empty?

  20. I’d love to see a chart of “availability” over the years, my recollection is that there has always been struggles to find housing: for both students and residents of San Marcos. My bet is the housing “shortage” is about the same in 2013 as it was in 2011, 2007, 1986, etc. etc. And, my bet is that these upscale developments have availability right now. The vacancy signs are proof.

  21. Speaking to Natalie’s comment,just because Casey apparently now has his zoning does not mean there will construction on this sight any time soon. Casey has had permission to build Conch Commons for 10 years, and it sits vacant. Meanwhile the Buie tract has cattle grazing on it. If Natalie is correct, and I suspect she is, Casey may very well just sit on this property until some time years from now, when everyone has forgotten about this, the bulldozers move in.

  22. It will take the kids about 3 years to totally destroy Copper Beach judging by appearances so those will be off-line. Just kidding of course – those should last at least 5 years. And then we can go Section 8.

  23. What is an “acceptable” occupancy percentage, Natalie? I honestly have no clue.

    I found that the national vacancy rate was 4.3% as of Q1 2013 – but I don’t know what rate management companies budget for. I doubt they use the average and I suspect it’s more regionally sensitive too.

    I found a study from the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development dated July 1, 2012 that showed an apartment vacancy rate of 7.4% in the San Marcos market (well above the national average, but seemingly well below the state average). The vacancy rate a year before was 6.6% and it was 6.0% in 2000. So the supply does seem to have outpaced the demand slightly over the past 13 years.

    The same study projected additional growth/demand in the San Marcos market of 1,850 units with 1,300 under construction….about a dead heat between supply and demand going forward.

    As to whether San Marcos “needs” more apartments….I would trade these planned units for some of the existing complexes in town in a heartbeat. You say it will “turn existing apartments into slums”, but many complexes in town are already pretty slummy.

    Also, just to make sure we’re talking apples to apples, you specifically mentioned “student apartments”….I found no studies limited to student apartments. Is there a reason that existing complexes have to be “student apartments”? If you’re not getting enough of your target market, maybe expanding the market would be an answer? Dunno….just brainstorming.

  24. Why do people assume this rezoning will happen when it didn’t pass the last time and it is not much different this time. THIS time the planning staff reached an impasse and recommended against it instead of for it as they did last time. Add the smoke and mirrors surrounding the 4.6 acres that was in the plan last round (allowing for a petition and a super majority vote) and then out of the plan this round (disenfranchising the surrounding home owners by putting them out of the petition area)and you have a much less likely positive outcome for the developer IMO.

    Natalie I would LOVE to talk to you to understand the student housing market from a person in the industry who can show me where to find the numbers we need to slow down this madness. Please email me at mylotuscoach@gmail.com ~ it’s an old email account I never check anymore, but I’ll watch it to see if we can touch base ~ total anonymity of course, that’s the only way you get any real information in this town if your mouth shut when it comes to names.

  25. Dano- Fair Question… Student Housing is generally classified as complexes that rent by the room. It is not reserved just for students, anyone can do it but it is typically attractive to students because they are only responsible for their room on the lease and not their room mates.
    Building more complexes will increase these “slummy” conditions you speak of. Not every company has the money to provide the repairs necessary for housing 400+ College students. More vacancies=Less Revenue, which in turn will have a drastic effect on what will get fixed on that property.
    Expanding the market…. Well would YOU like to move in next door to 4 Frat boys? Neither does the rest of San Marcos! But let me know… I may have a vacancy!lol

  26. I’m not so sure this will pass- but if it does, I think Mr. Sergi said it best- This project confirms all of the criteria used to determine illegal spot zoning. Re oversaturated student housing market- this is absolutely true. Pick up a copy of the University Star and on any day of the week you will find whole page advertisements purchased by complexes- even during times of the year when students aren’t actively looking for a place to live. I think the lady who spoke about waiting in line at 8am with hundreds of people to lease an apartment has somehow confused a dream with reality. As far as “plenty of parking across the street” goes- that guy was sadly mistaken too. There is a pay-by-the hour garage across the street and another garage that requires a University parking sticker. People visiting their friends at the complex are not going to park at either.

  27. To make the right decision about THIS property, whether we need more apartments or not should not be considered. The zoning for this property should remain as is and the city should retain their right to the street right-of way. If a developer sees an opportunity to build more apartments in San Marcos, go ahead. The master plan provides growth corridors for development. There are locations in San Marcos where apartments can be built without this resistance (including the block near downtown that is an eyesore AND within walking distance to Texas State and already approved for apartments and supported by their downtown neighbors). Mr. Casey can build apartments – just NOT on Sessons Creek in a direct path to the SM River, next to one of the few middle class single-family neighborhoods in the city limits or in an area that was not designed to carry the number of vehicles it is serving now – let alone more. FYI – I do live in the city, but I do not live near this development at all. Mr. Casey would like the city to see this as some sort of NIMBY issue, but this is a serious issue to anyone who loves the SM River and realizes that protecting the river is the most important task that P&Z, City Council, City Staff AND City Residents have been entrusted with.

  28. Mary – Did you happen to see Casey’s attorney describe their pollution control measures and compare them to the result of this property being developed as 45(?) single family homes? It seems they are taking some pretty good precautions on the stormwater. My bigger concern is on traffic and noise generated by this project. I say the zoning should change unless Casey gets increased support from the neighbors.

  29. Both of the concept plans, version A & B, show the property having 800 beds and only 720 parking spots. If you are going to start poking holes in this proposed project that is where I would start. Look at the Retreat off old RR12 and the parking issues they are experiencing in the neighborhood across the street. If I remember correctly The Retreat has 1.2 parking spots per bed and they are still having these parking issues. If you are proposing .90 parking spots per bed how is this project even getting any consideration. Where will the people living there park not to mention those looking to take advantage of the commercial space.

  30. Get a grip Dano. The city’s own website says 2,600 new bedrooms are now ready, and over 9,000 more are either under construction or under consideration. Natalie is brave to stand up and tell the truth, since so many in the real estate industry have tried to hide what we all know to be happening with apartment occupancy in town. It is obvious with all the banners everywhere, the apartments are desperate to lease. It will take ten years to get things back to normal occupancy rates, at the rate the Univ. is now growing.

  31. JP,

    According tho the lawyer’s presentation, the parking lots across the street at the university are available for overflow parking. Either he has no clue how parking works at TX State, or they have a deal we don’t know about.

    I think it’s just cluelessness.

  32. I wonder if he was talking about the lot that is still visible on the satellite view of Google maps. You know, the one that was replaced with a dorm. The other’s aren’t particularly convenient to this location, and only the LBJ garage (that I know of) is open to the public.

  33. I have seen the pollution control that they are proposing and while that may sound good now, Mr. Casey will not be here in 20 or 50 or 100 years to see that it is being maintained and still working. At the time that Shalimar Apartments were built – they looked beautiful and were considered state-of-the-art. Now they are an eyesore that is often the first thing people notice when they drive through San Marcos on the interstate. Also, I do not think that we will see 45 single-family homes because Mr. Casey cannot make enough money.

  34. Likewise I doubt Casey is going into the single family home business any time in the near future. It would be nice irony though. 2br/2bath bungalows designed as college rentals, designed to fail, as an fu to the opposition. The ultimate expression of fu money.

  35. Looking at the concept plan, I see where they plan to turn Comanche and Sessoms into a roundabout should this thing go through. What about traffic at LBJ and Sessoms? And further down the road at Aquarena and Sessoms? How will the one roundabout change much of anything? Students/residents will still back up there to get in and out of town.

  36. I think it is time for the Dias to have a serious conversation about who is on the P&Z. Once can follow the bouncing ball of generations of development in this town which has directly impacted local businesses and the environment by the composition of that body. It is glaring, it is unfair and it becomes a built in for development, not a check and balance.

  37. PS as one who has followed sink holes, I’d love to hear more about this destabilization of land notion heard while watching the P&Z hearing online. Have those that are these sorts of developments noticed how deep they dig into earth? Are you aware they hit ground water just six feet down downtown during the construction to lay waste water lines on your tax dollars. Wake up, this is not Dallas, this is a very special place on the Earth and we need to respect the ecosystem or may find Mother Nature backlashing…just saying …

  38. HO-HUM seems to be the ever consistent attitude displayed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council Members when listening to the Citizens of San Marcos. The biggest slap in the face has been to the Property Owners that have lived AND paid taxes for DECADES in the neighborhood at stake. It is unbelievable that they could sit and listen for hours and STILL NOT TAKE THIS OFF THE TABLE?!
    Jim Nuse comes breezing into town with his grandiose ideas of improvement; and I ask, how long has he lived here? Did he go to school here? Has he hiked the trails of Sessom Canyon?
    A Daniel Guerrero, No te importa la vida de los ciudadanos de mi ciudad…no es nuestra ciudad porque tu no la quieres. Me parece que nunca hayas tenido ningun pensamiento en la naturaleza aqui en San Marcos, ni tampoco las personas que no tengan una voz a causa del miedo porque son inmigrantes. Pero, estos inmigrantes han contribuido a San Marcos; y usualmente, ellos viven aqui mucho mas tiempo que los jovenes. Sin duda Sr. G, hay una separacion muy ancho de los ciudadanos y los estudiantes a causa de los politicos.
    Matthew Lewis did go to school here. He was a skateboarder “dude”, I believe. I have a feeling that Matthew probably loved to spend time down by the River while studying or skateboarding. Does he have all of the credentials needed to be a city planner? Does he truly believe in what they are trying to do to our fair city…or is he a pawn?
    How does a construction site receive FINAL PLAT approval when there is NO WATER SERVICE??? THAT WAS AN OVERSITE/MISTAKE…the explanation from Linda Huff, Jim Nuse, and Christy Starks(and what is Ms. Starks’ degree in that she is qualified to work in the position that she does?).
    Speaking of water lines, could somebody PLEASE tell me what happened to LINDA GRUBBS HUFF, our ILLUSTRIOUS-Capital Improvement leader that stated she “did not know” that one was not supposed to DIG in a tributary to the San Marcos River. She was kept around long enough to sign off on these type projects, though. Where does she work now???
    What happened to AMY MADISON the leader of the GREATER SAN MARCOS PARTNERSHIP? Please, check that organization’s website out for all of the tax breaks offered to incoming companies, and please do not forget to check out WHO sits on the board of that NON-Profit Company!
    I am a very proud Texan. I have always negated any claims that the state of Texas is made up of a “bunch of Rednecks”.
    I do not blame the students at Texas State University. Of course they want to have a nice place to live, who doesn’t? They don’t know the history of Sessom Creek. They probably do not know that there are most likely caves in the Canyon. They do not know about the Golden-Cheeked Warbler. Have the students hiked the Canyon and found one of the arrowheads there?
    I do ask the following:
    Is there an African Slave Cemetery somewhere in the Canyon?
    Is it ok to obliterate the view from where the Native Americans watched the sunrise and sunset with a monolith of student housing and yet another coffee shop.
    Does San Marcos not deserve to be known WORLDWIDE as one of the longest, consistently inhabited places on Earth? I believe close to 14,000 years.
    I do declare this one thing: I am gravely disappointed in the “BUBBA SYSTEM” that is, unfortunately, very much alive in the politics of our sweet San Marcos.
    We are ALL stewards of this Earth…lest anyone forget.

  39. To Brian A. How funny that skateboarding was the one iota you picked out of the entire comment; but in answer to your question, there is nothing wrong with skateboarding. Skateboarding is awesome. My point was that most skateboarding “dudes” I have known in my life are totally in line with preservation and protecting the environment. The question was if Matthew had found himself caught up in something that was not in line with his core beliefs.

  40. San Marcos Native and Natalie for City Council. All I can say is WOW!!! Nailed it! Please keep posting!!!

  41. @SanMarcosNative

    You are out of line in regards ro Matthew. Does he have the credentials to be a city planner? Check his resume. Nearly ten years of direct experience. I think its funny how you don’t check facts before your “mad rambles.” I too am againt this development and did find some of your post enlightening but please try to temper yourself a bit more before your post.

  42. Jayman, you can’t handle the truth. The truth is there is more to being a leader in this community than pandering to development after development in San Marcos. Current mindset: Forget the property owners, forget the historical and archeological significance of the properties, and forget the environmental concerns. New Paradigm: Its time for those on the Dias and on staff to respect this community. IF you don’t find the P&Z composition odd, then you have not been in the game very long Jayman.

    This is not Dallas, nor Houston, and your little League of Cities modules do not apply to 78666. Maybe you guys can begin to think outside of the boxes and run your own training sessions on how to protect this community, but that would take work now wouldn’t it.

    San Marcos Native is nailing her/his post, and looking forward to more posts from this person.

  43. Well, this thread dropped to a third grade level pretty quickly. Should I break out “I know you are, but what am I?” or “I’m rubber, you’re glue” next? I appreciate the passion that some of you are bringing to the discussion. But being loud and even calling names simply don’t make you right.

    Does anyone really think that Casey hasn’t done feasibility studies for his new development? People keep saying we don’t “need” more student housing in San Marcos, but if his studies didn’t show that there would be a demand for it, why would he throw millions at developing it?

    “But there are other apartments” you say….however, many of those “other apartments” are woefully inadequate by today’s standards. Shalamar has been brought up as an example. If Casey building his project means that Shalamar has to put some money into their property to keep up, that sounds like a “win” to me. Ditto for any of 20 other crappy apartment complexes around this town.

    “But the neighbors don’t want it” you say….however, Casey has made concession after concession to make this project work with as little impact on the neighborhood as possible. Do the neighbors make similar concessions? “Not here. Not now. Not ever.”

    “But this is environmentally sensitive land” you say….however, this development appears to have been planned to minimize the environmental impact in virtually every way possible.

    To me, this kind of development seems to make perfect sense. It’s a beautiful structure, its proximity to campus makes it an ideal spot for student housing, and the developer has bent over backwards to try to make sure that both neighborhood and environmental concerns are met.

  44. Dano, he hasn’t thrown millions at developing it. One of the things I am having trouble figuring out (if there is anything to figure) is what might be to gain, from getting these things approved and sitting on them. I’m not completely conviced this will get built any faster than Concho Commons.

  45. Also, the retreat reportedly bent over backward, and that isn’t working out so great. I really wish someone would take a more objective look at parking, traffic, and in this case, noise. I have asked multiple times if anyone has any idea how the topography will impact the effectiveness of a buffer. I have to take the non-answer to mean no, they have not.

    My concern is not that this will be a bad development. My concern is that we, again, won’t have any idea, until it is built.

  46. @Dano ““But the neighbors don’t want it” you say….however, Casey has made concession after concession to make this project work with as little impact on the neighborhood as possible.”

    The same could be said for the Buie tract which I read your posts and you opposed. Tomorrow at city council they will ask if that tract may be sold to American Campus Communities for student housing. Point is developers say one thing to get approved and then flip it.

    Wouldn’t it have been good to know BEFORE it was approved that it would be rent by the bedroom student housing?

  47. @Dano —

    “however, Casey has made concession after concession to make this project work with as little impact on the neighborhood as possible.”

    No matter how spiffed up and well behaved, an elephant in your living room is still an elephant. This project is too big to put in this neighborhood, period.

    “however, this development appears to have been planned to minimize the environmental impact in virtually every way possible.”

    That depends on whom you ask. The Town’s own planning department has some serious issues with certain aspects of this plan, as do many people locally who deal with watershed problems. Just because Mr. Casey says it’s safe, doesn’t necessarily make it so. Are you aware that one part of the plan is to excavate more that three stories deep under part of the project? This is quite an impact, and needs to be investigated carefully.

  48. THREE STORIES DEEP. Whoah, thanks for the info Cori!!!

    Where exactly where the arrowheads be going? And, the spear points and the BONES? The same question I have about Cape’s Camp. It is TIME FOR THE DIAS TO PROTECT THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS COMMUNITY.

    Or, does that not fit with your community feel good events calendar over yonder at city slickers hall?

  49. @jayman
    I have waited, purposely, to reply to your post. I am not accustomed to name calling, I will never employ it here in my posts, and it is, in my humble opinion, an egregious display of bad manners. It is specifically rude, again in my opinion, when utilized by those who would remain anonymous. I rarely post here on the Mercury due to the juvenile behavior employed by those making personal attacks.

    Sir Jayman, in reference to Matthew, my information was based on the criteria used in many other cities; in addition to the criteria that was used for San Marcos before Matthew was hired.

    More importantly, I have nothing personal against Matthew. It was simply a rhetorical question. Since much of Matthew’s “direct experience” was in a smaller town with completely different demographics than San Marcos, it seemed logical to pose the question. Additionally, Matthew himself has stated frustration with “road blocks” with some of the older codes that our fair city has.

    Temper Myself, Good Sir? May I suggest you do so before you accuse one of “Mad Rambles”. Whether this “mad” is to be defined as “angry” or “insane”, I assure you that I am neither. Nor was I angry or insane at the time of my writing.

    I only wish well for San Marcos and ALL of its inhabitants.

    I question those that know the rules and ignore them. I loathe errors and destruction to the environment which are then blamed on “oversights”.

    I feel sadness when I think of those in charge hired to come here, have only lived here a short while, and want to change everything that made San Marcos unique. These very changes, which have been allowed by our leaders despite vehement protests by their constituents, are disheartening, frustrating, and at times unbelievable.

    As the City Council meets tonight to decide, once again, the fate of Casey’s Development; I pray that they will finally choose to set a firm precedence for ALL DEVELOPERS interested in San Marcos.

    The leaders and citizens of San Marcos value and will defend the sanctity of family neighborhoods, realize the necessity to provide student housing for an ever-changing and growing University, and relish the opportunity to be a part of the indisputable responsibility in preserving San Marcos’ natural habitats, endangered species, and the River.

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