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The San Marcos Mercury is your one-stop shop for answers about the proposed La Cima development.

We’ll update, expand on and add to these inquiries as the San Marcos City Council and Hays County Commissioners Court consider the proposed development.

Here are five frequently asked questions to start us off.

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8 thoughts on “Cheat Sheet: La Cima questions, answers [PRO]

  1. Just what the fastest growing city in the nation needs. Instead of student apartments we will be able to offer middle class single family homes.

  2. Hays County should not fund this project. The developers should pay their own way – not the taxpayers.

  3. Johnny, what sort of middle class buys quarter-million to million dollar homes? This serves out of town rich and retirees at the expense of our spring water quality.

  4. Well, during the last election the President wanted to increase taxes on everyone who makes more than $250,000, promising not to increase taxes on the “middle class,”so I guess “middle class” includes those making less than $250,000.

    Your quest to pull up the ladder now that you are here will not succeed. Austin already tried that.

  5. $250,000 is a fairly reasonable middle class home. We’ve just been living off part time, hourly wage jobs for so long, that a household earning $60 or $70k looks like the 1% to us.

  6. What part of Freeman Ranch is included in this plan? I was under the impression that Freeman Ranch was off limits to developers in any way. Clarity?

  7. ► Bob: I don’t have a complete answer, but: About 3,485 acres of the former Freeman Ranch is owned by the Harold M. Freeman Educational Foundation and used by Texas State University which serves as a co-trustee over the property with Frost Bank. See this: http://www.txstate.edu/freemanranch/about/History/Freeman-Brothers.html

    ► In a quick search of appraisal district records, I found 1,575 additional acres that were owned by one or both of the Freeman brothers that are not part of the university’s agriculture/wildlife/forensics research center.

    ► These properties, including the one recently bought by the La Cima developers, are either owned by the Harold M. Freeman Educational Foundation or by the Joe T. Freeman Trust. Frost Bank is the trustee for these properties, too, but I don’t know how their intended use differs from the part used by the university.

    ► The history of the Freeman Ranch I link to above says the brothers at one point owned 7,000 acres in Hays County so there could be other parcels of the Freeman Ranch that I missed in my search or maybe parts have been sold over they years.

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