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August 18th, 2008
Rezoning clears way for new condos downtown

Sketch of new condominium development planned for downtown, as seen from East San Antonio Street.


Approved in the same meeting as a downtown master plan that encourages more living spaces around the square, a recent expansion of San Marcos’ central business district clears the way for a condominium development on East San Antonio Street.

Austin developer Robert Hageman said he will build a three-floor building on a lot currently used for parking across a narrow alley from the historic Too Bitter Building, which anchors the square’s southeast corner. With parking on the ground floor, the building will have 14 units totaling 10,182 square feet, Hageman said.

Because the lot was previously zoned community commercial, which does not allow for residential units, Hageman requested that the central business district be expanded to his property. The planning and zoning commission unanimously approved the rezoning on July 8 and the city council followed suit earlier this month.

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One thought on “Rezoning clears way for new condos downtown

  1. The new condo development could provide an excellent opportunity to honor a part of our local history.

    The condo site was the location of the home of town founder William Lindsey. It was constructed circa 1850 and was the first structure built on those lots. Members of the Lindsey family occupied the house until sometime in the 1920s.

    Besides being the principal owner of the original San Marcos town site, William Lindsey was a well known Texas surveyor and the owner of the 4,428-acre Veramendi League #1. The other town site owners were prominent Texian politician and military leader Edward Burleson and Dr. Eli T. Merriman, both of whom have honorific residential historical sites within the city. The Burleson log house has been reconstructed above Aquarena Center, and the Merriman log cabin was renovated and relocated to Veramendi Plaza a few years back. It’s time William Lindsey was recognized.

    Wouldn’t it be appropriate to name what promises to be an impressive addition to downtown for the man who started it all? Let’s hope so.

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