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March 14th, 2014
Carsons get P&Z nod for South End parking lot



A land holding company controlled by the W.C. Carson family intends to break ground this spring on the next installment in South End San Marcos, the bite-sized New Urbanist village on Wonder World Drive.

Carson’s son, John David Carson, told the San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission this week that “multiple tenants” have committed to lease space in a two-story, 15,000-square-foot building at 407 S. Stagecoach Trail, adjacent to the Pioneer Bank building completed last year. Planning commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved Carson’s request for permission to build a 58-space surface parking lot, designed to be partially concealed behind the proposed new building and otherwise screened from street view by vegetation and a small plaza at the corner of Corporate Drive and Key Street.

Under the city’s SmartCode development ordinance, surface parking lots on property designated as a high-density “Urban Center” are allowed only for “civic uses,” defined as “not-for-profit organizations dedicated to arts, culture, education, recreation, government, transit and municipal parking.” Carson argued successfully that his company’s parking lot qualifies as “civic” because the public will be allowed to park there.

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