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Texas developers plan office, housing project

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Texas developers intend to build six offices and 19 high-end houses on more than 14 acres on West Country Club Road. The group owns 300 acres that they plan to develop over the next 12 years, according to the local realtor representing them. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Real estate developers from Houston and Dallas are preparing to build professional offices and high-end houses near North Union Avenue and West Country Club Road.

Eden Land Development LP of Kingwood, Texas, owns about 300 acres on the northwest side of Roswell, according to Bill Davis, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Enchanted Hills Realtors.

He added that the planned subdivision is the Texas firm’s first development project in Roswell.

The real estate developers have long-term plans over the next decade or so to develop all of the land and are talking regularly with city officials planning the redevelopment of the nearby old municipal airport site. That is located on West College Boulevard near North Montana Avenue, across from Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

The first part of Eden Land’s project, called Bella Piazza subdivision, is the slated construction of six offices and 19 single-family houses on 14.76 acres.

Five of the offices will front West Country Club Road and will be across the road from Peachtree Village retirement community. The other office will front North Union and will be across the street from First Assembly of God. The houses will go up to the south of the offices.

Preliminary plans for the subdivision and final plans for the professional offices were unanimously approved Tuesday by the City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, with engineer Todd Wagener representing the owners. The project previously received approval for rezoning to residential and for a special permit to allow for the offices.

Wagener told commissioners that the project is ready to go.

“Most of the infrastructure is there,” Davis cofnirmed, “the water line and the power, but the sewer line is not there. So construction will begin right away to put the sewer line in.”

He said that construction on buildings, which could be either the houses or the offices,will start as soon as possible after that. The first buildings should be ready to occupy in about nine months, he predicted.

City staff recommended approval of the plans, although Wagener and the city still need to work out details concerning the size of one of the detention ponds to minimize water runoff onto streets.

“We met the code requirement, but we are going to exceed that by what we actually build,” Wagener told commissioners.

No one spoke in opposition to the plans at the meeting.

Online county property records indicate that Eden Land owns seven tracts from North Union to North Sycamore, which includes the three parcels involved in the Bella Piazza subdivision. The three Bella Piazza tracts had an assessed value of about $53,000 in 2017, according to the county.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.