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Planned northwest subdivision gets city approval

MAC Real Estate received final approval for its plans to develop a new single-family subdivision near West Country Club Road and North Union Avenue. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The city of Roswell has given its final approval for plans for a residential subdivision in the northwest portion of Roswell, which will enable the developers to proceed with infrastructure construction.

The Roswell City Council voted 9-0 to approve the final plat for the first portion of the Bella Piazza residential subdivision during the group’s Thursday meeting.

Todd Wagener, the engineer representing MAC Real Estate Inc. of Albuquerque, said the owner plans to use the 20 lots to build 19 single-family homes and create a retention pond for drainage. The lots cover about 8.67 acres and are near West Country Club Road and North Union Avenue. The land is south of Peachtree Village Retirement Community and north of an existing residential subdivision.

“They are going to be single-family homes, probably 2,400 to 3,000 square feet, something like that,” said Wagener.

He said that construction of streets and alleys, rights of way, and completion of water and sewer lines probably would take three to four months.

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According to site plans submitted recently and in November 2017, the residential section is envisioned as part of a larger mixed-use development to include as many as six professional offices that would front the city streets.

State records show the only officers of MAC Real Estate Inc. are Jim and Holly Mitchell, and the address given for the corporation is the same as that for J&H Services Inc., a construction, oilfield services and construction materials company also owned by the Mitchells. The Mitchells also operate a J&H Services hot mix site near Hagerman, as well as own Chance Materials on West Brasher Road.

Calls to their Albuquerque office seeking information were not returned by press time.

County property records indicate that MAC Real Estate is associated with Eden Land Development LP of Kingwood, Texas. Eden Land Development is still shown as the owner of some of the lots where the professional offices are expected to be constructed. That partnership could not be contacted by press time.

According to county records, MAC Real Estate owns many acres of undeveloped land in the area of the planned subdivision. The land extends to North Sycamore Avenue to the west and includes parcels near the city-owned Old Municipal Airport site not far from the Cielo Grande Recreation Area on West College Boulevard. A realtor said in 2017 that the landowners were talking with city officials about how to develop the land over the next decade.

The city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission previously had approved the preliminary plat for the residential area in November 2017. The commission recommended that the City Council approve the final plat for the residential lots during its Feb. 23 meeting.

Wagener answered a city councilor’s question about expected timeframes by saying that he thinks the lots will sell fairly quickly after infrastructure work is completed.

“There are not very many lots for sale in Roswell,” he said, “so I think they will be able to fill that up pretty quickly.”

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.