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Joint venture announces large subdivision

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Daniel W. Dattola of DWD Consulting Inc. talks Tuesday night at a city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission meeting about a master-planned subdivision in northwest Roswell. Leon Ivie, also with DWD Consulting, stands behind him. City staff at the meeting include Community Development Director Kevin Maevers and Planning and Zoning Technician Miguel Martinez, at right. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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More than 800 homes expected over next five years

A land development joint venture has unveiled plans for a master-planned subdivision in northwest Roswell for more than 800 new single-family homes.

Land owners Jim and Holly Mitchell of MAC Real Estate Inc. of Albuquerque and Leon Ivie and Dan W. Dattola of DWD Consulting, based in Piñon, New Mexico, gave a presentation of their plans Tuesday during a city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission workshop at the Roswell Convention Center.

The actual plats and possible zoning changes for the subdivision are expected to come before the commission for a vote in one to two months.

MAC Real Estate owns a great deal of the land in the area and is heading up the development of the 20-lot Bella Piazza subdivision at the corner of North Union Avenue and West Country Club Road. The final plat for Bella Piazza already was approved by the commission and the Roswell City Council in March. Nineteen of the lots are expected to be for homes, while one is for a drainage area.

The Mitchells also own J&H Services, a New Mexico construction and construction materials firm that has a hot mix operation near Hagerman. They also run Chance Materials LLC, a concrete and construction materials company that has a location on West Brasher Road. Jana Lessard, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, works for J&H Services.

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DWD Consulting is partnering with the Mitchells on The Oaks, the planned 799-home subdivision that will cover 28 acres and will use the theme of trees for its street names and signage. A roundabout in the center of the subdivision is expected to have landscaping and a pavilion for events or public art. A community park also is planned.

Its boundaries will be Sycamore Avenue to the west and extending eastward to the existing subdivisions and Bella Piazza area that fronts Union Avenue. Its north-to-south boundaries will be West Country Club to West 19th Street.

Ideally, said Ivies, four homebuilders will buy lots, planned at this point as 9,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

The subdivision will address the housing shortage in Roswell, say the developers. Dattola, owner of DWD Consulting, said he has personal experience of that from when he bought a house here.

“We went and made an offer on a house — a full, upfront offer of $325,000 — and got bid out,” he said.

Ivie, who said he also owns residential property here, added that he has heard from officials with the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. that prospective businesses focus on housing availability.

“The first thing they ask is, ‘Where are we going to house our people?’” said Ivie, project manager and sales and marketing director with DWD Consulting. “And we have come up with this plan that we think will solve their issues.”

DWD Consulting completed a similar-sized subdivision, Zia Crossing, in Hobbs, Ivie said, with final sales on those lots occurring last week. That project took about six years for all lots to be sold.

Ivie, who described himself as excited about the project and to be working with the Mitchells, said he expects The Oaks’ lots to be sold in four years, with the build-out completed in about five-and-a-half years.

“Presently we have at least two builders who are ready to come in,” said Ivie. “Each one of those will build 50 to 75, and in the second year about 100 homes each. We would like to see probably one other builder.”

He said later that he could not disclose which builders will be involved at this point.

Commission Chairman David Storey and City Councilor Judy Stubbs both raised questions about whether city streets will be able to handle up to 2,000 vehicle trips a day that would be generated by 800 homes.

City of Roswell Community Development Director Kevin Maevers and Jim Mitchell said discussions already have occurred about infrastructure needs, including roads.

Maevers added that he has talked with Roswell Independent School District officials about how the subdivision might affect Military Heights Elementary on West 19th Street. Maevers said he was told that the district already has plans to relocate and rebuild the school.

City Engineer Louis Najar and Maevers said that Sycamore Avenue and West Country Club are in good shape to bear the traffic, and that the developers plan to extend Nevada Street into the subdivision as one of the ways for traffic to leave and enter The Oaks. The major exit and entrance are expected to be on West Country Club Road.

But both Maevers and Najar agreed that 19th Street west of Union Avenue will need work. Najar said the question remains to be answered about who will be responsible for upgrades or maintenance to that road.

Maevers also explained that the plan is to use about 18 acres of commercial land on Sycamore Avenue adjacent to the subdivision as the site for such businesses as a branch bank, a pharmacy or grocery store so that homeowners can stay in the area for some of their needs.

“That will serve this entire area so that the people who are living there, when they go out to go shopping, when they go for their day-to-day needs, they aren’t getting out on Country Club and going to Main Street, or getting on Sycamore and heading out to Second Street,” he said.

Maevers said the planned subdivision is one of the largest, if not the largest, master-planned development in the city.

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.