New Braunfels Edition | July 2021

DEVELOPMENT

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Planning continues for proposed Mayfairmixed-use development

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SouthStar Communities has been in talks with the city of New Braunfels since early 2020 to negoti- ate a development agreement. The agreement would pave the way for work to begin on a proposed 1,880-acre project called Mayfair located north of Kohlenberg Road and bisected by I-35. SouthStar anticipates developing the land over the next 15-20 years and will incorporate residential, commercial and public space into the community. “It’s really just been a partnership with the city of New Braunfels and working with them to understand not only their goals for the Envision [New Braunfels] Comprehensive Plan, but what are the issues in the city, what are they tackling today versus tomorrow?” SouthStar Com- munities CEO Thad Rutherford said. Through the development agreement, the city would be able to impose development standards, ensure housing diversity, and imple- ment walkability and connectivity standards in the community. If council approves the develop- ment agreement, Rutherford said

his team will work to establish a water improvement district, or WID. The WID would give ocials the ability to enter the agreement to outline permitting and planning reviews. On June 21, the planning commis- sion recommended the city approve the establishment of the WID and development agreement. Developers have entered into a cost-sharing agreement with New Braunfels Utilities to gain access to the utility services, Rutherford said, and NBU is expected to consider a utility agreement with the devel- oper in August. Rutherford said the rst phase of the project will focus on the east side of I-35, and it will include commercial projects, several types of residential options and public outdoor space.

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This rendering is an example of one of the 60 planned Farmhaus homes. RENDERING COURTESY CHUPIK PROPERTIES AND DESIGNS

HIGH-END, LOW-MAINTENANCE The Farmhaus neighborhood will be a small-lot subdivision, a feature Chupik hopes will attract buyers who favor walkability over yard space. The homes will be designed with high-end nishes.

Developer kickso Solms Landingproject with60newhomes On April 1, Chupik Properties and Design broke ground on Farmhaus New Braunfels, the rst of several housing projects planned for the 98-acre development called Solms Landing. The Austin-based company has been developing communities in Central Texas for 20 years and is slated to bring 60 high-end, sin- gle-family homes to Solms Landing in the next three years. Buyers will be able to choose among four layout options, said Randy Chupik, president and owner of Chupik Properties. The homes will not be custom builds, and Chupik estimates the properties will be priced in the mid- to high $400,000 range. “You don’t have to pick all the little things that you might normally pick in a custom home,” Chupik said. “But they are a lot higher-end and more design-heavy than a produc- tion home, so we kind of fall in a

60 single- family homes

1,500- 2,500 square feet

mid- to high $400,000s

SOURCE: CHUPIK PROPERTIES AND DESIGN COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

niche in the middle.” Ten homes are under construc- tion, and Chupik estimates 15 will be completed by the end of 2021. Due to uctuating building costs, Chupik anticipates the company will not begin signing contracts with buyers until later this summer and will likely only release a few homes for bids as they are built. “We are seeing pretty much all suppliers and contractors having to charge more,” Chupik said. “We are trying to keep our costs down to a range that we can deliver these houses in the range … roughly where we thought they could be.”

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MAYFAIR DEVELOPMENT

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The Mayfair development is anticipated to incorporate employment centers, retail space, parkland and a variety of housing options.

Mixed-use makeup

• 123 acres of community parks • 149 acres of greenbelt, conservation parks and trails

• 13.6 miles of natural trails • 4 new schools • Up to 6,000 residences

SOURCES: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS, SOUTHSTAR COMMUNITIESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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