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Commercial development races to keep up with growth

Options for tenants scarce in tight market

BY ERIC WEILBACHER

As the population of New Braunfels continues to grow at a rapid pace, so does investment and construction in commercial real estate. At the same time, a very low rate of vacancy in some areas of commercial real estate, such as oce and retail, is putting pressure on developers to build more around New Braunfels to bring increased options for businesses. “We’ve seen nearly 100% absorp- tion of our oce market,” said Jona- than Packer, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “We have opportunities emerging where there’s going to be some evo- lution of all of our retail areas both new and existing in the city to bring jobs and people clustered together CONTINUED ON 24

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Of the nearly 9.5 MILLION SQUARE FEET of retail space in Comal County,

200,000 SQUARE FEET* of new retail space is under construction.

ONLY 2% is available to rent as of June 13.

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Bentwood Plaza at 2009 S. Walnut Ave. has some of the few retail spaces available.

MARKET AT A GLANCE

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City works to unify development codes BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

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ordinances, according to the city. The update was recommended by residents during the creation of the 2018 Envision New Braunfels Com- prehensive Plan, said Christopher Looney, planning and development services director for the city. As part of the project, the city con- tracted with Clarion Associates, a national city planning rm, to eval- uate the ability of current codes to implement the city’s Envision New Braunfels comprehensive plan and develop the new code, Looney said. In May, Clarion nalized an initial assessment of the current code that outlined primary recommendations CONTINUED ON 26

City of New Braunfels ocials will re- evaluate and update existing zoning codes as part of the land development ordinance project. Currently, the city has some zoning districts that are not widely used and others that are too restrictive for development.

In New Braunfels, city ocials and community leaders are begin- ning the next phase of a project to unify, simplify and clarify the city’s existing development, preserva- tion and planning codes. Once complete, the project will provide residents and industry professionals with clear guidelines for new and existing developments that align with community priori- ties in the city, according to the city. The land development ordi- nance, or LDO, is an 18-month-long project focused on rewriting the city’s zoning, subdivision plat- ting, historic preservation and sign

ZONING DISTRICTS Total: 39 districts Residential: 19 Commercial: 10 Industrial: 4 Other: 4 Mixed use: 2

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SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 7 of 39 districts account for over 75%

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FROM HEATHER: In our annual Real Estate Edition we include a front-page story covering the state of commercial space availability in our area (see Pages 24-25) as well as a plan to revamp the city’s development code process (see Pages 26-27). Heather Demere, GENERAL MANAGER

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Tuesday-Saturday from noon-8 p.m. or until sold out, and event catering services are also available. www.facebook.com/ legitassmeats COMING SOON 5 Continental Automotive Systems ’ new 215,000-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility is slated to open in September at 440 Kohlenberg Road, New Braunfels. The facility will manu- facture products for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. The facility will be a long-term investment of approximately $110 million into the New Braunfels area and is anticipated to create 130 new jobs in the city. 248-606-2186. www.continental-automotive.com 6 On The Grind Coffee will open a fifth New Braunfels location at 2680 Loop 337, New Braunfels, by the end of the year. The coffee shop operates six drive-thru coffee stands in Central Texas and specializes in espresso drinks, pastries, Italian sodas and flavored energy drinks. 830-310-1776. www.otgcoffee.com RELOCATIONS 7 In July, Exodus 4x4 is slated to relocate from its current location at 1218 Industrial St., New Braunfels, to a new facility at 5635 I-35. The shop spe- cializes in modifications to 4X4 vehicles, engine swaps, lift installations and more. 830-629-0057. www.exodus4x4.com 8 In May, Pakmule moved its office from 193 W. San Antonio St., Ste. 302, New Braunfels, to Suite 216 in the same building. The business builds hitch rack cargo carriers made from 70% recycled aluminum. www.pakmule.com

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New Braunfels, next to Kora Kora Coffee and The Gruene Door. Owner Kenzie Denoyer said the shop makes all syrups in house and fresh squeezes any juices used in its cocktails. The menu describes what the shop wants a patron to experi- ence, she said, rather than the ingre- dients in that make up each cocktail. It also offers a selection of beer and wine.

Braunfels, in late May. The practice offers care options for children, adolescents and adults and offers braces, aligners and teeth whitening. 832-538-6867. www.kauffmanortho.com 4 Legit-Ass Meats BBQ opened a per- manent food truck in mid-May at a space shared with Lass Cafe & Cocktails food truck at 993 Loop 337, New Braunfels. Owner Ryan Cunningham prepares a rotating menu daily, typically serving brisket, sausage and other fare that is smoked on-site. The truck is typically open

windows. 830-500-5094. www.chapelatgruene.com

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3 Kauffman Orthodontics opened at 2009 S. Walnut Ave., Ste. 101, New

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The New Braunfels branch of the Seguin Beauty School , currently located at 214 W. San Antonio St., will move out of its current facility at the end of July to an undetermined new location. The original school was established in 1977 in Seguin, and the New Braunfels campus opened in 1986, where students take classes in

Participants in the Rock Haus program gather in this 2020 file photo.

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS On June 13, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees held a public meeting regarding the donation of a property located at 511 E. North St. to the Rock Haus Foundation . Founded in 2017, the Rock Haus Foundation was established to support and provide opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental Developmental Disabilities Center, and approximately 30 adults visit the center regularly, according to ocials with the organization. The center is housed in a former schoolhouse that was built in 1927 and oers skills training, social activities and additional health services for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Many who utilize the center have jobs in the community, while other participate in activities such as gardening or taking music and art classes led by community volunteers. Some also participate in the ARC Angels baseball team. disabilities in Comal County. Rock Haus is aliated with the Hill Country Mental Health and The two buildings located on the property are owned by NBISD, and ocials with the nonprot hope to

cosmetology. 830-372-0935. www.seguinbeautyschool.net ANNIVERSARIES

complete necessary renovations at the site if the board approves the donation. “What we envision is this center, this campus being there for all individuals with IDD and their family throughout the county that they can come [to] for resources; they can come for services; and they can come for education,” said Bill Berry, a member of the Rock Haus board, during the June 13 meeting. Through the donation agreement, Rock Haus would continue to provide services in the community and plans to expand those services through additional programs, Berry said. Should Rock Haus discontinue or suspend services to any individual, Berry said ownership of the property would revert to NBISD. The board is expected to vote on the agreement during the July 11 meeting.

KNBT Americana Music Jam

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9 In June, Guadalupe Brewing Co. celebrated 10 years in business at 1586 Wald Road, New Braunfels. The brewery began by offering locally made beer and has since expanded to include a pizza kitchen, and the business regularly hosts live music and events. 512-878-9214. www.guadalupebrew.com 10 From June 29-July 10, the Guada- lupe-Blanco River Authority will com- memorate the 20th anniversary of the Canyon Lake Gorge with a historical exhibit. The exhibit will feature fossils, photos, news coverage and more from the creation of the gorge during the 2002 flood. Guests can access the exhibit from the main entrance at 16029 S. Access Road, Canyon Lake, and both guided and

Council of Texas grid, according to the news release. www.shellenergy.com COMMUNITY More than $70,000 was raised during the 24th annual KNBT Americana Music Jam that was held at Gruene Hall on May 22, according to a press release from Gruene Hall. Following the event, presenters donated $35,031 each to the Crisis Center of Comal County and The Hill Country Youth Orchestra. CLOSINGS 11 Camping gear and equipment manufacturer Coleman , located at 766 FM 306, New Braunfels, announced to its employees June 22 that the plant will close by the end of the year, affecting about 150 employees. Plant Operations Manager Richard Hunter said the com- pany is consolidating its manufacturing to Wichita, Kansas. The layoffs will occur in phases, Hunter said, with a third in August, a third in October and the rest in December of this year. Coleman has operated in New Braunfels for 42 years. 830-625-6943. www.coleman.com

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Shell announced the launch of its resi- dential power brand, Shell Energy , in a June 7 news release. The company will offer a variety of traditional and renew- able energy options, such as wind and solar. Shell Energy will offer electricity plans to residents across Texas, serving areas covered by the Energy Reliability

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WORTH THE TRIP July 04 Run a Freedom Run 5K The Let Freedom Run 5K is a race along the Schertz Jubilee parade route prior to the parade beginning. Open to all participants, it includes a kids run/fun run alongside a walk for families and others. The race begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration information can be found on the Schertz city website. Schertz Civic Center 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. 210-619-1635 www.schertz.com/466 at 6:30 a.m. followed by other races. Depending on date of registration, race entrance will cost $15-$20 (kids race), $35-$50 (5K), $40-$60 (10K), $85-$100 (half marathon). 1178 Kroesche Lane, New Braunfels. www.athleteguild.com 22 THROUGH 23 QUILT YOUR HEART OUT At QuiltFest 2022, hosted by the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild, attendees can view award-winning quilts, presentations, demonstrations and more. Vendors, a quilters thrift store and a boutique will also be part of the event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (children age 10 and younger), $10 (one-day pass), $15 (two-day pass). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. www.newbraunfelsareaquuiltguild.org 30 THROUGH 31 GO TO A GUN SHOW Presented by Premier Gun Show, the New Braunfels Gun Show will oer 300 tables of guns, ammunition, knives, shooting supplies and more for attendees to buy, sell or trade. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 30) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 31). Free (children age 11 and younger and uniformed peace ocers), $9-$15 general admission. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 817-732-1194. www.premiergunshows.com

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The skies over Landa Park will be lit by reworks in celebration of Independence Day during the city’s annual Fireworks Spectacular in partnership with H-E-B. The reworks will be red over Landa Lake and will be visible from anywhere in Landa Park, the Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs, Fischer Park and the Fredericksburg Baseball Fields. Ahead of the event, the nal Live at Landa concert featuring the J. Abram Band will begin at 7 p.m. at the Landa Park Dance Slab, and the Remax Skydiving Team will parachute into the park before the reworks. Attendees can tune in to KGNB 1420 AM to listen to music timed to the display. 6 p.m. (seating begins at the golf course), 7 p.m. (Live at Landa Concert Series hosted at the Landa Park Dance Slab), 9:15 p.m. (reworks show). Free. 830-221-4000

Float Fest combines tubing on the Guadalupe River and a music festival. FEATURED EVENT Float Fest July 2324 Float Fest will return to Gonzalez with more than a dozen acts including Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper and Tove Lo. The event oers a 2-mile oating trip down the river and walk-on access to the concerts. This year, the event will feature a draft beer station where attendees can ll reusable containers. Times vary. Single-day general admission tickets start at $134.

Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 210-410-0737. www.nashows.com 19 LEARN ABOUT WATER Hosted by the Comal County Conservation Alliance, Water: The Next 20 Years will explore how local water resources are managed and preserved. Roland Ruiz, general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, will give a presentation about the aquifer and how the EAA works to provide area residents with access to water. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San www.headwatersatthecomal.com 23 RACE ON COUNTRY ROADS Join local Texas runners for the Antonio St., New Braunfels. www.comalconservation.org, Stars and Stripes Half Marathon that will start and nish at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In. Racers can participate in a half marathon, 10K or 5K, and the courses will travel along country roads through the Hill Country. Half marathon begins

JULY 09 THE SCIENCE OF BEING A DAD In partnership with the SJRC Texas Fatherhood Initiative, children and their father or father gure will work together on science projects with the goal of strengthening father-child engagement. Each pair will build two rockets: one will use water as fuel; the other will use air. 10-11 a.m. Free. For children age 4 and older. Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com 15 THROUGH 17 SEARCH FOR NEW ACCESSORIES Exhibitors from around the country will oer jewelry, gifts, gourmet items and more during this three-day event. Shoppers can purchase a variety of goods and have a chance to win prizes throughout the weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 15-16), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 17). Free admission. New Braunfels Civic/

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES NBU begins work on East South Street water lines On June 20, New Braunfels

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Utilities began work on a $425,000 East South Street and South Central Avenue water line realignment project, expected to improve aging infrastructure in the Comal Town neighborhood in conjunction with roadwork being completed by the city in the same vicinity. About 900 linear feet of existing 6-inch water lines that run between South Union Avenue and South Houston Avenue are to be replaced with 8-inch water lines, according to a press release. That part of the project will last until August. Additionally, another 100 linear feet of 8-inch water line will be relocated from the East South Street intersection toward Common Street. MGC Contractors will lead the project, expected to begin in early July and be complete in mid-August, funded through NBU’s capital improvements budget. The water lines date back to at least the 1950s but are being replaced so the city can

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Surface Water Treatment Plant capi- tal improvement project continues New Braunfels Utilities announced plans to begin work on its Surface Wa- ter Treatment Plant project later this month, according to a press release. The $11.53 million water line project will provide additional capacity to deliver water to residents and alleviate high-pressure issues. Trac controls are in place at Gruene Road between Rivercrest Drive and Waterway Lane and will move along Gruene Road creating delays. Timeline: February 2022-spring 2023 Cost: $11.53 million Funding source: New Braunfels Utilities

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repave roadways, NBU Chief Water Engineer Shawn Schorn said. “We’re lowering it so that the city can come in and make a full pavement repair,” Schorn said. The added diameter in the new lines also likely will not provide a signicant change in water pressure. “In terms of high demand, you can see the pressure won’t drop as much, but it’s not really going to; it’s not going to provide higher pressure,” he said. Roadways are expected to be

closed intermittently to through trac, but residences and businesses will have vehicular access at all times, according to the release. Minor detours might be required for short periods of time during water line and customer service tie-ins to the new lines. Those detours for residents will begin in late July through mid- August, and 48-hour advance notice will be provided for any outages to occur during that time to tie in new water lines.

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Area school districts approve FY 202223 budgets

Comal ISD Meets July 19 and Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 • www.comalisd.org New Braunfels ISD Meets July 11 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. August meeting to be determined. 830-643-5705 • www.nbisd.org MEETINGS WE COVER level, 20 submissions from CISD won honors across the entry categories. COMAL ISD The graduating class of 2022 received 477 local scholarships totaling $564,573 across the district’s ve high schools. Scholarship amounts ranged from $250-$25,000 and came from various community scholarship funds. NEW BRAUNFELS ISD During the June 13 New Braunfels ISD board meeting, district sta discussed proposed attendance boundaries for New Braunfels High School and Long Creek High School. The district is anticipated to draw the attendance boundary along I-35, with students residing north of the highway attending NBHS and those on the south side of I-35 attending LCHS. SIGNIFICANT CHANGE FOR OUR DISTRICT, WE RESPECT AND SUPPORT MR. KIM’S DECISION.” JASON YORK, PRESIDENT OF THE CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ON THE DEPARTURE OF SUPERINTENDENT ANDREW KIM NUMBER TO KNOW $1.6 million in Every Student Succeeds Act funding is expected to be allocated to New Braunfels ISD for the 2022- 23 school year. The funding is used to cover salaries for intervention teachers, curriculum specialists, multilingual specialists and more. DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS COMAL ISD In May, Peyton Crow, a second grade student at Indian Springs Elementary School in Comal ISD, received an Award of Excellence for her entry to the 2021-22 National PTA Reections Contest, an annual arts program. Crow submitted a photo titled “Big and Small Hands Can Change the World” that features a group of dolls facing a globe. At the state

New Braunfels ISD adopts $118.51M budget

Comal ISD adopts $243.05 million budget

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW BUDGET Both school districts in New Braunfels passed their budgets for the 2022-23 scal year in June.

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

BY ERIC WEILBACHER

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD On June 13, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved the scal year 2022-23 budget. The $118.51 million budget rep- resents a 9.63% increase from the FY 2021-22 budget of $108.1 million, according to the district. Expenditures for the general fund budget are likely to be $88.91 million; the food service fund is set at $3.67 million; and $25.93 million was allocated to the debt service fund. Approximately $107.15 million from local sources, $11.37 million from state sources and $3.21 million from federal sources will contribute to the $121.73 million in revenue the district is projected to receive. District ocials also proposed a maintenance and operations, or M&O, tax rate of $0.8546 per $100 valuation and an interest and sinking fund, or I&S, tax rate of $0.3408 per $100 valuation for FY 2022-23. The M&O fund covers the general fund budget, while the I&S fund cov- ers debt service for bonds approved by voters. If adopted, the total proposed tax rate would be $1.1954 per $100 valuation.

COMAL ISD On June 20, the Comal ISD board of trustees approved the 2022-23 scal year budget following a public hearing. The $294.58 million budget includes $156.45 million for instruc- tion, and almost $26 million is expected to go back to the state in the form of recapture payments. “Our budget assumptions for this budget included the third quarter demographer report which had 28,825 students projected for next year,” said Crystal Hermesch, chief nancial ocer for the district. Additionally, the board adopted a $15.98 million child nutrition fund budget and $100.53 million debt service fund budget. The projected combined property tax rate for the FY 2022-23 is $1.2746 per $100 of property valua- tion, with $0.9246 going toward the maintenance and operations fund, which pays for the general fund budget, and $0.35 for the interest and sinking, which pays for the debt services fund. The board will move to vote on the tax rate at a later date. Hermesch said the tax rate is the lowest the school district has seen since 2007.

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD

Anticipated total revenue:

$121.73M

Anticipated state/ federal revenue: $14.58M

Anticipated local revenue: $107.15M

$118.51M $3.22M

Total expenditures: Surplus:

COMAL ISD Anticipated total revenue:

$294.58M

Anticipated state/ federal/other revenue: $32.75M

Anticipated local revenue: $261.83M

$243.05M $70.22M*

Total expenditures: Surplus:

SOURCES: COMAL ISD, NEW BRAUNFELS ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *ACCOUNTS FOR CURRENT BALANCE AND LAND SALE REVENUE

Andrew Kim steps down as Comal ISD superintendent

“In Texas, the average tenure of a superintendent is three years. Mr. Kim has been with us for 10, giving us unprecedented consistency and steadiness through some challeng- ing times,” York said in his letter. Kim began his career as a teacher in Dallas ISD and went on to serve in a variety of capacities in Round Rock, Austin and Manor ISDs. In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Kim to the Texas School Safety Center, and he was subsequently reappointed in 2019 and 2021. The TxSSC is a research center at Texas State University that works to develop school safety initiatives and man- dates under the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. In March, Kim became a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher Vacancy Task Force. Andrew Kim

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

COMAL ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim announced his resignation during a June 7 board of trustees budget workshop meeting. Citing personal reasons, Kim submitted his resignation that will be eective Sept. 30. He will be taking personal leave until that date, according to the district. In a June 8 letter to the community, CISD board President Jason York announced that Mandy Epley, assistant super- intendent of strategic initiatives and programs at CISD, has been appointed to serve as interim superintendent. Kim was hired in June 2012, and in February of this year the board extended his contract through 2027, according to the district. The contract also raised his annual salary from $232,000 to $280,000.

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New Braunfels City Council Meets July 11 and 25 at 6 p.m. at 550 Landa St., New Braunfels 830-221-4000 • www.nbtexas.org Comal County Commissioners Court Meets July 7, 11 and 25 at 8:30 a.m. at 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels 830-221-1100 • www.co.comal.tx.us MEETINGS WE COVER approved a three-year rate plan for NBU, according to the release, and the new rate plan proposed in 2023 will be intended to meet the growing demands for services. NEW BRAUNFELS City Council approved an interlocal agreement among the city of New Braunfels, city of San Marcos and Texas State University intended to support educational programming for an annual stormwater conference and stormwater pollution prevention conference. The city has participated in the conference since 2017, and the city of Kyle recently voted to be removed from the agreement. NUMBER TO KNOW bond fund was approved by New Braunfels City Council on June 13 for design services provided by Goodman Corp. for the Common Street Pedestrian Project. $219,333 from the 2019 CITY HIGHLIGHTS NEW BRAUNFELS The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees appointed the 18-member committee April 28, and members have been tasked with helping ensure NBU maintains fair and equitable rates based on the cost of providing service to its customers, according to a press release from NBU. Committee members will meet throughout 2022 and early 2023 as NBU completes the cost-of-service and rate design study before presenting a new rate plan to City Council in April. In October 2020, City Council

Campos-Delgado elected in District 1

NEW CRUISERS New Braunfels Police Department vehicles average five years of service and 10% are more than 10 years old. The Enterprise Fleet Management agreement allows the city to sell vehicles at a higher cost.

Amount of vehicles to be purchased: 30

27 Chevrolet Tahoes

2 Chevrolet Silverados

1 Ford Explorer

BY ERIC WEILBACHER

NEW BRAUNFELS Andrés Campos-Delgado will become the next District 1 City Council member for New Braunfels after winning a runoff election June 18. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve this community. My family has been here forever, and I feel like this is my opportunity to give back to this community that’s been so good to me and my family,” Campos-Delgado said. “I really just want to sit down and listen, take an opportunity to learn first and see what comes.” Election results showed Cam- pos-Delgado with a 69.15% lead over Suzie Lynn, who garnered 30.85% of the vote. The unofficial results also showed that 4.52% of the 8,609 registered voters who reside in District 1 partic- ipated in the runoff election. ROAD TO THE DAIS City elections in New Braunfels require a majority of votes to declare victory, unlike a plurality threshold used by local school districts.

$1.76 million

Purchase total Savings from selling old vehicles through EFM

$4.4 million

SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

New Braunfels enters agreement with Enterprise to replace police vehicles

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

27 Chevrolet Tahoes, two Chevrolet Silverados and one Ford Explorer, according to the city. Police Chief Keith Lane said EFM provided a replacement plan that would replace all vehicles in the fleet within 10 years and save the city approximately $4.4 million. The purchase price for the vehi- cles and necessary equipment will be approximately $1.76 million and the four-year management contract with EFM will be an additional $21,095.64. Approximately $1.78 million will be added into the Fiscal Year 2023 Equipment Replacement Fund Proposed Budget to cover the lease purchase, according to the city.

NEW BRAUNFELS City Council during a regular May 23 meeting approved a plan to contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to facilitate the lease purchase of 30 police vehicles, according to city documents. The agreement will enable the city to replace aging vehicles quickly and sell those vehicles at an average of 115% above commercial value index through EFM, accord- ing to city documents. The average age of the fleet is 5.3 years, and it would take 6.68 years to replace the entire fleet at current acquisition rates. The 30 new vehicles will include

Andrés Campos-Delgado Suzie Lynn Jimmy Delgado

Union Pacific agreement moves forward

May 7 election results

BY ERIC WEILBACHER

44%

one step closer to opening the rail yard up for redevelopment near South Castell Avenue. The council also approved a total of $409,315.50 for the engineering, design and acquisition costs associ- ated with relocating the company to a property it owns.

42%

NEW BRAUNFELS City Council unanimously approved a memoran- dum of understanding with Union Pacific on June 13 on the sale of the downtown property, reimbursement for relocation of the rail yard and preliminary engineering to move

14%

June 18 runoff results

69.15%

30.85%

SOURCES: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS, COMAL COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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REAL ESTATE DATA 2021-22 New Braunfels

Data on the real estate market in New Braunfels

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

COMAL COUNTY

real estate market at a glance In New Braunfels, the median home sale price has increased 21.72% between May 2021 and May 2022. In May, the Four Rivers Association of Realtors estimated the local market had 1.5 months of inventory, compared to 0.5 months of inventory in May 2021.

GUADALUPE COUNTY

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Median home sales price

Number of homes sold

May 2022

May 2020 May 2021

June 2020-May 2021

June 2021-May 2022

$309,950

5,000

+20.82%

COMAL COUNTY

$374,499

4,000

+15.35%

$432,000

3,000

$249,000

2,000

+12.45%

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$280,000

1,000

+25.80%

$352,250

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2022 REAL ESTATE EDITION

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COURTESY THE BLUFFS ON THE GUADALUPE

LAUREN CANTERBERRYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

PARK HAUS Work on a new commercial property in downtown New Braunfels is slated for completion by the end of the year, according to local development rm Woolsey Design Build, which is overseeing the project. The project is located at 189 E. San Antonio St. and will replace three buildings that were located at 189, 173 and 207 E. San Antonio St. Parkhaus LLC purchased the properties in 2019, and the buildings located at 189 and 207 E. San Antonio St. were dismantled in late 2020. In December 2020, the building located at 173 E. San Antonio St. was relocated to the corner of East Coll Street and South Seguin Avenue by David Hartmann. Prior to the demolition of the two remaining buildings, crews salvaged wood beams, adobe brick and other material to be used in an educational display, according to representatives of Woolsey Design. Once complete, the new development will include several storefronts, second-story oce space and parking spaces for 60 vehicles. No potential tenants of the new retail space have been announced.

THE BLUFFS ON THE GUADALUPE After breaking ground in January, The Blus on The Guadalupe has begun releasing 23 riverfront lots for construction, according to Erin Kotzur, a spokesperson for the project. Pricing for riverfront homesites begins at $1 million, according to the release, and each site will have 120-282 feet of waterfront property. Located along FM 306 near Canyon Lake, the 155-acre community will include 211 homesites at varying sizes, a hotel, conservation land and commercial buildings. Kotzur estimates the community will be built out in three to four years, and road and utility construction is slated to begin in July. “This has been the most desired Guadalupe riverfront parcel in all of Comal County for the last 20 years, and this is a 15-year negotiation in the making,” developer Will Korioth said in a press release. The property will also oer amenities, including a natural spring swimming lagoon, a hike-and-bike trail along the Guadalupe River, kayak huts and shing access to local rainbow trout populations. For more information about the community visit www.blusonguad.com.

COMAL COUNTY MUD NO. 3 New Braunfels City Council during a May 23 meeting approved the creation of Comal County Municipal Utility District No. 3 within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The new MUD encompasses approximately 637.72 acres on the west side of FM 306 across from the intersection of FM 306 and Homan Lane, according to city documents. According to city documents, the entire property is located within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and approximately 41 acres are situated within the 100-year ood plain. Jean Drew, assistant director of planning and development for the city, said the property developer plans to construct single-family residences on large lots and will use a septic system for wastewater management. The property will also incorporate 151 acres of parkland surrounding the ood plain, Drew said. Members of City Council unanimously approved the creation of the MUD with the condition that inspections on the property be conducted through the city.

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