By Amanda Rogers
Mansfield is about to get a lot of new residents.
On Monday night, the Mansfield City Council unanimously approved a zoning change that will bring 427 new homes to West Broad Street and gave the first nod to a 128-unit townhome project at Walnut Creek Drive and East Debbie Lane.
Council members made quick work of approving the change from a pre-development district to planned development for the 121-acre site at 1101 W. Broad St. The new development will include community business commercial in addition to the new homes under Alluvium Development of Fort Worth.
Getting a lot more attention was a first reading on a 14-acre townhome and commercial development planned for the southeast corner of the intersection of East Debbie Lane and North Walnut Creek Drive, adjacent to Clayton Chandler Park.
Council members quizzed the developer, Skorburg Company of Dallas, and made some provisions before approving, including scrapping a playground (since the development is next to the park), working with the Mansfield ISD for pedestrian and vehicle traffic (Asa Low Intermediate and Wester Middle School are within easy walking distance and the development would have access to the district's Asa Low driveway) and the developer must provide final renderings of the townhomes.
Council member Tamera Bounds asked the developer to have at least four different exteriors to give the townhomes architectural interest. The two-story townhomes will have two to three bedrooms, be at least 1,500 square feet and sell in the $400,000's, the developer said. If approved on a second reading, the project could be completed by the first quarter of 2024, according to the developer.
The development would also have a commercial area that would front East Debbie Lane and include space for a 2,500-square-foot corner market and a restaurant with outdoor eating space. No drive-throughs would be permitted.
The development would also have a mews (an interior corridor that would bisect the project), an outdoor games area, pond and fountain.
Two residents - Cheryl Litke and Joy Trammell - spoke against the proposed development, citing the busy area, concerns about flooding, congestion near the two schools and a desire for fewer units and more green space.
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