San Marcos council approves controversial apartment project


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:22 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas – San Marcos City Council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday in favor of going ahead with plans to build an apartment complex on the edge of the San Marcos River.

Dave Mulkey of Dovetail Development out of Georgia said the plans have been in the works for 14 months.

The apartment complex will sit on 45 acres of what is now private property east of I-35 in San Marcos on River Road.

Many of the San Marcos residents against the development wanted to see the land used for public parkland instead.

“We're trying to get them to reconsider the go ahead with the building project,” said Doug Beckett, one of a dozen protesters holding up signs outside of San Marcos City Hall Tuesday evening.
In the end, the developer agreed to build a 20 acre park which Mulkey said will be given to the city.
“We're very proud of the projects that we've built all around the country. We have plans for a very high-end, very nice, upscale project that we believe San Marcos will be very pleased and very happy with,” Mulkey said.
Some San Marcos citizens are now talking about taking legal action and a petition drive that they hope will remove a number of council members.
Mulkey also told KVUE that his development team still has to obtain a number of permits.
If all goes as planned the complex could be completed in 2014.