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Flower Mound P&Z approves projects

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Flower Mound Town Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman
Flower Mound Town Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

At its May 23 meeting, the Flower Mound P&Z Commission voted unanimously to green-light four new construction projects and an amendment for the town’s Tree Ordinance, but with an additional information stipulation prior to presentation for Town Council approval.

The amendment has been listed on the Town Council’s June 20 agenda

Lakeside Tower

The Lakeside Tower condominium tower and bungalows site plan had been tabled at the May 9 P&Z meeting to allow developer Realty Capital time to address two areas of concern.

The first concern focused on a small landscaped area at the intersection of Lakeside Pkwy. and Edgemere Rd., in lieu of the required vertical tower element to serve as a terminus for Lakeside Parkway.

In a presentation by Jimmy Archie, managing director of developer Realty Capital Management, a revised proposal features an obelisk, six-feet wide by 20-feet high, at the center of the raised circular landscape feature surrounded by an eight-foot high stone wall.

The second concern involved the number of required mitigation trees planted within the 0.15-acre park west of the tower, where there are several existing large canopy trees and adding 22-mitigation trees would potentially cause overcrowding. In addition, the trees planted on the east side of the tower did not appear to provide adequate screening of the proposed parking garage from Lakeside Pkwy.

Both landscaping concerns were corrected and were approved.

The Lakeside Tower is scheduled to break ground next week.

Overture Flower Mound

The Lakeside DFW-Greystar Phase III mixed-use subdivision project record plat and site plan was also approved by commissioners. It will feature 200 rental units of age-restricted living, meaning at least one person is 55-years old, in two buildings.

The project, called Overture Flower Mound, is on approximately 7.9-acres and will be similar to Greystar’s Overture Plano development.

In his presentation, Lance Hanna, managing director of Greystar Real Estate Partners, said the company had drawn a 10-mile circle around Flower Mound and determined that there are approximately 100,000 people aged 65 and older, but no housing for active seniors.

“We saw that active seniors are underserved in this area,” Hanna said. “This is one of the most underserved 10-mile circles that we drew in DFW.”

The first building will have three-stories and will be adjacent to the Esplanade walkway section of Phase II, which also features a clubhouse and other amenities

The second building will be on the east side of Lakeside Pkwy., adjacent to Northwood Drive, and will be four-stories with 179,822-square-feet.

Hanna said construction is expected to begin by the end of the summer and be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Although Phase I featured approximately 45,415 square feet of retail/office space and 425 apartment and townhome units, which are either finished or nearing completion, Phase II has yet to begin. In addition, Phase II has yet to be listed on Town Council future agendas through August.

Prairie Commons

A new commercial and office development named Prairie Commons was approved for the west side of Yucca Dr. and north of Sagebrush Dr.

Flower Mound residents are familiar with the area as a place to buy quality firewood.

Property owner Bill Neiman had a landscaping and nursery business in the 1970s and the project will feature seven buildings in a natural setting with native plants, grasses and rain gardens in keeping with that aesthetic.

Included in the project will be and outdoor and indoor space for Camp Bow Wow owned by Cara and Amy Petrie. The daycare and boarding facility for dogs will also offer grooming and training.

Crossfire Shooting Range

To be located at the northeast intersection of FM 2499 and Gerault Road, the site plan featured details on enhanced security and safety features. The indoor shooting range will also offer training, self-defense classes, a retail shop and office space.

In response to questions about noise levels, owner David Vaught said any sounds of shooting would most likely be from the nearby outdoor law enforcement range.

“The most [noise] anyone will hear from our indoor range would be less than the sound of someone closing a car door,” he said.

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