City to decide on upscale apartments for unfinished project

Highland Village officials will decide next week if apartments should be added to the stalled District of Highland Village project.

The city has received a formal rezoning request from Highland Village-based HHSG to change the residential portion of the mixed-use development from owner-occupied townhomes to rental multi-family units.

The unfinished project at the northwest corner of FM 407 and Briarhill Boulevard currently includes a smattering of retail shops, office space and 12 townhomes.

Under the proposed changes, a total of 168 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units ranging from 774 to 2,448 square feet would take the place of 73 single-family attached townhomes that were in the original approved plans.

HHSG filed a federal lawsuit against the city last October after city council denied a zoning amendment request to allow the switch from townhomes to apartments. Since that time, both parties have worked behind the scenes to settle their dispute, according to city officials.

To address student overcrowding concerns at Heritage Elementary School, City Manager Michael Leavitt said that the Lewisville ISD will likely rezone the apartments from Heritage to nearby McAuliffe Elementary.

If approved, this would be the first apartment complex in the city.  So far, the only public opposition this go round has come from a few residents who live behind the development.

The proposed amendment to the site plan will be taken up at a special Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be televised on HVTV (Time Warner 15; Verizon 43), and via video streaming on the city’s website live and on-demand.

If approved by the planning and zoning commission, the rezoning request will go before city council for final approval later this month.


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