Highland Village city council members considered and approved two proposed developments in Highland Village and the lease agreement for the police storefront substation at The Shops at Highland Village at their recent meeting.
The application was approved for an amendment to the Planned Development Ordinance and site plan for The Shops at Highland Village. Trademark Properties, the management company for The Shops, plans to invest $4 million in renovations to create gathering spaces, enhanced outdoor dining areas, pocket parks and improved signage. The amendment passed by a vote of 6 to 1.
Council also approved a zoning amendment to the property located on the east side of FM 2499 south of the KCS railroad tracks. The developer proposes building an indoor Public Storage facility on the property. Often used as a batch plant for road construction projects, the property is currently zoned non-residential planned development with a commercial base (PD-C). The proposed indoor storage facility was not an allowed use within the ordinance and required an amendment to the zoning ordinance.
Trademark Properties has provided a 600-square-foot space for a police storefront substation at The Shops at Highland Village. Council approved the lease agreement which provides the space at no cost to the city.
“The new storefront provides positive daily interaction between our police department and the public through a wide variety of community policing and crime prevention activities. We are appreciative of Trademark Properties for their continued support and partnership with the city in working to keep our community safe,” stated Mayor Charlotte Wilcox. Auxiliary members, police officers and others will deploy from the storefront with the objective of increasing presence in the retail areas during peak hours and also on adjacent city trails.
McAuliffe Elementary student Fox Lisby assisted Mayor Wilcox in his role as Mayor for the Day. Mr. Lisby was the recipient of a Mayor for the Day silent auction item at the McAuliffe Chili Cook Off. Mr. Lisby toured city hall, the police and fire departments and helped Mayor Wilcox officiate the Council meeting.
The HVTV Update informed residents of the upcoming Highland Village Art Festival to take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at The Shops at Highland Village, the May Movies in the Park series and Paper Shredding Day for Highland Village residents on Saturday, April 18.
The City Council early work session and regular session is available on HVTV (Time Warner 15; Verizon 43) and via the website streaming by clicking HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.
Laurie Mullens handles public relations for the City of Highland Village.