COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation signed subdivision plat documents for a nearly 75-acre technology and business park, so the city can review the final property plans.
With Tuesday’s action, the corporation is “looking to turn dirt in about eight weeks,” said Otto Wiederhold, the senior vice president of Walker Partners, the corporation’s engineer for the project. “It could be a little bit longer than that, but probably not shorter.”
The Narrows Technology and Business Park is in the southeast portion of Copperas Cove off Constitution Drive and Robert Griffin III Boulevard.
The Cove EDC committed about 4 acres of the property for the city’s fourth fire station, but the remaining land will be developed into properties meant to bring jobs to the city.
“We are looking forward to start selling that property and bringing in some employers,” said Polo Enriquez, the corporation’s executive director.
Enriquez hopes to break ground in September, once the city approves the final plats and a contractor is selected, he said. Construction should take about a year.
Cove EDC Chairman Dan Yancey asked how the preliminary plat review with the Copperas Cove Planning and Zoning Commission went.
All their comments and concerns were addressed before the final plats were signed and submitted to the city, Enriquez said. He didn’t foresee any trouble with the project moving through the rest of the platting process.
The corporation also approved a set of restricted covenants for the property, which will be submitted to the city.
“What it does, of course, is make for a good-looking piece of property,” Enriquez said.
The restrictions, such as types of landscaping and the color of building walls, should help the corporation keep control of what the property looks like while other businesses build on the land.
The restrictions are in addition to regulations from Copperas Cove’s building ordinance, Enriquez said, to create a more unified look until the property is sold. They are based on regulations Elgin used for a similar project, which started construction in 2007 and is about 50 percent full. Elgin has not experienced any issues with businesses not abiding by its restrictions, he said.