HARKER HEIGHTS — The Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday received and discussed amending the previously approved “East Rim” subdivision behind H-E-B, between Indian Trail and Lookout Ridge.
Council members also discussed, at great length, the Development Overlay District 1-The Knight’s Way Corridor. No official action was taken on either agenda item.
Along with changing the name from “East Rim” to “The Enclave at Heights,” Developer Chris Doose of Austin will build 83 single-family, detached garden-style homes, along with business and office space geared toward local investment, instead of the town houses and loft-style apartments in his original plan.
“Not everybody wants huge yards and homes,” he said. “The concept has already gotten high interest from baby boomers hoping to downsize their homes, and from soldiers who want to purchase a house. They may deploy and they don’t need a big yard to maintain while they are gone.”
The homes will be designed in the Craftsman style, featuring front porches and balconies, low-pitched gable roofs, tapered front columns, multipane windows and masonry details.
Doose said Craftsman cottages almost always feature a mix of materials where the siding is typically wooden clapboard, though shingled siding also is common, with porch piers and foundations often made of stone.
Additionally by changing all the lots to garden homes, front-entry garage doors will not dominate the streetscape. Garages will be located in the back of the properties.
“Front doors will become the focus,” he said.
Doose said the homes will cost $150,000 to $200,000, with the more expensive homes overlooking a creek.
Doose said the Home Owners Association-controlled subdivision is the first master-planned community in Heights and it will feature 5-foot-wide tree-lined sidewalks, 22-foot-wide roads, a green belt and a dog park.
With this development, Doose wanted to split from the local neighborhood trend of big houses, yards and streets, and facilitate a more condensed, walkable, urban-based lifestyle, he said.
Doose said DR Horton is on board to build the homes, but that relationship is not yet set in stone.
Once completed, Doose said, the project will generate $100,000 a year for the city in property taxes, adding the upscale development will be unique to Heights and appeal more to young professionals.
Read more about the Knight’s Way overlay in Sunday’s Killeen Daily Herald.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined with senate colleagues Tuesday to introduce the Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements (SENTRI) Act.
The bill is designed to expand access to voting for military voters and improve voting assistance opportunities.
“It is unacceptable that our service members and their families are facing hurdles when attempting to exercise one of the most fundamental rights they fight and sacrifice to protect — the right to vote,” he said in an emailed statement.
The release states the act will improve voter registration and voting opportunities for service members through use of online systems and by requiring voter assistance as a routine part of service members’ annual training; ensures requests for absentee ballots are valid for one full federal election cycle; strengthens protection of voting rights of military and overseas voters; and requires reporting on implementation and effectiveness of new voter assistance obligations.