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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — The City Council agreed Tuesday to enter into an economic development agreement with developer Chris Doose of Austin to build a 105-lot subdivision behind H-E-B between Indian Trail and Lookout Ridge.

“It’s a really interesting part of the city,” Doose said. “This is a piece of raw land that was never developed, and it’s in a valley that we thought needed a concept that had never been done.”

Plans for the development, dubbed The East Rim in the Heights, include 50 townhomes and 50 garden homes on 3,000-5,000 square-foot lots. About 20 townhome lofts will also be available for lease, Doose said, adding that the smaller lots are intended to help foster a sense of community.

The development will cater to people of all ages, from 20s through retirement, in a market where “the demand is there but the need hasn’t been met,” Doose said.

“It’s also for 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 city favored Doose’s proposal because of the growth the $15 million project will bring to the community, City Manager Steve Carpenter said.

“Once it’s finished, that will bring in about $100,000 a year to the city for property taxes,” he said, adding that the upscale development will be unique to Heights and appeal more to young professionals.

Carpenter will negotiate the economic development agreement with Doose, according to Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code. Chapter 380 allows municipalities to provide monies, loans, personnel and services to encourage economic development.

It also gives city officials more control, Carpenter said.

“In order to (build the development), (Doose) needs to be able to get about three acres of land that we own back there that comes off Clore road,” he said. “If we give up land for him to do this project, then we can also require him to do certain things within the project to make it better.”

Doose expects to have a concept plan and plat completed this summer, with construction starting in the fall.

“We will start moving dirt at the end of the summer with the first lots available by the end of the year,” Doose said.

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