The City Council on Monday got a look at preliminary plans for a 460-acre development of houses, apartments and businesses in far south Mansfield at the junction of U.S. 287 and Texas 360.
Richard LeBlanc, president of Hanover Property Co., said he hopes to break ground on the upscale project late this year but said he faces some hurdles, mostly reaching an agreement with the city on getting water and sewer extended to the property.
“We’re hopeful we can do what we’re showing,” LeBlanc told council and staff at a work session before the regular Monday meeting. “But we’re going to need some help.”
The property runs along the west side of U.S. 287 from the traffic light at the Texas 360 intersection north to Lone Star Road. The preliminary renderings show lush greenery along the main “spine” road and a lake near the entrance.
The development would have about 1,000 single-family residential lots, about 30 acres for apartments and 45 to 50 acres for retail and commercial uses, LeBlanc said. It also would have six parks and three smaller lakes that would provide shoreline for the larger lots toward the center. The apartments and commercial development would face the highway.
LeBlanc estimated the price range of the homes to be $250,000 to $450,000, with some of the larger lots and homes fetching more.
Dallas-based Hanover also is the developer of the 1,000-acre Mira Lagos subdivision in southwest Grand Prairie, which shares a border with Mansfield. Construction on that development started in 2002, and the last remaining lots are just now being prepared for building, said LeBlanc, pointing to that long-term commitment as an example of the attention the Mansfield project would receive.
LeBlanc said the first phase of the Mansfield development would be 270 single-family lots.
Hanover has hired Mesa Design group of Dallas as its landscape architect and land planner.
City officials have met twice with the developers to plan for water and sewer service, said Public Works Director Steve Freeman. Typically the city builds water and sewer lines only as far as the city’s master plan dictates, and the developer is responsible for the cost of running the lines that connect to the city system, Freeman said.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the council gave preliminary approval to rezoning that would allow Jalisco’s Mexican restaurant to convert a grassy area outside the main entrance into a dining patio.
The rezoning requires two more council votes for final approval.
“We’ve been here 16 years, and we just thought we needed to keep up with all the improvements in the downtown,” said Marisol Alegria, a member of the family that owns and runs the restaurant at the northwest corner of North Main and Oak streets in the center of downtown.
“And it was just time for a change.”
Alegria said the expansion, which would add space for about 10 tables, would get under way as soon as the city gives the green light and could be finished by the end of the year.
The restaurant needed the zoning change because its current commercial zoning would require the patio be at least 25 feet from the city right of way, said Planning Director Felix Wong. The heavy commercial zoning, C-4, which the family is seeking, has no setback requirement.