Mansfield News

Council eyes houses off U.S. 287

The City Council on Monday reviewed and requested changes in a developer’s plan that would tuck a 47-home upscale subdivision behind fast-food eateries and other businesses along the U.S. 287 southbound frontage road at North Walnut Creek Drive.

Provident Realty Advisors, the developer, said the home prices would run about $250,000 and would be a good use for the nearly 20 acres west of the U.S. 287/Walnut Creek crossing.

But council members said they wanted changes, especially the addition of a third entrance to the subdivision. At least two planned entrances would require residents to exit the southbound service road and turn into one of two commercial streets — one between Chicken Express and In-N-Out Burger, and the other next to Old Republic Title Co.

Some council members said they want a third entrance to come from Walnut Creek and a larger minimum house size — 1,800 square feet instead of the proposed 1,600 square feet.

The council also asked Provident to consider adding gates to the entrances for security and separation from the busy retail traffic.

A Provident representative said he would work on the requests.

If the plan is finalized, it would go through the approval process with the city’s staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission and back to the council.

Councilman Larry Broseh said the city’s goal was achieve a $100,000 home value “for every man, woman and child” in Mansfield. Given the average family size of 3.2 to 3.4 people, he said, the minimum home-value target is more than $300,000 to “cover the city services that Mansfield currently provides.”

Also at the meeting, the council approved a deal between the Mansfield Economic Development Corp. and Cam-Tech Manufacturing, which has agreed to move equipment valued at $3.75 million to its Mansfield plant at 800 S. Sixth Ave.

Cam-Tech, which makes aircraft components, also would expand the plant by 13,500 square feet and agreed to add at least five new positions and retain at least 15 existing jobs.

For its part, the MEDC, which administers a half-cent sales tax for business projects, will grant Cam-Tech $250,000 in increments of $50,000 a year during the five-year agreement.

Scott Welmaker, the city’s economic development director, said city taxes on the expansion and the equipment would take about seven years to offset the MEDC’s grant.

“It’s a big expansion and retention project,” Welmaker said. “Hopefully, they’ll continue to expand.”

Broseh removed himself from the discussion and vote because he has a financial conflict — he owns Cam-Tech.

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641

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