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Local Developer Bringing Shopping, Housing, and Jobs to Bulverde
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014

The largest mixed-use development of its kind is coming to Bulverde and will bring much needed retail, restaurants, jobs, diversified housing and infrastructure improvements. Singing Hills is located on a 250 acre tract at the Northwest corner of US Hwy. 281 and State Hwy 46 in Bulverde and Comal County.

The owner, SH-DJL Development LLC contracted an award winning team of professionals such as REOC Development LLC, MDN Architects, Middleman Construction, J.R.A. Landscape Architects, Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers, and M&S Engineering to assist in developing this high quality project.

REOC Development LLC has been hired to manage and facilitate the massive undertaking and coordinating a project of this size requires. This group has worked together before and have won several awards for projects they have developed.

Work is currently underway for the commercial portion of the project, which will be anchored by a proposed 200,000 square foot Wal-Mart Super Center. Final agreements with Wal-Mart are being finalized, the store is projected to open by late 2015. An additional 30± pad sites for development of retail, restaurants, and other services, a hotel site as well as 40,000 sf. of office space are planned for the development.

Singing Hills will also incorporate approximately 350 single-family home sites, which are expected to sell in the $350,000 to $400,000 range. The first housing units are due for availability by early 2016.

More than 160 multi-family housing units are also part of the development. They will be built in two phases and reflect the Texas Hill Country architecture.

SH-DJL is receiving a combined $11.1 million in tax incentives from Comal County and city of Bulverde for its commitment to this project, which will have positive economic and quality of life benefits for the community. In working with public officials, SH-DJL, has agreed to provide the following infrastructure improvements to be provided at the developer’s expense:

Construction of a 240, 000-gallon per day wastewater and reuse treatment facility permitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

It will be designed to accommodate future development in proximity to Singing Hills

Bill Brown Elementary School, which is known to have ongoing costly issues with its septic system, will have access to connect to the treatment facility

The wastewater treatment facility is the first of its kind in the area and will be owned by the city of Bulverde and operated by a third party operator to be named later.

Construction of TxDOT right-of-way dedication and improvements to US Hwy 281 and SH 46, and the construction of new connector road between 281 and 46.

The Hwy 46 improvements along with the new connector road will provide a rear entrance into the Bill Brown property and allow school traffic to be rerouted onto Singing Hills to reduce, if not eliminate, the peak traffic congestion along Hwy. 46

Additional key development features at Singing Hills include:

25+ foot building setbacks along the perimeter of the single-family residential portion of the development.

Adherence to the city’s Dark Sky Ordinance, Architectural Standards, and comprehensive signage agreement to ensure that a high-quality Hill Country aesthetic is maintained.

Over 460 trees (almost 2,000 caliper inches) will be planted at the development, which will exceed minimum requirements of Bulverde’s Tree Preservation Ordinance, in addition to the more than 3,000 caliper inches of existing trees being preserved.

Retail analysts, Buxton and Retail Coach report the Bulverde/Spring Branch area has an average major retail leakage of more than $486,000,000, which equates to an annual sales tax loss of more than $9.7 million dollars to the local taxing jurisdictions (i.e. City, County, ESD’s, Library). The report states most of the dollars lost from this area are being spent in San Antonio.

Tax revenue generated from the development is projected to help stabilize the Ad Valorem property taxes in Comal County. Comal County is one of 123 counties that impose county sales and use tax for property tax relief.

The Singing Hills development was made possible by cooperation among SH-DJL Development LLC, REOC Development LLC, and the city of Bulverde, Comal County, the Bulverde/Spring Branch Area Chamber of Commerce and the recently formed Bulverde/Spring Branch Economic Development Foundation.

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