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City Council takes steps toward S.M.A.R.T Terminal development

City Council takes steps toward S.M.A.R.T Terminal development

Christopher Green

February 21, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

San Marcos City Council is discussing a development agreement with S.M.A.R.T terminal developer Mike Schroeder to eliminate certain production uses on the new site. The council will post an agenda when they plan to vote on the development agreement. According to Councilmember Ed Mihalkanin, city...

New shopping center to open on Mill Street

New shopping center to open on Mill Street

Christopher Green

February 12, 2019


Filed under Business, News, San Marcos

The development of a new shopping center located near the corner of Mill Street and Uhland Road is expected to open in the summer or fall of 2019. The shopping center will consist of a variety of retail, food and other shops anchored by a large convenience grocery store with fuel and a restaurant....

City Council postpones Cape’s Dam designation decision

City Council postpones Cape’s Dam designation decision

Christopher Green

February 1, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

City Council postponed the decision to designate Cape's Dam as a historic landmark Jan. 29, citing insufficient information to make a clear-cut vote. The Texas Historical Commission recommended 17 acres of land along the San Marcos River and at Cape's Dam be designated as a historic landmark, stating...

Prospective SMART Terminal excites environmental concerns

Prospective SMART Terminal excites environmental concerns

Christopher Green

January 31, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos

A contentious railroad system for shipping manufactured goods could be the first development in the newly annexed 934-acre Heavy Industrial District, created after a heated 5-2 City Council vote on Jan. 15. Across the city, residents have shouted environmental concerns. The proposed site would be loca...

Residents protest new development over pollution concerns

Residents protest new development over pollution concerns

Christopher Green

January 22, 2019


Filed under Latest, News, San Marcos

During a packed city council meeting Jan. 15, San Marcos residents vocalized concerns towards the potential development of an industrial park that could impact the San Marcos river. The city of San Marcos is looking to create a SMART Terminal, land designated to become a rail and manufacturing industrial...

City Council approves Transportation Master Plan ordinance

City Council approves Transportation Master Plan ordinance

Christopher Green

December 5, 2018


Filed under In Brief, News

The San Marcos City Council approved a motion to establish a new transportation plan and parking management during their Dec. 4 meeting. The council held the first of two hearings on the Transportation Master Plan and Thoroughfare Plan as part of Ordinance 2018-19. The plan seeks to bring improvements...

Iconic Village fire ruled as intentional, officials say

Iconic Village fire ruled as intentional, officials say

Christopher Green

November 30, 2018


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, Latest, News, San Marcos, University

The Iconic Village apartment fire was intentionally set, fire officials announced Nov. 30 during a city-held press conference. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens, Fire Marshal Kelly Kistsner and ATF special agent Fred Milanowski classified the Iconic Village Apartment fire as incendiary. The July 20 fire displaced over 200 residents and killed five residents, four of ...

Planning and Zoning Commission denies Cape Dam’s historic landmark request

Planning and Zoning Commission denies Cape Dam’s historic landmark request

Christopher Green

November 28, 2018


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission denied a request from the city Nov. 27 to designate Cape Dam as a local historic landmark. Commissioners said that if approved, control of the area would be taken away from them and any changes made to the dam or the surrounding area would have to go through...

Jane Hughson sworn in as new mayor of San Marcos

Jane Hughson sworn in as new mayor of San Marcos

Christopher Green

November 15, 2018


Filed under Election 2018, Latest, News, San Marcos

Jane Hughson was sworn in Nov. 14 as the new mayor of San Marcos, following her win over incumbent John Thomaides in the Nov. 6 midterm election. Hughson will serve a two-year term as mayor and will chair the City Council. Hughson said she will work with City Council on housing, public transit an...

Planning and Zoning Commission denies several motions

Planning and Zoning Commission denies several motions

Christopher Green

November 14, 2018


Filed under In Brief, News

The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission denied a request Nov. 13 to open an Eskimo Hut on Aquarena Springs Drive Ste. 110. The Commission also denied a request for a zoning change to allow for the building of 12 single family lots. The proposal to build an Eskimo Hut, a chain of drive-thru convenience...

City explores self-driving vehicles, paid parking, more, in Transportation Master Plan

City explores self-driving vehicles, paid parking, more, in Transportation Master Plan

Christopher Green

November 13, 2018


Filed under Latest, News, San Marcos

In an ongoing update to San Marcos' Transportation Master Plan, the city has made a move toward autonomous vehicles and paid parking, as well as building on the foundations of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The original plan, created in 2004, centered around pedestrians and bicycles. ...

Tech company to bring new jobs to San Marcos

Tech company to bring new jobs to San Marcos

Christopher Green

November 5, 2018


Filed under News, San Marcos

A new technology company coming to town will bring 542 new full-time jobs to San Marcos as part of a $109-110 million incentive agreement with City Council. The agreement between San Marcos and Katerra Inc., an advanced technology-driven company providing services including architecture, engineering, c...

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