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Longview City Council clears way for apartment complex

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
Feb. 9, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Clearing the way for a planned 80-unit apartment complex, the Longview City Council on Thursday rezoned about six acres on Hawkins Parkway.

The land, which had been zoned to allow general retail, is on the north side of Hawkins Parkway, just west of McCann Road. The apartment complex will have parking lot entrances from both roads. The proposed name of the project is Amberwood Place, and it is being built by Longview Development Associates.

The Planning and Zoning Board recommended the rezoning, to multifamily, be approved, and it passed the council unanimously. No one spoke against the request.

The council also rezoned a quarter-acre tract on Gilmer Road from single family to general retail. The parcel had been annexed into the city as a non-complying tract, and the action brought it into compliance with zoning ordinances, Mayor Jay Dean said.

The council also designated almost 30 acres of land on Cotton Street, just east of Maude Cobb Activity and Convention Center, as park property to provide for development of an arboretum.

Laura Hill, director of community services, said the park project would allow the city to continue moving forward on the arboretum, which has been in the planning stages since 2006.

"The plans are to eventually extend the Paul Boorman Trail into the arboretum, linking it with other parks within the city," Hill said.

The city is continuing to work on a master plan for the arboretum and seek grants and other forms of financial assistance to help defray the costs of its development, she said.

"Development of the arboretum is part of the city's Vision 2015 plan, and we recently met with representatives of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss ideas for it," Hill told the council.

The council also authorized a parameter sale of 2004 waterworks and sewer system revenue refunding bonds, which should allow the city to lock in a lower interest rate.



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