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Austin firm unveils plan for River Bend property


Austin firm unveils plan for River Bend property
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com— Developer Richard Kunz presents his company’s plans to develop the remainder of the River Bend residential subdivision before an April 30 joint meeting of the Floresville City Council and the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission.


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FLORESVILLE -- New life continues to breathe through the former Avalon residential subdivision, now known as “River Bend.” The golf course and Lew’s Patio & Grill continue to draw visitors.

Now, Austin-based Avalon Park Group has devised a plan to develop the approximately 400 acres that are relatively untouched, outlined at an April 30 special joint workshop of the Floresville City Council and the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission. The company’s founder and chief executive officer, Richard Kunz, unveiled the proposal for a multi-phase plan including a mix of housing, commercial, and retail for the remaining 746 lots. The project is being called “The Villages at River Bend.”

The phases include areas with varying housing types including single-family detached homes, townhouses, duplexes, and “fourplexes,” in addition to office space and retail stores.

Kunz also is proposing a development agreement -- a first for any developer doing business with the city -- calling for a Planned Development District. The document promises that development would proceed in an orderly manner “in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the city’s present and future citizens.”

Avalon Park currently is developing the 1835 Villages in Gonzales, a 500-unit residential and commercial subdivision. The firm also has completed residential developments in Austin and in the Florida cities of Orlando and Tampa.

Also in attendance: Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner, Mayor Diana Garza and Councilman Eric Rodriguez; Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission members Philip Vipond, Teddi Harllee, and Ray Lamberth; City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.





 

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Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
May 14, 2014 10:58pm
 
Ok, thanks for the clarification Mr. Gibbs. I appreciate it.

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
May 14, 2014 5:24pm
 
Tabasco, the item was on the agenda as a presentation. If the council would have taken a vote, it would have violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
May 14, 2014 4:43pm
 
Looking at the video from the meeting last week, it doesn't even look like the city even voted on the proposal.

 
Richard Kunz  
Austin, TX  
May 14, 2014 10:06am
 
I am the developer for the Villages at River Bend community. Although our development company has the name "Avalonpark Texas", we have nothing to do with or are in any way related to the original developer 'The Gray ... More ›

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
May 13, 2014 7:33pm
 
Is the video of the city council meeting going to be posted? Or at least the results of the council vote.

 
ex golfer  
Pleasanton  
May 13, 2014 9:41am
 
Probably a liquor store!

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
May 12, 2014 8:14am
 
Any idea what the final vote from the city council was on Thursday? Havent seen an updated story about the city council meeting on Thursday.

 
Delightful  
Downtown  
May 10, 2014 5:40am
 
CURIOUS.......original developers - Black Hawk out of Florida. When River Bend got in financial trouble, changed name of subdivision to AVALON. Bellied up and taken over by Frost Bank. Many people lost LOTS of money - thousands ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 10, 2014 4:29am
 
Zero lot lines, apartments disguised as houses along with a HOA will certainly entice buyers. There is a genetic need for nannies to seek a position on HOA boards. Good luck. If you enjoy contemplating your neighbor's ... More ›

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
May 9, 2014 1:18pm
 
The HOA finally said something to people about bring the trailers home from work, it was getting difficult to maneuver through White Wing and Lark Hill streets. Then they were parking the trailers on empty lots that didnt belong ... More ›

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