DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — Housing in Marble Falls could be described as “tight.” Especially for people on middle- and low-income budgets.
But thanks to two projects in the works, there are 350 more residential units on the horizon.
“For us, one of the obvious benefits is it adds to the number of residents we could have,” Marble Falls City Manager Mike Hodge said. “It also definitely adds to the options people have for housing in the area.”
One project, The Homestead at Mormon Mill, should add 130-150 residential units once fully completed. Hodge said the first phase includes 60 units.
“It’s another great project for the city,” Hodge said.
But, he pointed out, it doesn’t come without some concerns.
The Homestead at Mormon Mill is located in the 1300 block of Max Copeland Drive, behind The Home Depot. This will add more vehicles on the road in the Mormon Mill/Mission Hill/U.S. 281 intersection area.
“We know that area is already an issue,” Hodge said. “We’ll have to deal with that and come up with some solutions.”
Another apartment, or multi-family complex, in Marble Falls’ future is Panther Creek, which will be located in the La Ventana area. Hodge said this complex will have about 200 units.
Both complexes, Hodge said, will be market rate.
“When you look at our housing needs, these are part of the equation,” he said. “We still have to look at ways to address some of our low-income housing needs.”
These two complexes will double the apartment units available in Marble Falls.
The other benefit for the city, he added, is the two projects will also add to the city tax rolls.
Also in the works are two food trailer courts, one in the 1600 block of U.S. 281 and the other in the 2200 block of RR 1431. The city already has one at the intersection of Mission Hill and U.S. 281 with two food trailers.
“There’s a lot of interest and popularity when it comes to food trailers right now,” Hodge said. “They are definitely something that’s growing.”
Hodge said the food courts definitely have benefits, including offering people a number of food trailer options at one place. The food trailer is also a business model for someone who doesn’t have the money to build a traditional brick and mortar eatery.
“For an entrepreneur or someone who enjoys cooking, (food trailers) offer a low-cost way to enter that market,” Hodge added.
According to the city website, the U.S. 281 food court’s projected completion is by the fall of this year, while the RR 1431 project should be open this summer.
Go to ci.marble-falls.tx.us for site plans of these projects and more.