Courtesy of Aledo Extra

September 4, 2012- The Parks of Aledo, a large residential development planned near the corner of Bailey Ranch Road and FM 1187, got under way last week, with land developers clearing brush, relocating a gas line and removing several barns and a house in preparation for the first phases.

Justin Welborn, of James R. Harris Partners, said streets for the development will be cut within 30 days and houses will go in during the first quarter of next year, if all goes well. The local response to the development has been very positive, “overwhelmingly in our favor,” Welborn said, adding that a lot had happened in a short time.

James Harris, a prominent land developer in Tarrant County — said Aledo city leaders have moved about three times faster than the typical municipality during the preparation process. “That’s because we’re dealing with decision makers and don’t have to go through layers of bureaucracy,” he said.

Thursday, the city approved a development plan, community facilities agreement and final plats for the two first phases, including two entryways off Bailey Ranch Road. The 14-acre phase will have 45 lots that are about a quarter of an acre in size; the 13-acre phase contains 23 lots that are about a third of an acre. About 10.5 acres along the creek will be developed as natural park space, improved with trails made of crushed limestone.

Public Works Director Gordon Smith said two major changes had been made from the concept plan approved earlier by the council. “The entryway to the east went to a horseshoe-shape,” he said, “and from 50 percent masonry to solid masonry.” Harris said developers had also eliminated four lots so all of the first 45 lots could front open space. He also said he was not entirely satisfied with the current landscape design. “Our concept has been rough rock columns with red tile cupolas, with a lot of natural stone, some from the excavation,” he said. “Our theme was to stay with the limestone escarpment along the creek, a rural-type feel. “What the landscape architect has given us is too formal. It has a lot of sculptural elements. We had envisioned a Hill Country atmosphere with flowing grasses.”

To contact developers for the Parks, residents can go to parksofaledo.net. Developers are also linked to Facebook and Twitter.

 

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