By KAROLYN GEPHART
The future for 150 acres in Manvel looks very bright but there will be much work along the way.
The City of Manvel closed this week on land that will be used for a municipal complex project that will include a new town center with City Hall, Police Department, Library, commercial area, recreational area, sports complexes and events facilities.
The site of the land formerly part of the 600 acre Sowell Tract is a fourth mile east off Hwy. 288. It will share roadway to 288 with Southpoint Crossing development.
Plans are underway to extend roadway from the property to 288 by the end of next year, according to Manvel City Manager Kyle Jung.
The city will have PGAL Architects and two engineering firms, Freese and Nichols and ADR and Associates begin work on detailed plants to show commercial, recreational, sports, and event facilities as well as municipal offices on the site.
“Once the plan is made, the Council can decide what to do first and the order of getting the complex completed,” Jung said.
The first area to build will be the most expensive since it will entail more than just the building. “Water, sewer, drainage, roads, all of the infrastructure must be put into place at that time,” Jung said. “After that the cost of the remainder of the items in the complex will cost just what the building cost will be.”
Jung said the city is also planning what will be complimentary to be built in the area of the Manvel Town Center.
“The remaining 450 acres must be complimentary to the complex area and be planned before it can be given permits and allowed to build,” Jung said. “Much planning is going to be happening in Manvel and we are very excited about this acquisition as well as what it offers for the future of our fast growing city.”
A memorandum of understanding regarding the commitment of funds for the 150 acre municipal complex project between the Manvel Economic Development Corporation and the City of Manvel was approved at the July 2 meeting of City Council.
Council also approved the City Manager to enter into a grazing lease with the 150 acre land owner upon the city’s acquisition of the property.