A mixed-used development containing retail and restaurant space has moved closer to reality in Argyle.

Argyle Town Council on Nov. 20 approved a site plan for a mixed-use development on a portion of a 10.4-acre tract of land near US 377 and Rusk Street. Some lighting variances were approved.

Council also approved, in a separate agenda item, a site plan application for a day care center and restaurant on property at 401 S. US 377. Nabila Nur, director of community for the town, said in an email staff anticipates construction to start in the first half of 2024.

Diving in deeper

The mixed-use property is zoned planned development with office retail base zoning. It is currently undeveloped but can be accessed by US 377 and Rusk Street, according to the agenda item. The majority of the property features open pasture with clusters of mature trees scattered throughout the site, the memo states.

The background

The applicant previously received approval from council during its June 26 meeting for a planned development to include retail and commercial uses. The applicant provided materials including development standards, branding and architectural exhibits, concept plan and others to illustrate how the property will be designed.

The agenda memo states the site plan application proposes one tract to have a 15,000-square-foot mixed-use building fronting US 377, with 7,500 square feet for retail and minimum 5,000 square feet for restaurant use.

Further into the development, four tracts would have four 5,000-square-foot office buildings, with a private access drive and fire lanes off US 377 and Rusk Street, as well as a connection to the existing parking lot of the First Baptist Church to the south, the memo states. No connection to the Settler’s Point neighborhood to the south is planned.

A traffic impact analysis was provided during the zoning change request, and the town engineer determined a northbound right-turn lane should be provided at the driveway entrance from US 377. The applicant has agreed to provide a northbound right-turn lane if it is required by the Texas Department of Transportation during the driveway permit process, which is currently under review.

Nur said in an email that the developer would need to move on to the platting process and construction documents before construction can start. The developer has not clearly indicated when it is planning on moving to the next step, but town staff anticipates that could be completed within the first quarter of 2024.

Also of note

Place 1 council member Gordon Baethge’s resignation was approved, and council approved appointing Gustav Svehla to fill the seat. Baethge held the seat since being elected in May 2022. He served on the planning and zoning commission prior to his stint onto council. He told council he and his wife sold their house in October and that he was moving out of the town of Northlake.