Lewisville ISD approves architect for proposed bus yard in Flower Mound
Mayor Derek France and Town Council Member Jim Engel listen to comments from Lewisville ISD Board President Tracy Scott Miller at the Oct. 4 council meeting about the potential for LISD property in Flower Mound. (Samantha Van Dyke/Community Impact Newspaper)
The proposed facility is an alternative use should the Flower Mound Town Council reject a land-use change that paves the way for the district to sell the land to a housing developer.
The board voted unanimously to tab Huckabee, a Texas-based architecture firm with an office in Plano, to assist the district in assessing the feasibility, planning and design of a needed bus yard. The firm previously worked with the district to develop the Hebron High School Multipurpose and Indoor Athletic Center and boasts more than 50 projects involving Texas public school districts.
The decision followed the Flower Mound Town Council’s decision to table an Oct. 4 vote to rezone Lewisville ISD’s land for housing. Lewisville ISD’s preference is to sell the land, which is located between Wager Road and Blue Sky Lane, and enter into an agreement with Rembert Enterprises for a housing development featuring 54 single-family homes in the $700,000 price range.
According to a statement provided by the school board, Lewisville ISD purchased the land years ago to build a potential school but later determined the land is not needed for that use.
In addition to its prior work for Lewisville ISD, projects listed on the Huckabee website include creating designs for campuses and other district facilities for the Grapevine-Colleyville, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Aledo, Forney, Kaufman and Prosper school districts, among others.
The firm also has a history of designing higher education facilities with the University of North Texas, Tarrant County Community College and Tarleton State University, according to its website.
According to the Lewisville ISD school board’s Oct. 18 agenda notes, the next phase of the bus yard project includes collaborating with Huckabee during the design process and developing a bid package for contractors. Recommendations for contractor selections will be presented to the school board for approval.