Homes will soon populate Waxahachie’s newest subdivision after the approval of the final plat for the first phase of the Estates of North Grove by the city council at its Monday night meeting.

The development is located on Farm-to-Market Road 813 just north of Spring Creek Drive.

“This is the opening of the new North Grove subdivision. This officially accepts 190 lots and accepts it so they can start building on them. We have been working on that public improvement district for years and to see the fruits of that effort to take hold is great,” City Manager Michael Scott said. “We, of course, spent the money on the road to connect U.S. Highway 77 to FM 813 with the idea that it is going to continue to build out. This is the first phase of this build out. It is really the start of a plan that has been in place for some time.”

Scott stated that the road connects FM 813 to U.S. Highway 77 and final work is being completed on it by the Texas Department of Transportation. It is anticipated that the road will be open to traffic by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Scott added that the development would feature amenities for residents that will be built-in as the subdivision grows. These include a walking trail, pool, clubhouse, and a nine-acre site that was given to the city to use for a new park.

The Waxahachie City Council also approved the final plat for the second phase of the Crystal Cove subdivision, which is located off of FM 813 and is north of the Spring Creek Drive intersection. The property is currently undeveloped. It will contain 94 lots and one open space.

Council members took steps to provide additional protection one of the city’s historic buildings with the approval of a sprinkler system for the Chautauqua Auditorium located at Getzendaner Park.

According to the Chautauqua Preservations Society website, the octagonal, all wooden open-air auditorium was built in 1902. It was originally used two weeks out of the summer to provide educational, cultural, art and recreational programs to residents.

“The Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board met this past week and they are the funding branch for the downtown area as well as a large geographic area. One of the projects that they have been working on is a sprinkler system for the Chautauqua building over in Getzendaner Park,” Scott said. “They went out for bid and got bids for the installation of a sprinkler system in the all-wooden structure. It was about $250,000 total, and that includes the architectural, design piece, and as well as the actual construction.”

The council approved a contract with Birkhoff, Hendricks, and Carter for sewer line improvements. Some of these improvements would include the installation of a gravity sewer line, which would eliminate the existing Broadhead Road sewer lift station. It will also improve capacity and install a new backup generator in case of power loss at the Grove Creek sewer lift station.

In other business the council:

• Named Waxahachie High School senior Emma Cook as the honorary council member for December.

• Continued a request from Jeff Crannell with CCM Engineering for a zoning change for a mixed-used development to be located east of the existing Camden Park subdivision to the Dec. 18 city council meeting.

• Approved a request from Aspen Community Development for a zoning change from a commercial and general retail zoning district to a planned development commercial and planned development general retail zoning with a concept plan for a development located at 2325 U.S. Highway 77.

• Approved a budget amendment totaling $60,000 for remodeling at city hall to create additional office space.

• Approved the bid for the first phase to pave the sports complex parking lot as well as a small parking lot for a park area within the Mustang Creek subdivision. The council accepted the bid of $479,258 from Reliable Paving Inc.