As ceremonial shovels hit the dirt, a single protester voiced her objection to the new Garden Valley Apartments with a sign that read “no apartments.” The opposition to the project could not prevent the groundbreaking from moving forward Thursday afternoon.

Construction on the 213-unit apartment complex is set to start Wednesday. Work will take place over the next 16 months with completion planned for summer 2019.

Before and during the groundbreaking, the protester worked to muster support for her cause from motorists traveling along Park Place Boulevard. A few drivers offered waves in return. As the ceremonial photo of dirt being turned over was taken, she stepped into the picture with the sign.

Waxahachie Police Sgt. Josh Oliver and Officer Brandon Stephens were dispatched to the scene. A criminal trespass warning was given to the protester, but no further charges were pressed.

Oliver stated the department would not release the name of the protester due to no charges filed in connection with the offense.

The $32 million project features eight three-story buildings along with a clubhouse that will feature a fitness center and business center. Adjoining it is a resort-style pool, large sun decks, and garden areas for residents to enjoy. The complex is located on the southwest corner of Park Place Boulevard and Garden Valley Parkway.

Clint Nolen, Kalterra Capital Partners, stated the project would provide residents with a home that has a lot to offer both in space and amenities.

“We have had an excellent group of folks working on this development going back believe it or not four years. As with many developments we have had our fair share of bumps and burses,” Nolan said. “We have had plenty of setbacks and victories. It makes it that much more special to be here today.”

The apartments range in size from 690 square feet to 1,200 square feet. There are 15 different unit types. Of the 213 units, 60 percent are one bedroom, and 40 percent are two bedrooms. Interiors include features such as granite countertops and nine-foot ceilings. The complex will also feature a dog park on the south side of the property.

The outside of the nine buildings is going to be composed of stucco and stone with fiber cement siding as an accent. It will feature metal roof accents and wood accents on the exterior walls.

Herbert Michael, who is the president of Premium Property USA, stated the experience of both groups, Premium Property USA and Kalterra Capital Partners, would create a great development the city can be proud to have here.

“This is our first joint-venture with Kalterra. Our own international experience as a real estate developer and investor, combined with Kalterra’s strong skill set and local development expertise, creates a great synergy for the development of this high-quality project, catering to the various needs and age groups of our future tenants,” Michael said. “We are very excited about this venture in Waxahachie, a growing and strategically located submarket within the greater Dallas area.”

The architectural firm on the project is Cross Architects. Overseeing the construction of the project is Brownstone Construction.

According to its website for the past 45 years, the company has constructed and developed more than 15,000 housing units.

Since 2005 over 7,000 of those units have been planned, developed and constructed in partnership and valued at more than $600 million. Brownstone has built properties in Texas, Louisianan, Arkansas, and Missouri.