The latest action taken by the Waxahachie City Council on Monday night moved The Mark on 287 one step closer to construction.

Council members approved the preliminary plat and a development agreement for the apartment complex in a 3-0 vote.

Planning Director Shon Brooks stated the agreement between the developer and Waxahachie ISD creates greater access to the site and allows for the construction of future roads. The Mark on 287 is located by the new Waxahachie High School on the U.S. Highway 287 service road.

“The applicant is proposing a right of way dedication to north-south and east-west,” Brooks said. “The agreement allows them access as well for the school district.”

The agreement states that both the developer and the district will dedicate land to be used for a public road. The developer will construct the four-lane boulevard road with landscape and lighted medians at its expense.

City Manager Michael Scott stated roadway connectivity is a need that continues to grow as more development comes into the city.

“Getting the road dedications is a big priority for the city,” Scott said. “The agreement gives the connection up to 287 Bypass, which would be the primary entrance into a bigger area and into the school. It also establishes the alignment east and west that could be tied back into Farm-to-Market Road 664.”

Scott stated the connection would become more and more vital as additional development takes place between U.S. Highway 287 Business and the bypass.

Candy Munster, owner of The Mark on 287, stated the plans for the project are currently in the permitting process. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year. The complex will have 140 units spread out over five buildings. The complex will have one and two bedroom units.

“The development is going to be a little bigger than The Mark on Solon,” Munster said. “There is going to be a few extra added amenities and will be a little bit larger. It will feature the same quality finish outs.”

Muster stated this process was really unique to see everyone working together to make this happen.