WAXAHACHIE

People in the market for an apartment will soon have another option near downtown Waxahachie for a place to call home.

The Crescent Creek Villas are set to be located near Kaufman Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. However, the project must first be reviewed by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Nov. 27 meeting and then approved by the Waxahachie City Council at a later date.

Developer Chris Acker stated the development targets the walkability to the downtown business district.

“This complex is for the people who want to ride their bike downtown and go eat at one of the restaurants, go to the festivals or over the amphitheater and splash park,” Acker said. “You don’t have to get into your car. You can literally park your car on Friday and never have to get back into it until Monday when you head off to work.”

Acker said that residents that make Crescent Creek their home can take full advantage of city amenities such as the hike-and-bike trail and the future Rail Yard Park.

Acker stated the two buildings would share a similar look to row houses found in New York City and to the townhouses constructed in downtown over the last few years. The city’s historic guidelines were used during the design of the complex so that it will blend into the historic architecture downtown.

The development would be made up of two buildings that will have 18 units. The outside of the two-story buildings will be composed of brick and cast stone. It will also feature a raised porch.

Sixty percent of the units will be one bedroom, and 40 percent of the units will be two beds. The apartments will have features that include stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, wood flooring, 10-foot ceilings, crown molding, led lighting, and plate glass windows. Rent for a one-bedroom unit is estimated at $1,500 and $1,750 for a two-bedroom unit. Amenities built into the development include a pool, a cabana area, and a fire pit.

“Studies have shown that if you revitalize a downtown but everyone has to drive here to go eat or go to one of the venues, that they want that they will only show up for the big events,” Acker said. “My idea is if they live there it is more convenient for them so they will walk and ride their bikes.”

Acker stated, economically, it will keep the local businesses busy during the week. Crescent Creek Villas expects to house about 120 people in the complex.

The demographic Acker hopes to attract are people between the ages of 25-37 years old. He noted the complex is geared toward people who don’t want to live in large complexes but something a little smaller with a bit more glamour.

Construction on the complex is anticipated to start March 1, 2019.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at city hall in the council chambers. City hall is located at 401 S. Rogers Street in downtown Waxahachie.