I am excited to announce that our Planned Unit Development (PUD) gained approval from the Waco City Council this past Tuesday, October 17th! With this considerable step forward, we now have an approved conceptual design plan we will use to begin the much-needed infrastructure for our pocket neighborhood. Knowing this process will take time, we would appreciate the continued support from our community in seeing this project through to completion.
There have been countless people congratulating me for breaking ground on the Renaissance pocket neighborhood, only to inform them that we have not yet started this project. The construction activity they have been noticing is from the 17th & 18th Street water and sewer project. Though we are not breaking ground for the housing project, this is a vital phase in the progression of our plan because it will provide water and sewer connections for the homes in our development. When we heard about the 17th & 18th Street project over a year ago, we collaborated with the City of Waco to include our development needs in the scope of their work to alleviate the need to conduct an additional infrastructure project for our development. This inclusion helped save money and time and minimized the traffic ramifications to the community.
We currently have a working 3D model of the Renaissance Pocket Neighborhood and will finalize the details and house designs soon. To ensure our homes are desirable, we have been circulating the plans within the community and asking for feedback. Our homes will range from 2 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms to 4 Bedroom/2.5 Bathrooms. The square footage range will be 1200 to 2000, with the larger homes having an upstairs.
Our immediate steps moving forward are to ensure the public utilities have access and capacity to supply and power our neighborhood. It will take much collaboration to ensure everyone is working towards the same goal and to prevent slowing down the construction process once we begin. In the near future, we will be disassembling the Sanger Avenue Elementary School archway and repurposing what we can in the design of our new neighborhood. It is our hope to reuse bricks from the archway for brick steps leading up to each of the homes.
Once we have the all-clear from the 17th & 18th Street project in the Fall of 2024, we will begin our preliminary site visit to lay out the design of our pocket neighborhood. This will be the moment all the planning and preparation finally turns into reality, and the Renaissance Pocket Neighborhood comes to life.
Thank you for joining us on this journey and stay tuned for future updates as they happen.