The commercial side of the land is or will be outside of the flood plain and separated by a large pond on the property. The area is over 25 acres of land that will be used as a mix-use area that could have a mixture of governmental buildings, apartments, condos, town homes, office space, retail shopping and, dining. This portion of the proposed development will be the economic engine that will generate new property tax, sales tax, and utility revenue that can be used to make the project a financial reality and limit or avoid any direct cost to our current tax payers. The Early MDD hired Tod Hanson with Schwarz-Hanson Architects out of Ft. Worth, Texas to design a mixed-use concept. You may recognize the company and name. Tod Hanson was the lead designer on the City of Early's Visitors and Event Center. seen here:
Schwarz-Hanson created several conceptional designs for the mixed-use development and the city's administrator and assistant administrator was able to narrow down what elements would work best for our economy. Below is the final concept that was accepted by City Council on 10-26-21. One exciting element of the design includes a public boardwalk extending from one end of the pond to the other.
Other elements include roundabouts that will slow down traffic since this will be a property geared towards pedestrians walking from business to business. There are locations for restaurants, retail, bars, multi-family housing, a parking garage, hotel, offices and green spaces.