Construction continues to chug along at a rapid pace in Port Aransas. Among other development news, it’s looking like the long-anticipated construction of homes at Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club – formerly Newport Dunes – is close to taking off.
“My guess is they will be coming in here in the next two or three weeks, pulling some of the residential building) permits,” said City Manager Dave Parsons, who met last week with representatives of Koontz McCombs, the firm that owns Palmilla. The meeting was held so the firm could update city officials on what the company plans.
Parsons said he isn’t sure how many homes Koontz Mc- Combs will break ground with, but a company spokesman in May said the residential development will begin with an area dubbed Village North, to be built in three phases. Phase 1 will include 75 single-family lots, plus multi-family condominium lots, mixed-use spaces, a swimming pool and an expanded clubhouse, the spokesman said.
New houses are going up all over Port Aransas as construction continues to skyrocket this year. The first few homes will be near a planned community pool, said Mayor Keith Mc- Mullin, who was with Parsons during the meeting with Koontz McCombs. McMullin said he was impressed with what Koontz McCombs laid out.
“They’re really laying the foundation, bringing in a lot of resources, very professional kinds of people to really do this right, to make a great golf course even better. They’re getting ready to build, I think, some amazing architecture appears this year to be on pace to match or exceed the construction undertaken in 2012, which was a big year.
In 2012, the city issued two commercial permits valued at a total $746,020 worth of construction and 114 residential ones worth $29,763,109.49, for a combined value of $30,509,129.49.
Since Jan. 1, city hall has issued four commercial building permits worth a total of $1,970,000 and 81 residential building permits valued at about $24,793,000, according to Rick Adams, head of the city’s planning department. That adds up to $26,763,000. That’s just about $3.7 million short of last year’s total, and four months still are left in 2013.
Reported by Dan Parker South Jetty.