The Terrell City Council on Tuesday took action that moves forward two substantial development projects – one involving an assisted living center, the other a large residential project.

In a unanimous vote, the council approved a zoning change from retail to planned development/single family at a five-acre site at the eastside of Poetry Road just north of the intersection of Walnut Street and west State Street. The zoning change will allow for a 66-unit residential project that calls for 50 assisted living and 16 memory care units. The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission has given a thumbs up to the project in an 8-0 vote.

The council also approved a construction plat for a 276-lot housing development called The Woodlands, which is to be located along Rosehill Road just north of Interstate 20. The 86-acre project includes about 20 acres set aside for hiking and biking trails, a park and sitting area, and other amenities, according to City Planner Charles Fenner. The project’s first phase calls for the development of about 106 lots. The Planning & Zoning Commission also gave unanimous approval to that project, according to Fenner.

Also Tuesday, the council approved application for an approximately $7 million CDBG grant designed to fund drainage improvements in Terrell and help reduce flooding in certain parts of town.

The projects include interim improvements to reduce flooding at High Street near the Sub Courthouse, which is pegged at  $1.8 million. Other potential projects include a culvert on West End Street ($1.1 million), drainage improvements just south of Moore Avenue and east of State Hwy. 34 ($313,000), and two Union Pacific railroad crossings (combined cost $3.28 million).

The federal CDBG grant calls for a 1 percent cash match from the city, which would be about $69,500.

The council had been expected to consider hiring KSA Engineering Inc. at a cost of $79,000 for its expertise in developing a Town Square master plan for Terrell. A technicality with the meeting agenda’s wording, however, pushed back council consideration to a future meeting.

The Town Square concept calls for a multipurpose building (or buildings) that would house a new public library, senior center, community building, and the city’s information technology department. The civic building(s) would be constructed next to a new park designed as a traditional public common area. KSA also would be responsible for putting forward plans for parking, water, sewer, drainage, sidewalks, and roadway improvements.

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