Just west of the Children’s Playscape playground in San Marcos sits seven acres of undeveloped green space. For decades it has remained unused, and many in the city assumed it was part of the park.
In reality, it belongs to the Meeks family. After more than 90 years, they're ready to develop.
"We're third generation,” Charles Meeks said. “We're going to have more generations, our kids here, we're not here to rape the land or tear the river up by any way shape or form."
Charles Meeks says the family offered to sell the land to the city, but that offer went nowhere. Now they're asking the city to increase the density allowed on the land so an apartment development can go in its place.
"Government entities weren't interested in it,” Meeks said. “It's developable now without any changes in zoning or anything else, but we think we can make a better property out of it."
"Nobody can even comprehend something that dense going in on the river and so close to the parks and everything," Betsey Robertson of the Council of Neighborhood Associations said.
The process is scheduled to play out in public hearings in front of the planning and zoning commission and city council over the next two months.
Conservation groups have offered to help the city request grants to fund the purchase of the property. They say the area is too sensitive and too dangerous with the flood potential to allow a multifamily development to be built.
The Meeks family says the project will be an asset to the city.
"We're here to build something sustainable for our kids and their kids and we want to do it right," Meeks said.
The Meeks say they just want a fair chance to improve their land. Right or not, residents are organizing against the plans.
The proposal will be discussed tomorrow night at the city's neighborhood commission. The project's first public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27.