Do you think the university should develop the 14-acre parcel?

Texas State University is in the process of buying a 14-acre parcel of land across from campus on Sessom Drive. The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the acquisition of the land at its meeting in May, according to university officials. 

The land is the same acreage where developer Darren Casey had proposed a large student housing project in 2012. 

University spokesman Jayme Blaschke said the property is currently under contract, and Texas State expects to close on the property within the next month. Blaschke also said there are no plans for its immediate use.

However, residents of the Sessom Creek neighborhood think the university already has some ideas for the land’s use. 

The acreage is located in the Sessom Creek watershed, and the university’s purchase comes just as the city of San Marcos and the Habitat Conservation Plan have started design work on projects to stabilize a portion of the creek, which drains into the San Marcos River. Unlike private developers, the university is not required to follow local environmental standards for development — only state and federal environmental regulations. 

No, it could have a detrimental effect on the environment and neighborhood.
75% (110 votes)
Yes, the university is a good steward of the land.
25% (36 votes)
Total votes: 146

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