Van Alstyne looks to negotiate with Megatel Homes

By Joshua Baethge
For the Van Alstyne Leader
The city is seeking modifications for the housing community that would add school sites, parks, youth sports fields, trails and larger lot sizes.

According to City Manager Lane Jones, the city continues to push for additional negotiations with Megatel Homes.  The comments came during Jones’s monthly report to the City Council on Sept. 14. 

 Megatel, a North Texas-based home building company, has proposed development that includes 4,000 small lot homes as well as more than 1,000 apartments.  Jones said the city is seeking modifications that would add school sites, parks, youth sports fields, trails and larger lot sizes. 

Lane Jones

“It is the desire of the city to have an inclusive development that more closely mirrors the building and design standards Van Alstyne desires,” Jones said. “We remain hopeful that a solution can be found.” 

During the same council meeting, Jones also provided updates on a couple of key construction projects He says the public works department is continuing improvements on all city well sites. In August, it replaced the pumps and motors on well site #3, which had been out of commission for seven years. Water samples are now being tested with the goal of getting the well back into service soon. Crews will next turn their attention to well site #5. 

The Central Social District Park is still on track to be completed by the end of March, with flatwork expected to begin soon.  Three events have already been scheduled for the facility. Jones added that the stretch of Main Street from Van Alstyne Parkway to Jefferson Street will be paved in addition to the parking lot across from City Hall.  That work is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. 

Van Alstyne has also hired a municipal events coordinator who will begin work on Oct. 4. 

The Megatel housing division could bring more than 1,000 new homes into the region.