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Pecan Park ground breaking for new homes

Terry Hagerty (Contributing Writer)

Members of the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, city and county officials, and community leaders gathered on April 20 to celebrate the groundbreaking of River’s Bend at Pecan Park.

City officials and Bastrop EDC board members helped celebrate the ground breaking of River's Bend at Pecan Park.

The 312-acre “mixed use” development will consist of two entities – 530+ home sites on 230 acres that compose River’s Bend at Pecan Park along the Colorado River. Its entry point will be an extension of Childers Drive, behind Walmart. As part of the residential development, Childers Drive will be extended about 500 feet to the south to provide access to the first two sections, 4 and 5, according to city officials. 

The second part is 82 acres that will compose a commercially zoned area called Pecan Park Center. That center will have 1.5 to 15-acre sites available and be located close by – just to the northwest of the housing development. The center will extend to the south of Wendy’s, but also have some area bordering the frontage road of Hwy. 71 A new street – Orchard Parkway – will be constructed through the commercial development.

Pecan Park Developer Duke McDowell speaks to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.

During the ground breaking, Duke McDowell, owner of the company DM Pecan Park Associates Ltd, said, “Two builders have (already) committed” to building homes for 90 lots of the residential area: David Weekley Homes and Scott Felder Homes. “I’ve known Scott since the late 1980s; he builds a great home,” McDowell said. He added, regarding David Weekley Homes, “I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity of a builder” to work with.

In a press release later that day, Scott Felder Homes said the company “is very excited to be building in Bastrop’s new premier master plan community, River’s Bend at Pecan Park. This central location near the downtown historic district along with our move-up product is certain to be a successful venture.” And David Weekley said their homes will be “tucked away along the Colorado River and will include energy-efficient floor plans and innovative design features our homebuyers will love for a lifetime.”

Section 5 phase 1 plan of Headwaters, River's Bend at Pecan Park.

McDowell also spoke of his immediate favorable impression with the city of Bastrop, including its officials. “I’ve enjoyed Bastrop City Council meetings,” he said. McDowell also introduced Tim Dalton, sales director; and Dave Siler, project manager. Shawn Kirkpatrick, recently appointed Bastrop Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, opened his address to the lively crowd with the exclamation, “I need a house, guys!” That elicited laughs and then Kirkpatrick added, seriously, “This is a new day here, an opportunity to build a lot of new residences. This is an opportunity that’s good for the (Bastrop) community in the short and long term.