New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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LORA apartment builder says he’s ready for permit
Archaeologists excavating old site of what*s probably a homestead
By Ron Maloney
The developer who will convert the former Lower Colorado River Authority power plant into loft apartments is nearly ready to file for a building permit — and purchase the property.
Larry Peel, the Austin builder renowned for envi-
The LCRA power plant building could soon be converted into 108 luxury apartments.
ronmentally friendly development is completing an archeological survey of the 23-acre property at Landa Street and Fredericksburg Road.
The LCRA board of trustees toured the plant with Peel Tuesday for an update on the project.
LCRA spokesman Bill McCann said the tour was part of the board’s monthly meeting, which was conducted in New Braunfels.
“The board goes out regularly to meet in communities in our service area," McCann said. “We were invited to New Braunfels by New Braunfels Utilities.”
NBU purchases some of its power from LCRA.,
“We’ve been working with the community for many years now in trying to come up with something for that plant that will be a real bene-fit to that community," McCann said. “We think —
and certainly hope — this is it. This project has a great deal of potential. We’re optimisdc it’s going to go forward, arid we’re looking forward to that.”
The facility, once known as the Comal power plant, was the largest plant west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1926. Originally designed so it later could be doubled in size, its purpose was to provide power to San Antonio. It was closed in the 1970s.
LCRA three years ago completed a massive $12 million cleanup of the building and site. The original concept was to convert if into a luxury hotel, but the developer of that project bailed out when it became apparent that the hotel idea was not feasible.
Peel and his partners expect to spend $20 million or more converting the building into apartments.
The developer said he hoped to begin construction of 108 loft apartments in the building and another 178 garden apartments on buildings to be constructed around the property.
The cost of the homes will be near the upper end of the local leasing market, Peel said, and would be designed with mature couples and “empty nesters" in mind.
Appliances and other accoutrements, he said, would be ultra-modern and luxurious.
The development will include parks, a lake or pool, a fitness center, retail space and other mixed-use amenities.
Workers are now excavating the site of what could be a homestead at the west rear comer of the property along
See LCRA Page 3A
Austin-based developer Larry Peel gives a tour of the LCRA power plant building Tuesday during meetings with LCRA offi-
Photos by REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeituny
cials. Peel plans to convert the building into apartments, preserving much of the structure s I-beams and railings.
NBISD ups its reserve money
By Dylan Jim6nez
New Braunfels Independent School District officials are building up their fund balance despite having reserves twice the state’s recommended minimum.
Fund balance is the revenue remaining after the district’s expenditures. It is often used for one-time or periodic capital expenses, said Sandy Hill, NBISD executive director for business support services. Many times the fund balance comes from teacher retirements and watching expenditures.
Trustees ^Tuesday increased the district’s minimum fund balance requirement from 12 to 18 percent of operating costs.
See NBISD, Page 3A
Tracking the news ULLOA TRIAL
LAST WE KNEW: Terry Ulloa. 45, was on trial on drug charges that could send him to state prison for the rest of his life.
LATEST: Wednesday, undercover narcotics investigators testified to finding marijuana and cocaine when they arrested Ulloa July 13, 2000. An officer also said during cross-examination that from the time of Ulloa's arrest, his brother has claimed he owned the drugs — not the defendant.
NEXT: Ulloa's trial continues in district court today with what is expected to be the conclusion of District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Geoff Barr's case.
■ Look for continued coverage of
the trial this week ...
LAST WE KNEW: Rodolfo C. Gomez, 40, was awaiting trial on charges of engaging in organized criminal drug sales and aggravated robbery.
LATEST: Rodolfo's new trial date has been set for Nov. 3 NEXT: A trial date will be set for sister Sandra Gomez.
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coom offered brdijiCrisis Pregnancy Center workers applauded as ‘heroes’
By Bon Maloney
On the day the U.S. Senate voted to ban so-called “partial birth" abortions, a right-to-life author told the workers at the New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center they are “heroes."
Marvin Olasky, a journalism professor at the University of Texas, editor of “World" magazine and a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, was guest speaker at the Celebrating life fund-raiser conducted Tuesday night at the
New Braunfels Civic Center.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center helps women and their families in unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. It supports alternatives to abortion by promoting parenthood and adoption.
Olasky praised the progress of the right-to-life movement since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, legalizing a medical procedure he characterized as “homicide."
“We see slow progress,” he told the 500 who attended the fund-raiser. “The number of abortions is coming down.”
In the 1970s, Olasky told the audience, the news media essentially wrote off the antiabortion movement.
“The media proclaimed pro-life was dead — that the Supreme Court had had the last word. There would be 4 million abortions performed in this country every year by the turn of the century.”
In reality, Olasky said, abortions have dropped from 1.6 million annually to 1.2 million — “still a horrendous number, but less than it would have been.”
REBECCA 8. ROQiRS/HeraldZertuiig
Dr. Tim and Mary Owens and their son, Brett, meet Crisis Pregnancy Center board Chairman John Korb and antiabortion speaker Marvin Olasky Wednesday before the center's fund-raiser at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
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