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The San Marcos City Council will hear from the public Tuesday about its plans to build a pedestrian-friendly downtown outfitted with condominiums, parks, shops and restaurants.

The city’s planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the proposed project July 2, and City Council members have touted the plan’s ability to boost private development in the area.

Plans call for a mixed-use district that would include 1.3 million square feet of retail space, 589,000 square feet of office space and 2,300 condominiums built alongside 20 acres of park, 77 acres of open space and pedestrian trails.

The downtown district would be located on about 217 acres between San Marcos Boulevard, Discovery Street and Grand Avenue.

The city would spend about $130 million during the next two years to build two four-lane bridges over the creek, construct a road on the creek’s northern edge and widen Discovery Street and Via Vera Cruz from two lanes to four and Bent Avenue from two lanes to three.

Residents in the surrounding areas have voiced concerns about the possibility of water pollution runoff from the creek into Lake San Marcos.

City officials have countered that proper flood control methods -- such as levees, floodwalls and culverts -- would actually improve water quality in the lake.

Officials also have said approvals would be needed from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Vallecitos Water District.


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