Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Development in Dripping Springs

A new Dripping Springs development will bring massive amounts of needed retail, office, and other businesses to the area, the Austin Business Journal reports.

The 35-acre development is called Blue Blazes Ranch and is about a mile from the Dripping Springs Vodka distillery on Highway 290. What exactly will be put on the property will be determined by demand, but the proposals include a hotel with 83 rooms, shops, medical offices, office space, and other commercial.

The developer has been in talks with a childcare provider, hotel, and other retailers.

The site is already prepared for construction to begin, with asphalt down, street signs in place, and 16 of the sites ready for building to start. Just one lot, a 12 acre site on the top of the hill, hasn’t been prepared yet.

Blue Blazes Ranch will have a 3.5 acre park filled with trails that will become public park land. That stipulation was already agreed upon with the city of Dripping Springs. 

Residential growth in the area has been explosive with over 1,000 homes within 2 miles of the planned development. Twelve more subdivisions are on tap for the area. Despite the residential growth, commercial has been slow to keep up and infrastructure such as stores, restaurants, and offices are desperately needed.

According to the US Census, about 15,000 residents live in the Blue Blazes Ranch zip code. However, with 11,600 new homes expected to be completed by 2025, the population is expected to grow exponentially. 

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