The Round Rock City Council voted unanimously Thursday, Feb. 14, to approve an agreement with the developers of The District, a 65-acre mixed-use project planned for SH 45 just east of IH 35. The City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Mark IV Capital for the project in November 2017.
In return for the company building 1 million square feet of Class A office, retail and residential space, the City will contribute $12.56 million toward public infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks and utilities. The City projects the development will generate over $1.5 million per year in tax revenues to the City when it is completed.
The development is also expected to create 5,000 jobs when it is fully developed.
“We are excited to partner with Mark IV on the development of The District in Round Rock,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “This is exactly the type of unique project we need in this high-growth area.”
“We are very excited about our continued partnership with the City of Round Rock on The District, which is our third project within the community,” said Justin Basie, Regional Vice President, Mark IV Capital. “The District is a dynamic mixed-used development that will combine working, living and retail in one prime location. This is a great opportunity to bring an unmet need to the city and one that will have long-term benefits for the region. We look forward to breaking ground on this unique project, and we are proud to be involved in what will soon be a landmark in Round Rock.”
According to the agreement, Mark IV would have to reach the following performance milestones: 120,000 square feet completed by 2022; 250,000 square feet by 2029; and 1 million square feet by 2039. Mark IV would be required to repay the City if it fails to meet those performance measures.
The City will fund the infrastructure improvements with its half-cent, Type B sales tax revenues. Type B funds are limited specifically for economic development projects, including transportation improvements.
“We’re thrilled about this development project, which along with other projects recently completed or breaking ground this year, will unlock opportunity for our growing community,” said Nichole Vance, Director of Business Attraction, Round Rock Chamber. “The District will transform the southern area of Round Rock and will be an ideal location for the types of companies looking for high-end office space in Round Rock.”