The city of Sherman took steps to ensure accessibility along its southern edge when it accepted the dedication of the right-of-way for Legacy Boulevard last month. The new roadway, located along FM 1417, will help provide additional connectivity in an area that is expected to be a major growth corridor for the city in years to come.
Documents from the May 20 City Council meeting described the dedication as 2.08 acres of land located east of U.S. Highway 75 and South of FM 1417.
“In the near term, Legacy Blvd. will provide easy access to Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille for those visiting Sherman from the south,” Sherman Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said. “But in the long term, Legacy will form the backbone of the mixed-use Bel Air development as well. So to have this right-of-way secured ensures that the street can be continued to the east as soon as development begins — hopefully in early 2020.”
The roadway will run adjacent to the Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille site and connect to other parts of the Legacy Village development, which will feature a new hotel and convention space, two restaurant sites and a new Lone Star Food Store and gas station.
Sherman Director of Engineering Clint Philpott said the dedication was slightly unusual compared to other roadway dedications. Traditionally, the dedication comes as a part of the platting process for developments, but Philpott said the course of the roadway crosses properties owned by different parties, including Mark Schulman, the Sherman Economic Development Corporation and two private owners to the south, and not all are near development yet. As such, the dedication was done separately in this case to expedite and streamline the process.
In addition to serving Legacy Village, the roadway will also provide access to another 200-acre development adjacent to Legacy Village that has been recently called the Bel Air development by city officials. The proposed development would feature a mixture a residential and commercial properties, officials previously said.
The roadway, with an estimated price tag of $1.97 million, will be maintained by the city and be used as a public right of way once it is completed. The project will be funded by the city using funds acquired recently through a $20 million bond package. This will also fund other major roadway projects, including the city’s portion of improvements to Hwy. 75.
Council member Willie Steele noted that in many cases the developer will be the one installing infrastructure in a development even if the city ultimately is the one to maintain the road. Strauch later clarified that the roads constructed by developers typically are smaller collector streets while Legacy is viewed as a larger arterial connector.
City Manager Robby Hefton said the work will be done through an agreement with Schulman’s as they already were doing concrete and street work in the area.
Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at MHutchins@HeraldDemocrat.com.