The apartments will be built by the Horsham, Pa., company Toll Brothers, whose website says it’s the 10th largest homebuilder in the U.S.
In November the breakdown was roughly 70 percent one-bedroom and 30 percent two-bed, though Wilcox didn’t rule out adding a few three bedrooms. At that point he was looking at mid to late 2018 for breaking ground.
“We now have an engineered site plan,” Webb said in November. “The message from our standpoint, it’s a go.”
The properties are currently zoned light industrial and include an automobile junk yard, tire repair business, plumbing business and a vacant store among others.
Wilcox didn’t anticipate the development would produce many school children, but that was before annexation came into the picture.
On Nov. 9 the commission and school board had held a rare joint session. During that meeting both Mayor Patti Garrett and City Manager Peggy Merriss told the board that, outside of the old United Methodist Children’s home property, Decatur wasn’t planning to pursue any annexation in 2018.