EARLY — The developer involved in Brownwood’s Indian Creek Townhomes project said he is “kicking the tires” and considering building 33 market-rate townhomes in Early.
    Developer Andy Hansen of Stephenville said his company, Trafalgar Homes, hopes to buy a 3.3-acre tract of land the City of Early currently owns at the junction of  Early Boulevard and West Industrial.
    Early City Council members voted in a specially called meeting Monday to put the land out for bid. City Administrator Tony Aaron said the bid specifications will state the land is for the purpose of the townhouse development.
    “We’re certainly looking at it,” Hansen said of the townhome development.  “We haven’t pulled the trigger. A lot of it depends on the city.
    “I think it looks good. We’ve asked to make an offer on a piece of land. I feel good about the project. It’s just really early-on.”
    One of the factors in deciding whether to go forward with the development will be the housing study commissioned recently by the Brownwood Municipal Development District, Hansen said.
    Aaron said Trafalgar Homes approached the city a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of building the townhomes. Hansen made a presentation to the Early City Council about a possible $2.5 million development of three buildings that would contain 11 townhomes each, Aaron said.
    Of the 33 total townhomes, 21 would be two-bedroom and 12 would consist of one-bedroom homes, Aaron said.
    A $2.5 million development would generate about $64,000 a year in tax revenue —$14,000 to the city, nearly $35,000 to the Early school district and about $15,000 to Brown County, Aaron said. It would also generate an additional $35,000 a year in utility revenue to the city.
    “These are market value (homes), not income-based,” Aaron said.
    The impact to the city would be “huge,” Aaron said. “Just like Brownwood, it’s been a long time for the City of Early to have market-based townhomes.”
    In November, Brownwood City Council members approved an agreement between Brownwood and Jenca Land Co., and Hansen entity, to build at least 110 market-rate rental townhomes called Indian Creek Townhomes at Indian Creek and Milam.