On Thursday evening the Forney P&Z Commission voted 5-1 to approve a fully gated apartment complex to be built west of Kroger Marketplace.
The site plans for The Emerson at Forney Marketplace detail a 323 unit completely fenced in, security gated complex.
These apartments will provide its residents with one secured entrance/exit accessible from Kroger Marketplace Drive at Trail House Blvd., and an exit only access on Painted Trail.
Several P&Z Commissioners questioned the developer on why the decision was made to completely fence in the apartment complex.
Using the unfenced design layout of the Gateway Apartments as an example, Commissioner Justin Bowen said “We as the actual intent of seeing the property fenced in. Was it a selling point, I’m just curious. I mean, I know fenced in neighborhoods cost more.”
To which property developer Taylor Stone responded “It really has more to do with cars. Car’s coming in and out of the property. And while it sounds silly because you have gates in the front to prevent people from coming in, but unless you have the fence that goes with it people don’t associate those gates with stopping cars from coming in that are not supposed to be there. It’s really not about people, because anybody can walk through. It’s just a perception of preventing that it prevents unwanted automobiles and such on the property.”
P&Z Commissioner's Kyle Brothers, Ann Lemons, Steven Cunningham, Brigham Wilcoxson and Justin Bowen all voted their approval of this development, and Commissioner John Carr voted against approval. This development will now come before the Forney City Council for final approval at their next meeting.