Poteet Mayor Willie Leal Jr., along with the Poteet City Council, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 381-home community in Poteet on Thursday, Nov. 5. The project, which has a working title of “Poteet Grows,” can be found at PoteetGrows.com. It has 381 homesites on 183 acres of land located between Strawberry City Road and School Drive on the east side of Ninth Street. It is located directly across from the Poteet ISD school complex which includes one elementary school, one intermediate school, one Junior High School and Poteet High School, home of the Fightin’ Aggies.
“Poteet is a family-friendly bedroom community to San Antonio,” said Mayor Leal. “We’ve been through the normal ups and downs as a community and now we’re aimed towards the heavens. The planned development of these many homes directly across the street from our elementary, middle and high schools is, in a word, ‘exciting.’”
Developers Bobby and Renee Girling and Jay Parker, in cooperation with Poteet ISD and Poteet Mayor Willie Leal, Jr., kicked off a naming contest for the new community. This will include naming of some of the streets as well. Each of the four schools in Poteet will coordinate their entries. The winner will be announced the first week of December. The developers will be donating $7,000 to the Poteet ISD as a part of this contest as well as a pizza party for the class who submits the winning name. Poteet ISD students stood across from the new community on their campus cheering as the Poteet Aggie band played and cheerleaders and student leaders joined in the festivities.
Parker, who has developed commercial and residential properties in the San Antonio area for over 35 years, said, “We are proud to be the first developer to invest in the future of Poteet, Texas,” Parker said. “We couldn’t be more excited about this unique way for the residents of Poteet to contribute to the town’s growth and progress!”
“Y’all have a need for us,” said Parker. “And we have a need for you. We can’t do this without you. That’s why we invited everybody here today. All the kids across the street, we can’t do this without you and your families.”
Parker, who thanked the Poteet Mayor and City Council for their huge role, stated that this project would be second to none with large lots where children could play kickball. He stated that there will be seven to 10 models to choose from with four or five different elevations. The homes will feature front porches, back porches and covered porches. He also said that the building of this development will help provide jobs in Poteet.
The developers are working with local business Rakowitz Engineering and Surveying. Walt Rakowitz spoke about the growth in Poteet and his excitement for Rakowitz Engineering and Surveying to be a part of the new housing community.
“If you are not growing, you are dying,” said Rakowitz. “Everything is changing. Over the past 10 years, we have seen improvements in Poteet, some of them underground. Because we worked and got over seven million dollars’ worth of new waterlines which were USDA funded. Because your city council had that foresight. That is the reason this lot is developable. When we first started looking at this site with developers, the answer was absolutely, we’ve got water, we’ve got sewer, we’ve got power and we’ve got drainage. We can do this. This site works. It works out well. And while we are engineers and we think this stuff’s fun, what we’re here for is the final dream, knowing this thing’s going to be done right.”
Rakowitz said having developers that give green light to do it right lets them express their passion.
“We’re talking curb streets, we’re talking sidewalks, we’re talking good drainage systems, water, sewer, fire flow systems, adequate pressures in your hydrants to protect these houses. To be given that green light from developers is why we are here. That is our passion. That’s our why, for these families thinking through to the next family, growing up with kids in a yard, safe. Living the dream. And, it’s not just these families that grow but the business system, the insurance companies, the realtors, the banks, and the burgers,” said Rakowitz to a cheering crowd. “Anyway, that’s, that’s why we’re here. And I’m very proud to be part of this project.”
Congressman Henry Cuellar thanked Mayor Willie Leal and the Poteet City Council for being probusiness and pro-growth. He gave a shout out to the students and wished the Poteet Fightin’ Aggies the best in the playoffs.
“Every family has their dream of owning their home and this is what the Mayor, and the city and what the developers have done here today,” said Cuellar. “My mother and father were migrant workers, but they always talked about having their own home. And it’s a dream that everybody has. So, there’s going to be so many families here that will be able to fulfill their dream. It also means a lot to the community. And I think the mayor mentioned this development provides a strong tax base for the city and the schools that will help to keep taxes low and help the community grow.”