Lennar Announces Plans for Lodi Grove New Home Community in Floresville

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Lennar, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, has announced its first-ever new home community in Floresville, Texas, located approximately 30 minutes southeast of San Antonio. Called Lodi Grove, the development will include 94 homes featuring Lennar’s trademark quality, technology and design at an exceptionally competitive price. A groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday, June 9.

“Floresville is growing quickly, particularly among young residents wanting proximity to San Antonio but without the urban congestion,” said Brian Barron, San Antonio Division President for Lennar. “That has amplified the need for affordable homes in an area that has very little new home construction. With this in mind, we are positioning Lodi Grove with the lowest new home price point in the market, while still delivering the level of quality that Lennar is known for. Floresville is a beautiful and charismatic town, and we are excited to be a part of its story.”

Scheduled for a Summer 2023 grand opening, homes at Lodi Grove will feature the latest designer details, including generous living and kitchen spaces, resort-style master suites and technology upgrades that meet the needs of the most contemporary homebuyer.

Residents of Lodi Grove will enjoy a linear park and direct connection to a walking trail system and trailhead park. Children living at Lodi Grove will be served by the Floresville School District, which partners with the Alamo College System to allow students to graduate with college credits….

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World Heritage Center Will Serve Rancho de las Cabras

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

A World Heritage Center will be constructed to serve San Antonio’s five Spanish missions and Rancho de las Cabras near Floresville.

According to San Antonio World Heritage Office Director Colleen Swain, the new center will serve as an orientation center for visitors to the sites, as well as a place to provide information on the history, art, and culture of their surrounding communities.

A map and artist’s renderings of the future center were displayed April 23 at the Mission Branch San Antonio Public Library on Roosevelt Avenue near Mission San José.

Plans call for the 10,077-square-foot center to include a 5,672-square-foot interior and a 4,405-square-foot outdoor veranda to be located just north of the library.

Funding for the project comes from a San Antonio 2017-22 bond.

“We anticipate breaking ground on the center in the fall, with completion of phase 1 in 2023,” Swain told the Wilson County News.

The historical locations to be served by the center are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which received World Heritage designation in 2015 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Area ranching operations provided food for mission residents in the 1700s, but Rancho de las Cabras is the only ranch where ruins of a ranch compound have been identified as such. The Rancho raised cattle and goats for Mission Espada, the southernmost of the missions.

“We are happy to share information about opportunities for tours at Rancho de las Cabras through the National Park Service with any visitors,” Swain said….

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Wilson County Jailhouse Museum Restoration Advances

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

The final push is on to complete restoration of the front section of the Wilson County Jailhouse Museum.

In recent days, workers have focused on the floors and woodwork in the part of the former jailhouse in downtown Floresville that once served as living quarters for the county sheriff and his family.

“I love working on it,” said Doug Fehse, owner of Avanna’s, a Floresville home remodeling and furniture sales business. “I look forward to the Jailhouse Museum reopening its doors to the public.”

Fehse recently rebuilt the large front door to the building in his shop before he and his employees installed it. Because of the condition of the wood, the wood for the door and doorframe is new — as the wood is for the windows, window frames, and other wooden trim replaced earlier.

The woodwork has been painted white, as it appeared before restoration began, although Fehse says the woodwork might have been stained a natural color when the jailhouse was originally built in the 1880s….

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El Camino Real Fans Flock to Floresville

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Smugglers. Cattle drives. Adventurers. El Camino Real de los Tejas saw all these and more.

About 50 people participated April 22-23 in El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association’s two-day annual meeting.

Several participants said the meeting, funded by the Floresville Economic Development Corp., was the association’s best.

While many participants walked Floresville’s section of the historic trail the second day, the first day’s presentations at the Beer Warehouse drew people from across the state to learn and share information about the historic trail that stretched 2,500 miles across Texas.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Associate Professor Francis Galan led off the presentations with “Warfare, Patrols, and Smuggling: The Camino Real and the Problem of Borders in Spanish Texas.”

While reviewing historical records of the goods that were transported on the “King’s Highway” in the 1600s and 1700s, Galan explained that the trail — which expedited trade from Saltillo, deep in Mexico, to the Louisiana border during the Spanish colonial period — also opened the door for smuggling, which the Spanish government could not stop….

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El Camino Real Event Will Spotlight Floresville History

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville will host an event in a few weeks that will highlight two of the earliest European constructions in the area.

The Trail de Flores Chapter of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association plans to host the association’s annual meeting April 22-23 in Floresville.

The association, dedicated to preserving and promoting the “royal road” throughout Texas, has been working with a number of entities to make more sections of the trail “hikeable.” However, local chapter President Dave Regan notes that the association and the National Park Service have been taking a special interest in activity to develop the section of the trail in Wilson County.

According to Regan, recent developments involving the Floresville El Camino Trail — previously known as the Floresville Hike and Bike Trail — include:

  • Designating a section of the trail within Helton Nature Park
  • Installing interpretive panels at the head of the trail
  • Renewing pedestrian signs along the trail
  • Installing roadside trail-crossing and trailhead directional signs.

“The Trail de Flores Chapter has been spearheading these activities while assessing the feasibility of future trail expansion, making Floresville an ideal and deserving location for the association’s annual meeting,” Regan said….

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FEDC Funds Pecan Park Makeover, and More

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville Economic Development Corp. board members approved funding for three projects at their March 14 meeting.

The city’s 9-acre Pecan Park will receive an added boost of $15,000, to keep an ongoing improvement project on track.

Completed elements of the project include:

  • Replacing old barbecue pits with 10 new ones
  • Replacing old trash cans with 14 new ones
  • Installing 10 new benches and two new bicycle racks.

Elements soon to be completed:

  • Manicuring the park’s pecan trees
  • Laying large stones around the parking lot to prevent vehicles from driving into the park.

The old posts around the parking lot have already been removed, according to corporation Executive Director Ben Reed.

Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin explained that the additional funds are currently needed because prices for equipment rental and labor have increased since original estimates were made.

“All costs are going up,” he said.

Future phases of the Pecan Park improvements include….

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Businesses Flock to Floresville in 2021

by Devan Sutton, Wilson County News

Not one, not two, but at least 10 new businesses set up shop in Floresville last year, despite challenges from the continuing pandemic.

In 2021, Floresville welcomed a wide variety of businesses, from restaurants and boutiques, to a martial arts academy and even an industrial outfit….

Floresville saw much growth last year, but it wasn’t just in the business sector….

Floresville also gained an amphitheater last fall, named after the late Floresville city Councilman Gerard J. Jimenez, and located at the Floresville Sports Complex….

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New Windows Let Light Shine on Jailhouse Museum Restoration

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

“We do it the way they used to do it.”

Doug Fehse was referring to having to separately rebuild and reframe each window in the front of the Wilson County Jailhouse Museum — the part of the building that once provided living quarters for the county sheriff and his family.

The work is part of ongoing efforts to restore the historical building in downtown Floresville.

The windows and areas around them have suffered from decades of water seepage. The old window frames and their casings were not only rotting and in generally bad shape, but all of them also were slightly different sizes.

Consequently, all the window frames have to be custom-made, according to Fehse, owner of Avanna’s, the Floresville business tackling the restoration work on the windows.

However, Fehse told the Wilson County News Oct. 27 that he found it more fun to “remake the old stuff’ than simply to install new windows. “Besides, making everything is faster than ordering,” he said. “We’re also doing all the work — windows, masonry, and painting — not having to wait for separate contractors to do different things.”

Fehse added that he has been donating personal time on weekends and in the evenings to get the window project completed. He plans to begin work on the historical building’s front door next….

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77th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival Preps Underway

by Erin Rodriguez, KENS 5 San Antonio

Poteet has its celebration of all things strawberries – and over in Wilson County, it’s all about the peanuts. And the coronation gowns. And a parade. And a carnival. And the beer garden and so on.

But back to the peanuts. The event promises “delicious peanut brittle and roasted peanuts” among the tasty treats available to satisfy all peanut cravings.

The Floresville Peanut Festival is a three-day event held each year in the second full weekend of October. It officially kicks off this Thursday, October 7.

There is free parking and free admission to the grounds on the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Floresville.

Goober Games kicked off the festivities on Tuesday afternoon at the Floresville Event Center, offering games and activities for the younger crowd. A carnival also offers thrilling rides on Thursday night through Saturday night. And don’t miss the kiddie parade on Friday afternoon for the little ones to show off their miniature floats and costumes….

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Shannon Galvanizing Breaks Ground in Floresville

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

“Thank you for coming and picking our community.”

Those were the words of Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Ben Reed at the March 30 groundbreaking for the Shannon Galvanizing plant. A number of local officials and civic leaders echoed his message at the event.

The 50,000-square-foot plant — to be constructed at 804 F.M. 537 in the Rancho Grande Industrial Park — is expected to provide as many as 60 jobs for people in the local area.

“After the year everyone has had, it’s great to come out here for this,” Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel said. “Thank you, every organization that made this happen.”

Leading the effort to bring Shannon Galvanizing to the area was the FEDC, and Reed said he had been talking with the Shannon brothers for about a year and a half before their plans materialized….

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Floresville to Host Future Generations Powwow

by Nanette Kilbey-Smith, Wilson County News

It’s an event such as Wilson County hasn’t seen, and it’s coming to Floresville on Saturday.

Plan now to attend the Future Generations Powwow on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Floresville Event Center. It’s hosted by the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe, based in Wilson County.

Admission is free to the daylong event, which will include a Floresville Community Market, a school supply drive, dancing, live music, and more.

“What we hope to achieve with such events is to develop cultural respect,” said Tim Tallchief of the Osage, master of ceremonies for Saturday’s powwow. “Each tribe has its own language and traditions — is its own nation. We respect each other’s ways and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.”

“We, as participants, appreciate Juan Mancias and the city of Floresville for bringing us together for this wonderful event,” Tallchief said.

And the city is thrilled to host the powwow….

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Floresville Plans City and Park Improvements

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Looking ahead to next year, Floresville City Council members gave the green light to applying for a $350,000 grant to build new sidewalks and curbs. The council members approved a resolution at their April 8 meeting to submit an application for a Texas Community Development Block Grant to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The city must provide $52,500 in matching funds. The grant, plus the city’s $52,500 match, will fund a second phase of the city’s downtown revitalization program….

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Council OKs Relief for Floresville Water Customers

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville water customers will get a break with their next water bill. Floresville City Council members approved a measure at their Feb. 25 meeting to provide relief for residents and businesses whose water use increased — due to either bursting pipes or allowing water to run to prevent pipes from freezing during the recent severe winter weather. Under the council action, the city will compare each customer’s water use charges for the period covering Feb. 13- 21 to the actual charges in the previous billing cycle and then bill the customer for the lower amount of the two. City Councilman Marissa Ximenez, who suggested the billing adjustment, said the idea follows the plan announced by the San Antonio Water System….

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How One Small South Texas Energy Company Kept Power on to Customers Through Historic Winter Storm

by Erica Hernandez, KSAT.com

Floresville Electric Light and Power System or FELPS serve about 17,000 customers in Wilson County. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 14 until Thursday, Feb. 18. the company has had a total of three brief outages, the longest outage lasting about three hours. Those outages were due to downed lines because of trees or ice. “As of right now, we have no outages,” FELPS CEO, Winston Low said. So how was a small electric company that is fed energy from CPS in San Antonio able to stay on? Low said there were several factors that led to them not having to do rolling outages….

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New Payment Kiosk Now Open at Floresville City Hall

UPDATE: The new bill payment kiosk is now open!

The City of Floresville will be installing a new utility bill payment kiosk in late October 2020 at City Hall. The kiosk will accept credit cards, checks, and cash and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

City Council stated, “This is one additional step the City of Floresville is taking to provide new solutions and ensure all services are made available to the citizens of Floresville, Texas.”

The Mayor and City Council are excited to offer this kiosk solution to enable customers other options to pay without entering City Hall. The new kiosk will not only protect the public health by providing a way to reduce direct contact of customers with city employees but also other members of the general public when completing any payment transactions with the City.


Starbucks Store Now Open in Floresville

UPDATE: Starbucks is now open!

The City of Floresville is proud to announce the addition of Starbucks to our community, in partnership with the Floresville Economic Development Corporation and keeping Floresville Strong.

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:00 am, marks a ground breaking celebration for a  Starbucks Store  for the Community, currently under construction on Hwy 181, Floresville, Texas. This project will create local jobs and support economic development.

The new location will include a team of new Starbucks partners (employees), many of whom will be from the Floresville, Wilson County area! Starbucks will utilize local community groups and civic leaders to provide a pathway to opportunity for its local partners through training and development, career options, and industry-leading benefits, which include comprehensive health-care. This new business will be an economic boost to the City of Floresville! The first year of the stores performance will translate to tens of thousands of dollars in added sales tax revenue and other increased tax revenue. Benjamin T. Reed, Floresville Economic Development Executive Director, states, “This is one of the many projects that are in the works, as we continue the partnership with the City of Floresville. With the addition of Starbucks to the area, this allows us to better compete with a different type of retailer. I wish to thank the developer and all the folks behind the scenes that made this happen.”