The city of Tyler sold the former site of King Chevrolet in April. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Tyler City Council has approved a new site plan for a development being planned at the old King Chevrolet property downtown.

The council's approval comes after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan earlier this month.

The site plan calls for 112 housing units plus retail space on a 3.75-acre lot across from Tyler City Hall that was once a car dealership and later city property.

Sam Scarborough, of Scarborough Realty Partners LLC and the spokesman for the project, said he is excited about the potential to bring new residents to the downtown area.

“This is one of those big catalyst projects for any downtown,” Scarborough said. “There’s a lot of great things happening … and this is going to bring a lot of people.”

Scarborough said he wanted to build a downtown living space because, even when he was a child, he can remember how young adults wanted to be able to live in the downtown area.

Scarborough said the project took off after he noticed a few years ago that there was a demand for residential space downtown.

“We got involved with the Heart of Tyler and started learning more about downtown, and the whole thing kind of made sense,” he said.

He said an added plus is an existing tax reinvestment zone in downtown Tyler that allows the city to spend tax money from projects in the downtown area on improvements to the area.

“We’re happy to be able to contribute to that fund and be able to continue revitalizing downtown after we get done building,” he said.

Scarborough said he wants construction on the project to start by the end of the year and estimated 16 months for construction, but said there could be changes based on weather and other circumstances.

A few blocks away from the King Chevrolet site, Scarborough’s company has been working on a project to repurpose apartments on Bois D’Arc Avenue. He said those would be finished in about two months.

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Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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