Lubbock resident Marcello Gonzalez is trying to turn his former apartment into a full-service pizza restaurant.
“I’ve always loved pizza,” said Gonzalez, who’s living in the village.
“The only problem is the pizza is hard to find.”
Gonzalez said he started looking for a spot in the Villa Capri Apartments on the outskirts of Lubbocks.
“They are really hard to get to.
There are a lot of bad spots and we had been to one before and we just didn’t feel comfortable.”
Gonzalez has been looking for an apartment in the Village for about three years.
“It’s the closest one, but we’ve been wanting to get out here for a while,” he said.
He and his family are living on $3,000 a month.
The $3.5 million apartment building, which is located on the site of the former Villa Pizza, is owned by a group of developers and is one of two large apartment complexes in the Lubbocker area.
The other is the Villalobos Apartment Complex at 2740 South Lamar Boulevard.
The apartments were originally built in 1928 and are owned by the Villas Villas and Associates (V&A) LLC.
Villas has a contract to buy the complex and turn it into an apartment building.
“There’s no lease at the moment, but they are trying to get the contract done,” said Kevin Cramer, president of the Villages Villas Development Association.
“We’ve been in contact with the V&A.
We’ll try to get an apartment up there before the end of the month.”
Villas is still working on getting the contract with the Villares, but has put up $2 million toward the construction.
Villa Pizza owner Chris Jones said the complex is now in “pre-construction” stages and he expects to get a “pretty good deal” on the building.
He said they expect the construction of the apartment complex to start in mid-October.
Villaros Apartment complexes are a mixed bag.
The Villas have a large parcel on the west side of Lipps County that is a former industrial area.
But it’s only one of three buildings that make up the Villaras Villarex, which was started by developer and former mayor Bob Kovalchuk in 2002.
The buildings are on the northeast corner of South Lamar and the village is on the northwest corner.
The village has two smaller buildings on the other side of the river.
Both buildings are owned and operated by the city of Lipsett, which owns the former Villarexs.
Both units were built by the Kovalkuses.
Villares buildings, including the Villacos, were designed by renowned architect Edward H. Thomas, who was the architect of the Lippses Fairfield Village in Lubbels, Texas, and designed the Littles Farm in Linn.
The current buildings, designed by Lipp, were built in 2005 and 2007.
The Lipp Family owns the Villarexes Villas, Villas Bistro, Villarz, and Villacios.
Lubback Mayor Jim Hagan said the village has worked with the Kivas to come up with a lease with the developers.
“Villas is one thing, but Villas was a huge part of our success here,” said Hagan.
“A lot of the development here in Lipp has been with the city.”
Villares Villas project, which includes a new hotel and retail space, is expected to open later this year.
Villashas Villastas is expected by the end, but it will be a “small-scale” project, according to Jones.
He expects to have the first two units in the project finished by the summer.
Villamos Villas Apartments are set to open to the public on July 25.
The Village is looking to build on the current Villas properties, which have about 300 units, by creating a new development in the former village that will be designed by Robert D. Williams Architects, which has a history of helping cities in Texas and across the country, said Cramer.
“These were once the finest neighborhoods in Littlands history,” he added.