In the mid-1980s, Scharbauer Brothers & Company Inc. began development of a portion of their real estate holdings in Midland County. This land was on the west side of Midland and was located between the Midland City Limits and the Midland International Airport. With the foresight to direct development for many years in the future in regards to this almost 20,000 acres of land, they first began with a Master Land-Use Plan that reflected the City of Midland’s growth patterns, needs, and existing infrastructure and transportation corridors.

The result was a flexible blueprint for future land development that addressed mixed-use residential, office, local retail, commercial, industrial, sports facilities, a golf course, warehousing, parks, schools, medical complexes, and aviation-related developments. While specific areas have been modified slightly, the Master Land-Use Plan has been a tremendous planning document and guideline for development.

Parkhill began working for SBC in 1986, as the very first phase of actual construction began taking place in what is called Grassland Estates. Parkhill has almost exclusively represented the families’ interest in development during this time period including:

  • Planning – 8211; Platting – 8211; Zoning
  • Final Platting and Permitting
  • Engineering Design of all Public Infrastructure
  • Architectural Design of selected developments
  • Construction Management of Public Infrastructure
  • Engineering Design of the majority of retail development locations
  • Modeling for storm-water retention for golf course facilities
  • Architectural/Engineering Design and Construction Management for the new $47 million Scharbauer Sports Complex
  • Coordination and Civil Engineering for Elementary and Junior High Schools in the development

Development during this time has been in the form of over 30 specific development projects, which to date encompass almost 3,000 acres of land. These projects represent over $25 million in public infrastructure, $5 million in parks/golf courses, over 750 residential units, two rehab hospitals, an elementary school, a new junior high school, numerous retail locations (including Sam’s Club, Lowe’s Home Improvements, three banks, Putt-Putt Golf & Games, and Builder’s Square), a new AT&T Wireless Call Center, and the new Scharbauer Sports Complex. The complex includes a 15,000-seat football stadium and a 5,000-seat professional AA baseball stadium.