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[CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL]

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MAY 24TH, UH, CHAIR CAROL PRESENT, UH, COMMISSIONER GONZALES, COMMISSIONER FRANCO, COMMISSIONER MINORS, COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER, HEN.

ROBLEDO COMMISSIONER.

TEND TO GUCCI PRESENT COMMISSIONER WEAVER.

UH, BASS CHAIR, RAWLINSON.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, PRESENT COMMISSIONER WATLEY AND COMMISSIONER LUKIN PRESENT.

IT LOOKS LIKE COMMISSIONER WILDLY.

JUST JOINED COMMISSIONER.

YEAH, I'M HERE.

OKAY.

GOTCHA.

THAT IS SEVEN WITH FOUR QUORUM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WAS THERE ANYONE THAT HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? I DID NOT SEE ANYONE.

AARON, DO YOU? NO, NO, NO, NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO RIGHT INTO NEW BUSINESS.

UH, ITEM

[1A. Discussion and possible action to evaluate and make recommendations for the City of Austin, Austin Energy; Rainey Street Sub Station Project, addressed at 806 ½ Lambie Street. Tara Delagarza-Austin Energy; Kim Doyal-Austin Energy; Girard Kinney – Kinney Architects; Zak Robinson- Carter Design.]

ONE, A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AUSTIN ENERGY RAINY STREET, SUBSTATION PROJECT.

HAD THE APPLICANT READY FOR THAT ONE.

DELA GARSA WITH AUSTIN ENERGY.

CAN ANYONE HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

IS THE PRESENTATION UP? I CAN'T SEE IT.

I APOLOGIZE.

THE AB TECH, WHICH PRESENTATION ARE WE LOOKING FOR? WHERE THIS IS CONCERNING THE US INTERVIEW SUBSTATION.

YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

AND SO I HAVE FOUR PRESENTATIONS, PDFS NOT LOOKING FOR WHICH ONE? OR DO WE WANT ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NOW? IS IT THE RAINY STREET? UM, REVIEW OR, YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

IT WASN'T CLEAR.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO THAT'S THE APPLICATION.

IS THERE A PRESENTATION? IT SHOULD.

IT SHOULD REDESIGN COMMISSION AND PRESENTATION MAY, 2021.

THERE YOU GO.

FANTASTIC.

THANK YOU.

WE'RE READY TO GO.

YES.

MA'AM I THINK SO.

OKAY, FANTASTIC.

SO, UH, THANK YOU EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS TARA DELA GARSA AND I AM THE PROJECT MANAGER WORKING WITH AUSTIN ENERGY ON THE RAIN STREET, GIS SUBSTATION.

UM, ON THIS FIRST SLIDE HERE, YOU CAN SEE THAT AUSTIN ENERGY IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY WITH MULTIPLE PROJECTS AS LISTED HERE TO INCREASE THE RELIABILITY CAPACITY OF OUR GROWING CITY.

AND SO, UH, THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, I THINK THE PROJECT WAS TITLED DOWNTOWN SUBSTATION.

AND SINCE THEN WE HAVE, UM, WORKED WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THEY CHOSE THE NAME TO BE RAINY STREET SUBSTATION.

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SO, UM, IF WE SO HAVE THOSE ITEMS LISTED THERE, UH, WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE THIRD BULLET HAD COMPLETED THE FIRST TWO BULLETS.

SO IT'S AN ENTIRE PROGRAM ASSOCIATED WITH REPAIRING DOWNTOWN NEXT SIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND SO, UH, WITH THIS CALLED THE RAINY STREET GIS SUBSTATION, AND IT'S, IT'S A UNIQUE CONSTRUCT IN THAT.

UM, THE GIS IS AN ACRONYM FOR A GAS INSULATED SWITCHGEAR, AND THIS IS A SUMMARY OF, UM, THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A GAS INSULATED AND AARON'S SLATED.

AND MAJORITY OF, I THINK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THREE, UH, THIS WILL BE THE FOURTH, UH, GIS SUBSTATION IN THE FLEET OF, UM, AUSTIN ENERGY SUBSTATIONS.

SO THE, UM, THE PRIMARY DRIVER FOR THIS PART, ONE OF THE PRIMARY DRIVERS FOR THIS PROJECT WAS THAT WE HAVE A COMPACT SITE OF ONLY ABOUT ONE AND A HALF ACRES.

AND SO, UH, THE DRIVER FOR THIS IS WE'RE, UH, WITH THE LIMITED SITE, BUT THE NEED TO PUT IT IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA WHERE YOU'RE CONSTRUCTING A GAS INSULATED SWITCHGEAR SUBSTATION, OR SOME OF THE COMPONENTS WILL BE HOUSED IN A BUILDING, AN UNMANNED BUILDING, BUT A BUILDING NONETHELESS.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THIS IS A VERY SIMPLISTIC VIEW OF OUR, UM, OVERALL SITE PLAN.

WE, UM, PURCHASED THE PROPERTY IN 1999 AND, UH, WE'VE BEEN COORDINATING, UM, WITH TXDOT RELATED TO THE CAPITAL EXPRESS, UH, W WE KNEW THAT THAT WAS POSSIBLY COMING AND SORT OF INCORPORATING WITH TEXTILES.

AND THEN THE MAJOR PIPE OR LINE THAT YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THE SITE IS ACTUALLY AN EXISTING 96 INCH WATERSHED PROTECTION STORM DRAIN THAT GOES THROUGH THE SITE.

AND SO THAT'S A MAJOR DRIVER IN THE CONSTRAINT OF WHAT WE HAVE TO USE FOR AVAILABLE SPACE.

ON TOP OF, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S MANY HERITAGE TREES AS WELL IN THE SUBSTATIONS, UM, PROPERTY.

AND SO, UM, WITH THAT, WE HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, WENT AHEAD AND WENT WITH THE GIS CONSTRUCT.

AND, UM, WE ALSO LET ME SEE HERE, I'M TRYING TO THINK OF THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE.

WE'VE GOT THREE TRANSMISSION POLES AND SO EXISTING ON THE SITE ARE TWO, AND THEN WE'RE ADDING A THIRD ONE RIGHT THERE AT THE DRIVEWAY ON THE FRONTAGE OF, UM, 35.

AND THAT DRIVEWAY, THERE IS A TEMPORARY MEANING IT'S ONLY TO USE WITH THE MAJOR EQUIPMENT AND INSTALL AND BRINGING IT IN.

AND THEN THE PRIMARY ACCESS TO THE SUBSTATION WILL BE OFF OF LAMBY STREET.

AND OUR ADDRESSES IS, UH, OFF OF LAMBY STREET.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND SO THIS SLIDE JUST REPRESENTS SINCE WE CAME TO THE DESIGN COMMISSION IN JUNE OF 2019, AND I FAILED TO SAY, THAT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE PRESENTATION.

AND SINCE THEN WE HAVE, UM, WE HAD OUR THIRD PUBLIC MEETING TO COME TOGETHER WITH ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE'D HAD BASED ON THE PREVIOUS TWO OUTREACHES, WHICH WILL BE DISCUSSED THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ALSO HAD TO RELOCATE SOME EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE.

THERE WAS WATER AND WASTEWATER IS A WET SWEATER LINE WITHIN THE SITE.

AND THEN BY RELOCATING THAT WASTEWATER LINE, WE ALSO HAD TO MAKE SOME MODIFICATIONS TO SOME OF THE WATER LINES THAT WERE EXISTING IN THE ROADWAYS, UH, AS WELL, UH, JUNE, 2020, WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO REZONE THE PROPERTY FROM SF THREE TO PETE.

AND FINALLY, WE RIGHT NOW AT THE SPACE, WE ARE FINALIZING ALL OF THE DESIGN, UM, EVERYWHERE FROM THE CONTROL SYSTEMS TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER SUBSTATIONS, AS WELL AS, UM, INFRASTRUCTURE WITH OUR DOWNTOWN NETWORK TO CONNECT UP TO THE SUBSTATION.

SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.

AND WITH THAT, I WILL TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE, KEN DOYLE WITH AUSTIN ENERGY.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, AS TARA SAID, I'M KIM DOYLE.

I DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, PROSTIN ENERGY, AND EVERYONE HEAR ME OKAY.

AT THIS POINT.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO AS TARA WAS SAYING, THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY IS VERY CENTRALLY LOCATED, VERY NEAR RAINY STREET NEAR DOWNTOWN, RIGHT NEXT TO .

AND BECAUSE IT'S, UM, SO CENTRALLY LOCATED, WE WANTED TO GO AHEAD AND GET OUT AHEAD OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ON THIS.

WE ACTUALLY STARTED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT BACK IN 2017, UH, WITH OUR DOWNTOWN STAKEHOLDERS, UH, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE WROTE US A LETTER OF SUPPORT AT THAT POINT, UH, BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS, UH, WE'VE WORKED A LITTLE BIT WITH THE WATERLOO GREENWAY.

WE'LL PROBABLY WORK WITH THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE.

AND THEN IN 2018, IN 2019, WE MOVED INTO WORKING WITH THE LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS OR THOSE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT LIVE NEARBY.

SO THE TOWN LIKE NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATION, THE REIGNING NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATION AND THE TOWERS OF TOWN LAKE.

AND WE WERE REALLY JUST TRYING

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TO COLLECT FROM THOSE FOLKS WHAT THEIR CONCERNS WERE, WHAT THEIR IDEAS WERE, AND THEN TO GIVE THEM AN OPTION TO GIVE US SOME FEEDBACK FOR WHAT THE EXTERIOR DESIGN, OBVIOUSLY NOT THE INTERIOR BECAUSE THAT'S ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT THE EXTERIOR OF IT, GIVEN THAT THIS WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR COMMUNITY.

SO WE ACTUALLY, UM, HELPED 30 ENGAGEMENT TO, UH, SHOW THEM SOME, UH, DIFFERENT TYPES OF SURROUND DESIGNS, AESTHETIC THINGS.

UH, WE, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE LAST TIME.

I THINK THE LAST TIME WE MET WITH YOU ALL, IT WAS RIGHT IN BETWEEN PUBLIC MEETING, NUMBER TWO AND PUBLIC MEETING NUMBER THREE.

AND WE WERE JUST GETTING READY TO GO BACK OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND TELL THEM WHAT WE FOUND.

AND SO BASICALLY, UM, ACROSS THOSE 600 SURVEY RESPONSES ACTUALLY ON WHAT THEY WANTED THAT SURROUND TO LOOK LIKE.

SO WE'VE SINCE HAD THAT THIRD MEETING AND NEXT SLIDE, AND BASICALLY AT THAT THIRD MEETING, UM, WE ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS AND WE LET THEM KNOW, UH, THAT THEY HAD CHOSEN A MODERN DESIGN WITH SOME COLORFUL DESIGN FEATURES.

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE IT ON THE TOP RIGHT THERE.

IT, THAT'S OBVIOUSLY A FIRST RENDERING.

I BELIEVE WE SHOWED THAT TO YOU GUYS BACK IN JUNE OF 2019, WE'RE GOING TO KIND OF HONE IN ON THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE AS WE GET THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION TODAY.

BUT BASICALLY WE WERE LETTING THE NEIGHBORS KNOW, UM, WHAT LANDSCAPING CONCEPT THAT THEY HAD CHOSEN.

THEY CHOSE NATIVE, UH, PLANTS AND FLOWERS, THE DESIGN CONCEPT THAT THEY HAD CHOSEN, THE SITE NAME, BEING THE RAINY STREET SUBSTATION.

WE ALSO LISTENED TO THE FACT THAT THEY WANTED TO MAINTAIN THE WIDTH OF EAST AVENUE RUNNING ALONG THE WEST SIDE, THAT THEY WANTED TO CHANGE THE PARKING.

UM, IT'S CURRENTLY BACK IN PARKING AND WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THAT TO PARALLEL PARKING.

IT WANTED A BRAND FRIENDLY STREET SKATE.

THEY LIKED THE NATIVE LANDSCAPING OPTIONS.

AND THEN OF COURSE, THIS, WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO RETURN TO THE NEIGHBORS, UH, WITH OUR MEET THE CONTRACTOR MEETING SO THAT WE CAN KIND OF SHOW THEM SOME MORE REFINED RENDERINGS AND MATERIALS THAT WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU GUYS HERE IN JUST A SECOND.

UM, THAT TARA, I'M GOING TO HAND IT BACK OVER TO YOU.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

AND SO THESE NEXT FEW SLIDES ARE JUST QUICK, UM, UH, FRAME OF REFERENCE VICINITY.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE HERE WHERE YOU RIVER LAMBY EAST AVENUE AND, UM, SOME OF THE, UH, TRANSPORTATION MODES SHOWN THERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN HERE AGAIN, THE, UM, REFERENCE TO THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED, UM, P PUBLIC ZONING, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THEN THIS SLIDE IS, UM, KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS A LOT OF THE LANDSCAPING THAT, UM, AND STREETSCAPING THAT WE ARE PROPOSING FOR THIS SUBSTATION.

AND SO ON, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT VERY SIDEWALK WITH, AS YOU MOVE FROM EACH QUADRANT.

AND FOR FRAME OF REFERENCE NORTH IS TO THE RIGHT ON, ON THIS, UM, UM, ON THIS VIEW AS OPPOSED TO PREVIOUS VIEWS.

SO, UM, WE USE GOT VARYING SIDE WITH, UM, SIDEWALK WITH, WITH 12 FEET TO WHICH WE COORDINATED SPECIFICALLY WITH, WITH TEXTILES.

AND, UM, WE'VE GOT, UH, 15 FEET ON EAST AVENUE AND WE HAVE THREE FEET OF ROCK.

AND, UM, JUST SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE, UH, THE GROUT OF GRAVEL IS A BETTER TERM FOR IT.

AND THAT IS TO, UM, WITHIN SUBSTATIONS, WE HAVE GROUND GRIDS TO, UM, AVOID BEING, YOU KNOW, SHOTS WITHIN THE SUBSTATION AND UNDERGROUND GRID ACTUALLY DOES EXTEND BEYOND THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE FENCING, WHATEVER THAT MATERIAL, WHETHER IT'S, YOU KNOW, CHAIN-LINK AND KIND OF A STANDARD OR ANY TYPES OF OTHER WALLED ENCLOSURE THAT WE MIGHT, UM, IMPLEMENT.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE THAT GRAVEL BUFFER COMES FROM.

UM, ON EASTERN LAMBY, WE HAVE, UM, PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, UM, AND UTILIZING THE AUSTIN ENERGY LAMPPOST LIGHTING, UH, TREELINE STREET WITH BIKE RACKS AND BENCHES.

WE'VE ALSO GOT ELECTRICAL VEHICLE PARKING ON EAST AVENUE, AS WELL AS LANDY STREET.

WE HAVE GOT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT THE HERITAGE TREES WHERE WE HAVE ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER.

WE'VE KINDA GOT A PATH IN BETWEEN, UM, FROM LAMBIE OVER TO THE FRONT EDGE.

AND THEN ON RIVER STREET IS WHERE WE HAVE OUR RAIN GARDENS AND THE RAIN GARDENS, UM, AREA ALSO HAS A CONCRETE WALL, AS WELL AS THE PATHWAY WITH NATIVE LANDSCAPING AND PLANTS.

UM, OUR TREE LINED AREA, WE'LL ALSO HAVE PAINTS, UM, PLANTED, YOU KNOW, KIND OF TRAITS THAT HAVE THAT DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM.

AND THEN AS KEN NOTED, WE WILL BE MOVING FROM THE BACK END, PARKING TO THE, UM, PARALLEL PARKING.

AND THEN JUST ONE OTHER FINAL THING I WANTED TO MENTION.

SO WE'VE GOT THIS EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL WALL THAT

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GOES AROUND THE ENTIRE SITE, WHICH IS THE, YOU KNOW, THE SUBSTATION SITES IS THE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF GRAYED OUT AREA.

AND WHAT I'LL SAY IS, AS I NOTED IN THE BEGINNING, THERE'S A 96 INCH STORM DRAIN, AND WE HAVE DESIGNED THIS WALL TO BE REMOVABLE.

AND THOSE AREAS SUCH THAT IF THERE'S ANY, UM, NEED TO REPAIR THAT 96 INCH STORM DRAIN, WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND SO THAT WAS A MAJOR CONSTRAINT.

UM, BUT ONE THAT WE WANTED TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNER AT WATERSHED BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT ASSET TO OUR SYSTEM.

AND, UM, WITH THAT, I AM GOING TO TURN IN, TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER WITH THE NEXT SLIDE TO GERARD.

KENNY IS ONE OF OUR CONSULTANTS.

HI, EXCUSE ME.

I'M ON TALKING ON BEHALF OF GERARD KENNY.

HE'S TRYING TO CALL IN RIGHT NOW IN CASE YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED, HE'S GONNA CALL IN CAUSE HE CAN'T CONNECT AUTO WITH THE AUDIO IS DAVY TECH HEARD THAT? SO HOW DO WE PROCEED? UM, I GUESS WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE PATIENTS OR WHAT, I'M SORRY.

GERARD, ARE YOU ON, I SEE HIS NAME.

OH, I'M SORRY.

UM, THIS IS HIS ASSISTANT.

HE'S TRYING TO CALL IN WITH HIS AUDIO.

I'M AT HIS DESK RIGHT NOW, BUT HE'S AT HOME.

SO HE CAN'T HEAR ANY OF YOU.

SO HE'S GOING TO CALL IN FROM HIS PHONE RIGHT NOW WAS THE AB TECH.

I'M LOOKING OUT FOR THAT PHONE NUMBER.

YEAH, I HAVE IT ON THE EMAIL.

HANG ON JUST A SECOND.

LET ME CHECK WITH THEM.

WAS GERARD SUPPOSED TO DO THE REST OF THE PRESENTATION? HE WAS THRUSTED THE NEXT FEW SLIDES.

I CAN, UM, DO MY BEST, BUT I'M NOT, I'M NOT THE ARCHITECT, BUT I WILL DO MY BEST.

UM, SO, UM, SHOWN HERE, UM, ON THE, WHAT WE'VE GOT IS WE HAVE, UM, A, WE HAVE AN ENCLOSURE WALL THAT HAS A HEIGHT THAT VARIES FROM 10 AND A HALF TO 12 FEET TALL, BUT THE GI BUILDING, WHICH, UM, IS KNUCKLED UP AGAINST ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD SIDE, IT HAS A HEIGHT OF 28 FEET TALL.

AND, UM, AS I NOTED BEFORE, THAT HAS REMOVABLE PANELS FOR FUTURE MAINTENANCE AND AS WELL AS, UM, WE DO NOT, UM, FIRST SECURITY REASONS WITHIN A SUBSTATION.

WE DO NOT WANT TO THE, UH, SUB-STATE THE, THE ENCLOSURE FOR THE SITE TO BE CONVAULT.

UM, ADDITIONALLY THE ENTRANCE GATES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED INTO THE WALL DESIGN, UM, WITH, UM, THE COLORING AND AS WELL AS, UM, SOME, I THINK THEIR SPENDS ON THE BENADRYL SIDE OF THE SITE.

UM, WHAT YOU CAN SEE HERE IN THESE GRAPHICS IS ON THE FAR, RIGHT? WHEN YOU CAN, YOU CAN SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S KIND OF GOT THE CONSTRUCT.

I'M NOT GOING TO USE THE RIGHT WORDS, BUT, UM, OF THE ATTACHMENT OF THE SCREEN, WHICH IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A RUST COLOR, AND THEN YOU'VE GOT THE FENCE, WHICH ARE THIS, UM, UM, REALLY NICE BLUE COLOR.

UM, THE, UM, FENCE WILL HAVE VERY, WE CAN HEAR YOU GERARD.

OKAY.

I, UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING, BUT I HAVE THE SLIDES IN HARD COPY RIGHT HERE.

IF I CAN HEAL HELP, I CAN MAKE BACK IN.

I CAN CONTINUE FROM HERE IS ABLE TO FINALLY GET ON BY TELEPHONE THE ONLY HAVE TO GET ON, OKAY.

SLIDE 10.

AND I'VE JUST DISCUSSED THE FIRST, UM, FOUR BULLETS AND I WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE RIGHT.

GREAT, GREAT.

OKAY.

UH, YOU PROBABLY DID A GREAT JOB THERE.

DID YOU, YOU MENTIONED THAT THE FIN MATERIAL IS A POLYCARBONATE AND IT'S TRANSLUCENT, SO THAT LIGHT COMES THROUGH IT.

I DID NOT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THERE'S THAT? CAN, CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME? YES.

YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

AND, AND, UH, AND ON THE RIGHT

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THAT, WHAT YOU'VE GOT THERE IS THE INSULATED PANELS ARE WHITE THERE.

YOU DON'T SEE THEM ON TOP OF THAT OR THE RAINSCREEN PANELS, WHICH IS KIND OF A COPPER COLOR, AND THAT WILL BE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BUILDING AND FENCE, AND THEN THE DEFENSE OR THAT, OR THAT BLUE, WHEN I GO TO SLIDE 11 ON THE SCREEN AND YOUR SLIDE 11.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE, UH, FROM THE, UH, SOUTHWEST CORNER, UH, LOOKING NORTHEAST AND YOU'RE SEEING THE BUILDING BEYOND THE REASON THE BUILDING BEYOND DOESN'T HAVE FENCE ON IT IS YOU'RE SEEING THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING THAT FACES THE, UH, THE MAINTENANCE YARD, BUT IN THE FOREGROUND, YOU HAVE THE CORNER OF THE FENCE GOING EACH WAY.

THE, UH, I THINK SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE GATE WHEN I CAME ON THE GATE IS ON THE RIGHT.

AND IT'S THE ONE THING THAT'S NOT REAL CLEAR ABOUT THIS SLIDE IS THAT THERE WOULD BE MORE, YOU'D SEE MORE BLUE.

AND THAT GATE IS THAT GATE.

AND ALSO THE ONE AROUND AT 35 ARE GOING TO BE AS, AS OPAQUE AS WE CAN, AS THE MANUFACTURER CAN PROVIDE.

WE WON'T KNOW THE MANUFACTURER UNTIL THE BIDS ARE IN, BUT, UH, THE WHOLE IDEA OF THIS, UH, THIS SLIDE IS TO SHOW THE KIND OF PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY NATURE OF THAT CORNER WITH THE TREES AND THE LIGHTS, AND THEN THE FANS AND THE FANS THEMSELVES.

UM, THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD DEPICTION OF WHAT THE FENCE WILL LOOK LIKE.

WE CAN GO TO SLIDE 11, SLIDE 12 SLIDE 12 IS A SLIDE.

SOME OF YOU ON THE DESIGN COMMISSION MAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN ONCE.

THIS IS THE ONLY SLIDE WE HAVE FROM THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION.

AND THE, AND THE ONE THING I NEED TO SAY ABOUT THIS SLIDE IS THE THING, THE THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED ARE THE FANS GO, ARE SHOWN HERE TO GO SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE BUILDING, BUT THEY WON'T.

THEY'LL JUST GO TO THE T TO THE TOP OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THERE'S A CAP UP THERE.

UM, THE FANS ARE ACTUALLY IN THIS, IN THIS PICTURE, THE SLIP THAT IS ARE 12 INCHES APART.

THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE WHEN WE ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED OF IT, BUT DO THE TECHNICAL BUILDABILITY ISSUES.

THEY'RE NOW 16 INCHES, ONE FOOT, FOUR INCHES APART.

BUT THE MAIN THING THAT'S DIFFERENT HERE ABOUT THIS SLIDE IS THAT WE WERE, WE WERE THINKING THE FANS WOULD BE INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED, BUT THE COP POLYCARBONATE FENCE THAT WE'RE USING, UH, CANNOT BE INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD PICTURE.

AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THE FAR RIGHT SIDE, BEFORE YOU GET TO THE, THE TALL, UH, UTILITY POLE, YOU CAN SEE THE, UM, THE AT 35 GATE IT'S, IT'S, IT'S A SHORTER GATE THAN THE ONE ON LAMBY STREET.

IF WE CAN GET THEM ABOUT EGM, YOU'RE SEEING THE HERITAGE TREES TO THE LEFT-HAND SUPER RIDE.

AND THEN THE FINAL SLIDE IS AROUND, UH, ON, UH, AT THE, ON LAMMY STREET.

AND IT'S YES, EXCUSE ME.

YEAH, SLIDE 13.

AND THIS IS FROM RIVER STREET THAT ENDED 35, RIGHT, RIGHT AT THAT CORNER.

AND THIS IS, THIS IS, UH, AS WAS THE ONE OVER ON, UH, EAST AVENUE ON THE WEST SIDE, THIS IS A PRETTY GOOD DEPICTION OF, OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE IN TERMS OF THE FENCE TODAY.

YOU'RE SEEING IT THROUGH THE, THROUGH THOSE HERITAGE TREES.

YOU SEE SOME LANDSCAPING ALONG THE RIGHT, TRYING TO MAKE THIS AS PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY AS IT CAN AS POSSIBLE.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS, I GUESS WE WHITTLED IN FOR QUESTIONS? I THINK, I THINK I'VE PROBABLY USED MY MINUTE UP ON EACH SLIDE.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE TO SLIDE 14 PLEASE.

AND THIS SLIDE HERE, UM, IS MOSTLY PROVIDED HERE TO SHOW, UM, A CROSS-REFERENCE OF EAST AVENUE AND, AND, AND IT HAS TWO DIFFERENT, UM, DESIGN POINTS IN OUR PROCESS WITH THE TOP, RIGHT.

BEING THE MOST CURRENT AND ACCURATE DEPICTION OF WHAT THE SITE WILL LOOK LIKE.

BUT THE IMPORTANT POINT IMPORTANT POINT HERE IS, IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE MAINTAINING, UM, YOU KNOW, PARALLEL PARKING ON BOTH SIDES.

IT'S GOING TO, UM, BE LIT TREELINE, PEDESTRIAN, FRIENDLY SIDEWALKS, BUT BENCHES,

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UM, AS WELL AS, UM, WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE, UH, 80 FEET TOTAL OF, OF RIGHT AWAY, UM, FROM, UM, THROUGH BOTH SIDES OF, OF THE, UH, CROSS SECTION OF THAT STREET.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND THEN WITH THIS, UM, IS KIND OF OUR SCHEDULE, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE WHERE WE ARE HERE AT THE DESIGN COMMISSION TODAY, AND THEN WE ARE, UM, ACTUALLY GOING TO BE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE BID PROCESS TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR.

WE WILL BE FINISHING UP, YOU KNOW, OUR SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AND THEN HOSTING OUR NEXT, UM, PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETING, WHICH WILL BE WHERE WE'LL INTRODUCE THE CONTRACTOR AND, UM, INTRODUCE THEM AS OUR, THEIR, THEIR NEWEST NEIGHBOR, UH, FOR THE NEXT, UM, FORESEEABLE FUTURE AS THEY WORK TO CONSTRUCT THIS.

AND THEN WE'RE HOPING FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, WINTER, DECEMBER 22 TYPE OF TIMEFRAME FOR ENERGIZATION OF OUR SUBSTATION, BUT THAT WE'RE OPEN TO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I HAVE A QUESTION IF NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO ASK ANYTHING.

SO, SO, UM, I REALLY LIKED THE EAST AVENUE, I GUESS, THE, THE LOWER FENCE OR THE LOWER WALL, THE SCREEN, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, BUT THE ONE ON 35 JUST SEEMS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING, UM, OR THE SIGHT LINES SUCH THAT IT HAS TO BE THAT TALL HAS TO BE THAT TALL.

I MEAN, IF YOU'RE STANDING ON THE STREET, YOU WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT.

RIGHT.

UNLESS YOU'RE GOING OVER THE EXPRESSWAY, LOOKING DOWN ON IT FOR 35, WOULD YOU LIKE FOR ME TO RESPOND TO THAT? YOU'RE WELCOME TO DRIVE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, HOW HAS SEEN FROM AT 35, ISN'T IMPORTANT, WASN'T IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS, BUT WHAT YOU HAVE, THERE IS A BUILDING IS 28 FEET TALL AND A, AND A FENCE THAT'S ABOUT 12 FEET TALL.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO DO A DESIGN TREATMENT.

THAT WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS BLUE, UM, THESE BLUE FEMS HAVE HAD ATTACHED THEMSELVES TO THIS BUILDING AND THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT'S WHAT YOU SEE, THAT'S THAT, THAT IS THE DESIGN MOTIF.

AND THE ONE THAT WAS BASICALLY SELECTED BY THE, BY THE COMMUNITY BACK, YOU KNOW, A YEAR AGO.

UM, I UNDERSTAND, I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT THE SCREEN IS SO TALL THAT NO PEDESTRIAN IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE OVER THE, THEY WON'T SEE ANYTHING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT SCREEN, IF IT WAS EVEN A LITTLE LOWER, RIGHT.

GERARD, RIGHT, RIGHT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

WE DON'T, WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO SEE OVER IT.

WE'RE WE'RE TRYING TO, THE WHOLE IDEA IS, IS THAT WHAT PEOPLE WOULD SEE AROUND THE ENTIRE PERIMETER OF THE SITE IS EITHER THE BUILDING OR THE SCREEN.

SO HOW FAR OUT DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO SEE OVER IT? WELL, YOU'D HAVE TO BE UP ON THAT 35, UH, TO, TO SEE OVER IT AND SEE IF YOU WANTED TO SEE DOWN INTO IT, OR YOU'D HAVE TO BE IN ONE OF THE HIGH RISE BUILDINGS AROUND IT, TO LOOK DOWN INTO IT, TO SEE THAT THE EQUIPMENT INSIDE OF IT.

BUT WE'RE NOT, THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO TRY TO SCREEN THEM.

WHAT'S HIS NAME? I UNDERSTAND.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE ABOUT PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLINESS, TOO.

THAT'S WHY I LIKE THE EAST AVENUE SIDE WHERE IT SEEMED TO HAVE MORE OF A PEDESTRIAN SCALE OVER HERE.

THIS ALMOST LOOKS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING TO ME.

THAT'S ALL, THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.

IF THERE WAS A WAY IT COULD BE BROUGHT DOWN SOME TO BE MORE OF A PEDESTRIAN SCALE THAN, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT LOOKED A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE, BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S IT'S YEAH, IT'S FINE.

WELL, IF WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT THE, THAT THE FINS THEMSELVES DON'T NEED TO GO, THEY CAN JUST REMAIN DOWN AT THE 12 FOOT HIGH.

LIKE THE FENCE IS THE, THE, THE RAIN SCREEN PANELS THAT ARE THE FACADE OF THE BUILDING OF COURSE HAVE TO GO UP THE ENTIRE 28 TREE.

AND THAT'S A COOL IDEA TOO.

YEAH.

THAT THAT'D BE KIND OF COOL JUST TO HAVE THE FENCE DOWN AT A LOWER LEVEL WHERE IT WAS MORE PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY AND THE REST OF IT COULD BE THE RUST, THE RUST KIND OF SCREEN.

BUT IT WAS JUST MY, YEAH, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE REALLY LOOKED SMALL.

I MEAN, MAYBE THAT'S MAYBE THAT'S, MAYBE I'M NOT LOOKING AT IT.

RIGHT.

BUT THOSE PEOPLE LOOK LIKE ANTS NEXT THAT WALL IN THAT, THAT WAS MY MAIN COMMENT.

THE OTHER COMMENT I HAD WAS YOU SAID THERE'S THREE POT POWER POLES, RIGHT.

TWO OF THEM ARE NEW AND ONE OF THEM IS EXISTING.

RIGHT.

SO HOW HIGH, HOW HIGH ABOVE

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THE TREES ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THOSE POLES TO GUARANTEE THAT THE TREES WON'T GROW UP AND SOMETIME, YOU KNOW, IT'S SOMETIME IN INTERFERE WITH THE POWER LINES.

YEAH.

SOMEBODY ELSE NEEDS TO ADDRESS THAT GREG OR ROBERT, THAT'S IT FOR ME.

SO IN ACTUALITY, THANK YOU.

UM, IS THE, UH, WE HAVE TWO EXISTING AND THEN THERE'S ONLY ONE NEW BEING ADDED.

AND SO, UM, WE, THE STRUCTURES ARE, I THINK A HUNDRED.

AND LET ME MAKE SURE I, I WROTE THEM DOWN BECAUSE I WANT TO TELL YOU THE EXACT HEIGHT OF THOSE STRUCTURES.

WHERE DID I WRITE THAT DOWN? I THINK THE EXISTING STRUCTURES ARE, OF COURSE, THAT'S GOING TO TAKE ME FOREVER TO FIND THEM.

UM, IT LOOKED LIKE ABOUT A LITTLE OVER DOUBLE OF WHAT THE SCREEN IS, SO IT MUST BE ABOUT 60 FEET OR SOMETHING.

YEAH.

THERE, I'M ACTUALLY IN THE 75 85 RANGE.

AND I THINK THE ONE NEW ONE IS IN THE HUNDRED RANGE AND WE'LL, UM, CONTINUE TO, UM, PRUNE AS, AS NECESSARY.

UM, BECAUSE THAT IS OBVIOUSLY, AS WE KNOW, FROM WINTER STORM, URI PRUNING IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAINING OUR, UM, TRANSMISSION AND ELECTRICAL, I MEAN, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM HERE IN AUSTIN.

YEAH.

AND I GUESS IT COULDN'T BE UNDERGROUND, RIGHT.

THAT WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE.

WELL, SO WHAT YOU CAN SEE IN THAT ONE PICTURE IS THAT IT ACTUALLY DOES GO UNDERGROUND INTO THE BUILDING.

SO, UM, WE HAD TO ADD THE ONE POLE, SO AS IT COMES BACK UP AND WE COULDN'T HAVE, WE HAD TO ADD THAT POLE BECAUSE WE COULDN'T CUT THROUGH THE ROOT SYSTEMS OF THE EXISTING, UM, TERRIBLY TREES TO GO OVER TO THE EXISTING POLE.

SO THAT'S WHY WE ADDED THE THIRD POLL.

SO, YEAH.

AND THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

SO IT'S KIND OF LIKE A T IT'S LIKE A BRIDGE KIND OF.

YEP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF LANDSCAPE RELATED QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST ONE BEING, UH, HAVE YOU PICKED A VARIETY OF TREES? YEAH.

FOR THE PROJECT, ESPECIALLY ALONG EAST AVENUE AND LANEY STREET.

ROBERTO, ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO THOSE QUESTIONS ANYWAY, FROM THE DESIGN TEAM? SORRY TO INTERJECT ROBERTO'S COMING ON OVER.

OH, GOOD.

THERE WE GO.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, HI, UH, THE STREET TREES ARE CEDAR ELM AT THIS TIME.

ALL OF THEM.

YES.

CAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF LIVE OAKS ALREADY ON THE SITE IN ONE PECAN.

AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, THE REST IS JUST KIND OF, UH, UNDERSTORY SHRUBS.

AND, UH, ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES IS THAT, UH, WE'RE NOT USING ANY TURF WE'VE WE'RE, WE'RE USING ALL, UM, KIND OF, UH, NATIVE GRASSES AND WILD FLOWERS AROUND THE SUBSTATION.

I THINK THAT'LL LOOK GOOD WITH THE RUST COLORED STRUCTURE AND IT REDUCES THE WATER AND IN MAINTENANCE, ONE OF THE THINGS THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASKED FOR WAS A LOT OF, UH, UH, UH, SHRUBS.

SO WE HAVE WAVES OF SHRUBS ALL THE WAY AROUND IT.

OKAY.

WELL, SPEAKING OF SHRUBS, IF I'M READING THIS CORRECTLY, THERE'S NO SHRUBS ON LANEY OR EAST AVENUE.

IT'S ALL TREES IN TREE GREATS.

IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

SO THERE WAS NO, THERE'S NO SOFTENING OF PLANTING OTHER THAN THE TREES ON THOSE TWO EDGES.

RIGHT.

WHAT SIZE TREE DO YOU PLAN ON PUTTING IN DAY ONE? WELL, W WE HAVE FIVE INCH TREES IN THE, OKAY.

WE CAN GET THEM.

AND ARE THEY IN SILVA CELLS? ARE THEY IN TREE GRATES? HOW DO YOU PLAN ON DETAILING THAT HAVE YOU COME TO THAT LEVEL OF DETAIL YET? YEAH.

TH THOSE ARE ALL INTRIGUED.

GREAT.

UH, SO NO SILVER SELLS FOR MORE WEIGHT RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME.

I DON'T KNOW THAT WE NEED THAT.

UM, I'M JUST, I'M OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WE'RE REALLY RELYING ON CEDAR ELMS TO DO A GREAT JOB, BECAUSE THAT IS SUCH A STRONG ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT AND THE TREES ARE ONLY GREEN DESPITE BETWEEN THAT EDGE

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AND THE PEDESTRIAN REALM.

RIGHT, RIGHT.

AND YOU'RE, YOU'RE CORRECT.

OKAY.

MY OTHER QUESTION IS I, IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MEETING, I LOOKED AT THE SIDE PLAN AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A UTILITY LINE GOING THROUGH THE HERITAGE TREES GOING NORTH, SOUTH.

UM, IS THAT AN EXISTING LINE OR IS THAT A PROPOSED LINE, BUT THOSE ARE ALL EXISTING.

THERE'S IT SEEMS STORM SEWER, UH, THROUGH THE TREES SOMEHOW, I THINK.

OKAY.

YEAH.

JUST MAKING SURE THAT'S NOT A NEW, CORRECT.

OKAY.

UH, AND THEN THIS IS, YOU HAVE A BLOW UP OF HOW THAT CIRCULATION MEANDERS ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH.

I SEE IT ON THE, ON THE SOUTH, BUT HOW DOES THE, HOW DOES THE SIDEWALK MEANDER ON THE NORTH, ON THE NORTH WEST AND THE NORTH IS PARALLEL TO THE STREET.

WHAT WE'VE GOT IS A GRAVEL EDGE THAT KINDA CREEPS TOWARDS THE WALL THAT WOULD ALLOW THE PEDESTRIAN, THAT KIND OF HOW TO CROSS IF THEY WANT TO, THROUGH THE, YOU DON'T CIRCULATE THROUGH THOSE TREES LIKE YOU DO ON THE SOUTH, WHICH JUST KIND OF CUT THE CORNER A LITTLE BIT.

UH, YEAH.

THERE'S SOME BEDS FLOATING IN THE GRAVEL, THOSE.

OKAY.

AND ARE THERE BENCHES AND THINGS IN THERE, OR JUST THE SEAT? YOU'LL SIT ON STONES.

THE BENCHES ARE ALL ON THE STREETSCAPE.

THE BENCHES ARE OKAY.

BUT IN THAT GRAVEL AREA, THERE'S LIMESTONE BOULDERS.

YES.

WE HAVE 30, 40 DIFFERENT SIZES IN THE PLANS.

OKAY.

ARE THEY SUSTAINABLE OR ARE THEY BOULDERS? BOTH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I THINK THOSE ARE MY, OH, THE FINS.

I HAD A QUESTION FOR GERARD ABOUT THE FENCE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT INTERNALLY LINKED ANYMORE.

WILL IT HAVE THE SAME EFFECT IN THE RENDERINGS? THAT'S MY FIRST QUESTION.

THE SECOND IS THAT THERE, IS THERE ANY MAINTENANCE TO KEEP THOSE, LIKE WHEN THEY GET CLOUDY WITH JUST DUST, BRILLIANT URBAN POPULATION, ARE THEY GOING TO LOOK DULL? I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.

AND MAYBE IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FEATURE, BUT I THINK THAT THE BEAUTIES IN THE, THE, UH, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? THE, THE OPERA LESSONS OF IT, RIGHT.

THE RADIANT SEA OF IT.

WELL, THE LIGHTING THAT WE HAVE IS THE STREETLIGHTS LIGHTS AT NIGHT.

IF WE, WE THINK THEY WILL, YOU KNOW, THEY WILL PICK UP THE FIVES AND THEY GET, AND YOU WILL, YOU WILL SEE THAT YOU WILL SEE THOSE THE FANS, BUT YOU WON'T SEE THEM AS BRIGHT AS THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN.

HAD THEY BEEN INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED.

UM, BUT IN THE DAYTIME, WE'VE WE THINK WHERE WHENEVER THEY'RE IN THE SUN, YOU'LL, THERE'LL BE REALLY QUITE ATTRACTED BECAUSE THE LIGHT THROUGH THEM AND, AND, UH, WE'VE TAKEN THE MATERIAL OUTSIDE AND PUT IT IN THE SUN AND LOOKED AT IT IN VARIOUS WAYS.

AND WE THINK IT'LL BE BEAUTIFUL IN THE DAYTIME, THE NIGHTTIME, IT WON'T BE AS BRIGHT AS WE HAD ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED.

OKAY.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE? UH, THE MAINTENANCE, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UH, WE'VE GONE TO A LOT OF TROUBLE.

THEY ARE REMOVABLE.

YOU CAN REMOVE THEM WITHOUT REMOVING THE, UH, PANEL.

EACH, EACH INDIVIDUAL RIB CAN BE REMOVED AND PUT BACK WITHOUT REMOVING A PANEL.

UM, THEY BOTH THE PANELS AND THE PENS ARE, UH, NATURALLY GRAFFITI RESISTANCE.

AND, BUT BOTH, BOTH MANUFACTURERS, THE MANUFACTURERS OF THE, OF THE PENS AND THE MANUFACTURER OF THE PANELS, BOTH HAVE PRODUCTS THAT ARE DELIVERED THAT ARE WE'RE REQUIRING THEM TO BE DELIVERED WITH THE, WITH THE, UM, MATERIALS THAT IF THERE IS WE'RE FEEDING IT, TH TH THEY CAN BE RE IT CAN BE REMOVED WITH IT WITH THESE MATERIALS.

WE DIDN'T QUITE A BIT OF CHECKING ON THAT WE WERE REAL CONCERNED ABOUT TO, AND, AND THEN ALSO JUST CLEANING THEM FROM NORMAL, UH, LANDSCAPE PAYMENTS AND THAT SORT OF THING, DIRT STUFF WILL GET UP ON THE, ON THE PANELS AND WE'LL GET UP ON THE FENCE AT NIGHT.

THEY CAN BE EASILY CLEANED.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS FAIR.

JUST ONE QUESTION FOR ME, UM, LIKE THE DESIGN, I APPRECIATE THE LAYOUT OF THE MASSEY.

PORTSIDE 35 AND KEEPING THE, OR CUTS AWAY FROM EAST AVENUE.

I THINK IT'S JUST REALLY GOOD KIND OF LAYOUT.

UH, ONE QUESTION WOULD BE ABOUT THE LARGE, UH, HERITAGE TREES AND STREET LIGHTING, JUST ANTICIPATING THE TREES ARE PROBABLY BLOCKING

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SOME OF THE STREET LIGHTING AND SETBACK FROM THE SIDEWALK AND WAS WONDERING IF THERE'S ANY EXTERIOR LIGHTING OR LIGHTING UNDER THE TREES OR ANY KIND OF CONCERN ABOUT HOW DARK IT MAY GET IN THERE.

HI, THIS IS FOR WORK FOR GARCIA.

IT'S NOT OBVIOUS FROM THE, THE RENDERINGS, UM, THERE'S OTHER LIGHTING, UH, THERE'S, UH, BOLLARDS THAT RUN UNDER THE, THE SOUTH END THROUGH THAT KIND OF S SHAPED SIDEWALK.

SO WE'VE GOT BOLLARDS THROUGH THERE, AND THEN ALL ALONG THE 12 FOOT PATHWAY, ALONG 35, WE'RE USING BOLLARDS THERE AS WELL FOR THE, KIND OF THE MORE FORMAL STREETSCAPE WE'RE USING THE TOWN LAKE FIXTURE, JUST BECAUSE IT SEEMED TO FIT WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THOSE ARE PRETTY CLOSE IN TERMS OF LIGHTING THERE.

I THINK THEY'RE, UH, EVERY OTHER TREE.

SO IT'S, IT'S A LOT OF LIGHT WHERE WE DO HAVE IT.

AND THEN WE, WE, WE ADDED SOME LIGHT UNDER THE TREE ON THE SOUTH END.

UH, THE NORTH END IS ALSO HAS LIGHTING, BUT ONLY ON THE SIDEWALK, UH, EDGES.

YEAH.

WELL, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALL WITH THE BOLLARDS STILL HELP, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'LL CONSIDER IT SO APPRECIATE THAT.

SURE.

MISSION REMINDERS.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, SO I REALLY LIKED THE DESIGN.

I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE A TIE DYE, WHICH KIND OF CONNECTS TO THAT WHOLE KEY BOSTON WEIRD VIBE.

SO I'M GLAD THE PUBLIC CHOSE IT.

UH, I OBVIOUSLY WISH THAT IT WAS LIT UP, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE.

UM, THE ONE CONCERN THAT I HAVE, WHICH MAY SOUND CRAZY IS THAT NOW THAT IT'S SHORTER, IS THERE ANY MITIGATION, IF SCOOTERS GET THROWN OVER THAT WALL, I'VE SEEN SCOOTERS GET THROWN PRETTY HIGH INTO TREES AND PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE.

SO, UM, IF THAT'S, UH, AT ALL CONCERNING TO YOU ALL, UH, THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO CONSIDER.

YEAH, THAT'S INTERESTING.

I HADN'T CONSIDERED THE SCOOTER.

WE DO.

UM, FOR EXAMPLE, OVER AT THE, UM, I'LL PUT THE DOMAIN AS WELL AS, UM, BY THE PUBLIC LIBRARY WHERE WE HAVE SUBSTATIONS, WE HAVE CHANGED LOUNGES.

WE HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT FLY WITH THE WIND.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE, YOU KNOW, AND THIS MORE, EVEN JUST NOT AS MUCH THROWN AS MUCH AS JUST A WIND TYPE THING.

SO IT'S SOMETHING WE DO HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, WE JUST, WE HAVE PATROLS, WE MAKE SURE WE, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE THERE.

I DON'T THINK THE HEIGHT, THE HEIGHT IS ACTUALLY PROBABLY TALLER THAN MAYBE EVEN SOME OF OUR OTHER EXISTING OR OLDER SUBSTATIONS.

SO IT'S, UM, IT'S, IT'S A CONCERN, NO MATTER WHAT, THIS IS HIGH AS IT CAN BE BY CODE.

YEP.

THERE'S QUITE A DISTANCE TOO, BETWEEN THE TOP OF THE FENCE AND THE ACTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE, BECAUSE THERE'S A LARGE DRIVE GOING ALL THE WAY AROUND IT AS WELL.

HMM.

ALSO NOT, NOT JUST GET HIGH, BUT GET SOME REAL RANGE ON THOSE SCOOTERS.

COOL.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

OKAY.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS MYSELF.

ONE IS, UM, THE BLUE POLYCARBONATE PANELS.

SO HOW FAR I'LL GET TRUED ON THIS WALL? UH, I THINK THAT WE TRUED OUT AS FAR AS 16 INCHES.

I DON'T THINK ZACH IS ON THE CALL HERE.

WE'D HAVE TO ASK HIM.

WE WENT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN 12 AND 16 INCHES OUT.

SO, UH, SOMEWHERE IN THAT RANGE.

AND DO YOU, HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO THAT BEING AN ACCESSIBILITY ISSUE? ACCESSIBILITY? I CAN ANSWER THAT.

SORRY ABOUT THAT, GERARD.

SURE.

GO AHEAD.

WHERE THESE PANELS ABOUT THE PUBLIC SIDEWALKS ON THOSE TWO STREETS, THERE'S A STRIP OF GRAVEL THAT KIND OF COMES FORWARD OF THE PANELS AND THAT'S ABOUT THREE FEET WIDE.

UH, SO W WE GOT PLENTY OF CLEARANCE AND I DON'T THINK THESE WILL BE VIEWED AS PROTRUDING OBJECTS.

I DO SEE THAT

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ON EAST AVENUE AND RIVER STREET, BUT ON LAMBY STREET, THERE APPEARS TO BE NO BUFFER RIGHT ON, ON LAMBY.

WE'VE GOT PRETTY TIGHT, UH, IN TERMS OF THE, UH, THE SIDEWALK WITH W W WE WANTED TO MAXIMIZE THE SIDEWALK WITH.

UM, SO WE COULD, UH, I I'D HAVE TO CHECK WITH, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY.

UH, WE COULD HAVE THE GRAVEL STRIP ON THAT SIDE AS WELL, BUT IT WILL REDUCE THE WALKING WITH ON LAMP.

UH, YEAH.

YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST A COMMENT TO MAKE SURE, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE A ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTANT ON THIS PROJECT, BUT JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT DOWN THE ROAD.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT IS CITY PROJECT AND CITY FUNDING, AND SO WE DON'T HAVE KIND OF CATASTROPHE THANK YOU FOR THAT.

WE WILL DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THAT IN MY OPINION.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE MUCH OF A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT'S NOT LIKE YOU HAVE SINGLE OBJECT STICKING OUT THAT SUDDENLY YOU RUN INTO, ANYTIME ONE WOULD ENCOUNTER THE FINS.

YOU YOU'D BE GRADUALLY ENCOUNTERING THEM, ENCOUNTERING THEM GOING FROM ZERO TO AND DOWN AT THEM AT THAT LEVEL DOWN, IT KIND OF SHOULDER HEIGHT, YOU WOULD PROBABLY NEVER GET MORE THAN AROUND EIGHT OR NINE INCHES, BUT, BUT IT WOULD BE GRADUAL.

SO I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE ACTUALLY A PROBLEM FOR ANYONE IN A WHEELCHAIR OR, OR, OR WITH A CANE OR ANYTHING, BUT WE WILL DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THAT.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

AND THEN ONE OTHER QUESTION, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE I MISSED IT, THE, UH, CORE, 10 LOOKING MATERIAL.

WHAT, WHAT IS THAT EXACTLY? IS THAT A METAL PANEL? OKAY.

AND IS HIS STEEL, UH, AND IT'S COATED WITH A COIL COATING IN THE FACTORY.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, IT COMES WITH A VERY LONG MAINTENANCE, LONG GUARANTEE.

IT'S ALL STEEL, EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS STEEL.

UM, BECAUSE THERE'S WITH ALUMINUM, THERE'S A GALVANIC, UH, CHEMICAL PROBLEM BECAUSE IT'S AN ELECTRICAL BILL, YOU KNOW, EQUIPMENT IN THE BUILDING.

SO EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS SPEAKING SURE.

STEEL AND POLLY PARTLY CARBON THE TWINS.

UH, YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I, UH, THE ARCHITECT IN ME IS REALLY INTERESTED TO SEE THE DETAIL FALLOWS, POLYCARBONATE PANELS ARE CONNECTED.

WE, IT, IT WAS QUITE A CHALLENGE, BELIEVE ME.

UH, BUT, BUT IT LOOKS GOOD.

AND TO DO IT IN SO THAT, SO THAT EVERYTHING CAN BE REMOVED WITHOUT REMOVING EVERYTHING.

YEAH.

IT WAS A PROBLEM.

IT WAS A CHALLENGE.

VERY NICE.

WERE THERE ANY MORE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

UM, WELL, THEY ARE LOOKING FOR US TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS TONIGHT.

SOMEONE LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO SUPPORT THIS QUIET BUNCH TONIGHT, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO SUPPORT IT.

AND I'LL SECOND.

OKAY.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THAT? I HAD A LITTLE BIT BACK TO THE TREE GRATES, UH, ALMOST A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PROJECTS WE SEE COMING THROUGH AND OUR NEW CODE THAT'S JUST, THAT IS HOVERING OVER US, REQUIRES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SOIL VOLUME PER TREE.

AND I'M CONCERNED THAT THE TREE GRATES AND THOSE OPENINGS FOR A FIVE INCH TREE WILL NOT BE ADEQUATE FOR THOSE TREES TO THRIVE.

I THINK WE WANT BEYOND SURVIVE TO THRIVE.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT THAT, UH, SILVER CELL SYSTEM IS USED ON THE STREETS.

UM, I THINK I HAVE TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT.

I MEAN, I TRUST YOUR JUDGMENT CAUSE I KNOW YOU'VE GOT FAR MORE EXPERTISE THAN I DO.

SO DO YOU WANT TO EXPLAIN THAT COMMISSIONER COLEMAN CELL SYSTEM IS A SUBSURFACE GRID, GRATE CRATE TYPE SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS SOIL AND ROOTS TO HAVE MORE ROOM TO SPREAD BECAUSE TYPICALLY UNDER A SIDEWALK YOU'VE HAD ROAD BASE AND CONCRETE AND EVERYTHING ELSE HOLDING IT UP.

AND THE ONLY OPENING FOR THE TREE IS UNDER THAT SIX FOOT METAL GRADE, WHICH IS TYPICALLY GATHERS HATE.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT JUST GETS COMPACTED AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S DIFFICULT TO IRRIGATE.

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST THE URBAN CHALLENGE FOR TREE GRATES.

AND THAT'S WHY A LOT OF OUR TREAT STREET TREES HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING THEIR MAXIMUM

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HEIGHTS, SPREADS AND LONGEVITY.

AND THAT'S AGAIN, THAT'S WHY WE'RE REPLACING A LOT OF HOURS IN THE SYSTEM OF DOES YOUR, THAT IS, IT IS, UH, REQUESTED.

I'M GONNA, I'M GOING TO SAY 90 TO A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME BY CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF IS TO UTILIZE THIS TYPE OF SYSTEM.

SO THIS IS NOT A UNIQUE REQUEST.

I'M NOT PICKING ON ANYBODY, IT'S ON ALL OUR PROJECTS, IT'S ALL IN ALL YOUR PROJECTS.

SO I'M JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE ONLY HAVE THAT GREEN IN OUR TREES ON THOSE TWO, I THINK IT'S PRUDENT TO MAKE THAT INVESTMENT.

COOL.

YEAH.

I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT SINCE ITS RECOMMENDATION MIGHT AS WELL ADD THAT ON MR. WALLY, DO YOU AGREE? UM, YES.

I, I I'LL I'LL AGREE TO THAT.

I MEAN, I'M, I GUESS I'M SAYING I, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT BUDGET AND CONCERN, BUT OVERALL I BELIEVE IT'S, UH, IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY SPIRIT SYSTEMS, SO I'D BE FINE WITH IT.

OKAY.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

THEN WE WILL TAKE IT TO A VOTE.

OKAY.

MISHA, TANA.

GUCCI DOES COMMISSIONER I SUPPORT COMMISSIONER LUKINS YES, YES.

FOR SURE.

COLEMAN COMMISSIONER MINORS.

I SHOULDN'T WALLY.

YES.

AND I AM A YES.

I'LL SIT BED PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU, DESIGN TEAM.

THANK YOU.

HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM.

ONE

[1B. Courtesy Briefing on the City of Austin Palm District Planning Initiative, to be presented by Stevie Greathouse – City of Austin Housing and Planning Department]

B COURTESY BRIEFING ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

I'M STEVIE GREENHOUSE.

I'M A MANAGER WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND COULD I GET THE PRESENTATION UP THAT'S SHOULD BE THE ONLY PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE PRESENTATION.

HOPEFULLY THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I BELIEVE I WAS LAST, LAST BRIEF FEW GUYS AND LATE 2019 AND A LOT HAS HAPPENED IN THE MEANTIME.

I'M HAPPY TO BE BACK TO PROVIDE A FULLER BRIEFING ON THE PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN THIS BRIEFING THIS EVENING, I'M GOING TO VERY BRIEFLY COVER THE BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT, UM, STUDY AREA SCOPE AND PROJECT TEAM, AND THEN PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT, THE FUNDAMENTAL GOAL OF THE POM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE IS TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS IN THE PUBLIC TO DEVELOP A SHARED VISION FOR AN AREA OF DOWNTOWN THAT HAS A RICH HISTORY AND THAT WE KNOW IS EVOLVING QUICKLY.

THE POEM DISTRICT STUDY AREA COVERS THE EASTERN EDGE OF DOWNTOWN AND INCLUDES MANY SIGNIFICANT LANDMARKS.

THE AREA IS ALSO GROUND ZERO FOR A FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF MAJOR PUBLIC INVESTMENTS ANTICIPATED OVER THE YEAR.

THE HEAD INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION BY AGE 35, AS WELL AS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT SYSTEM.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, IN ADDITION TO INITIATING IN A DISTRICT PLANNING PROCESS, THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL ON BOARD IN 2019 PROVIDED DIRECTION ON SEVERAL ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT ARE MOVING FORWARD INDEPENDENTLY, THE DISTRICT PLANNING PROCESS BEING COORDINATED BY THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT WILL BE INFORMED BY AN INFORM ALL OF THE OTHER WORK THAT IS REFERENCED IN THE RESOLUTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ENDING WITH ADOPTION OF THE WALNUT CREEK MASTER PLAN IN 2010.

THIS IS AN AREA THAT HAS SEEN A LOT OF PLANNING ACTUALLY.

UM, AND, AND MORE IT CONTINUES.

UM, AND WE'RE REALLY HOPING THAT THIS PLANNING PROCESS WILL HELP TO UNIFY, UM, THE VARIOUS VISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN THAT HAVE COME OUT OVER THE YEARS BEHIND US, UM, AND COME UP WITH A UNIFIED VISION THAT CAN TRULY FIGURE OUT WHAT THIS PLACE WANTS TO BE MOVING FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YEAH.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE PUMP STUDY AREAS GENERALLY BOUNDED BY 15TH STREET TO THE NORTH I 35 ON THE EAST LADYBIRD LAKE TO THE SOUTH AND TRINITY STREET ON THE WEST.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

CENTRAL.

MOST OF THE STUDY AREA IS THE POEM SCHOOL, WHICH SERVED AS A FOCAL POINT FOR AUSTIN'S MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY.

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OVER THE YEARS, THE DISTRICT HAS SEEN WAVES OF SETTLEMENT AND DISPLACEMENT THAT HAVE BEEN REINFORCED BY PUBLIC DECISION-MAKING.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE APPROACH THE PLANNING PROCESS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THIS HISTORY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS UNDATED, ERIC WILL PHOTO PROBABLY FROM THE 1930S, LOOKING EAST SHOWS THE SOUTHERN END OF THE PALM DISTRICT, INCLUDING PALM SCHOOL WALLER CREEK AND THE RAINY NEIGHBORHOOD PRIOR TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF DURING THE 20TH CENTURY, EARLY 20TH CENTURY PALM SCHOOL, AND THE WRITING NEIGHBORHOOD WERE CONNECTED TO EAST AUSTIN ACROSS EAST, ACROSS EAST AVENUE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 1892 AS THE 10TH WARD SCHOOL PALM SCHOOL WAS RENAMED IN 1902 TO HONOR SWAMPY POEM AFTER ADOPTION OF THE SEGREGATIONIST 1928 PLAN, THE PALM SCHOOL BECAME THE PRIMARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR AUSTIN'S MEXICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION OF CUT THE SCHOOL OFF FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT IT SERVED.

AND MANY LIVING ALUMNI HAVE MEMORIES OF HAVING TO, HAVING TO TRAVERSE TICKET TO SCHOOL PALM SCHOOL CLOSED IN 1976 WHEN STUDENTS BEGAN ATTENDING SANCHEZ ELEMENTARY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

TODAY THE POEM SCHOOL BUILDING SERVES AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES FOR TRAVIS COUNTY.

THE COUNTY IS IN THE PROCESS OF RELOCATING FUNCTIONS FROM THE BUILDING TO A NEW FACILITY ON AIRPORT BOULEVARD AND IS OPTIONS FOR FUTURE OWNERSHIP USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS, INCLUDING POEM SCHOOL ALUMNI HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN PRESERVING AND OPERATING THE SITE AS A CULTURAL RESOURCE AND NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE CITY AND TRAVIS COUNTY ARE ONGOING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OTHER PLACES WITHIN THE PALM DISTRICT STUDY AREA THAT ARE KEYS TO THE DISTRICTS PAST PRESENT, AND FUTURE INCLUDE PALM PARK AS SHOWN IN THIS HISTORIC PHOTO.

NEXT SLIDE AND PALM PARK TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE WALLER CREEK AS SHOWN IN THIS HISTORIC PHOTO THAT WAS TAKEN JUST AFTER THE 1915 FLOODS.

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THE WALNUT CREEK TUNNEL, WHICH HAS RECENTLY REMOVED A LARGE PORTION OF THE DISTRICT FROM THE FLOOD PLAIN NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND PARKLAND ALONG WALLER CREEK.

THAT IS BEING RE-IMAGINED AS PART OF THE WATERLOO GREENWAY, INCLUDING WATERLOO PARK, WHICH IS IN FINAL CONSTRUCTION.

AND WE'LL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC LATER THIS SUMMER.

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HOME DISTRICT IS BOUNDED BOUNDED BY .

WHEN I H 35 WAS CONSTRUCTED.

IT EFFECTIVELY SEVERED THE PALM DISTRICT FROM EAST AUSTIN.

THIS PICTURE SHOWS EAST AVENUE PRIOR TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF .

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THIS PICTURE SHOWS CONSTRUCTION OF AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, AS WELL AS WHAT LOOKED LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER CONSTRUCTION THROUGH THE DISTRICT.

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TODAY I 30 FIVES ELEVATED LANES CARRY OVER 200,000 VEHICLES A DAY AND LOOM OVER CENTRAL AUSTIN, INCLUDING THE PALM DISTRICT RECONSTRUCTION OF THROUGH CENTRAL AUSTIN PROVIDES A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO RESHAPE THE CITY AND THE PALM DISTRICT, AND THIS PROJECT HOPES TO LEVERAGE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

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THE PALM DISTRICT INCLUDES THE DOWNTOWN STATION, WHICH IS THE SOUTHERN TERMINUS OF THE CAPITAL METRO RED LINE.

IN THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION OR PROJECT CONNECT WILL RESULT IN A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSIT INVESTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING A TRANSIT TUNNEL UNDER TRINITY AND SEVERAL NEW TRANSIT STATIONS AFTER CONSTRUCTION OR PROJECT CONNECT, THE DISTRICT WILL BECOME A TRANSIT HUB AND WILL BE SERVED BY THE RED LINE GREEN LINE BLUE LINE AND GOLD LINE OF THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM.

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A MAJOR ANCHOR WITHIN THE DISTRICT IS THE CONVENTION CENTER, WHICH COULD BE RECONSTRUCTED IN THE FUTURE IN 2019 CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED CITY STAFF TO EXPLORE FINANCING AND EXPANSION OF THE CONVENTION CENTER BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE UT CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION STUDY, CITY STAFF ARE PROCEEDING WITH ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES THAT COULD LEAD TO FUTURE EXPANSION OF THE CONVENTION CENTER THROUGH A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP APPROACH.

AND WE HOPE THAT THIS PLANNING EFFORT WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE AND INFORM, UM, THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER.

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THE PALM DISTRICT ALSO INCLUDES BRUSH SQUARE, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SQUARES CALLED FOR BY THE WALLER PLAN IMPROVEMENTS TO BRUSH SQUARE IMPLEMENTING PHASE.

ONE OF ITS MASTER PLAN ARE ABOUT TO COMMENCE.

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AND THE PALM DISTRICT INCLUDES THE MS. BARRIENTOS MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER AND EXPANSION TO THE MAC IS IN THE DESIGN PHASE.

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AND THE PALM DISTRICT INCLUDES RODNEY STREET.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS WHAT RAINY STREET LOOKED LIKE PRIOR TO THE 2004 REZONING TO CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ZONING.

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AND SINCE IT'S

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RESIGNING IN 2004, RAINY HAS BECOME A MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION.

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AND AS QUICKLY BEING REDEVELOPED WITH HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT.

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HOME DISTRICT IS ALSO HOME TO SEVERAL ADDITIONAL UNIQUE AREAS, INCLUDING A PORTION OF THE EAST SIXTH STREET ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT.

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THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT.

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AND THE EMERGING INNOVATION DISTRICT, WHICH IS ANCHORED BY THE NEW DELL SETON MEDICAL CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

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IN ADDITION, THE HISPANIC LATINO QUALITY OF LIFE INITIATIVE IDENTIFIED A DESIRE TO IMPLEMENT A MEXICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR THAT WOULD CONNECT REPUBLIC SQUARE TO SOCIO PLAZA ALONG FIFTH STREET.

THIS PROPOSED HERITAGE CORRIDOR INTERSECTS THE PALM DISTRICT AND THE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PALM DISTRICT PLANNING, ALSO DIRECTED STAFF TO INITIATE A PROCESS FOR CULTURAL DISTRICT DESIGNATION OF A FIFTH STREET HERITAGE CORRIDOR.

THE PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE WILL COORDINATE WITH POTENTIAL EFFORTS TO DESIGNATE AND IMPLEMENT SUCH A CORRIDOR AS THEY MOVE FORWARD.

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AND NEXT SLIDE, WE WILL EVALUATE WHETHER OUR PLANNING EFFORT IS SUCCESSFUL BASED ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT ACHIEVES COMMUNITY BENEFITS IN AN EQUITABLE MANNER.

GOALS INCLUDE CREATING A SELF SAFE AND WELCOMING PLACE, PRESERVING AND INTERPRETING HISTORY, ENHANCING EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ASSETS, PROVIDING ECONOMIC BENEFITS, INCREASING ACCESS TO HOUSING, IMPROVING MOBILITY AND ACCESS AND IMPROVING ACCESS TO NATURE AND SUPPORTING AN EQUITABLE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.

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DURING THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, WE PLAN TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS WORK TO UNDERSTAND EXISTING CONDITIONS DEVELOPED, DEVELOP A SHARED VISION FOR THE DISTRICT SUPPORT COORDINATION OF RELATED INITIATIVES AND IDENTIFY OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE EVOLUTION OF THE DISTRICT.

THIS WORK WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO DEVELOPMENT OF A SMALLER AREA PLAN FOR THE PALM DISTRICT AND AN AMENDMENT TO THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN PLAN.

WE WILL ALSO WORK ON IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES, WHICH COULD INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW REGULATIONS, BUT IMPLEMENTATION WORK WILL LIKELY CONTINUE WELL BEYOND THE 12 MONTHS.

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YEAH, NEXT SLIDE.

THIS PROJECT IS BEING STAFFED PRIMARILY IN-HOUSE WITH HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT STAFF FROM THE URBAN DESIGN INCLUSIVE PLANNING DIVISIONS AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE WHO ARE PROVIDING TECHNICAL AND URBAN DESIGN EXPERTISE AND SUPPORT TO THE EFFORT AS WELL AS SUPPORT FROM THE CITY'S COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE.

WE'RE MEETING REGULARLY WITH A GROUP OF KEY COORDINATING CITY DEPARTMENTS WHO WILL BE SUPPORTING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE PLANNING PROCESS.

AND WE HAVE ALSO BEGUN TO COORDINATE WITH KEY AGENCY PARTNERS.

THE PLAN WILL BE DEVELOPED THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH A HOST OF ADDITIONAL STAKEHOLDERS AND ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS DURING THE VISIONING STAGE OF THE PROCESS.

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LAST YEAR AND A HALF, WE CONDUCTED NUMEROUS PRE-PLANNING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING AN ANALYSIS OF EXISTING CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS SOME PRELIMINARY OUTREACH AND COORDINATION.

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE VISIONING PHASE.

THIS PHASE WILL INCLUDE A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO SOLICIT INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AROUND THE OVERALL DESIRED FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT, AS WELL AS ISSUES THAT WE SHOULD PAY PARTICULARLY CLOSE ATTENTION TO.

AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS OVER THE SUMMER AND FALL OF THIS YEAR, WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS ITERATIVELY THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.

AND THE GOAL IS TO PRESENT A DRAFT PLAN TO PLAN AND COMMISSION AND COUNCIL FOR POSSIBLE ADOPTION IN EARLY 2022.

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AND NEXT, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THE VISION AND THE PLAN FOR THE PALM DISTRICT.

THE PRIMARY CONDUIT FOR ENGAGEMENT IS THE SPEAK-UP AUSTIN PAGE, WHERE FOLKS CAN VIEW INFORMATION, TAKE A SURVEY AND ADD TO AN INTERACTIVE MAP OR ASK THE PROJECT TEAM QUESTIONS.

IN ADDITION, WE'LL BE HOSTING TWO VIRTUAL VISIONING FORUMS IN MID JUNE ON JUNE 15TH AND JUNE 16TH AND INFORMATION LOOP PROVIDED ON THE SPEAK-UP PAGE ABOUT HOW TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS.

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UM, FOLKS CAN ALSO PROVIDE INPUT, UM, VIA PHONE, EMAIL MAIL, AND WE ARE CURRENTLY, UM, WORKING TO SET UP ADDITIONAL BRIEFINGS WITH ORGANIZATIONS, UM, INCLUDING BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON PLANS FOR ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES.

UM, IN PARTICULAR, WE'LL BE WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS ON FOCUSED ACTIVITIES AS PART OF THE VISIONING PHASE AND, UM, HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HELP FACILITATE A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS TARGETED TO EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY MEMBERS LATER IN THE SUMMER, AS WELL AS DETAILS COME INTO FOCUS, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBPAGE AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE VISIONING ACTIVITIES WRAP UP, WE ANTICIPATE REPORTING BACK OUT ON WHAT WE HEARD AND PRESENTING A DRAFT VISION AND EARLY FALL THAT WILL GUIDE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLAN WITH A GOAL

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OF DEVELOPING AND PRESENTING A DRAFT PLAN BY EARLY 2022.

UM, LOOK FORWARD TO BRIEFING YOU ALL AGAIN, AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THE PROCESS, UM, INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VISIONING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.

AND WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I THINK I HAVE ONE MR. MINERS.

GO AHEAD.

YEAH.

I'M I GUESS PART OF THIS IS A QUESTION AND, UH, PART OF THIS IS A STATEMENT.

UM, SO I GUESS THE QUESTION IS AS FAR AS THE PALM SCHOOL ITSELF AND WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE HOUSED IN THERE, IS THAT DECOUPLED FROM THE ENTIRE SCOPE OF THIS, OR IS THAT ALL CONNECTED? HOW DO YOU COMPARTMENTALIZE THAT? SURE.

SO W WHAT WE'RE KIND OF TAKING ON AS THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT WITH THIS DISTRICT PLANNING PROCESS IS DISTRICT LEVEL PLANNING AND SCOPING.

SO IT IS, IT IS DECOUPLED TO THE EXTENT THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE DEVELOPING A SPECIFIC PLAN OR PROGRAMMING, UM, FOR THE POEM SCHOOL SITE, BUT IT IS HIGHLY RELATED AND THAT ANY, ANY CONVERSATIONS THE CITY CONTINUES TO HAVE WITH THE COUNTY KIND OF OVER DESIRES FOR THE FUTURE AND FOLKS ADVOCATING AROUND A PARTICULAR USE OF THE SITE, REGARDLESS OF WHO OWNS IT, UM, WILL BE, THAT WILL BE A CONVERSATION THAT HAPPENS AS PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS, BUT THE PLAN ITSELF, OBVIOUSLY, DOESN'T, WE, WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO JUST PUT IT