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SO, UH, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

SO JUST REAL QUICK, IN ORDER TO SPEAK, YOU ALL HAVE WIRELESS MICS IN FRONT OF YOU, THE BUTTON TO THE RIGHT.

YOU'LL HAVE TO PUSH TO SPEAK.

AND WE ASKED THAT ONCE YOU'RE DONE SPEAKING, IF YOU CAN TURN IT OFF, BECAUSE SOMETIMES THERE MAY BE SOME FEEDBACK, BUT OTHER THAN THAT, UM, IS THAT EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO KNOW, MARCUS? YEAH.

SO OTHER THAN THAT, I GUESS WE'RE GOOD TO GO.

THE OTHER BUTTON IS A MUTE BUTTON IN CASE SOMEONE COMES UP, YOU KNOW, AND YOU NEED TO TALK TO THEM OR DO YOU HAVE TO COUGH? YOU CAN JUST HIT THAT BUTTON.

SO IT DOESN'T BREAK THROUGHOUT THE ROOM COMMISSIONER THAT ISN'T, IT IS AN OBJECT BUTTON.

SO IT'LL, IT'LL LAUNCH A LOT OF THE MEETING.

OKAY.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED IS

[CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL]

6:07 PM.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021.

IT'S A REGULAR MEETING OF THE DESIGN COMMISSION AT AUSTIN ENERGY HEADQUARTERS.

UH, COULD YOU CALL ROLL PLEASE? YES, SIR.

UH, AGAIN, MY NAME IS HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

UM, TONIGHT'S DESIGN COMMISSION, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021.

UH, CHAIR CARROLL PRESENT COMMISSIONER FRANCO, COMMISSIONER MINORS HERE.

COMMISSIONER HERNIA.

ROBLEDO HERE.

COMMISSIONER TENDER, GUCCI COMMISSIONER WEAVER, COMMISSIONER ROLLISON, COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, PRESENT COMMISSIONER WALL-E PRESENT AND COMMISSIONER LUKINS.

SO YOU DO HAVE SIX TO BEGIN MEETING.

THANK YOU.

UH, IS THERE ANYONE SIGNED UP FOR CITIZENS? THERE ARE NO SIGNUPS FOR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

NO, SIR.

OKAY.

WE'LL GO INTO NEW BUSINESS.

UH, ITEM ONE, A STAFF

[1.a. Staff Briefing related to the Downtown Density Bonus Program, to be presented by Sam Tedford and Alex Radke– City of Austin Housing and Planning Department.]

BRIEFING RELATED TO THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

AREN'T DO YOU HAVE A CLICKER? WELL, I MEAN, IT'S RIGHT HERE.

OKAY.

UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO COME IN WITH NEXT LIFE.

WELL, WILL THIS MIC WORK? HOW DO I WORK? IT IT'S FINE.

IT'S JUST GOING TO STAY LIVE.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS SAM TEDFORD.

I'M A PRINCIPAL PLANNER IN THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND I'M HERE, UH, TO COVER THIS PRESENTATION ON THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

I'LL ALSO BE FILLING IN TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY FOR SOME COWORKERS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND TONIGHT'S MEETING.

UM, I INTEND TO KEEP THIS PRESENTATION IS SHORT, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION, UM, IN BACKUP FOR COMMISSIONERS TO DIGEST AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT AS NEEDED SO, AS I MENTIONED, MY COWORKERS FROM THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT IN PROGRAM DELIVERY AND REAL ESTATE SIDE OF THE SHOP, COULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT.

SO I WILL DO MY BEST TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL, SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT THEY PREPARED FOR YOU ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, HISTORY REQUIREMENTS AND OUTCOMES TO DATE.

AND I WILL ALSO PROVIDE A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE WORK TO RESPOND TO A RECENT COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO RECALIBRATE THE PROGRAMS FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO, UH, AS YOU ALL ARE PROBABLY AWARE OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL BY AN ORDINANCE IN 2013, THAT REPLACED THE PREVIOUS CENTRAL URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, UH, PROGRAM.

AND THEN THERE'S ONLY BEEN ONE AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN TO DATE THAT CAME IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR AFTER IT WAS INITIALLY ADOPTED THAT PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND SET UP THE CURRENT RAINY STREETS, SUBDISTRICT REQUIREMENTS, THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS,

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UM, ARE ONE OF SEVERAL OPTIONS FROM A MENU OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS OUTLINED IN THE ORDINANCE, IN ADDITION TO THE GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS.

UM, HOWEVER FOR RESIDENT, FOR MOST PROJECTS, 50% OF THE BONUS AREA MUST BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY BENEFIT.

AND THE OTHER 50%, IT IS UP TO A DEVELOPER TO ELECT WHICH COMMUNITY BENEFIT THEY'LL SUPPLY, UM, AND FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY BENEFIT, IT CAN BE DONE THROUGH A FEE IN LIEU OR ON-SITE INCOME, RESTRICTED AFFORDABLE UNITS.

THE ONSITE OPTION IS ONLY ALLOWED FOR, UH, RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS OR PROJECTS WITH THE RESIDENTIAL COMPONENT.

AND, UH, FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO HAVE ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND SO THERE'S AN OPTION TO PAY A FEE IN LIEU TO ACHIEVE THE BONUS, UH, SQUARE FOOTAGE.

HOWEVER, IN THE RAINY STREET SUB DISTRICT, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS FOR THE FIRST TIER OF THE BONUS PROGRAM.

AND FOR THAT TIER 5% OF THE BONUS SQUARE FOOTAGE MUST BE SET ASIDE TO, UH, TO, UH, HOUSEHOLDS MAKING 80% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW, UH, FOR THAT HOUSING TO BE AFFORDABLE TO THOSE HOUSEHOLDS.

UM, THE REST OF THE PROGRAM, IF YOU ELECT TO PROVIDE ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THOSE REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS ARE 120% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW FOR 99 YEARS FOR OWNERSHIP, HOUSING AND 80% OF MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW FOR 40 YEARS FOR RENTAL HOUSING.

I KNOW THE COMMISSION HAD REQUESTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, UH, MORE OF AN UPDATE ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM TO DATE.

AND SO THAT IS THE INFORMATION THAT'S PROVIDED IN YOUR BACKUP.

UM, YOU'LL SEE HERE, THESE NUMBERS ARE FOCUSED ON RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS THAT WOULD HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN REQUIRED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY BENEFIT.

UM, WE HAVE SEVEN PLANNED RESIDENTIAL UNITS IN THE PIPELINE, 11 RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND ABOUT SIX COMPLETED RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

AND ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT TRACKED USING THE SAME DATA THAT WE HAVE FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONTRIBUTING SITES, UH, THERE ARE ABOUT 14 COMPLETED NON-RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS IN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM AS WELL.

THERE ARE VERY FEW SITES DOWNTOWN THAT HAVE ACTUALLY ELECTED TO PROVIDE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITHIN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS AREA.

THOSE TWO, UH, COMPLETED PROJECTS WITH ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INCLUDE THE CAMDEN AT RAINEY STREET AND THE QUINCY, BOTH OF THOSE PROJECTS ARE WITHIN THE RAINEY STREET DISTRICT, BUT BY FAR FEE IN LIEU IS MORE COMMON THAN ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

UH, WE DO HOWEVER, HAVE A LOT OF ACTIVITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE IN THIS BONUS AREA.

UM, WE HAVE ONE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE PIPELINE THAT WE'LL BE PROVIDING FOR ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST PROJECT OUTSIDE OF RAINY IN DOWNTOWN THAT IS ELECTING TO PROVIDE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

AND THAT WILL LOOK LIKE ONE, ONE BEDROOM AND THREE, TWO BEDROOM UNITS AT 80% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, THE TABLES SHOW, TOTAL HOUSING UNITS IN THE PIPELINE THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

AND YOU'LL NOTE THAT RAINEY STREET DISTRICT IS PROJECTED TO PRODUCE ABOUT HALF OF THE PIPELINES BONUS RESIDENTIAL UNITS.

THESE ARE ONLY FROM DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE ELECTING TO TAKE THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, NOT ALL, UM, HOUSING UNITS IN DOWNTOWN OVERALL THOUGH FEE IN LIEU DOLLARS ARE DUE BEFORE CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.

THEREFORE THESE ARE THE ESTIMATED TOTAL FEE IN LIEU, UH, IN THIS TABLE HERE AND FEES ARE BASED ON THE RATE IN EFFECT AT THE TIME OF FORMAL SITE PLAN SUBMITTAL.

AND SO ALL THE CHANGE IN FEES THAT WE'LL DISCUSS HERE IN A MOMENT WERE TYPICALLY BEFORE THESE WERE CERTIFIED.

AND SO THEY'RE USING THE OLDER FEES FROM THE 2013 ORDINANCE.

SO AS FOR THE FEES THAT WE HAVE COLLECTED TO DATE, THIS IS A BIT OF AN OVERVIEW THERE'S, UM, I'M NOT, I DIDN'T CREATE THIS TABLE, SO I CAN'T SPEAK TO EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT.

UM, BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE FIRST FEES IN LIEU FOR THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, WE'RE NOT ACTUALLY RECEIVED UNTIL 2017.

SO THERE WAS A BIT OF TIME FROM, YOU KNOW, PROJECTS COMING THROUGH THE PIPELINE UNTIL WE ACTUALLY STARTED COLLECTING

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FEES FROM THIS PROGRAM AND PER, UH, PER CODE, THE MONIES FROM THIS FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY BENEFIT REQUIREMENT, UH, ARE TO BE DIRECTED TOWARDS PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR LOW BARRIER APPROACHES TO, FOR THE CHRONIC HOMELESS.

AND I'LL SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THAT HAS LOOKED LIKE, UH, IN A MOMENT, BUT HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN OF THE FEE-ONLY RECEIVED TO DATE.

THE PROGRAM HAS CREATED OVER $2 MILLION IN FEES TO DATE, BUT SO FAR ONLY ABOUT 250,000 HAVE BEEN SPENT BETWEEN TWO DISTINCT PROGRAMS AND $1.6 MILLION REMAINED TO BE ALLOCATED.

SO THE INITIAL INTENT WAS TO USE THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM FEE AND LIEU DOLLARS FOR A LOCAL PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING LOCAL VOUCHER PROGRAM.

UH, THIS PROGRAM WAS ENDED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2021, HOWEVER, DUE TO DIFFICULTIES IN SCALING THE PROGRAM IN MEETING THE GOALS.

UM, SO FAR IT HAS SERVED 27 INDIVIDUALS DURING THE SECOND CONTRACT PERIOD.

SO THERE WERE TWO CONTRACT PERIODS, AND I APOLOGIZE, I DON'T HAVE NUMBERS ABOUT WHO WAS SERVED IN THAT INITIAL CONTRACT PERIOD, WHICH WAS FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

BUT FROM JANUARY 1ST, 2020 TO SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2020 1, 27, INDIVIDUALS WERE SERVED.

AND ALL OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS RECEIVED A SUBSIDY UNDER THE PILOT AND WERE TRANSITIONED TO A MORE PERMANENT HOUSING SUBSIDY BEFORE THE PILOT WAS ENDED.

HOWEVER, DUE TO SOME OF THOSE DIFFICULTIES IN SCALING THE PROJECT AND SERVING THE INDIVIDUALS THAT IT WAS INTENDED TO SERVE, UH, THE CITY INTENDS TO ALLOCATE REMAINING APPROPRIATED FUNDS FROM THE PILOT PROGRAM FOR A HOTEL CONVERSION, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT.

AND IF THIS PROJECT IS SUCCESSFUL, THEN WE EXPECT TO, TO DIRECT DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS FUNDS TOWARDS THE RENOVATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROPERTIES.

AND NOW I WILL SWITCH SORT OF TO TALKING, UH, GIVING A BRIEF UPDATE.

I SPOKE WITH THIS COMMISSION SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHEN, UH, THE FIRST, UH, COUNCIL RESOLUTION AROUND THE FEE IN LIEU CALIBRATION CAME DOWN THE LINE.

UH, WE HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS, BUT WE ARE STILL IN THE THROWS OF RECALIBRATING THIS FEE, BUT I CAN SPEAK A BIT TO WHAT IT SAID AND WHAT WE'RE DOING AND HOW IT'S SHAPING UP AT PRESENT.

IF YOU'LL RECALL, THERE WAS A RESOLUTION FROM COUNCIL IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, THEY GAVE US DIRECTION AND IN THREE KEY AREAS, THE LATTER TWO PARTS OF THE APRIL, 2021 RESOLUTION, OR WHAT I'LL BE SPEAKING TO TONIGHT, ONE PART OF THAT RESOLUTION DIRECTED STAFF TO IMPLEMENT INTERIM REVISIONS TO THE IN LIEU AFFORDABLE HOUSING FEES.

AND THEN AS MORE OF A TECHNICALITY OF THE PROCESS, COUNCIL ASKED STAFF TO MOVE THE FEES FOR THIS PROGRAM INTO THE FEE SCHEDULE, WHICH IS ADOPTED ANNUALLY IN THE BUDGET PROCESS.

PRIOR TO THAT MOVE, THE FEES WERE SET IN THAT 2013 ORDINANCE AND LIVED IN THE CODES OF ORDINANCES, WHERE IT WAS ADOPTED, AND IT HAD NOT BEEN AMENDED OR TOUCHED SINCE THE 2013 PASSAGE.

AND THE FINAL PART OF THE RESOLUTION ASKED STAFF TO UPDATE THE FEE IN LIEU ANALYSIS TO REFLECT CURRENT MARKET CONDITIONS AND EXISTING ZONES OF TODAY'S LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

THAT IS, AND SO THOSE INTERIM FEES WERE PASSED IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, BUT THEY WERE ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE INTERIM.

THEY WERE CALIBRATED BY ECONOMIC CONSULTANTS DURING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REVISION PROCESS IN LATE 2019.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE FEES HAD BEEN CALIBRATED SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS ADOPTED BACK IN 2013.

HOWEVER, AS WE KNOW, THE PAST TWO YEARS IN PARTICULAR HAVE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN AUSTIN, WHICH LED THIS ANALYSIS NOT TO NOT REALLY HOLD UP OVER TIME, PARTICULARLY WELL.

AND THIS ANALYSIS WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REVISION PROCESS AND INCLUDED PROPOSED CODE CHANGES THAT DO NOT EXIST IN OUR CODE TODAY.

ONE OF WHICH WE'LL DISCUSS IN A BIT, BUT SPEAKS TO AN ARTIFICIAL REDUCTION IN SALES PRICES DUE TO THE PROPOSED PARKING MAXIMUM DOWNTOWN.

OUR CURRENT LDC HAS PARKING MINIMUM CITYWIDE AND IN DOWNTOWN, THE MINIMUM CAN BE AS LOW AS ZERO PARKING STALLS PER HOUSING UNIT.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO REGULATORY LIMITS TO THE AMOUNT OF PARKING THAT CAN BE PROVIDED.

SO WE CONSISTENTLY SEE DEVELOPMENTS DOWNTOWN PROVIDING AMPLE PARKING.

UM, AND SO THIS SLIDE AGAIN IS JUST SHOWING THOSE INTERIM FEES THAT WE WENT FROM.

THE PREVIOUS SLIDE SHOWED THE 2013 ADOPTED FEES.

UM, MOST NOTABLE YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE THAT THE COMMERCIAL FEE OR FEE FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS WENT UP TO $12 OR UP TO

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$18 FROM ZERO IN SOME AREAS.

AND THE, UH, RESIDENTIAL FEES ALSO INCREASED, BUT NOT QUITE TO THE SAME DEGREE, THE CALIBRATION WORK HOWEVER HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, BUT IS NOT YET FINALIZED.

THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WE KNOW THOUGH BASED ON OUR WORK SO FAR, FUTURE RECALIBRATION OF THESE FEES IS ASSUMED.

ALTHOUGH THE CADENCE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED, UM, THE REASON COUNCIL ASKS STAFF TO MOVE THOSE FEES FROM THE ORDINANCE INTO THE FEE SCHEDULE IS SO THAT THEY COULD BE UPDATED MORE EFFECTIVELY, BUT WE HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED DIRECTION AROUND HOW FREQUENTLY COUNSEL ANTICIPATES THAT HAPPENING.

UM, WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM THIS COMMISSION AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS THAT, UH, IT COULD BE BENEFICIAL TO CONSIDER AN ANALYSIS OF BARRIERS TO ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND REEVALUATION OF THE DOWNTOWN DITZY BONUS PROGRAMS, POLICIES TO ACHIEVE MORE EQUITABLE OUTCOMES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

UM, BUT BASED ON OUR WORK SO FAR USING THE MODELING TOOLS WE HAVE, WE, UH, ARE FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT THE ONLY FEES RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT COULD BE HIGHER THAN THESE INTERIM FEES, BUT THE INTERIM IN LIEU FEES FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY CURRENT COMMERCIAL MARKET CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND TODAY.

I'M NOT GOING TO SHOW TOO MUCH OF THESE SIDES.

I KNOW I PRESENTED SOME OF THESE BACK TO YOU ALL IN JUNE, AND I CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THESE SORT OF FUNDAMENTALS OF, YOU KNOW, THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, WHY WE RELY ON INCENTIVE BASED PROGRAMS FOR THE CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, BUT I WILL REEMPHASIZE THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR THAT BALANCE.

THAT CALIBRATION MEANS, UM, TRYING TO MAXIMIZE OUR PUBLIC BENEFIT AND ACHIEVE POLICY GOALS WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING AN INCENTIVE FOR DEVELOPERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE TO LEAVE SOME VALUE, UH, ON THE TABLE FOR THOSE BONUS ENTITLEMENTS.

I'M ALSO PREPARED TO SPEAK TO SOME OF THE MORE TECHNICAL MODELING, UM, METHODS THAT WE'RE USING, BUT I WON'T GO INTO IT UNLESS THAT IS THE WISH OF THE COUNTY OR OF THE COMMITTEE COMMISSION.

AND I ALSO BELIEVE I'LL SKIP THESE TWO SIDES UNLESS THERE'S, UH, A DESIRE TO FOCUS IN ON SOME OF THESE EARLY ANTICIPATED RESULTS WE'RE SEEING, UH, I WILL OVERALL JUST STATE THAT OUR OBJECTIVES FOR THIS RECALIBRATION ARE TO MAXIMIZE THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT SO THAT THOSE FEEDING NEW DOLLARS THAT ARE DIRECTED TOWARDS A LOW BARRIER APPROACHES, HOUSING, PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS, WE ARE GETTING THE MOST COMMUNITY BENEFIT THAT WE CAN AT THIS TIME.

UH, BUT WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEED TO KEEP FLEXIBILITY AND RESILIENCE IN THE PROGRAM TO ACCOUNT FOR FLUCTUATIONS IN THE MARKET DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS ARE RAPIDLY EVOLVING, BUT THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN DEMAND DEMAND FOR DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE IS IN A SORT OF HOLDING PATTERN OR A BIT UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME.

AND ALEX RADKE IS MY COWORKER WHO WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT TONIGHT.

UM, BUT IF WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT WHAT IS COMING THROUGH THE PROGRAM NOW, AND SOME OF THE LOOK BACK ON THE PR THE PROGRAM'S PERFORMANCE TODAY, I MAY DIRECT YOU BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE, ALEX.

UM, BUT OTHERWISE FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT PROGRAM CALIBRATION, I CAN ANSWER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

IS THERE ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION? DO YOU HAVE ANY, WHAT FIRST? GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

UM, I GUESS AFTER THE CITY'S MEMO LAST WEEK ABOUT THE FEE CALIBRATION, I'M SURPRISED THAT WE'RE STILL HAVE REVIEWING THIS PRESENTATION THIS WEEK.

UM, SO I'M A LITTLE BIT UNPREPARED AND I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A GROUP THAT WAS GOING TO SPEAK, BUT THEY ALSO THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD NOT BE ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT.

UM, SO I GUESS, UM, TO, TO SHARE WHERE THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN AND REVIEWING THE B CALIBRATION I WITH PROFORMAS, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT RENTALS ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN THE FEE.

CALIBRATION CONDOS ARE COMMERCIAL IS NOT SUPPORTED AT ALL.

AND I'M JUST CURIOUS IF THERE'S GOING TO BE A RELEASE OF THE MODELS.

YES.

UH, THE MODEL IS, IS AVAILABLE ON THE DEVELOPER INCENTIVE WEBSITE.

I APOLOGIZE.

I REALLY THOUGHT I HAD LINKED IT IN THIS PRESENTATION, BUT I CAN ENSURE THAT THE LINK GETS OUT TO COMMISSIONERS.

THE MODEL IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, ALONGSIDE

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THE MEMO THAT WAS CREATED BY THE CONSULTANTS WHO MADE THE MODEL FOR US.

UM, HOWEVER, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU SAW THE MEMO THAT CAME OUT LAST WEEK.

WE FOUND A SMALL ERROR IN THE MODEL THAT WE ARE GOING BACK INTO CORRECT NOW.

AND SO I'LL ENSURE THAT THE UPDATED MODEL IS ALSO PROVIDED PUBLICLY ON THE WEBSITE THAT MAKES SURE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME INPUTS BECAUSE THE MARKET VALUE IS WHAT THE INPUTS ARE.

FINANCE LOOKS AT, WHAT COSTS ARE THEY LOOK AT, WHAT RENTS ARE.

AND SO MAKING PROJECTIONS THAT ARE DISCRETIONARY ISN'T SUPPORTED BY FINANCE.

I THINK IF YOU'RE SPEAKING TO THE DATA INPUTS, THOSE WILL ALSO GO UP ONCE THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION IS READY WHEN TEND TO PROVIDE A DATA SHEET OF WHAT, UH, MARKET INPUTS, UM, WERE USED TO ART STAFF RECOMMENDATION.

THANK YOU, MR. COLEMAN, THANK YOU, SAM, FOR YOUR PRESENTATION, TWO QUESTIONS.

DO THESE FEES INCLUDE THE INCREASED PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES THEY DO.

THAT WAS SOME INITIAL CONVERSATIONS WE HAD TO STAKEHOLDERS THAT SORT OF SET US OFF OF OUR ORIGINAL TIMELINE, UH, FOR CALIBRATING THESE FEES.

BUT THE CALIBRATION NOW IS INCLUDING THE STREET IMPACT FEE, WHICH, UH, WILL BE EFFECTIVE, UH, SOON, BUT IT'S NOT YET CURRENTLY SEEN ON THE GROUND.

AND THEN THE INCREASE IN THE PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES FROM THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TO THE PRESENT HAS BEEN INCLUDED AS WELL.

HOW DID THAT INFLUENCE THE NUMBERS? HONESTLY, IT SO FAR HAS NOT BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE.

UM, FOR THE MOST PART THAT INCREASE IN DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENTS STILL LOOKS FAIRLY SMALL.

UM, HOWEVER, THERE WAS A SLIGHT REDUCTION IN THE RAINY STREET PROGRAM FROM WHAT WE ORIGINALLY, UH, SEEING FROM OUR MODELING.

UM, BUT I MEAN, SO FAR, IT, IT HAS NOT BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE.

OKAY.

NOT SUBSTANTIAL AND LESS THAN LIKE A DOLLAR PER SQUARE FOOT PENNIES, NOT DOLLARS LESS THAN LESS THAN $1.

YES.

UH, HOW MANY NEW OFFICE PROJECTS AND HOW MANY NEW RESIDENTIAL TOWERS HAVE STARTED THE PERMITTING PROCESS UNDER THE NEW FEE STRUCTURE? THE ONE THAT WAS TAKE TOOK PLACE IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, I DON'T BELIEVE ANY PROJECTS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR.

UM, THIS WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER TO HAVE MY, UH, CO-WORKER ALEX WHO RECEIVES AND REVIEWS THOSE APPLICATIONS.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF ERIN YOU'VE HEARD ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS AS WELL, BUT IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THERE'S BEEN SOME INTEREST, BUT NOTHING HAS GOTTEN CERTIFIED JUST YET.

AND SOMETHING I THINK I MIGHT'VE MISSED IS IN VOUCHERS IN SUBSIDIES, THERE WERE ONLY A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS PAID OUT OF THE FUND.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

A VERY SMALL PORTION OF THE ACTUAL FEES HAVE BEEN PAID TO DATE.

I'D HAVE TO PULL UP THE SLIDE AGAIN TO GET THE NUMBERS, BUT I THINK THAT WAS PART OF THE REASON THE CITY HAS DECIDED TO, TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE VOUCHER PROGRAM WERE I THINK WHAT, WHAT I'VE HEARD SECONDHAND, UH, OBVIOUSLY IS THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE SUPPORTING US LIKE KERRY TOSS OF AUSTIN AND ECHO, OR HAVING STAFF CAPACITY ISSUES, WHICH MADE THE PROGRAM STRUGGLED TO SERVE THE FOLKS THAT WE WANTED TO.

AND SO, YEAH, VERY LITTLE OF THE FUNDS WERE ACTUALLY SPENT DOWN.

SO AS A DESIRED TREND, NOT TO HAVE AFFORDABLE, THIS IS A LOADED QUESTION.

I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO ASK IT.

I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND OFFENSIVE, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE LEANING MORE TOWARDS A CITY RENOVATING FACILITIES.

WE FIND LIKE THE LAST EXAMPLE YOU JUST GAVE AND NOT HAVING AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITHIN THE TOWERS THEMSELVES.

SO THERE IS STILL, UH, THE POLICY ITSELF IN THE DOWNTOWN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF RAINEY IS NEUTRAL TOWARDS ON-SITE PROVISION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR FEE IN LIEU CALIBRATION.

I THINK STAFF HAS FOUND THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE FOCUSED HERE.

WE GOT DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL TO RECALIBRATE THE FEE AND LIEU, BUT WE HAVEN'T REALLY LOOKED AT THAT ONSITE SET ASIDE REQUIREMENT AND BARRIERS THAT FOLKS MIGHT BE FINDING.

SO WE HAVE NOT TOUCHED THAT POLICY AND IT IS PRETTY NEUTRAL TOWARDS EITHER.

I WOULD SAY SINCE THE CODE REQUIREMENT SAYS THAT THE FEE AND LIEU DOLLARS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARDS LOW BARRIER POUCHES APPROACHES TO HOUSING FOLKS, WHO'VE BEEN CHRONICALLY HOMELESS.

UM, WE'RE TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH.

WE INITIALLY TRIED THE VOUCHER PROGRAM, WHICH WE THOUGHT WOULD BE MOST FLEXIBLE.

AND NOW WE HAVE PRO UH, ACE, A PROJECT LINED UP TO ALLOCATE SOME OF THOSE FUNDS FOR A MOTEL CONVERSION PROJECT.

UM, AND THE IDEA IS THAT IF THAT IS SUCCESSFUL, THEN THAT WOULD BE WHERE THE FEE IN LIEU DOLLARS GET DIRECTED, UH, GOING FORWARD JUST TO MAINTAIN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CODE REQUIREMENT.

AGAIN, IF THE, IF THE POLICY WAS CHANGED, THEN WE COULD PROBABLY ENTERTAIN OTHER THINGS THAT COULD BE DONE WITH THE FEES, BUT THAT'S, WHAT'S IN THE CODE TODAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, SURE.

I'M DONE WITH SLIDES.

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THIS IS THE KITCHEN.

UM, SAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR, UH, PRESENTATION.

I WAS JUST CURIOUS IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE COST IS FOR THESE UNITS, THE AFFORDABLE UNITS AT THE CAMDEN RAINY STREET, THE QUINCY AND THE FUTURE WATERLOO APARTMENTS.

AND YOU MEAN, UH, WHAT WE WOULD CALL LIKE THE BUYDOWN COST, WHAT IT COSTS FOR A DEVELOPER TO PROVIDE THOSE? NO, I'M CURIOUS WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST THE CIVILIAN TO LIVE THERE.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT I THINK I PUT IN MY NOTES WHAT THOSE ACTUAL RENTAL RATES LOOK LIKE.

AND LET ME THINK ABOUT, YEAH, OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE OF LIKE, WHEN WE SAY 80% OF MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AS WELL AS THOSE RENTAL LIMITS AND FOR SALE PRICE LIMITS, BUT I DO HAVE OFFHAND.

SO FOR AN 80% RENTAL LIMIT, A ONE BEDROOM WOULD BE 1385 PER MONTH.

A TWO BEDROOM WOULD BE 1582 PER MONTH, AND A THREE BEDROOM UNIT, WHICH ARE REALLY RARE DOWNTOWN WOULD BE 1780 PER MONTH.

JUST ONE MORE TIME WITH THAT, PLEASE.

SURE.

UH, FOR, UH, 80% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME THRESHOLD, THE RENTAL FOR A ONE BEDROOM WOULD BE 1385 FOR A TWO BEDROOM, 1582 AND FOR A THREE BEDROOM, 1780.

OKAY.

I CAN DO IT IF I START.

LISTEN.

HI.

THANKS.

THANKS AGAIN.

IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO GET THE REFRESHER OF ALL THIS INFORMATION.

UM, APOLOGIES IF I'VE MISSED SOME CORRESPONDENCE, WE SENT SOME RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT ALL THIS, RIGHT.

UH, AND I, I'M NOT SURE WHAT, LIKE WHAT THE FEEDBACK IS TO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, LIKE, UM, JUST IN TERMS OF GETTING A GOOD FEEDBACK LOOP SO THAT WE CAN KNOW WHAT'S RELEVANT AND WHAT WAS LESS RELEVANT, UM, TO, TO Y'ALL.

YES.

SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE PROCESSES Y'ALL'S RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE TO COUNCIL.

AND SO COUNSEL WOULD NEED TO ACT ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE STAFF FORMALLY ACTED.

HOWEVER, I DID STATE IN OUR PRESENTATION THAT WE'VE HEARD THE, YOU KNOW, THE COMMISSION'S FEEDBACK.

AND I THINK STAFF IS SUPPORTIVE OF THE IDEA OF DOING AN ANALYSIS OF EXISTING BARRIERS TO PROVIDING ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

BUT WE DO KIND OF HAVE TO WAIT FOR COUNCIL DIRECTION TO, TO ACT ON Y'ALL'S RECOMMENDATIONS AS WELL.

GOT IT.

THANKS KRISHA WILEY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I WAS WONDERING IF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED ANY BENEFITS TO SAY THOSE MAKING 50% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

IT, IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S NOT REALLY, BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE COUNCILS DECIDED THAT ALL THE FUNDS SHOULD GO TO CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS AND WE'RE, AND WE HAVE SOME IN RAINY STREET AVAILABLE TO 80% MFI, BUT BETWEEN THAT, WHERE THERE'S REALLY NO BENEFITS, IS THAT, IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S TRUE.

THE ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NOT, DOES NOT HAVE THAT LOW OF AN AFFORDABILITY THRESHOLD, UH, OR DOESN'T HAVE THAT DEPTH OF AFFORDABILITY.

BUT IN THAT WAY, YOU KNOW, MANY TIMES YOU'LL FIND, I MEAN, THE HOME, THE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECTS COULD DEFINITELY HELP FOLKS WHO ARE MAKING BELOW 50% MFI AS WELL, UM, THROUGH A HOUSING VOUCHER PREVIOUSLY OR WITH THESE NEW MOTEL CONVERSION PROJECTS.

OKAY.

AND THEN, UH, ANOTHER QUESTION IS IT'S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, DEVELOPERS, ONCE I GET A, UM, ACCEPTED A COMPLETION CHECK ON THE SITE PLAN, UM, AND BEFORE THEY GO INTO FORMAL SUBMITTAL, THEY'VE ESSENTIALLY KIND OF LOCKED IN OR GRANDFATHERED THE CURRENT RULES AND THE RULES WON'T BE CHANGED ON THEM.

UM, YOU KNOW, AS, AS THEY CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE PROJECT, WHICH IS, I THINK IS REASONABLE, BUT I'M WONDERING JUST WITH THE STREET IMPACT FEES AND PARKLAND DEDICATION AND DENSITY BONUS, IF Y'ALL HAVE SEEN, UM, DEVELOPERS KIND OF DO A LITTLE BIT OF A RUSH TO GET SOMETHING INTO SITE PLAN REVIEW, AND BUY THEMSELVES SOME TIME.

I MEAN, I'VE WORKED ON PROJECTS WHERE THAT'S CERTAINLY BEEN THE STRATEGY OF THE DEVELOPER AND IT MAKES SENSE TOO, THAT THEY WOULD DO THAT.

BUT I'M JUST WONDERING IF WE'RE SEEING ANY KIND OF UPTICK AND SUBMISSIONS BASED ON, UH, THESE PENDING FEE INCREASES.

I DON'T HAVE AS MUCH OF THE, ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCE.

I CAN'T SAY FIRSTHAND IF I'VE

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SEEN THAT OR NOT.

I WOULD SAY THOUGH, IN MY EXPERIENCE THOSE THREE THAT YOU MENTIONED HAVE HAD SORT OF DIFFERENT APPROACHES I'VE, I'VE HEARD ANECDOTALLY SIMILAR THINGS ABOUT THE PARKLAND DEDICATION FEE INCREASE THAT THAT'S IN THE ANNUAL FEE SCHEDULE THAT MOVES FORWARD WITH THE CITY BUDGET.

FOLKS KNEW ABOUT THAT FEE INCREASE IN MIGHT HAVE TRIED TO GET IN BEFORE THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, BUT THAT COULD HAVE APPLIED FOR ANY OF THE OTHER DEVELOPMENT FEES THAT ALSO INCREASE THIS YEAR FOR STREET IMPACT FEE.

THAT WAS PART OF THE THINKING BEHIND THE ROLLOUT WAS HAVING, I BELIEVE IT WAS A TWO YEAR DELAY IN EFFECTIVE DATE TO TRY AND GET THE WORD OUT TO DEVELOPERS THAT THIS WAS COMING AND THAT THE PROCESS WOULD BE CHANGING SLIGHTLY.

UM, BUT FOR DOWNTOWN COUNCIL ELECTED TO TAKE A, LIKE A TIERED APPROACH WHERE THEY ADOPTED INTERIM FEES VERY RAPIDLY AFTER THEIR APRIL, UM, RESOLUTION.

BUT SINCE THEN, WE HAVEN'T SEEN A LOT OF THINGS.

AND, AND MY IMPRESSION IS THAT DEVELOPERS ARE KIND OF WAITING ALSO TO SEE WHAT MIGHT COME OUT OF THIS, UH, FEE RECALIBRATION.

AND SO IT'S HARD TO SAY, CAUSE I'VE HEARD THAT THERE'S A BIT OF A HOLDING PATTERN IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKET ANYWAY, BUT ALSO IMPOSING THIS NEW FEE GOING FROM ZERO TO 18 COULD ALSO BE LIKE, FOLKS ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THAT AS WELL.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

WELL, I APPRECIATE THAT.

I WANT TO BRING THAT UP BECAUSE I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE MAY BE WAITING TO SEE ARE PEOPLE GETTING IN EARLY BEFORE FEES, YOU KNOW, INCREASE, UH, MIGHT HAVE US REALLY SEE, YOU KNOW, UH, LESS SITE PLAN SUBMISSIONS, YOU KNOW, COMING UP, WHICH MAY NOT MEAN THAT NECESSARILY THE, YOU KNOW, THE NEW FEES MAKE A PROJECT AND FEASIBLE.

IT JUST MAY BE THAT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF WHY PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO KIND OF TIME THE MARKET, THAT THERE MAY BE WHO MAY HAVE AN UPTAKE AND THEN A LITTLE BIT OF A SLOWDOWN AND BEFORE RETURN TO NORMAL, I DON'T, I'M NOT SURE WHAT WE'LL SAY, BUT ANYWAY, THANK YOU.

YEAH.

I, I PIGGYBACK ON THAT.

YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THE INTERIM FEE FOR 18 FOR COMMERCIAL, AND THEN LAST MONTH Y'ALL RELEASED TWO 50.

THAT'S A HUGE DIFFERENCE, A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

AND SO THERE'S A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY WITH I'M SURE WITH DEVELOPERS RIGHT NOW, WHETHER THEY NEED TO MOVE FORWARD OR THEY'RE GOING TO PULL BACK AND WAIT FOR THESE FEES.

UM, I ALSO HAVE A QUESTION, UH, RAINY SPECIFICALLY, UH, THE, THE NUMBERS I REALIZED THESE AREN'T THE FINAL NUMBERS, BUT THE NUMBERS THAT Y'ALL PROPOSE LAST MONTH WAS MORE THAN TRIPLED.

THE RAINY NUMBER WAS IN RAINY SPECIFICALLY, DOES THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT? THEY ALREADY HAVE TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON SITE YES.

OR MODELING TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THAT 5% REQUIREMENT FOR THE FIRST TIER OF THE BONUS.

UM, AND THEN THE POTENTIAL THAT THE ENTIRETY OF THE NEXT BONUS AREA WOULD BE PROVIDED AS FEE AND LU.

UM, SO YES, IT, IT DOES ACCOUNT FOR THAT.

AND I THINK IT'S JUST A TESTAMENT TO HOW, UM, BOOMING THE RAINY DISTRICT HAS BEEN AND THE KIND OF SKYROCKETING SALES PRICES WE'VE SEEN IN THE RAINY DISTRICT FOR RESIDENTIAL AS WELL.

AND SO IS IT SAFE TO SAY THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CBD NUMBER AND THE RAINY NUMBER? IS THAT EXTRA BURDEN TO PROVIDE THAT ON-SITE HOUSING? I WOULD SAY.

YEAH.

UM, I HAVEN'T, UM, I GUESS SPECIFICALLY LOOKED AT IT LIKE THAT, BUT I THINK IN MY EXPERIENCE THAT IS WHAT'S SETTING APART, THE CBD RATE FROM THE RAINY IS THAT 5% REQUIREMENT IN THE FIRST BONUS.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER MINORS.

YOU MENTIONED THE, UH, PARKING, UH, AS FAR AS, UH, THE MINIMUM PARKING REQUIREMENT, UH, POTENTIALLY MAXIMUM PARKING REQUIREMENT.

AND I'M WONDERING, UH, AS PART OF THE RECALIBRATION, ARE THEY LOOKING AT FAR THE FAR, UH, ENTITLEMENTS AND, UH, HOW MUCH PARKING IS PROVIDED AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT CAN BE COUNTED AS PART OF THAT RATIO? YEAH, SO FOR MOST OF DOWNTOWN, I MEAN, THERE'S THE SUBDISTRICTS THAT DO HAVE, UM, HEIGHT CAPS, BUT IN A LOT OF DOWNTOWN, THERE'S ACTUALLY AN UNLIMITED HEIGHT AND, AND THE, UM, LIMITING FACTORS, TYPICALLY THE FAR LIMITS THAT ARE IN THE BONUS PROGRAM.

AND SO WE DO ACCOUNT FOR FAR, AND THAT IS WHAT I WOULD SAY MOSTLY DRIVES OUR BOTTLING.

UM, I DON'T BELIEVE FAR THOUGH IS, OR WE DON'T COUNT PARKING TOWARDS FAR.

AND THAT IS A, YOU KNOW, AN ELEMENT OF THE WAY THAT FAR IS CALCULATED.

AND IF THE CODE TODAY, UM, I'M SORRY, YOU HAVE, OH, AND THE LAST BIT ABOUT WHAT PARKING WE'RE USING.

UM, WE USE MARKET INPUT SINCE WE HAVE NO REGULATORY WAY TO LIMIT PARKING, WHERE WE WERE LOOKING AT WHAT THE MARKET IS PROVIDING TODAY IN TERMS OF PARKING DEMAND.

AND SO THE PARKING RATIOS WE'RE LOOKING AT

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ARE ABOUT ONE STALL PER BEDROOM, UM, AND I THINK A LITTLE LESS FOR RENTAL.

UM, BUT IN THAT WAY, STAFF DIDN'T REALLY, YOU KNOW, TRY TO MINIMIZE PARKING IN ANY WAY WE WERE LOOKING AT WHAT IS THE MARKET PROVIDING TODAY TO ASSESS THE VALUE OF THOSE PROJECTS AS THEY WOULD BE CREATED TODAY.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I KNOW THAT THERE ARE, UH, YOU KNOW, FINANCING IMPLICATIONS WHERE DEVELOPERS HAVE TO HAVE IT IN ORDER TO GET FINANCING FOR A PARTICULAR PROJECT, BUT IT DOES SEEM THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN EXCESS OF PARKING PODIUMS, UH, IN THESE BUILDINGS THAT ARE COMING TO US FROM THE DOWNTOWN BONUS, WHICH I THINK IS GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE VIBRANCY, THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN MOVING FORWARD, ESPECIALLY IF WE HAVE A SHIFT AWAY FROM CAR OWNERSHIP, UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE STUCK WITH ALL THESE MASSIVE PARKING GARAGES.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE STRONGLY LOOKED AT, UM, YOU KNOW, EVEN INCENTIVIZING BELOW GRADE, UH, PARKING, UM, OR OFFSITE PARKING.

UM, SO, UM, YOU KNOW, IF THAT'S SOME PART OF THE CONVERSATION, I THINK IT SHOULD BE, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS IN OUR RECOMMENDATION, UH, AS A COMMISSION, UM, TO THE COUNCIL.

UM, BUT, UH, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK SHOULD BE DISCUSSED.

ANYONE ELSE WHEN WHAT'S THE TIMING, WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE THE NEW FEES? SO OUR, OUR NEW DATE THAT WE'RE INTENDING TO GET TO COUNSELORS AT THE END OF JANUARY, JUST AS A MATTER OF ALL THE HOLIDAYS AND BREAKS IN BETWEEN.

UM, SO I, I CAN'T SAY FOR SURE IF WE'LL BE AT YOUR DECEMBER MEETING WITH THE ACTUAL FEE, UM, TO PRESENT, OR IF IT WOULD BE YOUR JANUARY MEETING, BUT ONE OF THOSE TWO, I'LL BE BACK HERE WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT MORE CONCRETE.

OKAY, GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY MORE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT.

REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

TERRIFY ME.

YES.

IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO MOVE THE TWO DENSITY BONUS PROJECTS UP.

YES, YES, SIR.

AT THE END OF YOUR NEW BUSINESS, MOVE THOSE TWO ITEMS UP NEXT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, WE'LL DO THE NEXT, UM, SO NEXT WE'LL DO,

[1.h. Discussion and possible action to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether 4th and Brazos, located at 204-208 E. 4th Street, complies with the Urban Design Guidelines for the city of Austin; Chi Lee Perkins+ Will, Amanda Surman Armbrust & Brown, Richard Shuttle Armbrust & Brown.]

UH, ITEM ONE H DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING WHETHER FOURTH AND BRAZOS LOCATED AT 2 0 4, 2 OR EAST FOURTH STREET COMPLIES WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME OKAY.

THROUGH THIS? YEAH.

GREAT.

UM, SO, UH, WE ARE HERE TO PRESENT THE FOURTH AND BRAZOS, UM, OFFICE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, UH, THAT'S SUBMITTED FOR DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS.

UH, SO WE'VE GOT A BRIEF, UM, SLIDE DECK TO RUN THROUGH, UH, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT THE DESIGN LOOKS LIKE, UM, AND HOW IT'S COMMITTING TO THE, UM, THE GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS AND HOPEFULLY HELPING TO IMPROVE DOWNTOWN.

NEXT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS SORT OF AN OVERVIEW OF WHERE THE SITE IS LOCATED.

IT'S ON FOURTH AND BRAZOS, UM, SAN JACINTO TO THE EAST.

UM, IT'S A HALF BLOCK ON THE SOUTHERN HALF AND IT'S FRONTED BY A PUBLIC ALLEY TO THE NORTH.

UM, IT'S KINDA HARD TO SEE THE SLIDE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, BUT I THINK IT ALSO SHOWS WHERE BUS STATIONS ARE AND ALSO THE FUTURE, UM, UH, RED LINE THAT PASSES ON FOURTH STREET.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO AGAIN, UH, THIS IS A PRETTY CENTRALIZED, UM, SITE IN DOWNTOWN AND IT'S AT THE NEXUS OF A NUMBER OF MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION, UH, LINES, UH, BUS LIGHT RAIL FOR IN THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE WENT AHEAD A COUPLE, UH, TWO MORE BACK, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS A LITTLE TIGHTER SHOT.

IT'S A NINE SQUARE GRID OF THE DOWNTOWN BLOCKS, UM, TO THE EAST.

A COUPLE OF BLOCKS IS A BRUSH SQUARE, UM, WHICH IS A NICE OPEN SPACE IN DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO DO IS TO ADD TO THAT OPEN-SPACE NETWORK THROUGH THIS PROJECT.

AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT, UM, AS WE GO FORWARD IN THE PRESENTATION, BUT JUST TO ORIENT YOURSELF, YOU CAN SEE FOUR STREET IS TO THE SOUTH

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BRAZOS STREET IS TO THE, TO THE WEST.

AND IT'S A TWO WAY STREET SANSAR CENTO IS TO THE EAST SENSE OF ONE WAY.

AND THEN FIFTH TO THE NORTH.

NEXT SLIDE, SOME JUSTIN GESHE, MICHAEL HSU OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE, AND WE'RE WORKING WITH, UH, CHIEF AND HIS TEAM AT PERKINSON WELL ON THE DESIGN OF THE GROUND PLAN AND PUBLIC REALM OF THE PROJECT.

SO WE WANTED TO START WITH JUST A FEW SLIDES THAT SHOW YOU, UM, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT, WHAT WE'RE THINKING AS FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF THE GROUND PLANE.

AND I THINK FOR US, WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING TO, FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO INVITE THE PUBLIC INTO THE PROJECT AND TO HAVE THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING REALLY FEEL LIKE AN EXTENSION OF THE, THE CITY'S PUBLIC REALM.

AND, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE PRIMARY METHODS TO DO THAT IS WITH ENGAGING LANDSCAPE AND KIND OF DYNAMIC SPACES AT THE GROUND PLANE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO ACTIVATE ALL FOUR SIDES OF THE BUILDING.

AND ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE HERE IS THE POTENTIAL TO REALLY BRING A LIVELY ACTIVITY TO THE ALLEY.

WE THINK SOME OF THE ALLEY SPACES IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN CAN BE UTILIZED.

SO WE SEE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO DO SOMETHING UNIQUE AND, AND SPECIAL FOR THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE A CLIENT WHO'S VERY COMMITTED TO PUBLIC ART.

AND SO A BIG PART OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO REALLY FEATURE PUBLIC ART ON THE PROJECT.

WE HAVEN'T QUITE DEFINED EXACTLY WHERE THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT, UM, A BIG PART OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE KIND OF A MONETIZING THAT PUBLIC EXPERIENCE THROUGH, UM, THROUGH ART AND LANDSCAPE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE OVERALL STRATEGY WITH THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC AT THE GROUND PLAN IS TO BRING THE PUBLIC OFF THE PERIMETER OF THE PROJECT AND INVITE THEM TO DISCOVER THE INTERIOR OF THE PROJECT.

SO IN THIS CASE, THE WALLS OF THE BUILDING ACTUALLY MOVE IN BOARD FROM THE, THE SCAN OF THE TOWER ABOVE.

AND WE HAVE A SERIES OF LANDSCAPED SPACES THAT ARE SEXUALLY INTEGRATED AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE PROJECT.

SO IN ADDITION TO ACCESS TO RETAIL AND RESTAURANT TENANTS AT THE GROUND FLOOR, THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO EXPLORE THE, THE BASEMENT LEVEL BELOW AS WELL AS THE SECOND FLOOR ABOVE.

WE'RE ALSO INTRODUCING AN OPEN AIR PASEO THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE BUILDING THAT CREATES CONNECTIVITY FROM THE PRIMARY FACADE ON FOURTH STREET, BACK TO THE ALLEY AS AN EFFORT TO KIND OF BRING THE PUBLIC ACTIVITY BACK INTO THE ALLEY SPACE AND REALLY GIVE THE RETAIL TENANTS ON THE ALLEY OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF THRIVE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT AND REALLY ACTIVATE ALL FOUR SIDES IS BY CLEANING UP THE SERVICES ASPECT OF THE ALLEY.

SO WE REALLY NEED THE, THE BASEMENT TO KIND OF HELP OUT WITH THAT.

UM, APOLOGIES FOR NOT INTRODUCING MYSELF EARLIER, I'M CIVI WITH PERKINS AND WILL.

UM, SO WHAT WE'VE DONE WAS MOVE A LOT OF THE BACK OF HOUSE, UH, AND SUPPORT SPACES TO THE BASEMENT LEVEL OR ONE LEVEL BELOW GRADE.

UM, SO THE TRANSFORMER VAULTS ARE TO THE SOUTHWEST AND IT'S ACCESS THROUGH A HATCH AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER.

AND THEN, UM, CHILLED WATER, UM, THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT LOOP IS COMING INTO THE BUILDING FROM THE EAST LOADINGS ALSO BELOW GRADE AS WELL.

SO THAT INCLUDES GARBAGE AND OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND WE DID THIS BECAUSE AS JUSTIN SAID, WE'RE, WE'RE COMMITTED TO THE GROUND PLANE AND GIVING THAT BACK TO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN ON THE GROUND LEVEL.

SO IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE HAD TO MOVE ALL OF THESE SERVICES DOWN TO THIS LEVEL.

NEXT LINE AT THE SECOND FLOOR, WE HAVE A SERIES OF MEZZANINE SPACES THAT ALSO SERVE AS A RETAIL OR RESTAURANT SPACE FOR THE PUBLIC REALM.

AND WE'RE IMAGINING A SERIES OF KIND OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE STYLE TENANTS HERE THAT COMPLIMENT THE PROGRAMMING ON THE GROUND PLANE AND CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO KIND OF EXTEND FURTHER INTO THE, INTO THE BUILDING.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF DIAGRAMS HERE, UH, THIS FIRST ONE DEALING WITH RETAIL FRONTAGE.

SO, UH, THAT BLUE LINES INDICATE THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF THE BUILDING AND THE INTERIOR PASEO THAT, UM, THAT ARE ACTIVE WITH RETAIL, AS WELL AS THE GREEN LINES, UH, ADDITIONAL LANDSCAPING THAT ARE HAPPENING ALONG OUR PLAZAS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN THE SECOND DIAGRAM IS JUST SHOWING POTENTIAL, UH, FOR PUBLIC SEATING, UH, IN THE LANDSCAPE ZONES, OUTSIDE OF THE RETAIL AND RESTAURANT ENVIRONMENT.

SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE RETAIL FRONTAGE TO THE STREET ON ALL THREE KIND OF PRIMARY SIDES, AS WELL AS, UH, WHERE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENT THEMSELVES ALONG THE ALLEY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS STARTS TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN IDEA ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER OF WHAT THAT INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT ON THE LOWER LEVELS COULD FEEL LIKE.

SO, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, REALLY, WE'RE TRYING TO USE A KIND OF SEXUALLY SECTIONALLY INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INVITE DISCOVERABLE LANDSCAPE THAT, THAT SPANS ACROSS MULTIPLE LEVELS OF THE BUILDING, A WARM ORGANIC MATERIAL PALETTE, AND A REALLY CREATIVE, UH, INTEGRATION OF THE LANDSCAPE.

AS WE, AS WE KIND OF WORK THROUGH THE PUBLIC AREAS OF THE BUILDING.

NEXT SLIDE, WE ALSO REALLY ARE ENDEAVORING TO KIND OF CREATE A, AN INTUITIVE WAYFINDING FOR THE BUILDING.

SO THE FRONT DOOR OF THE BUILDING IS OFF THE PLAZA ON THE INTERIOR,

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BUT WE IMAGINE THAT THE FACADE OF THE BUILDING ITSELF KIND OF INDICATING THE, UH, THE FRONT DOOR AND THE ENTRY POINT OF THE BUILDING.

AND, UH, THE OPEN, UM, STRUCTURE ALLOWS THE, THE PEDESTRIAN ENVIRONMENT TO REALLY BE ENHANCED AS AN OVERHANG IN AND OF ITSELF, EVEN THOUGH IT'S SET WITHIN THE PROPERTY LINE AND THE PERIMETER BOUNDARY OF THE BUILDING NEXT SLIDE.

AND ONE LAST LOOK AT WHAT, UH, ENGAGEMENT MIGHT LOOK LIKE ALL ALONG THE ALLEY FACE.

SO WE ARE IMAGINING TRUE, UH, TENANT RETAIL, OR TRUE, TRUE TENANT STOREFRONT WITH A RETAIL ACTIVATION ON THE, ON THE ALLEY SURFACE WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR, UM, PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY TO KIND OF THRIVE IN THAT ZONE.

EXCELLENT.

I AM BRETT WITH 10 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, WE COVERING A LITTLE BIT OF THE LANDSCAPE ITEMS. UM, SO THIS FIRST SLIDE IS MORE OF AN ILLUSTRATIVE VERSION OF THAT SITE PLAN WE JUST REVIEWED.

SO I'LL JUST TALK QUICKLY ABOUT THE LAYERS AS YOU MOVE FROM OUTSIDE TO END.

SO ON THE OUTSIDE, WE HAVE THE GREAT STREETS, TREES, SITE FURNISHINGS, LIGHT POLES, UM, AT THE CURB, UH, ON FOURTH STREET, YOU'LL SEE IN THE SECTION AND A FEW SLIDES, UH, GETTING RID OF THE EXISTING ANGLED PARKING AND THE ELEVATED SIDEWALK ON FOURTH STREET AND DOING PARALLEL PARKING ALL THE WAY DOWN FOURTH.

UM, THEN WE HAVE THE, THE SIDEWALK ZONE, AND THEN IMMEDIATELY, AS JUSTIN MENTIONED BEFORE THE FACADES PULLED BACK, SO WE HAVE A SERIES OF OUTDOOR GARDEN SEATING AREAS, UH, THAT WRAP AROUND THE RETAIL.

AND THEN OF COURSE THE PASEO THAT WRAPS, OR THAT GOES THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE, OF THE BUILDING.

UH, THERE'S ALSO A LOWER LEVEL DOWN THERE.

WE'RE STILL GONNA GET LANDSCAPED DOWN IN THE LOWER LEVEL.

SO YOU HAVE GLIMPSES OF IT COMING UP, UH, FROM THE LOWER LEVEL.

NEXT SLIDE, THERE'S A QUICK DIAGRAM SHOWING A LANDSCAPE TYPES.

THESE, UH, IS TO REPRESENT THAT LANDSCAPE WILL BE TAILORED BASED ON LIGHT LEVELS AND BE TUNED SO THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, DEPENDING ON THE SUNLIGHT AND AVAILABILITY OF LIGHT, UH, WE'LL HAVE A PLANTING PALETTE, UH, THAT CAN HOLD UP NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE ARE JUST CHARACTER SHOTS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE IDEA IS THAT WE'RE KIND OF CHANGING SCALES, MOVING FROM STREET TO ARCHITECTURE.

SO, UH, USING LANDSCAPE TO HELP MAKE THAT TRANSITION ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE ARE SOME ENHANCED PAVING MATERIALS WE'RE CONSIDERING, UH, NATURAL STONE AND CONCRETE UNIT PAVING, AND THEN POTENTIALLY WATER FEATURES.

NEXT SLIDE, UH, SOME OTHER, UH, IMAGES ABOUT, UH, CREATING LANDSCAPE ON VERTICAL SURFACES WHERE, YOU KNOW, IN A FAIRLY NARROW PLAN FOOTPRINT.

SO, UH, AS MUCH AS WE CAN, UM, WITH LIVING WALLS POTENTIALLY, AND, UM, CREATING DIFFERENT VEGETATED EDGES ALONG THE STREET, POSSIBLY VAR BORROWED VIEWS OF LANDSCAPE TO THE INTERIOR WITH LIVING WALLS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE TOP SECTION SHOWS THE EXISTING CONDITION ON FOURTH STREET NORTH IS TO THE LEFT.

SO THERE'S AN X, UH, CURRENTLY A RAISED SIDEWALK AND ANGLED PARKING.

SO WE'RE PROPOSING PUSHING THE CURB ALL THE WAY OUT IN A 10 FOOT WIDE PARALLEL SPACE, AND THEN THE FULL GREAT STREETS WITH THE PROPERTY LINE.

AND THEN THE, AS IT KEEP GOING LEFT THE GARDEN SEATING SPACES, NEXT SLIDE, THIS IS A DIAGRAM SHOWING THE OVERALL LIGHTING STRATEGY.

THIS IS THE CONCEPT AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT CREATING LAYERS, JUST LIKE WITH LANDSCAPE LAYERS OF LIGHTS.

SO ON THE PERIMETER, WE HAVE THE GREAT STREETS POLES AND THE GARDEN SPACES.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT LOWER PEDESTRIAN BOLLARDS.

AND THEN AS WE MOVE INTO THE PASEO, IT'S MORE ARCHITECTURAL FROM ABOVE AND LIGHTING WITH THE RAILS, UM, TO SEE DOWN INTO THE OPENINGS BELOW, UH, WE'RE ALSO PROPOSING SOME SORT OF ACCENT LIGHTING AT THE MAJOR ENTRIES.

SO YOU SEE THAT ON FOURTH SAND JACK PROCESS IN THE ALLEY, NEXT SLIDE, UH, MORE CHARACTER IMAGES OF THE LIGHTING.

AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT SCALE AND, AND CREATING A COMFORTABLE PEDESTRIAN SPACES, UM, BOTH WITH LANDSCAPE LIGHTING AND LIGHTING ON THE BUILDING AND THE ARCHITECTURE.

UH, AND THEN, UH, SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE INTEGRATED IS, UH, DIRECTIONAL AND BRANDING SIGNAGE THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, AND THESE ARE JUST STUDIES OF THE, UH, YOU KNOW, WAYS OF CREATING AND SCALING DOWN THOSE PUBLIC SPACES ON THE STREET.

NEXT SLIDE.

NEXT LINE.

UM, THIS, THIS IS A TYPICAL GARAGE PLAN.

UM, IT'S A FAIRLY EFFICIENT GARAGE.

IT'S A HALF BLOCK, TWO TRAY PARKING GARAGE.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE CIRCULATION IS,

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UH, IN TWO DIRECTIONS AROUND THE ENTIRE PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THESE ARE EXTRA ELEVATIONS OF THE BUILDING.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, A DOUBLE-HEIGHT GROUND FLOOR AND THEN A PARKING STRUCTURE.

THERE'S A SKY LOBBY THAT JUSTIN WILL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT LATER.

AND THEN THERE'S ABOUT 25 FLOORS OF OFFICE ABOVE AND A MECHANICAL, UM, ROOFTOP.

AND THESE ARE, UH, SOME 3D IMAGES AND VIEWS OF WHAT THE BUILDING, UH, LOOKS COULD LOOK LIKE OR IS LOOKING LIKE.

UM, CLO WAS REALLY COMMITTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BUILDING, UH, HAD A PRESENCE THAT WAS CALMING.

AND SO WE WERE TRYING TO AVOID JUST THE BIG GLASS BOX.

UM, SO WE'RE TRYING TO, WE'RE TRYING TO INCORPORATE SOME, MAYBE MORE HUMANISTIC MATERIALITY TO THE EXTERIOR FACADE AND, UH, NEXT SLIDE, UM, WITH THE COMMITMENT TO OUTDOOR SPACE, BOTH ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND THE SKY LOBBY, WE'RE ACTUALLY BRINGING A LOT OF OUTDOOR SPACE TO EVERY FLOOR OF THE OFFICE LEVELS AND YOU CAN SEE IT TO THE LEFT OF THE TOWER.

SO THERE'S SOME PRETTY, UM, PRETTY AMAZING OUTDOOR SPACES THAT ARE COVERED IN SHADED AND LANDSCAPED.

UM, THAT WOULD BE OFFERED TO EACH OF THE TENANTS AS PART OF THEIR WORKSPACE WORKSPACE, THE SKY LOBBY ITSELF, IT'S STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT, BUT, UH, THE INTENT IS FOR IT TO BE ARCHITECTURALLY SIMILAR IN CHARACTER TO WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE GROUND LEVEL.

THIS WILL BE KIND OF THE PRIMARY LOCATION FOR OUR SHARED BUILDING AMENITIES FOR THE PROJECT.

AND WE HOPE THAT IT'S ALSO A GARDEN SPACE.

THAT'S, UM, THAT'S, UH, AN AMENITY BOTH TO THE BUILDING USERS INTO THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER VIEW.

YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT BETTER AS, UH, UM, THE TERRACES THAT ARE UP ON THE OFFICE FLOORS.

AND I THINK THAT'S IT QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS, MR. ROLISON THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

THERE'S A LOT THAT I LIKE ABOUT IT.

UM, I LOVE THE, THE GROUND FLOOR LANDSCAPING, THE OASIS THAT YOU'RE CREATING, UH, INVITING THE PUBLIC TO REST AND RESPITE.

UM, THE ACTIVATED ELLIE.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND THE PASEO, UM, AND HOW YOU ACHIEVED THAT, YOU KNOW, ACTIVATION ON ALL FOUR SIDES BY PUTTING EVERYTHING IN THE BASEMENT.

I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY AWESOME FOR AUSTIN.

UM, I LOVE THE SMALL LOBBY AND PRIORITIZING PROGRAMMING FOR THE PUBLIC.

UM, UM, I LOVE THE WARM MATERIAL PALETTE AND THE INTEGRATED LANDSCAPING THROUGHOUT, THROUGHOUT THE, THOSE PUBLIC SPACES.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THOUGH.

UM, ONE IS WHAT ARE YOUR STRATEGIES FOR GROWING AND ALL THOSE PLANTERS AND TERRACES THROUGHOUT THE PARKING AND OFFICE LEVELS.

AND WILL THAT BE PART OF THE BASE BUILDING OR THE TENANTS BE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE ALL OF THAT? I MEAN, FOR THE OFFICE LEVELS AND THEN, WELL, THE WHAT'S THE STRATEGY FOR THE PLANTING MAINTENANCE AND EVERYTHING ON THE GARAGE LEVELS.

YEAH.

SO, UH, IT WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING AND THE INTENT IS EVERYTHING THAT'S BUILT INTO THE BUILDING WOULD BE MAINTAINED BY THE DEVELOPER, ANYTHING IN ADDITION TO THAT, WHETHER IT'S POTS OR SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE BY TENANTS, BUT WE'RE WORKING WITH A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER TICKET OF SOIL VOLUME INTEGRATED INTO THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING FOR ALL THE LEVELS FOR ALL.

YEAH.

THE GROUND FLOOR, SKY LOBBY AND ALL THE BALCONIES AND THEY'LL HAVE PERMANENT IRRIGATION.

COOL.

SO ALL THE GREEN THAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE RENDERINGS WILL BE PART OF THE BASE BUILDING.

CORRECT.

GOTCHA.

UM, AND THEN, UH, BIKE PACKING SHOWERS FOR OFFICE EMPLOYEES, STAFF, VISITORS, PUBLIC RESTROOMS, DRINKING FOUNTAINS.

WHAT'S THE, OH, UH, ALL OF THE ABOVE.

SO THE PROJECT IS TARGETING LEAD PLATINUM, AND IT'S GOT TO MEET A MINIMUM OF AIG AEG, TWO STAR.

AND SO THAT'S GOING TO MORE THAN COVER THE AMOUNT OF BIKES AND SHOWERS AND ALL THOSE OTHER COMPANIES.

BRILLIANT.

WELL, I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR THIS PROJECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, DID YOU HAVE, I THINK I'M ASKING A OBVIOUS QUESTION, BUT THIS IS A HUNDRED PERCENT OFFICE WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL.

THERE'S NO LIVING AT ALL.

OKAY.

NOW YOU COVERED MOST OF MY OTHER QUESTIONS.

THE ONLY OTHER ONE I HAD WAS YOU TALKED ABOUT ACTIVATING THE ALLEY AND YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THE BASEMENT ASSISTING WITH THAT.

AND THEN I KIND OF BLANKED OUT ONLY IN THE SENSE OF, UM, UH, MOVING ALL OF THE BACK OF HOUSE SPACES TO THE GROUND, BUT TO THE BASEMENT LEVEL.

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SO THAT, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY WHEN YOU HAVE AN ALLEY, YOU MIGHT PUT THE TRANSFORM REVOLVE, THE FIRE PUMP ROOM, THE MAIN ELECTRICAL, ALL THOSE THINGS FRONTING ON IT.

SO IT BASICALLY TAKES UP ALL THE FRONTAGE.

WE MOVED AT ALL DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT SO THAT YOU CAN ACTIVATE THE ALLEY.

ARE YOU REPAVING THE ALLEY FROM COMPLETELY? I MEAN, IF THE CITY WANTS TO HELP CONTRIBUTE TO THAT.

SURE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO REALLY YOU'RE JUST ACTIVATING IT BY KEEPING STUFF OUT OF IT, WHICH IS GOOD.

YES.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I MEAN, THE INTENT IS TO TURN IT INTO MORE OF A PEDESTRIAN ACTIVATED SPACE.

UM, AND SO WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CLIENT TO, TO SEE HOW WE CAN DO THAT.

OKAY.

JUST CURIOUS TO HOW IT WAS ACTIVATED.

CAUSE IDEALLY IT'D BE GREAT IF IT COULD BE COMPLETELY CLEANED UP CAUSE THAT BACK OF HOUSE IS PRETTY BAD RIGHT NOW.

YEAH.

I THINK IN ADDITION TO THE, THE KIND OF, UH, REMOVAL OF, OF UTILITARIAN PROGRAM FROM THE ALLEY, THE CONNECTION OF THE PASEO THROUGH TO THE ALLEY CREATES A DIRECT POINT OF ACCESS FOR THE PUBLIC TO GET FROM FOURTH STREET BACK INTO THE ALLEY PROGRAM.

AND THEN WE ARE ANTICIPATING THAT WE WILL HAVE TENANTS THAT WILL PRIMARILY FRONT ON THE ALLEY.

SO THOSE TENANTS, YOU KNOW, MAY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FRONT ON, UH, ON THE STREET OR ON A, UM, ON THE PASEO AND IN ADDITION, BUT I THINK WE ARE IMAGINING THAT ALLEY AS AN ACTIVE PEDESTRIAN, UH, RETAIL FRONT.

THE REASON FOR THE QUESTION IS WE'VE HAD SOME PRESENTATIONS RECENTLY ON RAINY WHERE THE, THE ALLEY IS BECOMING ACTIVATED PEDESTRIAN SPACE, SO ENCOURAGEMENT TO DO SO FREE OF CHARGE.

THAT'S GREAT.

OH, SO WHAT, WHAT WAS MENTIONED IN THE WORKING GROUP IS THAT THE DEVELOPER CONTROLS THE PROPERTY ACROSS THE ALLEY AS WELL.

THERE'S SOME SYNERGY THAT CAN HAPPEN THERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YES, COMMISSIONER, THANK YOU SO MUCH RED.

OKAY.

GREEN IS A NO-GO UM, I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND YOU PLEASE.

UM, WHAT IS INTUITIVE WAY FINDING? I THINK WHAT WE'RE, WHAT WE'RE GOING FOR IS, IS A WAY THAT, UH, THE BUILDING, THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BUILDING IS, IS LEGIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

SO WHEN THE PUBLIC IS KIND OF VIEWING THE FACADE OF THE BUILDING, THERE'S A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THE PUBLIC IS INTENDED TO BE.

I THINK ONE THING THAT, UM, CAN BE A CHALLENGE, ESPECIALLY WITH DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS, IS THERE CAN BE A SENSE OF, UH, THERE, THERE CAN BE A CHALLENGE WITH THE PUBLIC FEELING, WELCOME TO PRIVATE SPACES AND CROSSING OVER THE PROPERTY LINE INTO A BUILDING THAT'S THAT'S LARGELY CONSIDERED PRIVATE.

AND SO I THINK THE HOPE HERE IS REALLY BY CREATING, UM, A LEGIBLE ARCHITECTURE ALONG WITH A REALLY INVITING LANDSCAPE STRATEGY THAT THAT INTEGRATES GARDENS AND, AND PUBLIC, UM, PUBLIC IMMUNIZATION ALONG THE, THE PERIMETER OF THE BUILDING, BUT ALSO TO THE INTERIOR THAT IT'S INTUITIVE FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PLACE FOR THEM AND THEY ARE INVITED IN.

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU.

UM, IN THE FUTURE, I WOULD APPRECIATE IMAGES OF WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE INTUITIVE WAY FINDING, BECAUSE THAT'S A VERY BROAD STROKE AND WE'VE SEEN MANY PROJECTS WHERE ACTUALLY ENTERING THE BUILDING, IT DOESN'T, YOU CAN'T REALLY TELL WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT MAY BE INTUITIVE TO YOU MAY NOT BE TO OTHERS.

UM, I FELT ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THAT ON THE LANDSCAPE SIDE, THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE WAY FINDINGS FOR PEOPLE TO CLEARLY UNDERSTAND.

AND I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IN TERMS OF DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE, BUT IT WOULD JUST BE A LOT MORE HELPFUL FROM A CIVILIAN PERSPECTIVE IF YOU WILL.

UM, AND THEN I WAS JUST CURIOUS ABOUT, UM, WHERE EXACTLY IS GOING TO BE YOUR BIKE PARKING.

WHERE'S GOING TO BE YOUR SCOOTER PARKING, IS THE BIKE PARKING ONLY GOING TO BE ON THE STREET? UM, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE THIS IS JUST THE SHOT RIGHT DOWN FROM THAT BIKE.

UM, FROM THE TRAIN FROM THE RAIL, I RIDE THIRD STREET A LOT.

IT'S EXCITING THAT THIS IS NOW GOING TO ALL BE AT GROUND LEVEL.

AND THE REASON I ASK THAT IS I'M SURE THERE'S GOING TO BE BIKE PARKING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE AND SO FORTH.

BUT I WAS JUST CURIOUS FOR THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO BE USING THE SPACE.

UH, WELL, YES.

SO FOR THE FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO THE BUILDING, THERE'S, THERE'S GOING TO BE AMPLE AMOUNTS OF BIKE PARKING.

UM, IT'S GOING TO BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE LIKE STRUCTURE.

SO, I MEAN, FOR THE, FOR, FOR THE PUBLIC.

YES.

SO FOR THE PUBLIC AND BRETT CAN HELP ANSWER THIS TO YOU.

I MEAN, WE'RE, WE ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE BIKE PARKING ON THE SIDEWALK SO THAT WE'LL ALL BE THERE.

UM, IT'S JUST THE GREAT STREETS, BIKE PARKING THAT YOU'RE PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLIC FOR THE PUBLIC.

AND DO YOU HAVE A PLAN AT ALL OF WHERE THE SCOOTERS POTENTIALLY ARE GOING TO GO? YOU KNOW, UM, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO BE RIDDLED ON THE SIDEWALK AND PAINT A REALLY NICE GRAPHIC TO LAND THEM THERE, BUT, UM,

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IT'S HARD TO CONTROL THAT, RIGHT.

UM, BUT THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE OUR STRATEGY WOULD BE TO TRY TO ISOLATE OR TO TRY TO IDENTIFY A PLACE LIKE ON THE SIDEWALK WHERE THEY SHOULD BE LOCATED AND IT MAY REQUIRE BUILDING MAINTENANCE TO COME