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[CALL TO ORDER ]

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APRIL 20TH, 22, UH, DOWNTOWN COMMISSION MEETING.

UH, I'M GOING TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER IT IS 5:35 PM.

UH, FIRST ITEM IS TO CALL THE ROLE, UH, MONA, WOULD YOU ASSIST ME WITH THAT, PLEASE? I'D BE HAPPY TO, UH, CHRISTINE, GO AHEAD.

SORRY IF I COULD JUST, UH, REMIND W I'M SO SMART NOW WITH TOMA, SO SMART.

MY APOLOGIES.

NO, NO.

SO SMART, UM, UP TO FOR ALL THE COMMISSIONERS FOR ROLE, IF YOU CAN PUT YOUR VIDEO ON, SO NOW IS THAT JUST FOR VOTING COMMISSIONERS OR ALL COMMISSIONERS FOR ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO BE DEEMED PRESENT? OKAY.

SO COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE TURN YOUR VIDEO ON.

I CAN SEE A NUMBER OF COMMISSIONERS THAT WHO DO NOT HAVE, THERE WERE, UH, COMMISSIONER LEHMAN AND I'M HAVING A HARD TIME SEEING THE REST.

SO WE'LL JUST GO WITH COMMISSIONER LAYMAN.

I THINK HE'S HAD ONGOING CAMERA ISSUES.

OKAY.

WAIT, CALL CHAIR.

YES.

YES, SIR.

I'M ACTUALLY ON TOO, SO I CAN SEE.

OH, I SEE YOU.

THERE YOU ARE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

BUT YOU DON'T GET TWO VOTES.

OKAY.

MONA, FLORIDA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING.

AND UM, I'M GOING TO CALL ROLL NOW.

COMMISSIONER CHER, COMMISSIONER ROBINSON, COMMISSIONER RAIN, COMMISSIONER GOMEZ COMMISSIONER.

LET HER VICE CHAIR LAYMEN IN TRIPLICATE.

COMMISSIONER TEMPLETON PRESENT, UH, COMMISSIONER LEVINE, COMMISSIONER LICK TECH COMMISSIONER.

MEISENBACH PRESENT CHAIR HARRIS, RESIDENT COMMISSIONER COMMISSIONER COMMISSIONER MOCK COMMISSIONER WEAVER, COMMISSIONER TAYLOR COMMISSIONER WEATHERBY.

OH, THANK YOU.

THANKS KIM COMMISSIONER, WHETHER IT BE PRESENT AND COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ, PRESIDENT.

THANK YOU ALL.

OKAY, THANK Y'ALL.

I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S TIME TONIGHT.

UM, I'M SORRY AGAIN, THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE A MEETING LAST MONTH, BUT I'M GLAD WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TAKE CARE OF THE CITY'S BUSINESS.

UH, OKAY.

THE, UH, NEXT ITEM IS THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

UM, OH, I'M SORRY.

I'VE GOT TO DO PUBLIC COMPLEMENT FIRST AND TONIGHT WE HAVE MIKE LEVY JOINING US TONIGHT.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

MIKE ON PLEASER.

WELL, WE HAVE ONE MORE.

HI, MY NAME IS MICHAEL .

UH, UH, I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT OF BOSTON SINCE 1969 BEFORE OBVIOUSLY MOST OF Y'ALL WERE BORN.

UH, UH, I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AS A PUBLIC CITIZEN FOR SINCE 76 WITH ME AND THREE DOCS GOT AUSTIN EMS GOING AND, UH, I APPRECIATE WHAT Y'ALL DO CAUSE IT'S HARD AND IT'S FRUSTRATING.

MOST OF THE TIME I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THREE THINGS.

NUMBER ONE, SCOOTERS.

YOU'VE SEEN MY PROPAGANDA AND MY, UH, RAINING DOWN, YOU KNOW, UH, PUT IN A COPY OF WHAT WENT OUT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.

THEY'RE UNSIGHTLY PEOPLE COME VISIT ME FROM OUT OF TOWN.

THEY LOOK AROUND AND SAY, THIS IS AUSTIN, TEXAS.

IT DOESN'T MEET THE IMAGE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL TOWN.

THESE, UH, THEY'RE UNSIGHTLY OBVIOUSLY, AND IT'S JUST NOT DOWNTOWN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY.

I'M SURE THAT EVERYBODY, UH, ILLNESS COMMISSION APPRECIATES THAT I'VE, UH, GIVING YOU A HANDOUT THAT LISTS SUGGESTIONS ON, UH, HOW THE CITY COULD, UH, APPROACH THE PROBLEM, MANAGE THE PROBLEM.

UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COULD DO IS TO LOOK AT SAN DIEGO AND GAVE YOU A LINK, OTHER CITIES, UH, UH, I TRAVELED A GREAT, I'VE NEVER SEEN A MAJOR CITY, UH, IN THE U S WITH SCOOTERS

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LIKE THIS.

IT WAS IN DALLAS AND HOUSTON OVER THE LAST MONTH.

NOTHING LIKE THIS, ARE THEY UNSIGHTLY? YEAH, BUT EVEN WORSE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA THAT DANGEROUS PEDESTRIANS, UH, TRIP OVER THEM.

I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM IS HARD BY NOW.

PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD A, UH, UH, INJURY, YOU KNOW, UH, TANGLED OVER A SCOOTER.

UH, I WOULD URGE YOU ALL TO CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE.

I MEAN, UH, A RESOLUTION URGING THE COUNCIL TO, UH, PUSH BACK ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION AND, UH, AND SAY WE'VE HAD GOT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.

WE GOT TO DEAL WITH IT IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

UM, NUMBER TWO, HOMELESS.

UH, I'VE BEEN, UH, DOWNTOWN, UH, UH, WORKING DOWNTOWN SINCE 1976 MAGAZINE STARTED IN 73, UH, TEXAS MONTHLY 76.

WE WERE THE FIRST TENANT IN THE TOWER AT, UM, UH, SIX AND CONGRESS, THE BIG BLACK TOWER, UH, EH, FROM 70 16, 80, UH, 7,698, MOVED INTO THE ARMY, UH, AND, UH, MOVED FROM EIGHT FROM 89 UNTIL 2008.

UH, WHEN I RETIRED AND I'M BACK DOWNTOWN IN THAT SAME TOWER, BECAUSE I REALLY CARE ABOUT THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

UM, I TALKED TO THE HOMELESS THEY'RE OUTSIDE OF MY BUILDING.

I CARRY THESE DOLLARS WITH ME TO HAND OUT.

UH, I CAN TELL YOU THE HOMELESS, THEY MISSED THE WALKING PATROL.

THEY MISSED THE BIKE PATROL BECAUSE IT KEPT THEM SAFE.

UH, THERE IS A SOLUTION IT'S CALLED GIVING THAT MONEY TO KERATITIS A COMMUNITY FIRSTS, SAFE LIFE WORKS THEIR OUTCOMES WITH WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE.

THEY COULD MANAGE THIS THING IN AN INCREDIBLE WAY, IN A HUMANE WAY.

THAT'S NOT BEING DONE BY THE CITY.

ONE LAST THING WE USED TO HAVE PARKING METERS DOWNTOWN PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO COME DOWN TO VISIT ME BECAUSE THERE'S NO PLACE TO PARK EXCEPT YOU KNOW, A LOT OF MONEY.

THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CAN I ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

BYE.

[1. Approval of Minutes of the February 16, 2022, Meeting Minutes ]

OKAY.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

HAS EVERYBODY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE MINUTES? ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO THE MINUTES FROM COMMISSIONERS HEARING? NONE, THE MINUTES STAND APPROVED,

[2.a. Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) Phase 2 Improvement Project ]

NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS.

UH, THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER PHASE TWO IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, AND WE HAVE PARD STAFF HERE TO ADDRESS THE PROJECT FOR US.

WELCOME, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UM, MY NAME IS HEIDI I'M WITH PUBLIC WORKS.

I'M THE CAPITAL MANAGER FOR THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.

AND THIS IS FOR PHASE TWO OF, FROM, UM, THE MASTER PLAN THAT WAS ADOPTED AND APPROVED BY COUNCIL IN 2018.

I HAVE HERE WITH ME BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON, THE JOINT VENTURE FIRM OF MIRO RIVERA AND TATIANA WOULD BE A BOW AND ARROW RIVERA.

IS IT OUT OF AUSTIN, TEXAS AND TATIANA BILBAO IS A STUDIO IS OUT OF MEXICO CITY.

SO WE HAVE A TEAM MEMBERS FROM BOTH AND WE ARE GOING TO START OFF WITH A SCHEMATIC DESIGN PRESENTATION.

UM, AND, UH, I WILL LET MIGUEL RIVERA WHO IS A PRINCIPAL, UH, AT ONE OF THE JV FIRMS TO START AND HE CAN INTRODUCE HIS MEMBERS WELCOME.

HELLO.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD EVENING TO A COMMISSIONER, A COMMISSIONERS, UH, VERY EXCITING TO BE HERE.

AND, UH, YOU HAVE SEEN THE TRANSFORMATION OF DOWNTOWN AND THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE.

UH, WE BEEN FORTUNATE TO BE SELECTED TO COMPLETE WHAT WAS STARTED YEARS AGO AND, UM, AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FROM THE, UH, PRESENTATION, UH, THAT WE ARE TRYING TO JUST COMPLETE THE SHAPE OF THE BUILDING.

AND, UH, WE HAVE MANY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, EVEN THROUGH COVID TIMES.

UH, SO IT'S BEEN A VERY, UH, INTERESTING, UH, CHALLENGING, UH, PROJECT.

AND, UH, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO, UH, KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

SO I KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN THE AGENDA, BUT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE IDEAS OR WHERE WE ARE THAT IS STILL, YOU KNOW, EARLY IN THE PROCESS.

SO I'M GOING TO HAVE, UH, MARIANA FROM, UH, UH, UH,

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TATIANA BILBAO OFFICE AND BOUGHT FROM OUR OFFICE.

THEY ARE REMOTELY, SO THEY THEY'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT IT, BUT I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR KNOW THE PROJECT VERY WELL.

SO WE CAN, UH, DISCUSS THAT.

WHAT IS A VERY, UH, INTERESTING PRAYER FOR YOU TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION OF OSTEO? WE'RE TRYING TO ADAPT TO THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN CHANGING AROUND THE MASS TRANSIT THAT IS GOING TO BE ACCOMMODATED THE TRAIL NEIGHBORHOODS.

SO YOU'LL SEE FROM THAT.

SO, UH, WE'RE READY.

OKAY.

I PASS IT TO SEE IF THEY'RE CONNECTED MARIANNA, BUT ARE YOU THERE? YES, I'M HEARING YOU DIDN'T EAT FOR A MINUTE.

SO IF WE GO TO THE PREVIOUS FLOOD, UM, WE JUST WANT TO GIVE AN OUTLINE OF THE CONTEXT OF THE SITE.

SO THIS IS AN AERIAL VIEW ON THE LEFT.

YOU CAN SEE THE, UH, MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER CALLED OUT.

UH, WHEREAS, YOU KNOW, JUST TO THE WEST OF I'VE 35, UH, JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET OFF OF RAINEY STREET TO THE NORTH OF OUR SITE, THE WATERLOO GREENWAY CREEK DELTA PROJECT COMING DOWN DUE FOR COMPLETION AND A COUPLE OF YEARS.

BUT CAN I ASK, CAN I ASK, WHOEVER'S SPEAKING TO BE SURE TO TURN ON YOUR CAMERA.

OH, I DON'T HAVE A CAMERA ON MY COMPUTER.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

W I THINK WE'RE THE ONES WHO HAVE TO BE ON CAMERA.

UH, OKAY.

AND TO THE SOUTH OF OUR SITE, WE HAVE THE RAINY STREET TRAILHEAD PARK, WHICH I BELIEVE JUST BREAK GROUND OR WE'LL BE BREAKING GROUND VERY SOON.

SO WE HAVE THIS VERY INTERESTING SITE THAT IS INSIDE OF PARKLAND ON THE LAKE, UH, AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND IT.

AND MIGUEL MENTIONED HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY SINCE I, IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE FIRST PHASES OF THE PROJECT WERE COMPLETED, BUT WE HAD A, THIS WAS THE CURRENT VIEW.

YOU CAN SEE THE CONDUIT, CONDO TOWERS RISING ALL AROUND THE PROJECT AND THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER DOWN THERE BY THE LAKE.

AND INSTEAD OF THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IN THAT IMAGE IS, UH, ON THE LEFT WAS PHASE ONE ON ONE A, WHICH WERE PUBLISHED IN 2007 AND 2010.

AND WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF PHASE TWO, WHICH IS THE APPROVED ON THE 2018 FACILITY EXPANSION PLAN.

AND THERE WILL BE A FUTURE PHASE THREE, UH, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE AND A PERCENT EMS THEATER.

YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

IT'S HI.

HI EVERYONE.

I AM BRIANNA SPEAKING FROM MEXICO CITY.

UM, YEAH, SO AS BRAD WAS SAYING, THIS WAS A PROJECT, UH, FROM MOMENT ONE TO TWO TODAY, WE HAVE THE VERY, WE HAVE A VERY HIGH PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND, UH, UM, THIS IS JUST AN IMAGE THAT SHOWS WHAT WE'VE TRYING TO, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THE COMMUNITY, ENHANCING THEIR VALUES, UH, ENHANCING THEIR SITES, MAKING A, UM, MAKING THE SITE MORE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

AND AS BRAD WAS SAYING ON THE CONTEXT PICTURE, WE CAN SEE, IT FEELS LIKE IT'S BEING INVADED BY TOWERS.

SO THERE'S A HUGE CONCERN ON HOW TO TREAT THESE SITES, HOW TO MAINTAIN THEIR PROPERTY, HOW TO ELEVATE THE CV AND GATHERING SPACES, ESPECIALLY SINCE COVID THE OUTSIDE SPACES, THE EXTERIOR ONES, AND ALSO TO COMPLETE THE ORIGINAL VIEW VISION OF THE ARCHITECT, A LOT OF GONZALEZ ELION AND MEXICAN ARCHITECTS.

AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE APPROACHING ON PHASE TWO.

IF YOU WANT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE, THIS IS SOME, UH, IMAGES OF WHAT THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND THE WORK PROCESS HAS BEEN.

WE HAD SOME VIRTUAL MEETINGS, WE HAD IN-PERSON MEETINGS AS WELL.

UH, WE HAD SOME IN IN-HOUSE WORKSHOPS, AND THIS IS JUST AN OVERALL FEELING OF ALL THE GROUPS THAT WE'VE SPOKEN TO AND KEEP, KEEP TALKING TO TODAY, ESPECIALLY USERS OF THE MAC, THE MAC STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN MEMBERS OF THE, OF USING THESE BUILDINGS SINCE, UH, ALMOST ITS ORIGINS, IF YOU WANT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE.

SO THESE ARE, UH, MANY OF THE CHALLENGES WE HEARD AND THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IMPROVE.

MOST OF THEM ARE ABOUT SECURITY, ABOUT HAVING CONTROL OF THE PUBLIC SPACE AND THEIR PERF THEIR SPACE.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ON, ON BIKES, ON USING THE PUBLIC SPACE ON, UH, GARBAGE AND OVERALL PEOPLE CROSSING THE BUILDING

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TO ACCESS RAINY STREETS.

SO THE MAIN GESTURE OF OUR PROPOSAL IS TO INTRODUCE A CONTAINING WALL AND LIFT THE PLAZA, UH, TO ESTABLISH THE SOCOLOW LIMITS, WHICH IS THEIR MAIN CENTRAL EVENT SPACE.

AND THAT WAY WE BOTH ENHANCE THE CONNECTION TO THE RIVER, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, GIVE THEM THE SECURITY THAT THEY LONG FOR.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THESE ARE JUST SOME QUICK SLIDES SHOWING THE INTERVENTION.

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TODAY.

IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, WE ARE EXTENDING THE WINGS.

UH, THIS WAS WHAT, WHAT WAS, UH, THE ORIGINAL DESIGN COMPLETING THE SEMI-CIRCLE, UH, ON THE NORTH AND ON THE SOUTH.

IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE SAW THAT THE AREA ON THOSE WINGS WAS NOT ENOUGH TO FULFILL THE SQUARE FEET THEY NEEDED FOR THE ACTIVITIES.

SO WE ARE ADDING THIS LEVEL TO ADD, TO ALSO PROVIDE THE SECURITY TO THE PLAZA AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THE NATURE AND THE RIVER.

AND THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE, WE ARE NOW HAVING THIS, WHAT WE CALL THE LAKE LEVEL, THE SUBTERRANEAN LEVEL THAT IS OPEN TO THE RIVER AND THE LAWN AND THE TRAIL, AND THIS WILL FULFILL THE AREAS NEEDED FOR THE, FOR THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS. AND IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, UH, WE CAN SEE WHAT, WHAT THEY REPRESENT IS ON THE SIDE SECTION WE SEE IN RED, THE EXISTING, UH, TOPOGRAPHY, AND THEN WE'RE REGRADING IT TO CREATE THIS, UH, NEW LAKE LEVEL THAT OPENS UP TO THE NATURE AND TO THE TRAIL.

AND IT ALSO, UH, IS THAT ESTABLISHES THIS NEW SOKOLOW LIMITS AND, UM, A NEW PLATFORM TO, TO LOOK AT NATURE, TO LOOK AT THE RIVER AND EMBRACE THE PRIVILEGED SIDE OF THE MUCK.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT FROM THERE, BUT OH, YES, BUT YOU CAN SEE, AND THIS DIAGRAM ON THE ONE THAT FOLLOWS, THESE ARE THREE DIMENSIONAL DIAGRAMS OF THE BUILDING.

SO YOU CAN NOW SEE THAT LAKE LEVEL BELOW WHERE IT IS TODAY, A NEW EVENT LAWN THAT'S CREATED BY LOWERING THE TRAIL, NEW ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCES FROM THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL, WHICH EVENTUALLY WILL ALSO CONNECT TO A NEW METRO RAIL STATION TO THE NORTH.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE WINGS COMPLETED TO EITHER SIDE AND ALL OF THE GREEN CIRCLES REPRESENT ACCESS POINTS.

SO THOSE WILL NOW HAVE GATES SO THAT THE MAT CAN OPEN AND CLOSE THE GLOW AND HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR SPACE.

IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THE HAND-IN-HAND WITH IDEA IS THE CONCEPT OF BRINGING THE LAKE INTO THE LANDSCAPE OF THE LAKE, INTO THE BUILDING, UH, TO CREATE STRONGER CONNECTION, A STRONGER SENSE OF PLACE, BEING ABLE TO FEED MORE VISION, MORE VISIBILITY TO THE LAKE, AND ALSO MORE VISIBILITY OF THE MACK WHEN WE MAKE THOSE GREAT CHANGES.

WHEN YOU'RE CROSSING THE PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER THE LAKE, OR EVEN LOOKING FROM THE BRIDGE AND CONGRESS, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE BACK MORE THAN YOU CURRENTLY.

UM, SO WE'LL HAVE A MORE PROMINENT POSITION WITH THEM.

SO FOR ALL CITIES, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDES, THIS IS THE SITE LANDSCAPE PLAN.

UH, SO WE HAVE THE LOCAL LIVE IN THE CENTER, THE SNAKE PATH, THERE'S AN EXISTING ART AND PUBLIC PLACES INSTALLATIONS.

SO WE ARE PRESERVING THAT AT THE SAME LEVEL THAT IT IS NOW.

SO THE HEAD OF THE NIGHT ACTUALLY BECOMES A REALLY INTERESTING CANTILEVERED OVERLOOK.

UH, WE HAVE THE TRAIL AND A BENT LAWN THAT ARE LOWERED FROM THE REST OF THE SPACE AND ENCLOSED A FENCED OFF PLAY AREA THAT IS RELATED TO SOME YOUTH EDUCATION CLASSROOMS THAT ARE BEING ADDED AND A COMMUNITY AND HEALING GARDEN TO THE RIGHT, UH, THAT IS, UH, RELOCATION THAT THE EXISTING GARDEN WOULD HAVE TODAY.

UM, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND ON THIS IS STEPPING DOWN, CUTTING THROUGH THAT LAKE LEVEL.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE THESE THREE PATIOS FOR COURTYARDS THAT WILL ALLOW THE GREEN FACES TO COME UP INTO THE VOCALO THE KIND OF STRENGTHENING THAT IDEA OF CONNECTING THE LAKE LANDSCAPE TO THE MACS AND ALSO PROVIDING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO CONNECT FROM RAINY STREET AND THE MACK DOWN TO THE TRAIL OF THE LAKE.

AND IF YOU CAN SEND THAT TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THIS IS JUST THE OVERALL PLANTING PLAN.

WE'RE LOOKING AT RESTORING THE RIPARIAN LANDSCAPE, UH, ALL NATIVE AND ADAPTED FIFI ALONG THE TRAIL AND THE LAKE.

AND THERE'LL BE OTHER AREAS WHERE WE HAVE OR PATHS, UH, FOR A FEATURE OF THE SCULPTURE GARDEN, UM, MIXED WITH THE CACTUS GARDEN ON CERTAIN AREAS WITH, UH, PLANTS THAT ARE NATIVE TO MEXICO AND ALSO TO DETECTIVES AND RAIN GARDENS ARE THOSE TWO COLUMNS.

SO YOU

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SEE THAT WILL ACTUALLY FILTER ALL OF THE RAINWATER OFF OF THE BUILDING BEFORE IT TURNS INTO THE LAKE.

IT'S A BIT TO THE NEXT SLIDE JUST GIVES A REALLY GOOD SENSE OF THAT VERTICAL SEPARATION THAT WE'LL GET BY CREATING A LOWERED EVENT LAWN AND KEEPING THE VEHICLE WHERE IT IS TODAY.

YOU CAN SEE REALLY WELL IN THIS IMAGE, HOW THAT HEAD OF THE MILK SNAKE BECOMES A REALLY EXCITING PIECE OF THE PROJECT.

AND I'LL LET MARIANNA TAKE YOU THROUGH THE GROUND FLOOR PLAN ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

YES.

SO TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEW PROGRAM ON THE NEW WINGS, UH, WE HAD MANY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE USERS AND ON THE LEFT NORTH SIDE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE NEW YOUTH WING.

THIS WILL BE FOUR CLASSROOMS AND ONE CAN, THAT CAN BE A BIG ONE OR DIVIDED INTO TWO.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE THAT AREA THAT, BUT WAS JUST MENTIONING AROUND THE YOUTH AREA IS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PLAYGROUND ALSO ON THE CENTER.

EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN GRAY IS EXISTING BUILDING, AND IT'S NOT GOING TO BE TOUCHED, UH, PER SE.

WE'RE GOING TO, WE'RE LOOKING AT IMPROVING THE GREEN AREA, WHICH IS THE RECEPTION AREA WE HEARD.

THERE'S A LOT OF VISIBILITY ISSUES, SIGNATURE ISSUES.

PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHERE THE ENTRANCE OF THE BUILDING RELEASE.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT IMPROVING THE EXISTING AUDITORIUM, WHICH IS MARKED IN PURPLE, UH, WILL, WILL, UH, INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SEATING AT SOME SMALL BATHROOMS. THIS COULD HELP WITH SECURITY OVERALL, AND THE SENSE OF A PERFORMING SPACE AND ON THE RIGHT SIDE, WHICH WOULD BE THE SOUTH WING.

WE WILL HAVE THREE NEW MUSIC ROOMS THAT COULD BE USED ALSO AS A GREEN ROOM FOR WHEN THERE'S A SOCOLOW EVENT OR REHEARSAL ROOMS IN GENERAL, RIGHT NEXT TO THE LOADING DOCK.

YOU CAN SEE A SMALL CAR THERE.

THIS IS THE SPACE WHERE EQUIPMENT TO THE SOKOLOW OR, UH, ANY KIND OF EVENT, UH, WOULD BE OUR LOADING DOCK NEXT TO THESE MUSIC ROOMS, WHICH IS, UM, IDEAL.

AND THEN WE HAVE IN BROWN AND ORANGE, THE NEW, THE NEW, THE LOCATE NEW LOCATION OF THE GALLERIES, ONE WILL BE THE PERMANENT GALLERY.

AND THE OTHER ONE WILL BE THE COMMUNITY GAL GALLERY, WHICH IS CURRENTLY USED, UH, ON THE EXISTING AUDITORIUM LOBBY.

AND THEN FINALLY, ON, IN THE GREEN HATCH, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A TEACHING KITCHEN, UH, FOR THE MAC COMMUNITY TO PREPARE TO TEACH ABOUT CULINARY AND ALSO MAKE SOME OPENINGS AND HAVE SOME KIND OF SMALL CATERING FOR THEIR EVENTS.

UM, AND ALSO IN THE SOKOLOW, UH, WE HAVEN'T MENTIONED, BUT WE'RE ALSO ADDING A SHADE STRUCTURE.

THIS WILL ALSO HELP WITH EVENTS, UH, ON THE SOKOLOW, ESPECIALLY DURING, UH, VERY HOT DAYS AND GRADING SHADE.

WE ALSO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND THE AMOUNT OF EVENTS THEY CAN DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A PREVIEW IMAGE OF THE YOUTH SCOUT YOUTH, UH, EDUCATION WING.

WE HAVE KIND OF A SMALL GALLERY, LIKE A SMALL FOR A YEAR FOR PARENTS TO GATHER, TO, UH, TALK WITH TWO TEACHERS TO PICK CHILDREN UP.

AND, UH, THIS WOULD BE KIND OF A SENSATION OF A SPACE THAT IS BETWEEN NATURE AND IT'S THE SAME I EXTERIOR BUT COVERED.

AND IT ALSO HELPS UNDERSTAND TO UNDERSTAND THE, THIS IMAGE, THE RELATION THAT WE WANT TO CREATE WITH NATURE THAT IS ALMOST GETTING INSIDE, UM, OF THE SPACES.

AND IT BELONGS THERE ALMOST AS BUILDING A NATURE ONE.

AND IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

YES.

SO THIS IS THE SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN STARTING ON THE LEFT.

AGAIN, WE HAVE THIS BROWN SHELL SPACE, WHICH IS, WHICH WILL BE A FUTURE PAVILION THAT THEY CAN USE FOR ARTISTS SPACES OR GATHERING SPACE, A MEETING ROOM, A KIND OF A VIP ROOM FOR THE SOKOLOW EVENT, UH, AND ON ORANGE.

THIS IS WHAT IS TODAY, THE EXISTING GALLERY.

THIS WILL BECOME A SPACE FOR ARTISTS WITH SOME PARTITIONS THAT THEY CAN MOVE AROUND.

THEY CAN SET UP EXHIBITIONS, THEY CAN SET UP ART PIECES.

AND THEN ON THE CENTER ON GREEN, WE WILL HAVE A NEW MEDIA CENTER IN THE LIBRARY.

THIS WILL BE LIKE A MEDIA LAB.

UH, THIS SPACE BECAME KIND OF A NEW PROGRAM DURING COVID.

UH, THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR PROGRAMS AND EVENTS TO BE BROADCASTED AND NOT NEEDING PEOPLE TO COME TO THE MAC PHYSICALLY.

SO IT COULD REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, UH, IN A MUCH BETTER WAY.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE CAN SEE IN GREEN, SOME OF THE EXISTING CLASSROOMS, SOME OF THESE WILL BECOME NEW OFFICE SPACES FOR, UM, UM, UM, HEADS OF PROGRAMS. AND THERE'S ALSO A LACK OF OFFICE SPACE IN GENERAL, THE COMMUNITY

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TODAY USES STORAGE SPACES, OR THEY LACK SPACE OF OFFICE AND STORAGE.

AND THEN ON THE SOUTH, W THIS WOULD BE THE NEW ADULT EDUCATION WING, WHICH WOULD HAVE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM FOR SMALL EVENTS, SMALL CONFERENCES.

THIS COULD FIT UP TO 80 PEOPLE.

SOMETIMES THE MAC PEOPLE NEED TO RENT SPACES OUTSIDE OF THE MAC TO WAIT, TO BE ABLE TO FULFILL THEIR PROGRAM'S NEEDS.

SO THIS WOULD BE A WHOLE NEW MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, AND ALSO IT WILL HAVE TWO CLASSROOMS FOR, UH, ADULT PROGRAMS AND SOME OFFICES IN A CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE CORNER THAT WOULD HAVE ALL THE VIEWS TO THE LAKE.

IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE, THIS IS AN IMAGE OF THIS EXTERIOR HALLWAY.

WE'RE TRYING TO BRING INTO THE BUILDING, THIS IDEA OF VISIBILITY, TRANSPARENCY, UH, THAT CAN ALSO RELATE TO THIS ABSTRACT, UH, NEED FOR THE COMMUNITY TO, TO BE VISIBLE AND TO MAKE A STAND ON WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY ARE.

AND WE THINK THAT THROUGH MUD REALITY, WE CAN ALSO HELP THEM ACCOMPLISH, UM, THIS KIND OF BUILDING, UH, IDEA.

AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR MATERIALS THAT CAN ALLOW THAT AND CAN ALSO ALLOW VIEWS TO THE SOKOLOW, TO THE EXTERIOR'S AND JUST, UH, UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE IN SUCH A PRIVILEGED SPOT IN THE CITY.

NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

FINALLY, WE HAVE A DISLIKE LEVEL PLAN, WHICH WOULD HAVE A NEW BLACK BOX THAT YOU CAN SEE IN PURPLE AND A WHOLE NEW SECTION OF SUPPORT SPACES THAT ARE IN WHITE, THE CONTROLLABLES DRESSING, BATHROOMS, AND PUBLIC BATHROOMS, AND ALSO IN THE MIDDLE IN BROWN, WE HAVE SOME SHELF SPACE THAT IN THE FUTURE COULD BECOME A RECORDING STUDIO.

WE HEARD THIS MANY TIMES DURING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, THAT THE DESIRE FOR A RECORDING STUDIO IS VERY HIGH AND ARTISTS AND PEOPLE THAT JUST WANT TO COME TO THE MAC AND RECORD THEIR OWN WORK.

AND IN ORANGE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A NEW PERMANENT GALLERY, UM, THAT COULD EXTEND ALSO TO SOME PART OF THE SHOW SPACE.

WE CAN ALSO SEE THESE TWO BIG COURTYARDS ACCESS STAIRS TO THE SOKOLOW ON THE LEFT AND THE ACCESS STAIRS ON THE RIGHT THAT WILL LEAD TO THE PLAZA.

AND RIGHT NEXT TO THIS RIGHT SIDE STAIRS, WE HAVE A PREP ROOM.

THIS WOULD BE A STAFF ONLY SPACE TO, UH, SET UP THE EXHIBITIONS IN THE GALLERY TO RECEIVE THE PIECES, TO STORE THEM AND ACCOMMODATE, ACCOMMODATE THEM, WHICH IS A SPACE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TODAY.

AND THEY ALSO LONG FOR IT TO HELP, UM, TO HELP THEM IMPROVE THEIR EXHIBITIONS.

UM, NEXT ONE, PLEASE, THERE'S AN IMAGE OF THE LIFT SIDE STAIRS.

THIS WOULD BE, UH, KIND OF A REPUBLIC MOVE.

UH, WE ALSO HEARD THAT THERE'S A LONGING FOR EXTERIOR GATHERING SPACES.

WE ALSO THINK THIS, THERE CAN BE MORE OF A PROMENADE CAN HAVE THESE BENCHES, AND IT'S MORE OF A HANGOUT SPACE, A TRANSITION SPACE THAT AT THE SAME TIME CONNECTS THE CONNECT, THE UPPER SOKOLOW WITH THE LOWER EVENT LAWN.

AND THIS IS KIND OF A, UH, VERY, UM, VEGETATION GREEN SPACE THAT WE WANT TO, UH, BRING, WHICH WE THINK WILL BRING A LOT OF VALUE TO THE PUBLICNESS OF THE PLAZA AND THE AWARENESS AND THE TRANSITION TO THE MAC BUILDING.

IF YOU WANT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

AND THIS IS AN IMAGE OF, UH, THE LAKE LEVEL CORRIDOR, LOOKING AT THE GALLERY, UH, WE WOULD HAVE THIS SENSATION THAT WE'RE ALMOST OUTSIDE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, FEELING SICK, FEELING SECURE INSIDE, AND THE MAT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE THIS AT NIGHT, IF THEY DESIRE.

UM, AND ALSO THIS IDEA THAT THE COURTYARD ALSO CONNECTS THE LOWER LEVEL WITH THE UPPER LEVEL, AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING, UH, UP AND DOWN THERE.

AND IT CREATES A NICE, DIRECT CONNECTION OF BOTH LEVELS AND REALLY MAKING THE LAKE LEVEL BELONG TO THE BILL, TO THE BUILDING AND, UM, REALLY OWNING THIS SPACE OVERALL.

UM, NEXT ONE IS, BUT THE UNIT TAKE, TAKE IT FROM HERE, SPOKE A LOT.

UM, IT'S JUST THIS ONE KIND OF CAPTURING, YEAH.

CAPTURING THE SCHEMATIC DESIGN, WHICH OFFICIALLY WERE IN DESIGN DEVELOPMENT FOR ABOUT THE LAST MONTH.

SO WE'VE JUST CONTINUED TO DEVELOP THESE IDEAS THROUGH REFINE THE SPACES AND WITH CONTINUING MEETINGS WITH THE MAC STAFF TO GET THEIR INPUT ABOUT HOW WE MAKE THESE SPACES PERFORM BEST FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE USING IT.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS,

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COMMISSIONER LEVINE.

UH, YOU'RE ON.

THANKS.

HEY, THAT WAS AMAZING.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THIS STUFF HAPPEN.

I GO THERE WITH MY CHILD ON FIELD TRIPS AND IT'S PRETTY AWESOME.

PLACE TO GO.

I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT, I DIDN'T BRING MY GLASSES DURING THE CAR.

I'M GOING TO GO GET THEM IN A MINUTE.

SO I COULDN'T READ SOME OF THIS STUFF.

UM, WHAT'S THE CAPACITY OF THAT AMPHITHEATER PROPOSED, I MEAN, A LITTLE BIT CENTRAL GATHERING SPACE.

UM, WE'VE DISCUSSED AROUND 3000 PEOPLE FOR LARGE EVENTS THAT HAPPENED THERE.

UM, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE SEVERAL SIGNATURE EVENTS THAT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, AND MAGNIFICO WHERE THEY HAVE TO ERECT TEMPORARY SENSING ALL AROUND THE SITE BECAUSE THEY, IF THERE'S NO WAY TO HOLD A TICKETED CONTROLS OF THEM.

SURE.

UM, SO THIS WILL REALLY HELP WITH THAT, BUT REALLY EVENTS OF ANY SIZE, THE SHADE STRUCTURE ALONE FIT 500 PEOPLE BENEATH IT, UH, UNCOVERED SPEEDING.

AND THEN THE LOWER LAWN HAS THE CAPACITY OF AROUND 1500 PEOPLE.

AND THEN WAS THERE SOMETHING THAT'S A MORE PUBLIC EVENT LONG? AND THEN WAS THERE SOMETHING, UM, UP ABOVE THE STRUCTURE, LIKE A, ANOTHER CONCERT VENUE OR SOMETHING? LIKE, WHAT WAS THAT SEATED THING? YEAH.

YEAH.

THE TORY, UM, THAT WE'RE RENOVATING THAT HAS 135 PEOPLE CURRENTLY, AND THEN THAT WILL BE EXPANDED, UM, WITH USING FIXED SEATING TO SEE AROUND 200 PEOPLE PUT UP AN INTERIOR.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S IN PHASE THREE.

NO, THAT'S NO, THAT'S NOW THAT THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THAT WILL BE NOW RIGHT NOW IS OUR MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, WHICH IS FLAT AND THEY PUT TEMPORARY PLATFORMS AND THEY'RE FOLDING CHAIRS AND HE'S A PAIN FOR THEM EVERY TIME.

SO, UH, UH, WE GONNA, UH, WITH THE ADDITIONAL ROOMS THAT WE HAVE, THAT WE'RE WILLING TO MAKE THAT A PERMANENT MAXIMIZE SEATING, I'VE NOT BEEN IN THAT SPACE.

IT'S A FLAT MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM.

THERE'S INCLU, INCLUDING THERE IS A KITCHEN IN THERE BECAUSE IT WAS THE IDEA OF A MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM THAT YOU CAN HAVE DINNERS AND EVENTS, BUT NOW THAT'S GOING TO BE, UH, A SEATING MAXIMIZING THAT THAT'LL BE EXCITING TO SEE THIS ALL DONE.

AND WHEN DID THE WRITING WAS VERY SMALL IN THERE? WHEN DID IT SAY PHASE TWO WAS GOING TO BE COMPLETED? UM, ACTUALLY THAT WASN'T ON THERE, BUT WE'RE PROJECTED ONCE WE START CONSTRUCTION, WHICH WOULD BE IN THE WINTER OF THIS YEAR, SO, OR EARLY NEXT YEAR, THEN IT WILL TAKE ABOUT APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS.

OKAY, COOL.

AND THEN YOU MENTIONED THE LOWER LAWN OR THE LOWER ZOCALO, AND I CANNOT REMEMBER THE CAPACITY DO THAT.

MAYBE SOMEONE.

YEAH.

BUT YEAH, THAT WAS THE ONE THAT ABOUT 15, 1500 TO 2000.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THAT'S A LARGE SPACE.

I LIKE ALL THE ARTWORK DOWN THERE WHEN WE GO DOWN THERE.

IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFUL.

UM, AND THE ONLY OTHER THING WAS, YOU MENTIONED A COUPLE OF TIMES, IT WAS THE SECOND PERSON WHO SPOKE, I THINK ABOUT SECURITY ISSUES AND JUST TRYING TO ADDRESS THOSE.

AND I'M JUST WONDERING WHAT THOSE KIND OF, UH, THERE'S, THERE'S A FEW SECURITY ISSUES.

ONE IS THE BUILDING WAS CONCEIVED AS THIS OPEN ARCADE, SO ANYBODY CAN WALK THERE 24 HOURS.

THERE'S NOTHING STOPPING YOU.

SO WHEN THEY HAVE EVENTS LIKE THE ONE BUD MENTIONED, THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL WHO'S IN AND OUT.

UH, SO THAT'S ONE SECURITY FOR THEIR EVENT, BUT AS AUSTIN KEEP CHANGING MORE PEOPLE COMING IN THERE AND SO ON, UM, UH, THE BATHROOMS ARE OPEN AND ALL THAT.

SO THEY HAVE AN ISSUE OF HOW THEY CAN SECURE THE BUILDING.

SO WE, WE HAVE THIS TASK WHERE, UH, WE ARE TRYING TO DO A BUILDING THAT IS OPEN AND THE ABILITY TO BE OPEN AND PEOPLE CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH THE BUILDING FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, BUT IN THOSE OTHER MOMENTS THAT THEY WANT TO CONTROL IT, THEY BE ABLE TO CONTROL THAT WITH DIFFERENT GATES AND SO ON.

AND, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE BOB MENTIONED THAT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO NOTE IS THAT THESE A PART OF THE TRAIL THAT IS NOT ADA ACCESSIBLE.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE ARE ALSO ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE BY LOWERING THE EXISTING, UH, UH, GRADING, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THAT ACCESSIBLE.

SO, UH, ART AND, UH, THE THRILL FOUNDATION HAS BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE TEAM TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

THERE IS ALSO, UH, A BLUE LINE THAT'S GOING TO BE EXTENDED, RIGHT? SO THEY DID THAT.

THERE'S GOING TO BE AS MORE DENSITIES.

THERE IS PEOPLE BE ABLE TO HAVE MANY OPTIONS TO GO AROUND.

WE DIDN'T MEASURE, BUT WE ALSO HAVE AN ELEVATOR IN THE LAKE LEVEL WHERE PEOPLE CAN, YOU KNOW, GO UP.

THAT'S COOL.

EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A ACCESSIBILITY, ADA

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IN DIFFERENT AREAS.

RIGHT.

GREAT WORK.

I THINK THAT'S AWESOME.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

YEAH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT'S ENLIGHTENING.

AND, UH, MAKES ME HAPPY.

UH, I'M WONDERING, AS YOU SAID, THAT YOU'VE LOWERED TO THE LAKE LEVEL IS WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN CASE THERE'S FLOODING? WE ARE A MINIMUM.

WE ARE TWO FOOT ABOVE THE FLOOD, PLAIN.

SO THIS IS VERY, VERY HIGH.

THE WATER IS WAY DOWN THERE.

SO WE ARE TWO FOOT ABOUT THE FLOOD PLAIN.

IT'S NOT REALLY THE LAKE LEVEL.

WE CALL IT THAT BECAUSE IT RELATES TO THE LAKE, BUT IT'S, UH, WE'RE KEEPING THE FIRST 50 FEET AND TOUCH THE, OF THE VEGETATION AND THE SLOPE.

SO, YEAH, THERE'S STILL, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT THAT, NOT THAT WE'RE NOT AT THE LAKE LEVEL.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A BEACH TO THE LAKE.

NO, WE, WE HAD A RENDERING THAT WE WENT TO A BEACH TO THE LAKE, BUT NOT THIS TIME, THAT WOULD BE COOL.

COMMISSIONER TEMPLETON.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL PROJECT.

I'M INTRIGUED WITH THE RECORDING STUDIO.

WHAT KIND OF FEES WILL YOU BE CHARGING FOR PEOPLE TO RECORD? HOW BIG WILL THIS RECORDING STUDIO BE? DID I HEAR THAT CORRECTLY? I THINK, UH, DURING THE, DURING THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, ESPECIALLY, UH, THE YOUTH, UH, WE'RE REALLY INTERESTED ON A RECORDING STUDIO.

UM, THEY HAVE A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN KEEPS GROWING, UH, THE MUSIC SITUATION IS GETTING HARDER.

THE RECORDING STUDIOS ARE HARD, HARDER TO BOOK.

AND SO THEY FEEL THAT, UH, THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT COMPONENT.

UM, I DUNNO, IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY'RE IN THEIR MIND, I MEAN, THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY THEY'RE THE MAG, BUT I THINK SOME OF THE SPACES THEY RENT, UH, RIGHT NOW US IS, WAS NOT PART OF THE 2018 PLAN.

WE COULD NOT JUST PUT A RECORDING STUDIO THERE BECAUSE IT WAS NOT IN THERE APPROVE THAT, BUT WE LIVE IN THE SPACE FOR IT.

AND THERE ARE SOME GRANTS THAT THERE ARE, IF WE CAN SEE.

YEAH.

SO, UH, SO PART SEPARATELY IS ACTUALLY APPLYING FOR THE CULTURAL GRANT THAT, UM, FOR THAT RECORDING STUDIO.

SO CURRENTLY WE'RE MAKING AND ALLOWING SPACE FOR THAT.

BUT, UM, UNTIL THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, UNTIL THE GRANT IS BEEN AWARDED, UH, WE'RE JUST MAKING IT READY.

OR IF FUNDING BECOMES AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER RESOURCES, THEN THE SPACE WILL BE READY.

AND WE KNOW THAT, UM, IT'S MORE OF AN IDEAL LOCATION TO PUT IT, PLACE IT THERE, WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT, UH, ADJACENT TO THE BLOCK BLACK BOX THEATER THAT THERE'S ALREADY SOME ACOUSTICAL TREATMENT ON THE WALLS.

SO WE'RE JUST TRYING TO PLAN AHEAD.

UM, BUT IT'S NOT OFFICIALLY IN THE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW, BUT WE, WE HEARD THE COMMUNITY AND WE KNOW THEY WANT IT.

SO WE'RE MAKING EFFORT EVERY EFFORT ON OUR PART TO INCLUDE WHAT WE CAN.

AND ANOTHER SMALL QUESTION, WHAT IS THIS EXPANSION GOING TO COST US WELL, THIS APPROXIMATELY, WELL, THIS, THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE, UM, 2018 BOND ELECTION, WHICH WAS, UH, APPROVED BY THE BOWL OF VOTERS FOR 27 MILLION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OTHER QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS, I'VE GOT ONE QUESTION AND IT HAS TO, WITH TRANSPORTATION, THERE'S STILL A PARKING LOT.

THAT'S SHOWN IN THE PLAN AND FOLKS OBVIOUSLY WILL ACCESS THE PROPERTY VIA CAR.

EVERYBODY'S NOT GOING TO RIDE A SCOOTER OR AN E-BIKE OR IF IT EVER GETS BUILT THE BLUE LINE OR A CANOE OR SOME OTHER PADDLE BOAT.

UH, AND SO, UH, WHAT HAVE Y'ALL DONE IN REGARD TO INTEGRATION WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON ON RAINY STREET, WHICH IS ALL BUT IMPASSABLE NOW WITH ALL THE NEW DEVELOPMENT THAT'S DOWN THERE.

UM, WELL, FOR PART OF THAT 2018 PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED AND WE'RE USING AS A GUIDELINE FOR THIS PROJECT FOR PHASE TWO, THERE'S A PHASE THREE, THAT PHASE THREE INCLUDES UNDERGROUND PARKING, WHICH PAIRS UP REALLY WELL WITH EXPANDED WITH ANOTHER WING OF A LARGER AUDITORIUM, WHICH WE'LL SEE 300 TO 500 PEOPLE.

SO THAT'S GOING TO COME IN A LATER PHASE, BUT NOT PART OF THIS PHASE.

OKAY.

UM, QUICKLY, UM, THERE IS, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A GENERATOR OR A, A CHILLER, A CHILLER THAT HAS A REALLY HIGH PITCH IN THE PARKING LOT.

SO I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU.

SO, UH, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, PART AND NEGOTIATED WITH

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AUSTIN ENERGY, UH, CONNECTING TO THE EXISTING WATERLINE CHILL WATER LINE.

SO THOSE CHILLERS ARE GONNA GO AWAY AND WE'RE GONNA CONNECT TO THE CHILL WATER.

SO, UH, WE'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE THE MECHANICAL YARD WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE PUMPS AND, UH, ALL THOSE THINGS THERE, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE DOTS THOSE CHILLERS.

OKAY, WELL, WE CAN GET RID OF THOSE AROUND THE CITY AND THAT HIGH PITCHING WINE THAT GOES ON 24 HOURS A DAY.

WE'D BE WONDERING, WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD.

I MEAN, HE'S A VERY COMPLICATED, UH, THE LINES ARE 16 FOOT BELOW THE SIDE AND CORRINE GOING ON UNDER THE SCULPTURE THAT IS THERE, THAT'S NATURE.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF, BUT EVERYBODY'S WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

IS THERE ANY, UM, EFFORT GOING ON TO DO THINGS LIKE CAPTURING RAINWATER OR THE CONDENSATE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? ACTUALLY? UM, YEAH, WE ARE LOOKING AT, WE JUST HAD A SUSTAINABILITY CHARRETTE AND AS THE TEAM MENTIONED, WE'RE IN DESIGN DEVELOPMENT.

SO ALL THAT IS BEING LOOKED AT TO ACHIEVE THAT REQUIRED LEAD SILVER OR AEG V3 STAR.

SO THAT'S DEFINITELY THAT'S BEING TALKED ABOUT AND CONTINUE TO EXPLORE.

YEAH.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT? WHAT IS, YOU KNOW, MIX, YOU KNOW, SENSE? WE, WE ARE, UH, HAVING A DETENTION OF WHAT A BIOFILTRATION ON THE SITE.

SO A LOT OF THE WATER THAT WE COLLECT FOR THE ROOM'S GOING TO GO TO THIS, UH, AREA UPON WHAT IS GOING TO NOT ONLY GO BY CLEAN, UH, UH, TO THE LAKE.

THAT'S ONE THING WE'RE LOOKING AT THE, THE SAME WAY, THE CONDENSATE AND SEE IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

RIGHT NOW, WE ARE NOT PLANNING TO HAVE RAINWATER COLLECTION TANKS, BUT WE'RE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING WATER FROM THE LAKE FOR IRRIGATION.

OKAY.

UM, SO THAT, SO THAT WE'RE LOOKING, YOU KNOW, CLOSELY BECAUSE WE, WE ARE RIGHT THERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WE DO HAVE A FULL AGENDA, SO, UM, DO YOU NEED ANY ACTION ITEM FROM US TODAY? UM, WE DON'T OFFICIALLY NEED YOUR ACTION ITEM, BUT A SUPPORT WE'RE ALWAYS ON THE RECORD, BE GREAT FOR US FOR THE PROJECT.

SO, UM, I'LL LEAVE IT UP TO YEAH.

ONE THING THAT I WANT TO MENTIONED THAT IS AT EASE IMPORTANT IS, UH, THEY SAY THEY ASK US TO COME OVER WITH A VISION THAT WE THINK WAS RIGHT FOR THE PLACE.

THEY DIDN'T GIVE US ANY, BESIDES THE BUDGET, THEY SET THE BUDGET AND DO IT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.

UH, SO, UH, THEY'VE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE ABOUT THIS LAKE LEVEL OF HOW TO CONNECT TO THE TRAIL IS A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION IN TERMS OF, WE WANT TO PUT ALL THE MONEY ON THE BUILDING, NOT ON TRAILS AND OTHER THINGS.

SO PART AND THIS YEAR HAS BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY TO GIVE FUNDS TO, YOU KNOW, TO DO, TO DO THOSE THINGS.

BUT, UH, UM, SO THE ONE THING THAT WE ARE DOING, BECAUSE WE DIDN'T GET ALL THE MONEY THEY WANTED FOR THIS PHASE TWO, UH, THEY AGREE AND WE WORKING VERY HARD TO DO HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE BUILDING IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE, THE SHAPE.

AND AS WE HAVE MANY CHUNKS THAT ARE, UH, SHELF SPACE, THAT LATER, IF THEY GET MORE MONEY, IT WILL BE AN INTERIOR DESIGN, URSO SIZE VERSUS GOING THROUGH ALL THE PROCESS OF SITE PLAN, REVISION AND HEARINGS AND ALL THAT.

SO, UM, WE HAVE A LOT OF AREAS, LIKE WE MENTIONED, GALLERY SHELF SPACE ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT THEY WILL HAVE A HUNDRED PERCENT OF PHASE TWO DONE, WHICH WILL BE URBANISTICALLY, A GOOD THING FOR DOWNTOWN.

AND, AND, AND I THINK THAT'S THE VISION TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THAT BUILDING AND THE SPACE.

AND LIKE WE SAY TO THE LEVEL THAT THE MAC DESERVE, NOT JUST HALF, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE AND WAIT 20 YEARS FOR ANOTHER ARM, WE WANT, WE WANT TO DO THAT.

SO I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS FOR YOUR GROUP, IS WHERE YOU'RE TRYING TO DO, HOW YOU COMPLETE URBANISTICALLY THE DOWNTOWN.

AND IT'S NOT ANOTHER PIECE OVER A LITTLE THING, SO, OKAY.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE EMOTIONALLY WANT TO MAKE UM, I WOULD TOTALLY MOVE TO RESOLVE THAT.

UH, ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE CITY COUNCIL TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO THEIR BUDGET, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GET THIS THING DONE,

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WE WOULD A HUNDRED PERCENT GET BEHIND.

AND SURE.

IT WAS A BETTER WAY TO SAY THAT I'M SURE THERE IS A WORDSMITH SOMEWHERE.

HOW ABOUT SUPPORT? IT SUPPORT SUPPORTED 100%.

SO WE WERE FULLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE MISSION AND DESIGN WORK THAT YOU ALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THUS FAR AND ENCOURAGE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO PROVIDE AS MANY RESOURCES AS POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE PERIOD.

THAT'S THE FORM OF EMOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? SECOND? I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE ITEM HEARING? NONE.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

ROBERT'S CASUAL ROLES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'M THE ONE WITH A BLAZER.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING.

[2.b. Equity-Based Historic Preservation Plan ]

ALL RIGHT.

THE NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS IS THE EQUITY BASE HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN.

AND DO WE HAVE THE STAFF TO PRESENT? YES.

UH, GOOD EVENING CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME'S ELIZABETH .

I'M A WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN, HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE AND THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND, UM, I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO, UH, TALK WITH YOU ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

UH, THIS PRESENTATION IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS THAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH TO UPDATE THE CITY OF AUSTIN HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN.

UM, SO IT'S VERY PROCESS ORIENTED.

UM, IT'S IN ADVANCE OF COMING BACK TO SEE YOU ALL, UH, EARLY NEXT FALL TO TALK ABOUT THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THIS PROCESS.

UH, IF WE COULD ADVANCE THE NEXT SLIDE, THE GOAL OF OUR PROJECT IS TO REPLACE AUSTIN'S 1981 PRESERVATION PLAN WITH AN INCLUSIVE EQUITY FOCUSED AND COMMUNITY ORIENTED PROCESS AND OUTCOME NEXT, THERE IS SO MUCH THAT HAS CHANGED IN AUSTIN OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS.

THE POPULATION OF OUR CITY HAS TRIPLED SINCE 1981, UH, RESULTING A VERY HIGH DEVELOPMENT PRESSURE AS YOU KNOW, WELL, NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS LEADS TO SOME DRASTIC CHANGES IN AUSTIN, OLDER NEIGHBORHOODS, WE UP-TO-DATE POLICIES AND TOOLS TO STEWARD LOCAL HERITAGE.

NEXT SLIDE PRESERVATION BRINGS TOOLS THAT CAN HELP US ADDRESS REALLY CRITICAL LOCAL CHALLENGES, OLDER BUILDINGS, HOUSE PEOPLE, AFFORDABLY.

UH, WE HAVE A 2018 ANALYSIS THAT SHOWS AREAS OF AUSTIN THAT INCLUDE HISTORIC DISTRICTS HAVE MORE THAN TWICE THE PROPORTION OF AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING, UH, FOR FAMILIES EARNING 60 TO 80% OF THE CITY'S MEDIAN INCOME.

OLDER BUILDINGS ALSO ALLOW FOR INCREASED DENSITY AT A HUMAN SCALE.

AND FINALLY OLDER BUILDINGS SUPPORT SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES, EXCELLENT PLACES, ANCHOR COMMUNITY, AND MEMORY WHILE PEOPLE BRING MEANING TO THOSE PLACES, BOTH IN THE PAST AND PRESENT NEXT, THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION FIELD HAS ALSO SHIFTED SINCE THE EARLY 1980S.

OTHER CITIES ARE DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND POLICIES TO PERVERT, PRESERVE THEIR PLACES AND COMMUNITIES, AND TO SHAPE THEM AS FOR EQUITABLE.

AND THIS INCLUDES LOOKING AT SPECIFIC TOOLS LIKE CULTURAL DISTRICTS, HEIRS, PROPERTY ASSISTANCE, TRADES, TRAINING PROGRAMS, THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL, UH, REALM OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

WE WANTED OUR PLANS TO BE EQUITY-BASED AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED, AND TO DIG INTO THESE QUESTIONS, HOW CAN WE BETTER RECOGNIZE, PRESERVE AND SHARE IMPORTANT PLACES IN STORIES? HOW CAN PRESERVATION POLICIES AND TOOLS ADDRESS ESSENTIAL ISSUES LIKE SUSTAINABILITY, AFFORDABILITY AND DISPLACEMENT, AND HOW CAN WE ARM CITIZENS TO HELP US CO-CREATE PRESERVATION POLICIES? NEXT SLIDE.

UH, SO THE, THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE IN CURRENTLY IS THE FIRST STAGE OF A TWO PHASE PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, WE'RE MIDWAY THROUGH PHASE ONE, IT'S A YEAR LONG PROCESS THAT IS CENTERED ON A COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP.

THE END OF PHASE ONE WILL RESULT IN A DRAFT EQUITY-BASED PRESERVATION PLAN DEVELOPED BY THAT WORKING GROUP.

NEXT SLIDE IN PHASE TWO, WE'LL DO BROAD, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT AROUND THAT DRAFT PLAN.

SO AT THIS POINT WE'RE NOT YET READY.

UM, THOSE, THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE WORKING GROUP ARE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT.

SO PHASE TWO IS WHERE WE REALLY BRING THAT OUT INTO THE PUBLIC EYE.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THE COMMUNITY-BASED PROCESS IS SOMETHING OF AN ECOSYSTEM.

WE HAVE A HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION APPOINTED A PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP, WHICH CONSISTS OF 26 COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE THE, THE CENTER OF THIS PROCESS.

THEY'RE SERVED

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BY STAFF AND A PROFESSIONAL FACILITATOR.

WE'VE HAD OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS FOR FOCUSED INPUT, A COMMUNITY HERITAGE SURVEY, LAST FALL CONVERSATIONS WITH SMALLER GROUPS OF CITY STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND FOCUS GROUPS, AS WELL AS THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION HAS REMAINED VERY ACTIVE.

UH, AND THAT INCLUDES ONE OF YOUR OWN COMMISSIONERS COMMISSIONER BEN-HAIM SA UH, NEXT SLIDE, UH, THE WORKING GROUP, NEARLY MIRRORS, AUSTIN'S RACIAL AND ETHNIC MAKEUP, WHICH IS EXCITING AND HAS NOT NECESSARILY BEEN TYPICAL FOR A PRIOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROCESSES.

WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM ACROSS THE CITY WITH 19 ZIP CODES REPRESENTED NEARLY HALF OF THE GROUP HAVE OPTED INTO A COMPENSATION OF $25 AN HOUR FOR MEETINGS AND PREPARATION TIME.

WE ALSO HAVE A THIRD RENTERS, NOT NEARLY AS HIGH AS THE CITY'S PROPORTION, BUT MUCH HIGHER THAN AGAIN.

YOU MIGHT EXPECT FOR PRESERVATION PROCESS WHERE WE'RE OWNERS TEND TO BE A MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THE WORKING GROUP INCLUDES STAKEHOLDERS WHO COVER A WIDE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UH, PRESERVATION RELATED FIELDS.

UM, YOUR PRESERVATION SPECIFIC AND ALLIED FIELDS.

UH, WE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WOULD HAVE VERY BROAD PERSPECTIVES COMING FROM THIS GROUP X SITE, SINCE THE WORKING GROUP MEMBERS COME FROM VERY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.

THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF THE PROCESS WERE FOCUSED ON LANG GROUNDWORK AROUND HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND EQUITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WE'VE BEEN VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT USING CLEAR LANGUAGE, AVOIDING TECHNICAL TERMS AND ACRONYMS AND PROVIDING BACKGROUNDS MATERIALS.

UM, LIKE THIS GRAPHIC COMES FROM A BRIEF THAT WE SENT TO THE WORKING GROUP.

UM, SO WE TRIED TO USE A LOT OF GRAPHICS AND CHARTS TO HELP EXPLAIN, UM, PROCESSES AND TOOLS EXCITE, UH, TO PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ON THE WORKING GROUP SCHEDULE AND PHASE ONE.

UM, AGAIN, WE BEGAN WITH, UH, BACKGROUNDS AND PROCESS INFORMATION WHERE AT THIS POINT, MOST OF THE WAY THROUGH THE TOPICS THAT INCLUDE, UH, HERITAGE IN AUSTIN, UH, INCENTIVES, PROCESSES, AND FEES, ENFORCEMENT PROTECTION, OUTREACH, EDUCATION, AND ENGAGEMENT.

AND WE'LL FINISH IN JUNE BY, UH, BRINGING THE WORKING GROUP TOGETHER TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS AND, UM, MAKING SURE THAT, THAT THE, UH, THE, UM, OUTPUT FROM EACH OF THESE VARIOUS TOPICS WORKS TOGETHER IN TERMS OF SERVING THE OVERALL VISION FOR THE PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE, WE'VE BUILT AND STRENGTHENED PARTNERSHIPS WITH MANY TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELPS GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED.

AND WE'LL DO MORE OF THAT WITH PHASE TWO.

NEXT SLIDE, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO REACH PEOPLE ACROSS THE CITY.

AND THIS INITIAL PHASE OF THIS MAP SHOWS THE RESPONSES TO THE COMMUNITY SURVEY, WHICH ARE SPREAD ACROSS THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THESE ARE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE SURVEY RESPONDENTS.

UM, THERE WERE ONLY 170 RESPONSES, WHICH IS NOT AS LARGE AS WE WOULD'VE LIKED, BUT IT'S A RELATIVELY RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE GROUP WHO OFFERED SOME VERY THOUGHTFUL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING RESPONSES.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING ALL THIS WORK IN PHASE TWO.

UH, THIS WILL INVOLVE SOME COMPONENTS.

UH, THE BIGGEST PIECE IS, UH, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AROUND THE DRAFT PLAN AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS.

WE'LL ALSO BEGIN TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR IMPLEMENTATION WITH COST ESTIMATES FOR PRIORITY RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND FINALLY, THE BOARD WILL, AH, THE PLAN WILL GO TO RELATED BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT THE CITY COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION.

NEXT SLIDE, I'VE GOT TWO FINAL THINGS I WANT TO CLOSE WITH.

UH, THE FIRST IS AN EQUITY EVALUATION FRAMEWORK, WHICH IS A TOOL WE'RE USING TO ENSURE THAT EQUITY IS CONSIDERED THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS RATHER THAN, UM, RELEGATED TO SAY A SINGLE CHAPTER WITHIN THE PLAN.

UM, THIS METRIC THAT WE USE TAKES CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS, THAT THE WORKING GROUP DEVELOPED FOR THE PLAN AND APPLIES AN EQUITY LENS TO EACH OF THOSE IT'S INTENDED TO HELP PREVENT BLIND SPOTS AND RESULT IN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICIES AND TOOLS THAT DON'T INADVERTENTLY CAUSE HARM AND IDEALLY BENEFIT HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES, UH, WITH A DRAFTING SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE WORKING GROUP.

WE USE THIS ON EVERY DRAFT RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PLAN NEXT.

UM, THE FINAL THING I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH IS THE VISION FOR THE PLAN.

THE IDEAS AND LANGUAGE WERE DRAWN FROM RESPONSES TO THE COMMUNITY HERE, THAT SURVEY LAST FALL.

SO THE VISION IS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND AUSTIN ACTIVELY ENGAGES COMMUNITIES IN PROTECTING AND SHARING IMPORTANT PLACES AND STORIES PRESERVATION USES THE PAST TO CREATE A SHARED SENSE OF BELONGING AND TO SHAPE AN EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE, SUSTAINABLE, AND ECONOMICALLY VITAL FUTURE FOR ALL.

YOU'LL SEE THE PLACES AT THE CORE, BUT THE FOCUS REALLY IS ON THE ROLE OF PRESERVATION AND HISTORIC PLACES CAN PLAY IN AUSTIN AS A WHOLE ENGAGING COMMUNITIES AND CREATING A SHARED SENSE OF BELONGING TO SHAPE A BETTER CITY.

IT'S

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REALLY A BROAD REACHING AND INSPIRING VISION.

UH, NEXT, THIS IS MY FINAL SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS THE WEBSITE FOR THE PROJECT IT'S ON SPEAK-UP AUSTIN.

UM, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SHORT LINK IS CASE SENSITIVE.

I MIGHT RECOMMEND, UM, GOOGLING SPEAKUP AUSTIN PRESERVATION PLAN, AND THIS WILL BE THE FIRST RESULT THAT YOU WILL GET FOR THAT.

SO IT'S GOT ALL OF THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION THAT WE PROVIDED TO THE WORKING GROUP, AS WELL AS, UM, MEETING AGENDAS FROM EACH OF THOSE MEETINGS.

UM, SO WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO CONCLUDE AND TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, ELIZABETH QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION, NOT SEEING ANY, I DO HAVE, UM, TWO QUESTIONS, ONE RELATED TO THIS.

UH, AND ONE MORE GENERAL.

UM, I NOTICED THAT THERE WERE THREE, UM, COMMUNITY OR, UH, OR THREE PARTICIPANTS WHO WITHDREW ONE WAS, UH, WITH AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION.

ONE WAS INHERITED TOURISM PROFESSIONAL, AND ONE WAS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

AND EACH OF THOSE, I THINK, PARTICULAR NOT TO MY, MY WIFE WORKS FOR A DESIGN BILL LANDSCAPE DESIGN BUILD FIRM.

SO I LOVE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS.

UM, BUT, UM, UH, I DID WONDER WHY ONE THEN WHY THEY WITHDREW AND TWO WHY THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FILLED, BECAUSE THOSE ARE BOTH, I THINK, VERY CRITICAL TO WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.

AND PARTICULARLY WITH HERITAGE TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, UM, THE WAY WE CAN LEVERAGE OUR HISTORIC RESOURCES TO BETTER EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY AND, AND FOLKS WHO VISIT AUSTIN.

YEAH, THAT'S, THAT'S A VERY GOOD QUESTION.

UM, WE REGRET THAT WE LOST SOME FOLKS.

I THINK IT'S NATURAL WHEN YOU FORM A GROUP OF THIS SIZE THAT PEOPLE GOING IN, UM, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE, THEY HAVE CERTAINLY APPLIED WITH EVERY INTENTION OF BEING FULLY ENGAGED AND THEN, UM, YOU KNOW, LIFE INTERVENES, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, THIS IS CERTAINLY BEEN A CHALLENGING TIME FOR MANY EFFORTS, PARTICULARLY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS, UH, GIVEN THAT WE STARTED THIS, UH, YOU KNOW, DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC AND HAVE HAD ALL VIRTUAL MEETINGS SO FAR.

UM, I DO KNOW THAT WE WE'VE GOT SOME FEEDBACK FROM FOLKS THAT THE MEETING SCHEDULE, UM, THAT WE SETTLED ON THAT WORKS FOR MOST OF THE WORKING GROUP MEMBERS DIDN'T WIND UP WORKING FOR SOME FOLKS.

UM, WE DID HAVE SOMEBODY WHO WAS A, UM, YOU KNOW, A BUSINESS OWNER WHO REALLY FELT THAT DURANG DURING COVID, HE, UM, NEEDED TO FOCUS HIS EFFORTS ON, UM, YOU KNOW, HIS OBLIGATIONS FIRST AND FOREMOST, AND DID NOT HAVE TURNED IT, YOU KNOW, HE WENT IN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS AND THAT TURNED OUT HE DIDN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CONTINUE.

UM, WE DID NOT MAKE AN EFFORT TO, TO FILL THOSE, UM, THOSE POSITIONS ON THE WORKING GROUP AND PART, BECAUSE WE DID SO MUCH GROUNDWORK AT THE BEGINNING AND WE FELT IT WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO, UM, YOU KNOW, LAY A FOUNDATION IN TERMS OF, OF PRESERVATION PRACTICES.

AND, UM, ALSO WE HOSTED A THREE HOUR EQUITY WORKSHOP THAT WE FELT WAS REALLY FUNDAMENTAL TO, UM, THE PARTICIPANTS REALLY BEING ABLE TO FULLY ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS.

UM, IN HINDSIGHT, I YOU'RE, YOU'RE, YOU'RE MAKING ME SECOND GUESS, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S THE DIRECTION THAT WE WENT.

THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR.

UM, I, I DO THINK AS YOU WIND UP, IT WOULD BE GOOD TO BRING SOMEBODY IN WITH THOSE SKILLS TO REVIEW IT AND TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY, ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENHANCEMENT.

UH, AND THE SECOND QUESTION I HAD WAS, UM, MORE RELATED TO THE OPERATION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

UH, DO WE HAVE A NEW HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER? YES, I HAVE TAKEN ON THAT TITLE.

UM, SO I, I WAS BROUGHT IN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AS THE MANAGER OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICES.

SO MY, MY ROLE FUNDAMENTALLY HAS NOT CHANGED, BUT I HAVE TAKEN THE TITLE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER.

UM, WE HAVE NOT PERMANENTLY FILLED, UH, STEVE SIT OUT SKIS, VACANCY, UH, NO ONE CAN FILL STEVE SHOES.

UM, WE DO HAVE A TEMPORARY STAFF MEMBER, UM, WHO IS DOING A REALLY GREAT JOB WHO IS, UH, YOU KNOW, HELPING US WITH CASE MANAGEMENT FOR THE LANDMARK COMMISSION AT THIS JUNCTURE.

OKAY.

WELL, ONE CONGRATULATIONS, UH, AND, UH, BASED ON A JOB WELL DONE AND A CAREER.

WELL, JOHN, UH, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE DO HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY THAT A HISTORIC DISTRICT HAS TWICE THE AFFORDABILITY.

DID YOU SAY THAT? YEAH, YEAH, THAT WAS, THAT WAS BASED ON A 2018 STUDY.

UM, IT PREDATES MY TIME WITH THE CITY, SO I DON'T HAVE A

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LOT OF DETAILS ON THAT IN AUSTIN AND AUSTIN.

YES.

UM, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT, UM, THE EXISTING HISTORIC DISTRICTS THAT WE HAVE, WHICH ARE, UM, UNFORTUNATELY RELATIVELY LIMITED IN NUMBER AND SIZE, AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY LOCALLY DESIGNATED DISTRICTS IN DOWNTOWN.

IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD EXCUSE TO HAVE THE CITY SPONSOR LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS, WHICH WOULD HELP SOME OF THEM A LOT.

THANK YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, IS THERE ANY ACTION THAT ANYBODY FEELS WE SHOULD BE TAKING THIS EVENING ON THIS ITEM? HEARING NONE SEEING NONE.

WE'LL MOVE ON.

THANK YOU, ELIZABETH.

THANK YOU.

HAVE A GOOD EVENING.

ALL RIGHT,

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FOLKS, NEXT STEP IS DOWNTOWN MOBILITY AND SCOOTER ACTIVITY, AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE A COUPLE OF FOLKS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT JOINING US.

WELCOME FOLKS.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS JASON REDFERN.

I'M THE PARKING ENTERPRISE MANAGER WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

UH, I HAVE WITH ME TODAY, UH, OUR MAIN PRESENTER IS JOSEPH IS OUR PROGRAM MANAGER OVER THE SHARED MOBILITY PROGRAM.

AND I HAVE MARY , WHO IS OUR TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR OVER, UH, DOCKLESS AND, UH, SHARED MOBILITY, UH, SOLUTIONS.

SO, UM, I APOLOGIZE THAT WE COULDN'T MAKE IT LAST MONTH.

UH, UH, SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST IS AN ALL HANDS ON DECK KIND OF EVENT.

SO WE'RE HERE NOW.

WE'RE PLEASED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU ABOUT MICRO MOBILITY AND I'LL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO JOSEPH.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU, JASON.

JUST TO CHECK REALLY QUICK COMMISSIONERS AND EVERYBODY CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME OKAY.

YES.

YES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'VE BEEN HAVING SOME SCHOLARSHIPS WITH MY, UH, SPEAKER HERE.

OKAY.

UH, WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU, UH, COMMISSIONERS, EVERYONE FOR JOINING TODAY.

UH, I NOTICED BRIEFING HAS BEEN WELL OVERDUE.

IT'S BEEN A LITTLE WHILE AND, UH, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TO ALLOW US TO, UH, TAKE TIME TO DIVE INTO, UH, MICRO MOBILITY.

UM, SO, UH, REALLY, WE'RE GOING TO TALK TODAY ABOUT JUST KIND OF GOING BACK INTO HISTORY AND WHERE WE ARE, UH, AND WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

UH, CURRENT REGULATIONS AND FEES, YOU KNOW, THE DEVICES AND THE LICENSES THAT WE HAVE, UM, CURRENTLY, UH, DATA TRENDS, UM, YOU KNOW, REALLY IMPORTANT, AND WE NEED TO HAVE A GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING IN DATA, UH, SAFETY AND INFRASTRUCTURE, UH, AND YOU KNOW, ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE, UH, WHICH I THINK I'LL TIE HIGHLIGHTED, UM, BEFORE, UM, PROGRAM SUCCESSES, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, UM, UH, MAYBE NOT SEEN AS MUCH, BUT, UH, WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOME BIG STRIDES WE'VE TAKEN IN THIS PROGRAM, UM, AS WELL