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[CALL TO ORDER]

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AND WELCOME TO THE MAY 18TH, 2022 MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION.

IT IS 5:46 PM AND I WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

UH, THE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UH, AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE, UH, AT LEAST ONE PERSON SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

YES, CORRECT.

CHAIR MIKE LEE.

WELCOME MIKE.

YOU'VE GOT THREE MINUTES.

I APPRECIATE IT.

VERY MUCH YAMMERING ABOUT THE SITE ISSUE.

YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

YEAH.

MY NAME MICHAEL LAVEY.

I'M YAMMERING ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE.

SCOOTERS.

APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

UM, UH, BASICALLY WISHES ARE FREE.

WORLD IS PERFECT.

COMMISSION WOULD FOCUS ON, UH, HOLDING THE STAFF ACCOUNTABLE ON, UH, CERTAIN ISSUES.

NUMBER ONE, BENCHMARKING AGAINST OTHER COMMUNITIES.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO, UH, MANAGE, UH, THEIR SCOOTERS? THEY STILL HAVE THEM.

SAN DIEGO IS A GREAT EXAMPLE.

HAS A STAFF BENCHMARK, YOU KNOW, UM, YOU KNOW, THE $64 QUESTION IS WHY HAVE THEY LICENSED 14,000 SCOOTERS? UH, UH, THE, AND HOW DO THEY PLAN ON MANAGING THE, JUST THE BASIC, UH, LITTERING PROGRAM? MY OFFICE ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER AT SIX AND CONGRESS AT FIVE 15, CONGRESS TOWER WALKED OUT TODAY AT NOON, THERE WERE 65, UH, UM, UH, SCOOTERS LAY ON THEIR SIDE.

UH, I THINK THIS COMMISSION, UH, CARES ABOUT, UH, THE, UH, LOOK OF THE ENTIRE CITY, ESPECIALLY THE DOWNTOWN.

UH, IT LOOKS LIKE A WAR ZONE.

UH, THE, UH, BEING CONCERNED ABOUT, UH, THE DANGER OF THE, UH, SCOOTERS, UM, UH, YOU HAVE AN EMAIL FROM ME ABOUT WHAT, UH, THE DELL TRAUMA CENTER AND THE PLASTIC SURGEONS ARE SEEING, UH, UH, AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS ARE SEEING ON A REGULAR BASIS IN TERMS OF ACCOUNTABILITY.

YOU KNOW, WHY ARE THEY W YOU KNOW, WHAT DATA DO THEY HAVE DATA THAT THEY GAVE YOU, UH, AT THE LAST MEETING WAS BASICALLY A WORTHLESS, YOU KNOW, THE MOST CRITICAL DATA YOU GUYS CAN BE ASKING FOR, IN MY OPINION, IS, OKAY.

THEY WANT THESE SCOOTERS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CARS, BUT HOW MANY OF THOSE, UH, RIDES THAT THEY'RE COUNTING ARE REALLY BEING USED AS AN ALTERNATIVE VEHICULAR TRANSPORTATION, AS OPPOSED TO ENJOY RIDING AGAIN, DOWNTOWN, IT DOES APPEAR TO BE AN AWFUL LOT OF KIDS HAVING A GOOD TIME ON SKATERS, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE AT RISK.

UH, YOU HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER FROM ME.

I KNOW THIS IS OF CONCERN TO YOU GUYS.

YOU HAVE A LOT OF CRITICAL ISSUES ON YOUR AGENDA.

THANKS FOR LISTENING AND GOOD LUCK.

UM, AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, WE DID SUBMIT THE RESOLUTION THAT WE PASSED AT LAST MONTH'S MEETING TO COUNCIL.

UH, AND SINCE THEN I KEEP SEEING SCOOTERS IN CROSSWALKS AND BLOCKING SIDEWALKS AND PLACES THEY SHOULDN'T BE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

DO WE HAVE ANY BODY ELSE AVAILABLE? NO CHAIR.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE

[1. Approval of Minutes of the April 20, 2022, Meeting Minutes]

NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS IS APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES AND, UH, I HAD HAD A COUPLE OF CORRECTIONS AND I BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE MADE.

SO IF, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY OTHER CORRECTIONS TO THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED, AND I'M HAPPY TO BRING IT UP ON THE JUMBO TRON? UH, OUR FINE AAV GUY, WHOSE NAME I FORGOTTEN IF WE CAN BRING UP THE MINUTES.

THAT'S OKAY.

THANK YOU.

NO, IT'S ALL GOOD.

GOOD TO SEE PAPER BITS AND COMMISSIONER.

SURE.

THERE WAS A CHANCE I HAD, I WASN'T SURE WHETHER YOU HAD, UM, ABSTAINED OR VOTED OPPOSITION ON THE, OKAY.

OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT IT IN EXTENSION.

DID IT, WAS IT AN ABSTENTION? OH, IT WAS OKAY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

I'M NOT HEARING ANY, UH, ANY CONCERNS OR CHANGES COMMISSIONER, SO MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

OKAY.

WE GOT A MOTION AND A SECOND ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED HEARING ON THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

[2a. North Congress Avenue Plaza: State Preservation Board]

OKAY.

THE FIRST ITEM OF NEW BUSINESS IS, UH, SOMETHING THAT'S VERY EXCITING.

THE NORTH CAVIN CONGRESS AVENUE PLAZA.

UH, WE HAVE CHRIS CURRENTS WITH A STATE PRESERVATION BOARD HERE TO PRESENT CHRIS.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

THANK YOU.

I HAD A, UH, IF YOU COULD JUST ADVANCE WHEN I SAY NEXT CLICKER.

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OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, UH, GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS CHRIS KERNS.

I'M DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS A SMALL PART OF DOWNTOWN.

UM, THE, UH, UH, UPPER MIDTOWN SECTION, THAT'S KNOWN AS THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, THE, UM, UH, AGENCY I WORKED FOR THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD.

WE MANAGE A PORTFOLIO OF HISTORIC STRUCTURES FOR THE STATE, AND ALSO TASKED WITH SEVERAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE CAPITAL COMPLEX.

AND THE CAPITAL COMPLEX IS A 45 SQUARE BLOCK AREA THAT, UH, IS BOUNDED BY MLK 10TH STREET, LAVACA AND TRINITY STREET.

AND WE ARE, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, PART OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GREATER, UH, PUBLIC SPACES WITHIN THAT ZONE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THE STATE IS DOING, YOU FEEL ADVANCED.

THE NEXT SLIDE IS WE'RE NEARING THE COMPLETION OF WHAT YOU SEE, WHICH IS THE, UH, FIRST PHASE OF THE, UH, UH, TEXAS CAPITOL MALL.

UH, PROBABLY IN JUNE.

IT WILL BEGIN TO LOOK SOMEWHAT LIKE THE, UH, UH, THE GREENSCAPE YOU SEE IN THE, UH, RENDERING, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS A PROCESS STARTED BACK IN 2016 AND REALLY STARTED TO TURN DIRT IN 2018.

IT'S A MULTI-STAGE OR A MULTI PHASED, UH, PROGRAM, THE FIRST TWO, UH, THE FIRST PHASE BEING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO BUILDINGS AND THREE BLOCKS OF GREEN SPACE.

GO AHEAD.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE, AND THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF A ISOMETRIC LOOK AT HOW THE BUILDINGS, WHICH THOSE VOLUMES ARE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE BUILT THERE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT IN SHAPE, BUT AGAIN, THEY REPRESENT THAT THE FIRST THREE BLOCKS OF THE MALL, UH, WILL LOOK SOMEWHAT LIKE THAT NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN, UH, PHASE TWO WILL START TAKING PLACE ON THE 15TH STREET FRONTAGE, UH, UH, FROM WHAT WOULD BE CONGRESS TO LAVACA STREET, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN THE ORANGE, THE LIGHTER ORANGE BUILDINGS DEPICT WHAT THOSE, UH, BUILDING VOLUMES WILL LOOK LIKE.

UH, THESE TWO BUILDINGS ARE PRESENTLY BEGINNING THEIR DESIGN STAGES AND SOME OF THE, UH, ELEMENTS OF, UH, YOU KNOW, CITING THEM TO WHERE THEY, YOU KNOW, BEST HARMONIZED WITH THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS, WITH THE CAPITAL, UH, AND THEY WILL BREAK, UH, THEY WILL START DIGGING PROBABLY IN JANUARY, UH, WHICH WILL, UH, TAKE OUT THE REST OF THE, UH, 1600 BLOCK OR 1500 BLOCK OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CONGRESS AVENUE FOR UNDERGROUND PARKING AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO BUILDINGS YOU SEE NEXT, UH, AS PART OF THIS MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT, THE STATE'S UNDERTAKEN, WE HAVE A LOT OF, UH, STREETSCAPE, UH, STANDARDS THAT WE'RE PUTTING INTERNAL TO THE SPACE AS EVIDENCED BY PART OF THE, UH, YOU KNOW, BY THAT, UH, DETAIL SHOWN IN THAT SLIDE NEXT.

AND WE, UH, ALSO, UH, STUDIED, YOU KNOW, WHAT, UH, STREET CAPACITIES WOULD BE IN STREET GEOMETRIES, UH, NEXT.

AND SO HAS THE CITY, THE CITY'S BEEN VERY BUSY AS WELL, BACK IN 2016, SAME TIME WE'RE STARTING OUR PROJECT.

UH, THE, UH, MOBILITY 2016 MOBILITY BONDS WERE PASSED, WHICH INCLUDED SOME DOLLARS FOR THE, UH, UH, MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD, UH, SECTION FROM DOWN TO, UH, NORTH LAMAR.

UH, AND WE HAVE THE SAME CROSS SECTIONS THAT, UH, BOTH THE CITY AND THE STATE ARE WORKING VERY WELL TOGETHER.

WE'RE NOT COMING UP WITH ONE IDEA AND THE OTHER PARTY, UH, ANOTHER IDEA NEXT AND, UH, SAME THING AT 15TH STREET.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE, UH, HEARD GEOMETRIES REFLECT WHAT'S CURRENT AND PROBABLY WILL STAY THAT WAY NEXT.

AND WHAT YOU SEE THAT IS MISSING FROM ALL OF THIS.

AND IT'S NO SMALL WONDER GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF, OF, UH, ACTIVITY DOWNTOWN IT'S UNPRECEDENTED.

EVERYBODY SAYS THAT THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TO PURLATIVE.

SO TALK ABOUT THE GROWTH IN DOWNTOWN.

UH, BUT ONE ITEM IS THAT THE, BOTH, ALL THREE, THE CITY, UH, THE STATE AND THE UNIVERSITY HAVE ALL EMPHASIZED THAT, YOU KNOW, ACTIVE SPACES, PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY SPACES ARE REALLY CRITICAL TO, YOU KNOW, KEEPING THE VIBRANCY OF DOWNTOWN AND LIVING UP TO OUR, YOU KNOW, UH, YOU KNOW, UH,

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REPUTATION AS AN ACTIVE CITY.

UM, BUT WHAT WE'RE NOT DOING IS WE'RE NOT FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THE GROUND WHERE IT REALLY MATTERS THE UNIVERSITY.

UM, AND THERE'LL BE SOME SIDES FURTHER ON GO AHEAD AND GO, WELL, ACTUALLY STAY ON THIS SLIDE.

UH, THE UNIVERSITY HAS CREATED THE SPEEDWAY MALL.

WE'RE WORKING ON THE CAPITOL MALL AND WE'LL SOON BE FINISHED WITH, YOU KNOW, OVER A BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN, IN BUILDING OUT STATE OFFICE FACILITIES.

UH, BUT WHAT WE HAVE ARE INTERSECTIONS THAT ARE, UH, THE SAME AS THEY WERE IN 1970, QUITE FRANKLY.

UM, AND RIGHT AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THAT RENDERING ONE CAN SEE AN ELEMENT THAT WE'RE ALL HOPING THAT WE CAN, UH, START TO SEE, UH, PLACED ON THESE, UH, UH, HIGHER SPEED ARTERIALS.

AND THOSE ARE SOME, UH, UM, UH, DISTINCTION OF THIS INTERSECTIONS USING BRICKS AND SPEED TABLES TO SLOW DOWN TRAFFIC, THE INTRODUCTION OF MEDIANS.

UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WILL OCCUR GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE IS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE STARTED AT ONE OF OUR JUST GENERAL GENERIC DESIGN ELEMENTS SAID THAT THE MALL SHOULD, UH, EXTEND INTO THE ROADWAY, NOT AS A, UH, NOT, NOT TO BE A BARRIER TO TRAFFIC, BUT TO HARMONIZE WHAT WE ARE BUILDING WITH WHAT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HAS DONE WITH THE SPEEDWAY MALL AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING WITH THE BLANTON, UH, UH, MUSEUM SPACE.

THEY'VE COMPLETELY REINVISION, UH, THEIR SPACE.

SO ALL THREE ENTITIES LITERALLY INTERSECT RIGHT HERE AND NEXT SLIDE, AND SOME OF THE CITY BOND MONEY, UH, FROM THEIR 2016 MOBILITY BOND HAVE BROUGHT THEIR DESIGN, UH, UH, PROCESS TO THIS SPACE WHERE YOU SEE THAT THEY DO TO PICK AT THE INTERSECTION THERE AT, UM, UH, TO THE UPPER LEFT OR FAR LEFT OF THAT, UH, RENDERING.

YOU SEE A, UH, INTERSECTION THERE BETWEEN THE BLANTON AND WHAT WILL NOW BE THE, THE, UH, THE TEXAS MALL.

AND IT REALLY JUST SHOWS SOME VERY, UH, PERFUNCTORY, CROSSWALKS AND TINY LITTLE MEDIANS.

UH, THE FACT THAT THERE'S NO LEFT TURN NEEDED FOR TWO BLOCKS, THEIR OFFER OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY START ENGAGING WITH SOME OF THE, UM, UM, UH, UH, UH, PROJECT ZERO, UH, AND OTHER, UH, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TYPE OF, UH, OF, UM, OF, UH, ACTIVITIES SUCH AS, YOU KNOW, LARGER MEDIANS, BETTER ADA ACCESS AND BETTER PROTECTION CROSSING, UH, ACROSS IN THIS STREET.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND HERE'S JUST A, UH, ONE OF OUR RENDERINGS OF WHAT WE WILL HAVE.

WE HOPE, UH, WHEN WE ENGAGE FULLY IN THE MALL, SOME 400,000 VISITORS A YEAR, I'M SURE UT HAS THAT MANY IN A MONTH.

UM, UH, ESPECIALLY ON, ON GAME DAY, UM, THE, UH, THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC, PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC THAT WE'RE BRINGING IN IS NOT SOMETHING WE'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE.

AND I DON'T THINK THE CITY OR THE STATE OR THE UNIVERSITY TO REALLY FULLY CONSIDERED THE DEPTH OF THE ISSUE THAT WE'RE CREATING FOR OURSELVES WITHOUT PUTTING A SOLUTION, UH, THERE AT THE INTERSECTION.

AND NEXT SLIDE HERE.

AND HERE'S JUST ANOTHER RENDERING OF SOME OF THE SPACES THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE BUILDING OUT WITHIN THE MALL.

THERE'S A AREA THAT, UH, THAT WE CALL THE GARDEN DISTRICT WHERE IT'S A SERIES OF ALL, UH, IT'S SURROUNDED BY THE, UH, THIS IS PART OF SOMETHING MR. HARRIS MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH BY THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION.

UM, THE, UH, THE IDEA IS KNOW TO CREATE A CIVIC SPACE AND REALLY INVITE PEOPLE TO ENJOY IT DOWNTOWN.

AGAIN, SPEAKING TO THE 400,000 MAY BE A MUCH GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THIS IS JUST A RENDERING OF WHAT YOU UT HAS DONE, UH, ON, UH, THE, UH, UH, SPEEDWAY MALL, NEXT SLIDE, AND A LITTLE BIT MORE, THEY ARE FULLY DONE AND IT'S FULLY ACTIVATED NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEY ARE UNDERWAY AS WE ARE DIGGING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET.

THEY ARE DIGGING AND, AND FOSTERING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE STREET, UH, PUTTING THESE, UH, UH, FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE BLANTON, UM, UH, WHERE THEY REIMAGINED INSTEAD OF IT BEING A STERILE COURTYARD BETWEEN TWO BUILDINGS, THEY TURN INTO A MUCH MORE ACTIVE SPACE, AGAIN, VERY CLOSE TO THE EXACT INTERSECTION THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UH, UH, TRYING, UH, TRYING TO, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, PLAY SOME, UH, UH, MORE ELABORATE, UH, SAFETY STRUCTURES AND, UH, AESTHETIC AMENITIES.

NEXT

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SLIDE, PLEASE.

JUST AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE HOW THE, THEIR ACTIVATION COMES STRAIGHT UP TO THE, YOU KNOW, TO THE PROPERTY LINE, TO THE SIDEWALKS, AND THEN TO THE STREET THERE, UH, MLK AND CONGRESS AVENUE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO WHAT I'M HERE TONIGHT TO, UH, ASK THE, UH, UH, COMMISSION TO DO IS, UM, UH, PLEASE, UH, UH, HELP US START A NEW CHAPTER IN, UH, PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, UH, CONSTRUCTION WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERSECTIONS DOWNTOWN, YOU KNOW, THERE SAY ASM P AND THE AUSTIN CORE TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT ARE ALL ACTIVELY HAPPENING NOW.

AND, UH, WE ARE ACTIVELY COMPLETING OUR, UH, BUILDING AND COMPLETING SECTIONS OF OUR PROJECTS.

UH, AND NOW IT'S REALLY, PERHAPS YOU MIGHT SAY THAT THE TRIPLE WITCHING HOUR WHERE, UH, ALL OF US TO ENTITIES CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ON MLK, UH, UH, TO, UH, YOU KNOW, IMPROVE THAT INTERSECTION.

AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION COMMISSIONER INSURANCE.

YEAH.

OH, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

AND WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING.

UH, AND YES, I DO THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ON THAT MLK TRANSITION, AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL SEND A, SOME KIND OF MESSAGE TO COUNCIL BEFORE WE'RE OVER HERE THIS EVENING.

UH, NEXT OTHER QUESTION IS WHAT IS BEING DONE AS FAR AS ACTIVATION OF THAT PLAZA SO THAT IT STAYS ALIVE? UH, TH THAT'S, UH, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO JUST GET IT RIGHT.

UH, WE, UH, THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD WILL ACTUALLY BE WORKING ON, UH, PROGRAMMING, UH, THROUGH THE, UH, TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM AND WITH THE STATE, UH, AND WITH THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION THAT, UH, THEY'RE VERY ACTIVE PARTNERS WITH US.

UH, WE, UH, IN THE MASTER PLAN ACTUALLY, UH, CHEST BIDDED, UH, MANY OF THE CIVIC EVENTS THAT NOW OCCUR OUT ON THE STREETS, SUCH AS THE BOOK FESTIVAL, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, WE TOOK THE NUMBER OF TENTS THEY PUT OUT ON COLORADO.

WE FITTED THEM, UH, PROPORTIONALLY TO WHAT THE, THE LAWNS WOULD BE ON THE, ON THE MALL AND THE SIDE STREETS.

AND IF IT'S VERY WELL, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF OTHER LARGE CIVIC EVENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, COULD MOVE INTO THAT SPACE.

THERE'S A SMALL, UM, UH, WELL, THERE'S A SMALL, UH, LIVE PERFORMANCE STAGE.

AND THEN THERE'S A MUCH LARGER, UM, UH, CENTER STAGE BUILT AT THE INTERSECTION OF 17TH.

AND, UH, WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CONGRESS AVENUE, UH, THAT, YOU KNOW, UH, FEATURES THE CAPITOL IS A REALLY GREAT BACKDROP AND IT'S, UH, TWO TREE-LINED ALLEYS AND, YOU KNOW, NICE GRASS PANELS DOWN THE CENTER.

SO, UH, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, YOGA AFTER WORK, UH, UH, COULD BE TEXAS BARBECUE FESTIVAL, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY THERE'S ENOUGH FESTIVALS IN TOWN THAT, UM, THAT, UH, SOME OF THEM MAY APPROACH US, BUT RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE ANY SPECIFIC PROGRAMS, BUT OBVIOUSLY WE INTEND TO NOT LET THAT BECOME A MORIBUND, UM, GREEN SPACE, EVERYBODY JUST STARES AT, WE WANT PEOPLE TO USE IT.

DOES THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD HAVE ANY LONG-TERM PLANS TO HAVE PEOPLE OR EMPLOYEES OR CONSULTANTS INVOLVED TO HELP ACTIVATE THE SPACE? UH, I COULDN'T SAY NO AT THIS POINT.

NOT THAT WE, WE HAVEN'T GIVEN ANY CONSIDERATION TO THAT AT THIS POINT, BUT IT'S NOT OFF THE TABLE.

IT'S JUST, WE HAVEN'T GONE THAT FAR.

YOU'RE JUST TRYING TO GET IT DONE, CORRECT? YEAH.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

BY THE WAY, WILL TAILGATES BE ALLOWED FOR MY UT FRIENDS, TALK TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT WHO WILL SPEAK WITH MY STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND THE LONGHORN NATION, UH, THE COMMISSIONER MINDS ABOUT, HI, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

IT'S LOOKS VERY EXCITING.

UM, I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN AND HOW IT INTERDIGITATES.

I, I NOTICED THAT YOU SAID, UM, THE S AND P REQUIRED A 69 TO 145 FOOT RIGHT OF WAY.

AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I SAW ON THE, UM, IT CAN, BUT THEY THEY'VE, UH, UH, THE, THE, THE PLAN THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DRAWN UP THROUGH THE, UH, UH, 2016 MOBILITY PROJECT WAS THE SAME RIGHT AWAY WITH THAT WE SHOWED IN THE SLIDES THAT, UH, THAT'S BEEN DECIDED.

I THINK THAT THE, THE SMP SPEAKS TO THE MUCH BROADER, UH, YOU MIGHT SAY GUARD RAILS TO THE, THE ENTIRETY OF RIGHT AWAY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, BUT

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SOMETHING THAT WIDE WOULD REQUIRED CONDEMNATION, WHICH REALLY ISN'T POSSIBLE WITH STATE LANDS.

YEAH.

I, I THINK THAT, UH, YOUR PLAN IS OVERARCHING AND SHOULD BE, UM, RECOGNIZED AHEAD OF THE ASM P IN THIS PLACE WHERE SO MANY ENTITIES COME TOGETHER.

THAT'S MY OPINION.

UM, SO, UH, I, UM, I JUST WANT TO, I'M SURE YOU KNOW, THAT IN PHILADELPHIA, AT THE CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, THEY HAVE KIND OF A ONE MAN SHOW WITH A PERSON AND, UM, ALL SORTS OF IMAGINARY THINGS ARE IN THERE TOO.

UM, AND IT'S A WONDERFUL WAY TO BRING HISTORY TO LIFE.

AND I HOPE YOU CAN HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN THIS SPACE.

THAT'S A REALLY NEAT SUGGESTION.

WE'LL LOOK AT THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS TO NOTE TOO IS WITH THE ADJOINING BUILDING THAT'S BEEN CONSTRUCTED.

THERE WERE SOME OTHER PUBLIC FEATURES THAT MAY GO INTO THAT BUILDING.

AND OF COURSE SHE CAN WATCH THE, UH, THE LOTTERY DRAWINGS LIVE TWICE.

AND YOU WILL, THAT IS, THAT IS A ONE GIVEN ACTIVATION OF THE MALL.

IS THEY THEIR, THEIR LITTLE, UH, UH, UH, LIVE FROM A LOTTERY CENTRAL, UM, UH, UH, A KIOSK THERE, STREET PRINT, UH, WINDOW, JUST A WAY TO DRAW PEOPLE DOWN THERE.

YEAH.

BUT, UH, THE SMALL FOR A, TO GO BACK TO YOUR QUESTION, SIR, THAT THE SMALLER, UM, UH, EVENT SPACE THAT WE HAVE, UM, UH, THE SMALLER STAGE, UH, ONE WOULD FORESEE THAT BEING ACTIVE QUITE OFTEN, UM, UH, THE LARGER STAGE WOULD PROBABLY BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE FOR ACTS OF SEVERAL THOUSAND OR GATHERINGS OF SEVERAL WITH SOME FESTIVALS, SOME, UM, EVENT THAT GATHERED SEVERAL THOUSAND, WHETHER IT'S FOR A DAY OR FOR AN HOUR.

UH, WHEREAS THE SMALLER STAGE WOULD BE FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED AND ONE WOULD EASILY FORESEE A THURSDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT, YOU KNOW, SERIES ONE WOULD PUT DOWN THEIR MUSIC OR, OR A THEATER, OR, UH, YOU KNOW, IT CAN'T BE TOO ELABORATE BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE ABLE TO COME AND GO.

BUT, UH, IT'S VERY MUCH AN EVENT SPACE THAT, UH, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK TO FILL ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM OTHER YES, SIR.

I'M NOT SURE YOU WERE ON YOU'RE OFF NOW, BUT COMMENT WHEN THE LIGHT'S RED YOU'RE ON.

THERE WE GO.

UM, YES.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, VERY IMPRESSIVE.

UM, I'M A NEW COMMISSIONER, AND SO I MAY HAVE MISSED SOME INFORMATION THAT CAME PRIOR, BUT AFTER YOUR PRESENTATION, I STILL WAS NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE WHAT YOU WERE ASKING FOR.

WELL, WE WERE ASKING, THANK YOU.

I, I SHOULD HAVE PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE CLARITY.

THE, UH, THE STATE, UH, WAS HOPING TO ENGAGE WHILE WE WERE CREATING THE MALL, UH, WITH THE CITY TRANSPORTATION TO, UH, IMPROVE THAT INTERSECTION SPACE.

UH, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH BANDWIDTH, UH, UH, THEY HAVE, AND WE HAVE, AND THE UNIVERSITY ALL HAS, WE HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL BIG PROJECTS AND IT WAS JUST WASN'T UM, ENOUGH TIME.

I MEAN, THIS, UH, HONESTLY THE CITY, UH, UH, PUBLIC WORKS AND THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PROBABLY HAVING A FORT BETWEEN NOW AND, UH, THE NEXT CENTURY, UH, ON THEIR PLATE RIGHT NOW.

UH, BUT WE WANT TO PRIORITIZE THAT, THAT INTERSECTION RECEIVE, UH, ATTENTION, UH, BY ALL THREE PARTIES AND CONTRIBUTION.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE, WE'VE SPENT CLOSE TO A BILLION DOLLAR FOR WE'LL HAVE SPENT CLOSE TO A BILLION, AND IT'S OUTSIDE OF OUR, UH, OUR PURVIEW.

IT'S NOT STATE PROPERTY, BUT WE WANT TO SEE IT IMPROVED BECAUSE IT CONNECTS TWO VERY LARGE ENTITIES TOGETHER.

AND WE'RE HOPING TO, YOU KNOW, THAT THIS OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF THE NEED TO IMPROVE THE INTERSECTION FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND FOR AESTHETIC PURPOSES IS BENEFICIAL TO ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THAT HELPS.

THANKS, COMMISSIONER TEMPLE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION IS THE, SO THE STATE IS INCURRING MOST OF THE COSTS OR ALL OF THE COST OF THIS.

UH, THE, UH, WE HAVE, UH, MADE SOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE REQUIRED BECAUSE WE TOOK AWAY WHAT WAS CONGRESS AVENUE.

SO IT CHANGED THE, THE SIGNALIZATION, AND OF COURSE, OBVIOUSLY SIDEWALKS HAD TO BE FIXED AND IMPROVED AFTER WE BUILT OUR BUILDINGS, BUT FOR THE INTERSECTION ITSELF, WE HAVE NOT DEDICATED ANY MONEY, UH, OTHER THAN, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT UTILITIES HAD TO BE TIED IN.

AND THEN THE REPAVED FOR, YOU KNOW, IT'S PART OF THAT.

DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE OF ABOUT HOW MUCH A PROJECT LIKE THIS WOULD COST? IT CAN BE

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SMALLER.

IT CAN BE VERY LARGE, VERY RAPIDLY.

UH, FOR INSTANCE, PUTTING IN MEDIANS THAT WOULD BE PLANTED, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, WOULD, UH, RAISE THE COST, UH, TO, UH, PUT IN A SPEED, UH, TABLE AND SOME, UH, DIFFERENTIATE DIFFERENTIATED COLORED CONCRETE, OR, OR BRICKS, UH, PROBABLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS, UH, SIGNALIZATION, FORTUNATELY IS THERE AND THAT WOULDN'T HAVE TO CHANGE, UH, BUT AGAIN, ONE CAN RAPIDLY INCREASE, YOU KNOW, WHAT SOMETHING COSTS THE MORE YOU ADD TO IT, BUT BARE BONES, UM, 500.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

COMMISSIONER WEAVER.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION MR. CRANES.

UM, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS PLAZA TO CONNECT SUCH IMPORTANT CIVIC SPACES FOR REALLY NOT ONLY THE CITY, BUT THE STATES.

UM, I APPRECIATE THE WANT TO PRIORITIZE DESIGN.

UM, I AM JOINT LIAISON FOR THE DESIGN COMMISSION, UM, AND MAYBE A POTENTIAL RESOURCE WOULD BE TO PRESENT THE PROJECT TO DESIGN COMMISSION AND GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF A WORKING GROUP, UM, WHERE YOU WOULD PRESENT IN A SMALL GROUP, UM, THROW AROUND SOME IDEAS AND UNDER THE GUISE OF THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES, WHICH ARE UNDERGOING AN UPDATE RIGHT NOW.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE'S SOME TOOLS THAT COULD BE HELPFUL IN SHAPING THE PROGRAM.

W WE'D APPRECIATE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE, UH, THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE A COMMON VENUE THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE CITY IS ONE ENTITY.

WE'RE ANOTHER ENTITY.

THE UNIVERSITY IS ANOTHER ENTITY AND WE SOMEWHAT LIKE AUSTIN.

IT'S NOT GALVESTON, IT'S NOT TEXARKANA.

WE, WE OPERATE INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER, BUT WE ALL OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER IN THIS CASE.

WE MAY, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD VENUE.

AWESOME.

UM, I'LL WORK WITH MY STAFF, UH, ON FOR THAT COMMISSION TO SEE WHAT WE CAN GET TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, ARE THERE, I SEE COMMISSIONER, WHETHER BE, UH, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

THANK YOU.

AND JUST ALONG THE SAME LINES, I KNOW THE I'M ON THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REPRESENTING THAT, UH, ON THIS COMMISSION AS A NON-VOTING MEMBER.

UH, AND I KNOW WE RECEIVED A PRESENTATION ON THIS MAYBE FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO.

I KNOW IT WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, AND HADN'T HEARD ANYTHING SINCE, AND I, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THAT ARE UNDERWAY AT THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

IT SEEMS REALLY TIMELY TO GET MOVING ON THAT AND HAVE A PRESENTATION OR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UTC TO VERY MUCH.

SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF COLLABORATION AMONGST THE ENTITIES, COMMISSIONER HAIM, SETH.

UM, I WANT TO REMIND US ALL, AND BY THE WAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PRESENTATION.

UH, WE, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF THIS KIND OF COORDINATION, BUT, UH, I I'M, I'M REMINDED OF COURSE THAT WHEN SOMEONE IS EXPERIENCING THESE SPACES, IT'S, WE, WE DON'T DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WHICH ENTITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHICH PART OF IT.

THIS IS THIS, THIS IS EXPERIENCED AS A WHOLE.

AND THE FACT THAT YOU'RE INITIATING, UH, THIS LEVEL OF COORDINATION, UH, IS CERTAINLY A TESTAMENT TO, UH, THE EXTRA VISION AND WORK THAT I KNOW HAS GONE INTO THIS BECAUSE, UH, THIS, THIS ISN'T THE WAY THINGS NECESSARILY ARE SET, SET UP.

UM, THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, I GUESS THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE MAKE SOMETHING LIKE WHAT YOU ARE ACCOMPLISHING, WHERE THERE IS A BIGGER VISION, MULTIPLE ENTITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH IT, EVEN IF A COUPLE OF PIECES ARE FALLING, UH, OBVIOUSLY BETWEEN THE CRACKS.

AND WE WANT TO, YOU KNOW, PUSH THEM HERE AT THE, UH, AT THE, UH, OVER THE FINISH LINE, BUT, BUT HOW CAN WE PERHAPS INSTITUTIONALIZE SOME OF THIS BIGGER VISION AND IN COOPERATION, UH, I CAN SEE OTHER PARTS OF THE CAPITAL COMPLEX WHERE, UM, YOU KNOW, NEXT TIME AROUND THERE'LL BE HAVING TO START FROM SCRATCH.

IS THERE, IS THERE SOME SOMETHING THAT YOU DOING TO BE ABLE TO, TO MAKE THIS NOT SO DIFFICULT IN THE FUTURE? I THINK, UH, WE, WE, I THINK WE'VE ALL, UH, ASPIRATIONALLY WANTED SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR DECADES TO, UH, TO NOT HAVE, UH, AN ARTIFICIAL DIVIDE, A DIVIDING LINE SOMEWHERE LAVACA OR 10TH STREET, UH, THAT, YOU KNOW, WOULD ALLOW US TO BETTER PLAN TOGETHER.

AND WHEN THE INVITATION WAS, UH, OFFERED, IT WAS SOMEWHAT LIKE A LIGHT BULB GOING OFF GOING, WELL, OF COURSE THIS IS A GOOD

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WAY OF, OF INSTITUTIONALIZING OR IMPLEMENTING, UH, SOME OF THE DESIRE THERE'S BEEN OVER THE YEARS TO, YOU KNOW, TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS THAT, UH, UH, STRADDLE BOTH, YOU KNOW, CITY AND STATE INTERESTS.

OKAY.

ANYBODY ELSE? COMMISSIONER SHIRTS? YEAH.

ONE MORE QUICK QUESTION.

UH, THIS IS FOR, UH, MR. LEVY OVER THERE.

I KNOW THAT THE CAPITOL GROUNDS DON'T ALLOW SCOOTERS ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE POSITION WILL BE ON THE MALL? I WAS GOING TO ASK FOR SCOOTERS, UH, UH, OH, I'M SORRY, SIR, WOULD HE? NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

WELL, WE, WE UNFORTUNATELY HAD SOME, UH, JOY RIDERS, UH, WHO GOT INSIDE THE CONSTRUCTION FENCE AND WE'RE, UH, WE ARE JUST NOW FINISHING SOME SIDEWALKS.

UH, UM, THEY WERE OBSERVED ZOOMING UP AND DOWN, YOU KNOW, HAVING A GREAT TIME AND LIKE IT'S A CONSTRUCTION SITE.

UH, SO AS, AS OF NOW, THEY'VE BEEN GEO-FENCED OUT OF THE, THE, THE NEW MALL AREA.

UH LONG-TERM UH, PROBABLY, UH, THEY WILL BE RELEGATED TO THE SIDE STREETS AND NOT ON THE MALL, BUT THAT'S NOT THAT NOT POLICY AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU.

CONSTRUCTION MIGHT CONTINUE INDEFINITELY.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER MOZBAR, PERHAPS SOME OF YOU COULD HELP ME FORMULATE A MOTION OF SUPPORT.

I ACTUALLY HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT WAS IN YOUR, THAT WAS CIRCULATED EARLIER.

GET TO THAT IN JUST A SECOND.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAN TALKING ABOUT GREAT PUBLIC SPACE IN THIS, THIS IS GOING TO BE A HALLMARK FOR THE CITY AND FOR THE STATE.

UH, AND OF COURSE WE'VE GOT THE UNIVERSITY AND ALL THE WORK THAT THEY'VE DONE.

UM, WE HAVE THE WATERLOO GREENWAY IMMEDIATELY TO THE EAST OF THE CAPITOL COMPLEX.

BEAUTIFUL.

IS THERE SOME THING THAT, UM, AND I'VE SEEN THE MASTER PLAN? I WAS THE VERY EARLY STAGE, GOT TO SEE IT.

AND, UH, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS ANY DELIBERATIVE PART OF THE MASTER PLAN THAT WOULD OPEN UP A CORRIDOR DIRECTLY TO THE WATERLOO GREENWAY.

UH, NOT NECESSARILY THAT, THAT, UH, THERE IS THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HAS A WALNUT CREEK MASTER PLAN THAT THEY'VE, UH, I BELIEVE ONE PROFESSOR CALLED IT A CRETACEOUS LIMESTONE DITCH AT ONE POINT THAT, UM, THEY HAVE FOUND WOULD BE A NICE WATER FEATURE TO IMPROVE.

IT INVOLVES CUTTING THROUGH THE TINY SECTION, OR THE CREEK MAKES A HARD ELBOW, UH, THAT IS STATE PROPERTY AND THEN CONTINUES ONWARD TO, UH, WATERLOO GREENWAY.

AND THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE, UM, ONE OF THE, UM, UH, POSSIBLE PATHWAYS, UH, YOU KNOW, LINKING, UM, THERE, WHERE WE HAVE AT 12TH, OR I'M SORRY, WE CALL IT A LOT 12 AT, UH, SAN JACINTO AND MLK IS THAT THAT'S WHERE THE CONSTRUCTION TRAILERS ARE, RIGHT? YES.

THAT'S WHERE THE CONSTRUCTION TRAILER THAT IS LONG-TERM TO YOUR QUESTION THERE, ACTUALLY, WE DID SLATE THAT TO BE A PARK, UH, HOW WE CAN TIE THAT THESE ARE MORE LIKE PEARLS IF YOU WOULD, UH, SOMEWHAT STRONG FAR APART.

UM, BUT THERE ARE OTHER, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A 15TH STREET CORRIDOR, THERE'S A 17TH STREET CORRIDOR.

YOU KNOW, THESE ARE STREETS THAT MAKE IT TO TRINITY AND ONE WOULD THEN THINK OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO SLIP INTO THE WALLER CREEK RIPARIAN SYSTEM.

UM, UH, BUT, UH, THERE HASN'T BEEN ANY ACTIVE PLANNING TO, UH, LINK THE TWO TOGETHER, MAYBE A CONVERSATION WITH THE FOLKS AT THE WATERLOO GREENWAY MIKE.

AND I KNOW YOU ALL ARE ALWAYS IN TOUCH WITH, WE WE'VE FOUND THEM TO BE A GOOD PARTNERS AND THAT PROBABLY NOT A BAD CONGESTION.

THEN YOU HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AT THE DAA RIGHT BEHIND YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I DO.

I DO HAVE A RESOLUTION IF NOBODY HAS ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS, UM, YOU GOT TO TAKE MY GLASSES OFF TO READ IT BECAUSE IT'S SMALL PRINT.

UH, THIS IS A RESOLUTION ADDRESSING MOBILITY FUNDS FOR AND SCRATCH BOND FUNDS, MOBILITY FUNDS FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF CONGRESS AVENUE AND MARTIN LUTHER MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD INTERSECTION.

WHEREAS THE STATE OF TEXAS INITIATED AND IS NEARING COMPLETION OF THE TEXAS CAPITOL MALL EXTENDING FROM 15TH STREET TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $76.1 MILLION.

AND I HOPE THAT NUMBER IS STILL GOOD.

WHEREAS THE BLAND MUSEUM OF ART ADJACENT THAT WELCOMES APPROXIMATELY 200,000 VISITORS ANNUALLY IS COMPLETING ITS GRANTS INITIATIVE, DESIGNED TO UNIFY AND REVITALIZE THE BLANTON CAMPUS AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF 35 MILLION.

WHEREAS THE BOB BULLOCK, TEXAS

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HISTORY MUSEUM ADJACENT WELCOMED ALMOST HALF A MILLION VISITORS AND OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND STUDENTS IN 2019.

AND WE HOPE THAT THOSE NUMBERS REBOUND, PARTICULARLY AFTER CONSTRUCTION.

THAT'S NOT PART OF THE RESOLUTION.

UM, WHEREAS, UH, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WITH AN ENROLLMENT OF 52,000 STUDENTS, 3,100 FACULTY AND THOUSANDS OF STAFF MEMBERS LAWS TO THE NORTH OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD IN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX WITH APPROXIMATELY 14,000 EMPLOYEES LIVES IMMEDIATELY SOUTH, WHEREAS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD IS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S RIGHT AWAY.

WHEREAS THE COMPLETION OF PROJECTS AT THE INTERSECTION OF CONGRESS AVENUE AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD WILL DRAMATICALLY INCREASE PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.

AND WHEREAS MULTIMODAL CONNECTIONS COMFORTABLY AND SAFELY BRIDGING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD FOR BOTH RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO AUSTIN, BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CAMPUS MUSEUMS, THE TEXAS CAPITOL MALL, THE CAPITAL COMPLEX AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ARE BENEFICIAL, CRITICAL, AND ESSENTIAL.

AND WHEREAS THE CITY OF BOSTON HAS ADOPTED VISION ZERO, ZERO AS AN HOLISTIC STRATEGY TO END TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES WHILE INCREASING SAFE, HEALTHY, AND EQUITABLE MOBILITY FOR ALL CONSISTENT WITH INITIATIVES LIKE THE INTERSECTION SAFETY VISION ZERO PROGRAM, THE AUSTIN AND THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

AND WHEREAS THE CITY BOSTON HAS INCREASED ELEMENTS FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, SUCH AS REDUCED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING LENGTHS, ENHANCED PEDESTRIAN SIGNALIZATION, AND CROSSING REFUGES AND HIGHER TRAFFIC ROADWAYS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION OR JUST THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL TO DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER TO IMMEDIATELY IDENTIFY AND COMMIT NOT MORE THAN $500,000 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PEDESTRIAN ENHANCEMENTS AT THE INTERSECTION OF CONGRESS AVENUE IN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD, TO COLLABORATE WITH THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD AND THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION ON A DESIGN TO CREATE A UNIQUE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING THAT ENHANCES AND PROMOTES THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THE STATE OF TEXAS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AND TO PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY SUPPORT, INCLUDING EXPEDITING ANY NECESSARY PERMITTING TO ALLOW FOR COMPLETION OF THE INTERSECTION WITH ALL DUE HASTE.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, SECOND? I'VE GOT A SECOND, UH, COMMENTS, QUESTIONS CHANGES.

WHEN YOU ASKED FOR COOPERATION WITH THE STATE AND THE CITY, DID YOU ALSO INCLUDE UT FOR COOPERATION? UH DIDN'T IS THAT ON PURPOSE? I ACCEPT THAT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.

I THOUGHT YOU DIDN'T SAY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, UH, I SAID IT'S PART OF THE PARTNERSHIP, BUT I SAID TO COLLABORATE WITH THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD AND THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION.

UNDERSTOOD.

SO, UH, AFTER STATE PRESERVATION BOARD COMMA, THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, I HAVE A QUESTION.

SO IF WE DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE A DESIGN, HOW DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH WE SHOULD SUGGEST AS A CAP? WELL, THIS IS A NOT TO EXCEED TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.

OKAY.

SO IF IT, IF IT RUNS MORE THAN THAT, THEY CAN FIGURE IT OUT, BUT WE'RE BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, I THINK.

SO THAT WAS THE INTENT.

UH, AND THERE'S NO DIRECTION ABOUT WHERE THE FUNDS COME FROM.

THAT'S UP TO THE CITY MANAGER AND STAFF TO FIGURE OUT YES, MA'AM, UH, FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, UH, SUGGESTION, UM, TO COLLABORATE WITH DESIGN COMMISSION, TO INCORPORATE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

HOW ABOUT WITH, BECAUSE THERE'LL BE OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT WENT AWAY AND, UM, AND, AND MORE BROADLY, THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS, UM, ENCOMPASSES THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

OKAY.

THAT ALL RIGHT.

YEAH.

I JUST, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF POTENTIAL TO KIND OF ENHANCE AND CLARIFY THE PROGRAM THAT COULD BE HELPFUL AND MOVING ON TO THE OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CITY.

UH, I DON'T KNOW.

UM, SO NO, I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY.

I JUST, YOU KNOW, HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION, THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, THEY WOULD ALL WANT TO WEIGH IN AND BE A PART OF THIS PROCESS IN A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS.

UM, AND SO TO NUMERATE EACH COMMISSION THAT IT MIGHT GO THROUGH MY B IS THAT OKAY?

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I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO NAME THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES AS A TOOL TO HELP CLARIFY THE GOALS OF THE PROJECT, WHICH ARE A LITTLE BIT UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT.

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES WOULD AFFECT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.

RIGHT.

SO THEY'RE BASICALLY CREATED FOR PEDESTRIANS, UM, TOO, AND THEY ADDRESS REALLY ALL OF THE QUESTIONS, UM, THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT HERE.

UM, SO IF I WERE GOING TO NAME A FEW, UM, I DID NOT PRINT THEM OUT AND BRING THEM WITH ME.

UM, THEY WERE REALLY SHAPED FOR THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE.

UM, SO I JUST, I THINK IT COULD BE REALLY HELPFUL AND ADDRESSING THE APPLICANTS, NOT THE APPLICANTS PRESENT THE PRESENTERS QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

SO, UM, TO CREATE A UNIQUE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING THAT EMBRACES CONSISTENT WITH THE URBAN DESIGN THAT IS CONSISTENT LABOR TO AN ATTORNEY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER IS SMALL.

THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO, UH, THAT WOULD BE TO COLLABORATE WITH THE STATE PRESERVATION BOARD, THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN TO CREATE A UNIQUE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES, UH, AND PROMOTES, UH, THAT ENHANCES AND PROMOTES THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF BOSTON, THE STATE OF TEXAS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

OKAY.

EXCEPT THAT, UH, ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY.

UM, WELL THEN I'LL CALL QUESTION.

DO WE HAVE, UM, ALL, EXCUSE ME, I'M SORRY, CHAIR.

I THINK, UH, COMMISSIONER WEATHERBY.

OH YEAH.

SORRY.

I DIDN'T HAVE MY SHIRT.

I DIDN'T HAVE MY GLASSES ON THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

THERE ARE SAFETY ELEMENTS AND I THINK THE CITY TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE INVOLVED, BUT I DON'T THINK IT NEEDS TO BE CALLED OUT BECAUSE IT'S A REQUIREMENT BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, BASED ON THE ENGINEERING OF WHATEVER THE DESIGN MIGHT BE.

SO I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT.

I MEAN, I THINK REFERRING TO THE CITY IS ENOUGH FOR AT LEAST FOR TRANSPORTATION.

SMELL MY COMMENT.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION AS AMENDED, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED.

EXTENSIVELY CHAIR.

DO WE NEED A MOTION TO MOVE IN SECOND? WE'VE ALREADY HAD A MOTION AND SO WE ALREADY HAD A MOTION A SECOND.

OKAY.

CAN YOU PLEASE REPEAT FOR MY POOR CELL? WHO MOVED IT? SORRY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER.

SURE.

SECOND.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I'M SO SORRY.

THAT'S WHY I MISSED IT.

AND WE PROBABLY SHOULD VOTE ON THE AMEND THE TWO FRIENDLY AMENDMENTS THAT WERE MADE AND THEN GO BACK TO THE MAIN MOTION.

SO, UM, THE FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, UH, I'LL MOVE ADOPTION OF THE FRIENDLY AMENDMENTS.

I SECOND, I HAVE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER.

MEISENBACH ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION AS AMENDED, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OPPOSED HEARING NONE.

THE AMENDED MOTION PASSES.

I THINK I GOT MY ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER FAIRLY RIGHT.

EXCELLENT.

WELL, I'M, I'M LOOKING ACROSS AT THE GUY WHO HAS TO GO TO A LOT OF STATE HEARINGS.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

SO WE WILL GET THIS OVER TO COUNSEL, UH, AND HOPEFULLY YOU'LL GET TO SEE SOME OTHER, UH, HARDWORKING FOLKS AT OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AS WE GET THIS THING MOVING FORWARD.

WE'RE ALL TERRIBLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

WELL, WE'RE EXCITED TOO, AND WE THANK YOU.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CITY DEPARTMENTS ON MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

OKAY.

NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS,

[2b. Downtown Homelessness Activity]

UH, DOWNTOWN HOMELESSNESS, HOMELESSNESS ACTIVITY.

I'M SORRY.

THE DEANNA GREAT.

WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, SO SHE WASN'T SURE.

I'M SORRY, SIR.

OH, IS SHE HERE? OKAY, PLEASE.

YES.

PLEASE MOVE HER OVER.

SO SHE WASN'T ABLE TO MEET IN PERSON.

THANK YOU.

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SORRY.

SORRY, DIANA.

GREAT.

I'M FLYING SOLO TODAY.

WE'RE NO WORRY.

WE'RE MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN OR NOT.

GREAT.

WELCOME.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, OF COURSE, CLERICAL UNMUTE AS CONSERVES TALKING TO MYSELF, I'M HERE.

I'M PAYING FOR IT IN THE BACKGROUND.

UM, UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME THIS EVENING.

DIANA GRAY AND TO SERVICE THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UM, I, THE HOME STRATEGY DIVISION IS A FAIRLY NEW DIVISION THAT WAS CREATED AT THE BEGINNING OF 20, UH, 20, UM, AND SITS WITHIN AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

BUT REALLY ONE OF OUR PRIMARY GOALS IS, UH, AS WELL AS IDENTIFYING STRATEGIES FOR THE CITY AROUND THIS ISSUE.

ALSO DOING AN AWFUL LOT OF CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL COORDINATION, UH, BECAUSE, UH, THIS ISSUE, UH, PRINCIPALLY, UH, PEOPLE THINK ABOUT OUR SOCIAL SERVICE FUNDING THROUGH US IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BUT WE TOUCH, UM, EASILY 19 DEPARTMENTS IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

AND SO TODAY, UH, I'M GONNA, UH, GIVE A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF, UM, OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE BEEN OCCURRING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT OF THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF DOWNTOWN, BUT THEN BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

IF WE CAN SHARE THE POWERPOINT CAPITAL.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND TO BRING THAT UP.

I BELIEVE IT WAS, UH, IT WAS ANOTHER POWERPOINT IT WAS THE AMOUNT OF CIRCULATED IT EARLIER YET.

AGREE.

THIS IS THE AB TECH.

WE MIGHT MAKE YOU A PRESENTER.

IF YOU CAN SHARE IT ON YOUR END, WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THAT? I AM.

UH, SO I AM ACTUALLY LOGGED IN TWO WAYS BECAUSE I WAS HAVING SOME AUDIO ISSUES.

UM, IF YOU ALLOW ME TO SHARE IN BOTH SPACES, I BE SURE, BUT LET'S GIVE YOU THOSE PRIVILEGES AND SEE IF THAT WORKS OUT SO I AM JOINED, UM, BOTH ON MY LAPTOP AND ON MY PHONE, THE PERMISSION I WAS JUST GIVEN, SHOWED ON MY PHONE.

ARE YOU ABLE TO SEE IF CAN HAVE, SO IF YOUR OTHER, IF THE CURRENT LOGIN WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO SHOW YOUR PRESENTATION, THAT CAN TRY THE OTHER ONE FOR SURE.

LET ME SEE IF THAT WORKS OUT.

OKAY.

ONE MOMENT.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE YOU ONLY ABLE TO SEE? YEAH.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO, UH, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TOPICS I'M GOING TO COVER TODAY.

UM, ONE IS JUST GENERALLY SORT OF, UH, IMPACT OF THE CAMPING ORDINANCES AS WELL AS THE HEAL INITIATIVE, UH, ON DOWNTOWN, UH, AND, UH, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN THAT SPACE.

UH, THEN TALK ABOUT, UM, THE SUMMIT, UH, TO AN UNSHELTERED.

HOMELESSNESS WAS THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE WAS REALLY CRITICAL IN, UM, SPEARHEADING AND THE CITY'S, UH, INVESTMENTS IN THAT PLAN, THE INVESTMENT PLAN THAT CAME OUT OF THAT SUMMIT, UH, THAT EFFORT IS NOW KNOWN AS FINDING HOW MAY TX, UM, BE SPEAKING ABOUT THE VERY SUBSTANTIAL.

SO THE FULL SERVICE AND HOUSING SOLICITATIONS THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF TO MOVE THOSE RESOURCES INTO THE COMMUNITY, UH, SPEAK TO PRODUCTION OF BRICKS AND MORTAR UNITS.

AND THEN ACTUALLY I DID LEAVE OFF COLD WEATHER SHELTER, AND CRISIS SHELTER HERE, UM, UH, IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT IF CON COMMISSIONERS HAVE, UH, HAVE INTEREST.

SO THIS COMES FROM DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, AND, UM, AS YOU LIKELY KNOW, THEY DO A MONTHLY ESTIMATE OF UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

UM, THIS IS BASED ON OBSERVATION.

SO, UH, IT'S BASED ON OBSERVATION OF INDIVIDUALS, OBSERVATION OF TENTS OBSERVED

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EMANATION, UM, VEHICLES THAT APPEAR TO BE OCCUPIED.

AND SO YOU SEE THAT THIS IS FROM MAY OF 2021 THROUGH APRIL OF 2022, UM, A MARKET DECREASE IN THEIR OBSERVATION.

IT'LL TELL YOU THAT.

I THINK THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO PERFECT METHODOLOGY FOR TAKING A CENSUS OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS.

UM, AND THIS IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT OUR LOCAL COALITION, UH, IN THEIR CITY-WIDE, UH, WHAT THEY CALL A POINT-IN-TIME COUNT.

BUT I THINK THE TRENDING IS STILL VERY INFORMATIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY'RE SEEING, UM, FROM MAY COMPARED TO THIS APRIL.

AND SO TALKING ABOUT SORT OF WHAT SOME OF THE SOURCES OF THAT CHANGE ARE, I WOULD SAY OBVIOUSLY, AND, YOU KNOW, THAT SLIDE WAS FRAMED FROM THE TIME OF THE, UM, THE BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT REINSTATED THE CAMPING ORDINANCE IS HERE IN AUSTIN.

UH, AND ALSO, UH, IN, IN THAT ORDINANCE BECAME, UM, EFFECTIVE, THEY STARTED ENFORCEMENT IN AUGUST, BUT DOING OUTREACH AND EDUCATION BEFORE THAT, AND THEN THE STATE PASSED US A STATEWIDE BAN ON CON EXCUSE ME, PUBLIC CAMPING, UM, THAT BECAME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2021.

SO IN TERMS OF THE REDUCTION, UM, IN DOWNTOWN, I WOULD SAY THERE ARE THREE ELEMENTS THAT REALLY IMPACT THAT ONE IS THE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE.

AND SO CERTAINLY DURING THAT PERIOD IN WHICH, UM, AUSTIN, UH, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, OUR HOST TEAM, ET CETERA, WHERE WE'RE LETTING FOLKS KNOW ABOUT THE NEW ORDINANCES WE SAW ACROSS THE CITY, PEOPLE MOVE FROM MORE VISIBLE LOCATIONS, UM, MANY CASES INTO THE WOODS.

AND SO WE KNOW THAT THE CAMPING ORDINANCE HAS ALONE DO NOT DECREASE UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, TYPICALLY.

UH, IT DOES MOVE FOLKS INTO OTHER LOCATIONS, AND WE ARE SEEING THAT IN PARTICULAR IN SOME OF OUR, OUR PARKLANDS ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, BUT, UH, THERE HAS BEEN ALSO FRANK ENFORCEMENT.

AND SO WHEN INDIVIDUALS HAVE NOT VOLUNTARILY RELOCATED, UH, THERE HAVE BEEN, UH, AT THE END OF ABOUT A MONTH AGO, 242 CITATIONS ISSUED FROM THAT AUGUST, UM, DATE THROUGH THE, ROUGHLY THE END OF APRIL.

UM, THE THIRD PIECE, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY SIGNIFICANT IF NOT IN OVERALL NUMBERS, IN IMPACT AND IN ACTUALLY ADDRESSING THE ISSUE IS THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

AND THE HEAL INITIATIVE WAS PASSED BY COUNCIL IN FEBRUARY OF 2021.

IT STANDS FOR THE HOUSING FOCUSED ENCAMPMENT ASSISTANCE LINK, AND THIS INITIATIVE, UH, IDENTIFIES ENCAMPMENTS IN THE COMMUNITY, UH, THAT HAVE THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS, UM, BOTH FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, AND FOR THE INHABITANTS OF THAT PARTICULAR ENCAMPMENT.

WE LOOK AT, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AND, UM, AND MOBILITY ISSUES THAT HAVE TO USE ASSISTED DEVICES.

UM, AND WE HAVE ABOUT A 40 POINT SCORING ASSESSMENT THAT ALLOWS US TO RANK THOSE, FRANKLY, WE KNOW IT'S NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE TO LIVE OUTSIDE, BUT HEAL INITIATIVE BRINGS SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES TO THOSE ENCAMPMENT RESOLUTIONS.

IN PARTICULAR, WE OFFER EVERYONE IN THAT ENCAMPMENT TRANSFER TO A NON CONGREGATE SHELTER.

WE CALL IT A BRIDGE SHELTER.

UM, WHEN I SAY NON CONGREGATE IN THIS, THAT JUST MEANS PEOPLE HAVE PRIVATE SPACE.

UH, IN THIS CASE, WE ARE USING TWO HOTEL CONVERSIONS FOR THE BRIDGE SHELTER.

SO PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN ROOMS, UH, UNLESS THEY ARE A COUPLE, UH, OR ROOMMATES THAT WISH TO STAY TOGETHER.

UH, BUT THEY DO HAVE THAT PRIVACY AND SECURITY, UH, AND THEY ARE GIVEN, UM, A COMMITMENT OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND CASE MANAGEMENT AS THEY MOVE INTO PERMANENT HOUSING.

SO SOON AFTER TRANSPORT FOR A BRIDGE SHELTER, UH, THEY ARE ENROLLED WITH A SERVICE ORGANIZATION, THEY GET A CASE MANAGER AND THEY BEGIN THAT HOUSING SEARCH.

SO TO DATE, OUR FIRST, UM, OUR FIRST ENCAMPMENT RESOLUTION THROUGH THE HEAL INITIATIVE WAS IN JUNE OF 2021.

UH, WE HAVE SOLVED NINE CAMPUS, UH, SINCE THAT TIME, THE MOST RECENT OF WHICH WAS YESTERDAY.

AND SO THE LIST ON THE LEFT SHOWS THE LOCATIONS OF THOSE ENCAMPMENTS AND THE ONES WITH THE CHECK ARE THOSE THAT ARE EITHER IN DOWNTOWN OR, OR, OR IMMEDIATELY ON THE PERIPHERY OF DOWNTOWN.

SO WE HAVE, UM, SINCE WE STARTED THE INITIATIVE, WE'VE RELOCATED 256 PEOPLE FROM THE MAIN CAMPUS AT THIS

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FISCAL YEAR, COUNCIL SET A GOAL FOR US OF SERVING 200 PEOPLE.

WE ARE NOW AT APPROXIMATELY 120, UH, AND SO, UM, PRETTY CLOSE TO ON TRACK TO MEET THAT GOAL.

UH, ACTUALLY HAVEN'T DONE THE MATH YET SINCE WE GOT THE NUMBER PERSON YESTERDAY.

UH, BUT, UH, WE ARE, YOU KNOW, MOVING A PACE TO, UH, TO RELOCATE THAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

SOMETHING I THINK IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT HERE IS THAT YOU WILL OFTEN HEAR THE CONCERN, UM, FROM FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED, HOMELESSNESS, UH, WANT TO BE LIVING UNSHELTERED AND DON'T WANT SERVICES.

UH, WE DON'T FORCE ANYONE TO COME INTO SHELTER.

THEY CAN SIMPLY RELOCATE AND LEAVE THE ENCAMPMENT SPACE IF THEY WANT, BUT TO DATE WE'VE HAD OVER 90% OF INDIVIDUALS OFFERED TRANSFER SHELTER TAKEN.

WE DO TRACK, UM, THE, THE RACIAL DEMOGRAPHICS OF, UM, OH, THE PEOPLE SERVE THROUGH HEAL.

AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY BECAUSE THERE WERE CONCERNS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT BY VIRTUE OF TARGETING SPECIFIC ENCAMPMENTS, WE MIGHT SEE SOME INEQUITIES IN PEOPLE SERVED, UH, BECAUSE OF COURSE EACH ENCAMPMENT HAS, UH, DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS, UH, AS WELL AS DEMOGRAPHICS.

AND IN PARTICULAR, UH, WE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE RATIO OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SERVED, UH, COMPARED TO THEIR PREVALENCE IN THE OVERALL POPULATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, BECAUSE THEY ARE SO DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY HOMELESSNESS, UH, UH, AFRICAN-AMERICANS CONSTITUTE 8% OF OUR OVERALL POPULATION.

UM, BUT THEY, UH, CONSTITUTE 37% OF THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

AND SO YOU SEE HERE THAT, UM, TODAY ABOUT 40% OF THOSE SERVED THROUGH HEAL HAVE BEEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

SO THE HEAL INITIATIVE IS, IS OF COURSE, JUST A SMALL PORT, HEART, EVERYTHING THE CITY DOES AROUND HOMELESSNESS.

UM, WE HAVE EXPENDITURES, UH, BEFORE WE ENTERED INTO THE SUMMIT INVESTMENT PLAN OF AROUND $30 MILLION A YEAR THAT GO INTO OUR SHELTER OPERATORS.

IT GOES TO OUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE CARITAS, FRONT STEPS, SALVATION ARMY, UM, UH, LIFEWORKS, SAFE, ET CETERA, WHO PROVIDE HOUSING SERVICES, UM, BOTH IN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND RAPID REHOUSING IN, UH, PREVENTION, UH, IN SHELTER, OPERATIONS, ET CETERA.

AND SO WHILE THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT, UH, IN OPERATING DOLLARS, REALLY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM, WE AS A COMMUNITY HAVE NEVER REALLY PROVIDED THE RESOURCING TO GET US, UM, TO THE PLACE OF THE, UM, THE VOLUME OF FOLKS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE'VE HAD PEOPLE SITTING ON THE STREETS WAITING FOR SERVICES IN, IN MANY CASES FOR YEARS.

SO IN SPRING OF 2021, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, ALONG WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND OUR LOCAL HOMELESS COALITION ECHO DECIDED TO HOLD A SUMMIT TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE COULD REALLY MOVE THE NEEDLE ON UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS IN PARTICULAR.

UH, THEY INVITED THE CITY IN AS WELL AS THE COUNTY, UM, AND REALLY A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND CAME UP WITH, UM, A STRATEGY THAT WOULD, UH, DO A COUPLE OF THINGS, UH, AT A HIGH LEVEL.

ONE IS THAT WE WOULD OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT THREE YEARS, REHOUSED AN ADDITIONAL 3000 PEOPLE OVER OUR BASELINE.

SO WE TYPICALLY REHOUSED THROUGH OUR SYSTEM ABOUT 1800 PEOPLE A YEAR.

UH, BUT HERE THROUGH THIS EFFORT PROPOSED TO, UH, INCREASE THAT BY 3000 PEOPLE OVER THE THREE YEARS NOT ANNUALLY.

UM, AND AS PART OF THIS ALSO TO, UH, CREATE 1300 UNITS OF BRICK AND MORTAR HOUSING SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE EXITING HOMELESSNESS, THIS IS REALLY CRITICAL BECAUSE, UH, WHAT WE FIND WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS FOUND, BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT THIS HAS ONLY BECOME MUCH MORE DIFFICULT IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, IS THAT EVEN WHEN PEOPLE HAVE HOUSING SUBSIDIES, IT CAN BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO FIND UNITS IN THE MARKET.

AND SO HAVING SOME UNITS, UM, SOME SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF UNITS SET ASIDE FOR THIS POPULATION IS REALLY CRITICAL.

UM, UM, SO BETWEEN SERVICES AND CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, UH, THE INVESTMENT PLAN THAT CAME OUT OF THIS SUMMIT, UM, IS 515 MILLION OVER HALF OF THAT IS CAPITAL FOR THE HOUSING UNITS I DISCUSSED, I DISCUSSED, UM, 218 MILLION FOR PROGRAMS. UM, THERE IS 20 MILLION

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IN THIS PLAN THAT IS REALLY ABOUT INVESTING IN SYSTEMS. AND IN ORGANIZATIONS, WE ARE ASKING OUR NONPROFITS TO INCREASE SCALE AT A VERY SIGNIFICANT LEVEL.

AND SO WE ARE SETTING ASIDE A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE MONEY TO HELP THOSE ORGANIZATIONS BUILD CAPACITY, BOTH EXISTING PROVIDERS IN THE SPACE, UH, AND SOME ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS AT A SMALLER SCALE, BUT ARE, UH, POISED TO GROW, UH, AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, WE, WE DO HAVE SOME SUPPORT FOR, UH, TEMPORARY STAFF WITHIN THE CITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND OUR COALITION TO HANDLE MOVING THIS IMMENSE AMOUNT OF, OF RESOURCES.

SO OF THAT 515 MILLION, WHEN WE, UH, COMPLETED THE PLAN, WE HAD ABOUT 200 MILLION IDENTIFIED THROUGH EXISTING FUNDING STREAMS THAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD CAPTURE.

UH, THE CITY HAD ALREADY SET ASIDE SOME GENERAL FUND, UH, THAT HAD NOT YET BEEN COMMITTED.

WE OF COURSE HAVE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THAT HAD NOT ALL BEEN COMMITTED.

WE LOOKED AT STATE SOURCES OF FINANCING AT OUR HOUSING AUTHORITIES, ET CETERA.

AND SO WE HAD ABOUT A $300 MILLION GAP.

SINCE THAT TIME, THE COUNTY HAS DEDICATED ABOUT $110 MILLION TOWARD HOMELESSNESS OF THEIR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS.

AND THE CITY HAS DEDICATED 106.7 MILLION OF OUR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS OR THIS EFFORT.

SO WE ACTUALLY WILL BE REPORTING TO COUNCIL IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WITH UPDATED NUMBERS.

BUT AS OF FEBRUARY, WE WERE AT 415 MILLION OF THE TOTAL $515 MILLION PRICE TAG, IF YOU WILL.

AND THIS GRAPH SHOWS REALLY KIND OF WHAT THE GAP WAS TO BE RAISED IN THE VARIOUS, UH, IN THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES.

UM, THERE IS A LEADERSHIP GROUP OF FINDING HOME ATX THAT IS WORKING HARD TO, UM, TO IDENTIFY PHILANTHROPIC DONORS AND WE'VE HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT DONATIONS ALREADY, SO THAT WORK IS ONGOING.

AND OF COURSE, WE CONTINUE TO SCAN THE ENVIRONMENT FOR ANY, UH, NON-LOCAL FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR EFFORTS.

THE STATE DOES HAVE SOME OPEN MONEY AS WELL, UM, THAT SOME OF OUR, OUR LOCAL PROVIDERS MAY BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THEIR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

SO I MENTIONED THAT THE CITY, UM, DEDICATED AT 106.7 MILLION, THIS CHART SHOWS REALLY JUST HOW WE DISTRIBUTED THOSE FUNDS ACROSS, UH, THE SUMMIT INVESTMENT CATEGORIES.

AND REALLY OUR GOAL HERE WAS TO ENSURE THAT WE WERE SEEDING ACTIVITIES IN EACH OF THE CATEGORIES, UM, THAT WE, UM, BUT ALSO THAT WE WERE BEING SENSITIVE TO WHERE PRIVATE MONEY WAS LIKELY TO COME IN, WHICH WE PRESUMED AND HAS LARGELY BEEN BORN OUT THAT IS MOSTLY IN CAPITAL.

UM, AND SO WHILE WE HAVE 25 MILLION IN CAPITAL, CAPITAL'S 50% OF THE OVERALL INVESTMENT PLAN.

UM, AND WE HAVE NOW BEGUN TO MOVE THESE FUNDS, UH, INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION IMPLEMENTATION STAGE, BOTH WITHIN THE CITY, BUT LARGELY, UM, LARGELY THROUGH REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SO OF THE 107 MILLION, MOST OF THE MONEY IS GOING TO BE MOVED THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICE CONTRACTS, UM, AT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

UH, THAT TOTAL IS ABOUT $79 MILLION OF AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS.

AND, UH, BECAUSE OF THE SIZE AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THESE, UH, SOLICITATION PROCESSES, UH, APH DETERMINED THAT THEY WANTED TO DO THIS IN A PHASED APPROACH.

AND SO WE HAVE AT LEAST THREE SOLICITATIONS, TWO OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY CLOSED.

I WILL SAY THAT THE NUMBERS YOU SEE HERE IS A COMBINATION OF ARPA AND SOME GENERAL FUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY VISITED, BUT THE FIRST SOLICITATION WAS FOR PERMANENT HOUSING SERVICES FOR SO PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, RAPID REHOUSING, WHICH IS TIME LIMITED CASE MANAGEMENT AND, UM, AND RENTAL SUPPORTS, AND SOME OF THE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR THOSE EFFORTS LIKE LANDLORD OUTREACH AND INCENTIVES, WE EXPECT AWARDS, UM, TO BE IDENTIFIED IN A BIND YOU.

AND SO YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE THOSE MOVING TO COUNCIL RELATIVELY SOON, PHASE TWO HAS JUST CLOSED, AND THAT IS ABOUT $10 MILLION THAT IS SET ASIDE FOR SHELTER FOR INCREASED STREET OUTREACH, UM, AND FOR POTENTIAL, UH, PROJECTS LIKE DAY RESOURCE CENTERS OR RESPITE CARE, UH, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY A SPECIALIZED SHELTER FOR PEOPLE WITH, UH, WITH

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MEDICAL FRAGILITY, WHICH WE SEE A LOT OF, UM, IN THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION, WE ARE WORKING NOW ON A THIRD SOLICITATION, WHICH WILL, UM, FUND, UH, OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AS WELL AS ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING.

AND SO WHEN I SAY OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, THESE ARE SORT OF STANDALONE EFFORTS THAT WE KNOW ARE NEEDED AS, UM, AS SUPPORT TO THE CORE PROGRAMS, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, AND ACCESS TO BENEFITS OR PRIMARY AMONG THEM.

SO AGAIN, WE EXPECT TO RELEASE THAT RFP, UH, IN LATE MAY OR EARLY JUNE.

AND JUST AS A GENERAL RULE, MOST OF THESE CONTRACTS WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE IN PLACE BY OCTOBER 1ST FOR THE NEW FISCAL YEAR.

SO I MENTIONED THE, THE, THE GOALS OF THE FINDING HOME ATX, UH, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE SUMMIT OF THREE 1300 UNITS OF, OF, OF BRICK AND MORTAR UNITS SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

BUT THAT IS A CONTINUATION OF EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN INCREASING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS TO CREATE THIS TYPE OF UNIT.

AND SO THIS GRAPH REALLY SHOWS THE INCREASE IN THE PIPELINE FROM 2016 TO PRESENT.

UM, AND IT IS A CUMULATIVE REPRESENTATION OF HOW MANY UNITS WE THINK WE WILL HAVE, UH, IN SERVICE, UH, FOR EACH YEAR.

UM, UH, THIS GRAPH WAS DONE, UH, IN LATE 2021.

SO IT SHOWS THE UNITS THAT WE ALREADY HAD, UM, EXISTING IN 2021, WHICH WAS ABOUT 500, UH, THE PIPELINE UNITS, UM, ESSENTIALLY REPRESENT, UH, PROJECTS WHERE WE KNOW THERE IS SITE CONTROL.

IN MANY CASES, THOSE DEALS HAVE SOME FINANCING, UH, COMMITTED, EXCUSE ME.

AND THEN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT WAS FORCED FUNDS THAT ARE EXPLICITLY SET ASIDE FOR THIS TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT, BUT WHERE, UM, PROJECTS MAY STILL BE IN THE CONCEPTUAL STAGE AND NOT, UH, AT THAT TIME, NOT QUITE READY FOR FINANCING.

SO I JUST THINK IT'S, IT'S, YOU KNOW, REALLY IMPORTANT KNOWING HOW MUCH WE HAVE STRUGGLED FINDING UNITS OR PEOPLE EXITING HOMELESSNESS, THAT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT A FOUR-FOLD INCREASE, UH, IN THE SPACE OF THREE YEARS, WHICH IS JUST, UH, A HUGE, HUGE CHANGE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL, UH, STOP THE PRESENTATION I'VE FINISHED AND, AND HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH COMMISSION QUESTIONS.

UH, NO QUESTIONS, ACTUALLY.

I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION, UM, IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, THE 214 CITATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED, WHAT EFFECT DO THEY HAVE? IT'S 242.

I THINK IT'S THE END OF APRIL.

SO THOSE CITATIONS ARE TYPICALLY IF THEY'RE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, THEY ARE FUNNELED THROUGH THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

UM, THIS IS A MISDEMEANOR, UH, CITATION.

AND SO, UM, FOLKS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, GO BEFORE HORROR AND THERE THEY'RE OFFERED