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[CALL TO ORDER]

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OH 7:00 PM IT'S MONDAY, JANUARY 23RD, AND THIS COMMENCES THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE DESIGN COMMISSION.

MS. BANNER, CAN YOU PLEASE CALL ROLL? SURE.

UM, CHAIR WEAVER PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER CAROL? PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER SALINAS.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER FRANCO.

COMMISSIONER A**L.

ROB.

COMMISSIONER TANA GUCCI.

PRESENT? UH, COMMISSIONER MINORS? HERE.

COMMISSIONER ESON? HERE.

COMMISSIONER WATLEY? PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER LUKINS? PRESENT.

PRESENT.

OH, COMMISSIONER COLEMAN.

PRESENT.

THANK YOU.

UM, IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? THERE'S NO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION TODAY.

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ITEM ONE, APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UM, ANYONE LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION? MOTION TO APPROVE? I'LL SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

[2. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for conceptual plans for redevelopment of 1215 Red River and 606 and 614 East 12th Streets per City Council direction. Presented by Margaret Shaw, Economic Development Department and Amanda Swor, Drenner Group, PC.]

UM, ITEM TWO, DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A RECOMMENDATION FOR CONCEPTUAL PLANS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF 1215 RED RIVER AND 6 0 6 AND SIX 14 EAST 12TH STREET PER CITY COUNCIL DIRECTION.

PRESENTED BY MARGARET SHAW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

AND AMANDA SWORE FROM THE GENERALER GROUP CHAIR.

I'LL BE RECUSING MYSELF ON THIS SIDE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

MY NAME IS MARGARET SHAW.

I'M A PROJECT MANAGER WITH THE CITY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, AND ONE OF MY PROJECTS IS THE HEALTH SOUTH PROJECT.

SO WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT.

WE ARE HERE AT COUNCIL'S DIRECTION AS PART OF OUR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

WE ARE PRESENTING, UM, WITH THE APPLICANT.

AND AMANDA SCHWAR WILL JOIN ME IN A MOMENT FROM DRER GROUP PRESENTING CONCEPTUAL PLANS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THREE PARCELS IN THE NORTHEAST QUADRANT OF DOWNTOWN.

WE ARE POSTED TONIGHT FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION BECAUSE WE WOULD WELCOME ANY FEEDBACK THE COUNCIL HAS, THE COMMISSION HAS AT THIS STAGE OF OUR PROCESS.

WE WILL BE BACK TO YOU EVENTUALLY, UM, FOR A FORMAL REVIEW UNDER THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

SO THANK YOU.

UM, WITH THAT, WE CAN GET STARTED ON THE PRESENTATION AGAIN, AS WE NOTED AS THEY'RE PULLING IT UP, THE THREE PARCELS, UM, TWO OF WHICH ARE OWNED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, 1215 RED RIVER, 6 0 6 EAST 12TH.

SO THAT'S THE FORMER HEALTH SOUTH HOSPITAL AND PARKING GARAGE.

NEXT SLIDE.

I WON'T READ THIS ON BACKGROUND, BUT I WANTED, UM, FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND AND THE MEMBERS FROM THE PUBLIC WHO MAY BE FOLLOWING ALONG THE CITY ACTUALLY PURCHASED THE CITY PROPERTIES, THE TWO CITY PROPERTIES ALL THE WAY GOING BACK TO THE 1950S AND SEVENTIES.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 1916 IS THE CITY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THE LEASEHOLD INTEREST THAT HILL SOUTH HAD BACK.

SO THE CITY GOT CONTROL AGAIN OF THIS SITE.

AND THEN WE, THE COUNCIL, SPENT A COUPLE YEARS FIGURING OUT WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO REGARDING REDEVELOPMENT FROM 17 TO 18.

UM, IN 18, THEY PASSED A RESOLUTION DIRECTING STAFF TO SEEK SOLICITATIONS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE, UM, FOCUSED ON A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE REDEVELOPMENT, FOCUSED ON SERVING PEOPLE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THOSE EARNING 50 TO 60% OF MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

UH, WE DID ISSUE THAT SOLICITATION AND MANAGED TO LAND IT CLOSE IT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC OPENING.

SO APRIL OF 2020, WE RECEIVED FOUR BIDS AND THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED, UM, CONTINUING NEGOTIATIONS WITH ASPEN HEIGHTS PARTNERS, WHICH WE HAVE CONTINUED TO DO, AND WE WERE, UM, HAVE SECURED JUST AS FORMAL PROCESS.

AN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITH ALL THAT MEANS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT THAT SAID, WE WILL ONLY NEGOTIATE WITH EACH OTHER IN GOOD FAITH, AND THEN WE'RE IN THE PROCESS.

NOW, COUNCIL HAS GIVEN US DIRECTION ON THE TERMS FOR WHICH A MASTER DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT, WHICH IS THE NITTY GRITTY OF DEVELOPMENT RULES ON THIS SITE.

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF FINALIZING THAT DOCUMENT, AND WE'LL BE BACK TO COUNCIL LATER.

UM, FOR ANYBODY WATCHING, UM, YOU CAN, THE PROJECT WEBSITE IS AVAILABLE

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THAT HAS, UH, ALL THE CHRONOLOGICAL DETAIL ON THAT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE PROJECT TEAM WE HAVE FROM THE CITY'S NEGOTIATING SIDE, WE HAVE HOUSING AND PLANNING.

UM, MANDY DE MAYO IS AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY FOR US TONIGHT FROM HOUSING AND PLANNING FINANCIAL SERVICES, REAL ESTATE DIVISION OF MERRICK ISADOR, AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY DURING THE Q AND A TO HELP US, THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

MY DEPUTY DIRECTOR, SUSANNA CARRA HALL, UM, IS ALSO AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY FOR QUESTIONS.

WE ALSO HAVE AN OUTSIDE COUNCIL AND FINANCIAL CONSULTANT AND ADVISOR.

THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM IS ASPEN HEIGHTS, UM, NHP FOUNDATION, CAPITAL A FOR THE AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT S TG DESIGN, SOLITUDES, STUDIO BALCONIES, AND DRER GROUP.

WE WERE PLEASED, UM, FROM THE CITY'S PERSPECTIVE TO SEE A FULLY LOCAL TEAM, AND WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM, UM, TONIGHT WITH US TO ANSWER, ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE.

I'LL TURN THIS OVER TO AMANDA.

GOOD EVENING, CHAIR COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME'S AMANDA SW WITH RENNER GROUP.

I'M EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL THIS EVENING.

THIS IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

UM, MOST OF THE TIME WHEN WE COME TO YOU, WE ARE COMING TO YOU WITH PRETTY COOKED PROJECTS.

WE ARE COMING TO YOU WITH PROJECTS THAT HAVE SITE PLANS IN THAT ARE READY TO GO FORWARD WITH A DENSITY BONUS.

UM, WE'RE EXCITED TO COME TO YOU EARLY IN THE PROCESS, LOOKING FOR FEEDBACK.

AS MARGARET SAID, UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE CITY FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND ARE REALLY EXCITED TO PRESENT TO YOU WHERE WE ARE WITH THE PROJECT AND ITS BEST AND FINAL OFFER.

SO, WITH THAT, I'LL START WITH WHERE OUR PROJECT IS LOCATED.

SO WE ARE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF 12TH AND RED R RED RIVER.

AS YOU SEE, WE ARE IN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS, UH, AREA, WHICH MEANS WE WILL BE COMING BACK SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE ONCE WE GET THE, THE DETAILS WORKED OUT WITH THE CITY.

AND WE HAVE A SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT IN FOR REVIEW.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I AM A VERY VISUAL PERSON.

SO PUTTING THE ADDRESSES THAT MARGARET MENTIONED ON PAPER, THE TWO SLIDES, THE TWO PROPERTIES THAT ARE IN GREEN ARE THE CITY OWNED HEALTH SOUTH PROPERTIES.

THE PROPERTY THAT'S IN YELLOW, WHICH IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE FAA PROPERTY, IS A SEPARATE PROPERTY THAT ASPEN HEIGHTS HAS UNDER CONTRACT AND WILL BE ROLLED INTO THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT, WHICH ALLOWS THE, UH, ALLOWS THE PROJECT TEAM TO ACTUALLY BUILD TWO TOWERS, UM, WHAT WE WILL CALL A NORTH TOWER AND A SOUTH TOWER.

UH, THAT NORTH TOWER IS, UH, FULLY LOCATED ON THE CITY LAND, WHICH IS ON THE, THE LONGER GREEN, UH, RECTANGLE.

AND THEN THE SOUTH, UH, SOUTH SOUTH TOWER THAT I'LL MENTION IS LOCATED ON BOTH THE CITY OWNED PROPERTY AND THE PROPERTY THAT ASPEN HEIGHTS WILL OWN.

WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS, AGAIN, SABINE STREET IS ON THE EAST.

WE HAVE 12TH STREET ON THE SOUTH.

ON THE WEST WE HAVE THE RECONFIGURED RED RIVER, AND THEN ON THE NORTH, UH, IS WHAT WE ARE HOPING WILL, UH, POTENTIALLY BE A 13TH STREET.

THAT'S A, A LOT TO COME IN IN THE FUTURE.

UH, BUT A PIECE THAT WE WANTED TO MENTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO IF YOU TAKE THE, THE COLORS OFF AND KIND OF PUT IN HERE WHAT IS A, AN AERIAL VIEW OF WHAT THE PROPERTY WILL LOOK AT, WE REALLY HAVE WORKED TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THE SITE CONSTRAINTS THAT I'LL TALK ABOUT, UH, INTO THE PROJECT.

SO WHERE YOU HAVE THE RED DASHED LINES THAT RUN ACROSS THE PROPERTY, THERE'S A CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR THAT RUNS STRAIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE SITE.

WHAT THE PROJECT TEAM REALLY DID WAS USE THAT AS AN INSPIRATION FOR THE PROJECT.

SO WHAT YOU SEE IS ACTUALLY AN OPEN AIR PLAZA THAT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THAT SITS RIGHT UNDER THE CAPITOL VIEW CORRIDOR ON THE SIXTH FLOOR.

I'LL SHOW IT TO YOU A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY, BUT WANTED TO REALLY PUT THAT, THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE.

AND THEN YOU ALSO SEE, UH, HOW THE FAA SITE AND THE HEALTH SITE HEALTH SOUTH GARAGE WORK TOGETHER.

SO NEXT SITE PLEASE.

THE, THE SITE AS, UH, MOST SITES ARE DID NOT COME, UH, PRETTY AND CLEAN.

THERE WERE DEFINITELY SOME CONSTRAINTS THAT THE DESIGN TEAM DID A REALLY AMAZING JOB, UH, PUTTING TOGETHER TO CREATE A PROJECT.

SO WE HAVE THE, UH, 12TH SEAT STREET CAPITAL VIEW.

OH, THAT'S SO GREAT AND BIG THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT LARGER.

UM, WE HAVE THE 12TH STREET CAPITAL V CORRIDOR AGAIN, UH, THAT I MENTIONED THAT COMPLETELY BISECT THE SITE.

WE HAVE THE CONNECTIVITY WHERE SABINE STREET AS IT EXISTS TODAY IS A PRETTY NARROW ROAD.

AND THEN THERE'S THE ALLEY THAT RUNS BETWEEN THE NORTH SITE AND THE SOUTH SITE TODAY.

THAT IS, UM, A PRETTY SUBSTANDARD ALLEY THAT DOESN'T ALLOW FOR LARGE TRUCKS TO, TO RUN THROUGH THE WEST STREET RE TO THE WEST, THE RED RIVER REALIGNMENT, RE UH, ESTABLISHING THE CITY GRID.

AND THEN THE NORTH, THE PROPOSED 13TH STREET.

THERE ARE SOME, UH, REALLY LARGE, UH, HERITAGE TREES ON THE SITE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO, UH, A PIECE OF THE PROPERTY THAT HAS THE CHILDCARE CENTER THAT I'LL TALK THROUGH, UH, IN A MINUTE.

AND THEN THE, THE UTILITIES AND THE DRAINAGE THAT EXIST ON THE SITE.

SO JUST WANTING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT

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THESE ARE PIECES THAT WE KNOW EXIST AND THAT HAVE BEEN, UM, WORKED INTO THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE PRETTY PICTURES ARE THE FUN PART.

SO THIS IS A VIEW LOOKING TO THE, FROM THE SOUTHEAST LOOKING TO THE NORTHWEST.

SO THE PICTURE THAT IS THE CLOSEST TO US IS WHAT WE CALL THE SOUTH TOWER THAT SITS ON THE FAA AND THE CITY OWNED SITE.

AND THE BUILDING TO THE NORTH IS, OR TO THE, UH, TO THE REAR OF THIS PICTURE OR TO THE RIGHT IS THE, THE NORTH TOWER.

BOTH OF THESE ARE RESIDENTIAL TOWERS, UH, THAT DO INCORPORATE PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED USES.

WHAT YOU CAN REALLY SEE IN THIS PICTURE IS WHERE THAT PLAZA, WHERE THE CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR IS, SITS BETWEEN THE TWO BUILDINGS.

SO WE, WHERE YOU HAVE THE, THE NORTH TOWER AND WHITE, THE TREES AND ALL OF THAT IS WHAT'S SITTING AT THAT, UH, THAT SIXTH LEVEL WHERE THE CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR IS.

AND YOU REALLY SEE HOW THESE ORIENT, UM, WITHOUT A BACK DOOR TO 'EM, GIVEN THAT THEY, THEY REALLY DO HAVE STREET FRONTAGE ON FOUR SIDES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THE MEAT AND POTATOES.

SO WHERE THE, THE BEST AND FINAL OFFER ENDED UP.

WE, WE DO HAVE THE TWO TOWERS, THE NORTH TOWER AND THE SOUTH TOWER.

AGAIN, BOTH ARE RESIDENTIAL TOWERS.

BOTH OF THEM ARE CURRENTLY PLANNED TO BE 37 STORIES, UM, WHICH IS RIGHT AROUND THAT 400 FOOT MARK.

THE BEST AND FINAL OFFER HAD A LOT OF COMMUNITY BENEFIT COMPONENTS IN IT THAT I'LL TALK THROUGH IN A MINUTE, BUT REALLY WANTED TO, UH, TALK THROUGH WHERE THEY LAND.

SO ON THAT NORTH TOWER, THERE IS A LIVE MUSIC AND ARTS VENUE THAT IS PLANNED TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE SITE ON THE SECOND FLOOR, ON THE WESTERN SITE OF THE, OF THE BUILDING REALLY TO, UM, TO POUR OUT TOWARDS RED RIVER.

THERE'S A FOOD HALL IN THE NORTH, UH, BUILDING AS WELL AS IS PUBLIC PARKING.

THE SOUTH BUILDING AGAIN HAS THE, THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS.

IT INCORPORATES THE CHILDCARE CENTER, THE GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, AND THE THE PUBLIC PARKING.

THE PLAZA THAT I'VE TALKED ABOUT IS ABOUT 30,000 SQUARE FEET PUBLIC PLAZA THAT SITS WITHIN THE CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR.

AND THEN THE, UH, THERE IS A CASH PAYMENT THAT IS INCORPORATED WITH THE GROUND LEASE AT THAT, UH, 12.2 MILLION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS, UH, MARGARET MENTIONED, WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT THE HOUSING COMPONENT OF THE PROJECT.

IT WAS A, A GOAL AND A PRIORITY OF THE CITY TO REALLY INCORPORATE AS MUCH ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS COULD BE, UM, INCLUDED.

AND SO THE, THAT HAS BEEN AND WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED BY BRINGING IN AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPER AS PART OF THE PROJECT.

THE NORTH TOWER WILL BE A MARKET RATE TOWER.

THE SOUTH TOWER WILL BE A MIXED INCOME TOWER.

UH, I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED, JUST FOR THE RECORD, IN CASE SOMEONE'S NOT LOOKING AT THIS, THE NORTH TOWER WILL HAVE 573 MARKET RATE UNITS.

THE SOUTH TOWER IS INCORPORATED, UH, INCORPORATING 348 UNITS.

OF THAT 116 WILL BE MARKET RATE AND 232 AFFORDABLE, UH, UNITS WILL BE IN THAT SOUTH TOWER.

SO 67% OF THE TOWER, BUT 25% OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL BE AFFORDABLE ONSITE FOR HOUSEHOLDS EARNING BETWEEN 50 AND 60% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

THAT IS 117 UNITS AT 50% MFI AND 115 UNITS AT 60% MFI.

THOSE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS ARE A PROPORTIONATE MIX, MEANING THEY ARE STUDIOS ONE, TWO, AND THREE BEDROOM ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

THE OTHER PIECE THAT'S PRETTY UNIQUE IS THAT THEY ARE AFFORDABLE FOR 99 YEARS FOR THE LEASE OF THE TERM, NOT JUST 40 YEARS, WHICH IS WHAT YOU OFTEN SEE IN THESE PROJECTS.

AND THE PROJECTS DO COME ONLINE AT THE SAME TIME.

SO IT'S NOT THAT THE NORTH TOWER CAN COME ON WITH MARKET AND THE, UH, AND THE AFFORDABLE UNITS NOT COME INTO PLAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, TALKING THROUGH A FEW OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT ASPECTS THAT THE ASPEN HEIGHTS TEAM AND THE CITY REALLY WORKED HARD TO NEGOTIATE AS PART OF THE BEST AND FINAL OFFER THAT COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AND IS, UH, IS CURRENTLY WORKING THROUGH THE NEXT STEPS.

THE FIRST IS THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THE SECOND IS A CHILDCARE CENTER.

THE PROJECT IS INCORPORATING AN ON-SITE CHILDCARE CENTER THAT IS, UM, THAT IS SERVING UP TO 75 CHILDREN.

UH, THE ASPEN HEIGHTS TEAM IS ALSO INCORPORATING THE TENANT IMPROVEMENTS FOR THAT ONSITE CHILDCARE CENTER.

WE DO HAVE PUBLIC ART AS PART OF THE, AS PART OF THE BEST AND FINAL OFFER.

THE SUSTAINABILITY IS ALSO AT A HIGHER LEVEL.

SO THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS REQUIRES A TWO STAR.

YOU GET THE BONUS WITH A THREE STAR.

THE COMMITMENT AT THIS TIME IS EITHER FOUR STAR GREEN BUILDER OR LEAD GOLD.

THERE IS AN ONSITE LIVE MUSIC VENUE WITHIN THE PROJECT, AS WELL AS A REQUIREMENT FOR 35,000 SQUARE FEET OF RETAIL WITH A PORTION OF THAT BEING AFFORDABLE RETAIL FOR LOCAL, UH, LOCAL TENANTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THE

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PROJECT ALSO REALLY LOOKED TOWARDS PLACE MA PLACE MAKING AND ACTIVATION.

WE'RE IN A REALLY UNIQUE LOCATION THAT REALLY NEEDS SOME LIFE BROUGHT INTO IT.

IT IS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT WITH THE, WITH THE PARK AND ALL OF THE PIECES.

THIS PROJECT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A CATALYST FOR, FOR WHAT'S THERE AND WHAT'S TO COME.

SO REALLY THE ACTIVATION OF RED RIVER TO CREATE THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN THE PROJECT AND TO ALL OF THE AMAZING DEVELOPMENT TO THE WEST OF RED RIVER WITH THOSE PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED USES AND STREET SCAPE IMPROVEMENTS, THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ALLEY, BOTH ON THE, UH, NORTH BETWEEN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH PROJECTS TO CREATE THAT, UH, PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE CONNECTIVITY, THE PUBLIC PLAZA, THAT I THINK IS ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS ABOUT THE PROJECT WITHIN THAT CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR, THE COMMERCIAL AND THE RETAIL SPACE.

AGAIN, CHILDCARE, LIVE MUSIC AND LOCAL BUSINESSES ALL WITHIN ONE PROJECT.

AND THEN, UM, FINALLY THAT THE PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

IT'S NOT JUST GONNA BE A PRIVATE PARKING GARAGE.

NEXT STEP, NEXT SLIDE.

PLEASE FEEL LIKE I'M TALKING FAST, BUT IT'S A LOT OF INFORMATION, SO FEEL FREE TO ASK ME QUESTIONS AT THE END.

UM, I KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT HERE YET FOR A DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES ARE A BIG FRAMEWORK.

SO WHILE A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU SEE THESE PRESENTATIONS WE GO THROUGH PIECE BY PIECE, YOU'LL GET THAT, THAT LATER WHEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE A DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS.

BUT WE DID AND HAVE BEEN KEEPING THOSE GUIDELINES IN MIND AS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING THROUGH THE PROJECT.

SO JUST KIND OF HITTING SOME OF THE, THE PIECES, YOU KNOW, THE, THE DENSITY, THE MIX OF USES, REALLY TYING TOGETHER THE AREA, WHICH I THINK IS A, A SUPER UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE STATE CAPITAL, THE UT MEDICAL CENTER, THE INNOVATION DISTRICT, WATERLOO GREENWAY PARK, UM, AND EXCUSE ME, THE, THE LOCATION OF THE PROPERTY, THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, AND REALLY THAT CELEBRATION OF THE CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR.

WE ARE, UH, MEETING GREAT STREETS AND THEN INCORPORATING THE ADDITIONAL ENERGY STAR STANDARDS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I'M GOING TO SKIP TO THE NEXT SLIDE CUZ I THINK THAT IT SHOWS IT BETTER.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS THE NORTH TOWER.

I'M A COLORS PERSON.

SO THE AREA THAT IS IN GREEN IS REALLY THE, THE PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED USES THAT, THAT WE'RE USED TO SEEING.

THE, UH, THE LEFT OF THIS SITE IS RED RIVER.

SO WHAT WE HAVE ALL OF THESE GREEN OR OR RETAIL RESTAURANT TYPE SPACES, THE STAIRWELL THAT'S IN THE NORTHEAST, OH, I GOT TOO CLOSE NORTHEAST CORNER OR THE TOP LEFT OF THIS IS, UM, AND JACK CAN TELL ME IF I, IF I BUTCHER THIS AS I TALK ABOUT IT, BUT THIS IS REALLY THE GATEWAY TO THAT PLAZA THAT I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

OFTENTIMES WHEN YOU HAVE A PUBLIC PLAZA OR SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO GO INTO A BUILDING, WIND AROUND TO FIGURE OUT A, A WAY TO GET UP TO AN AREA.

THIS WILL BE LIKELY SOME TYPE OF, UM, GLASS ELEVATOR, SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES WHERE PEOPLE FROM THE STREET WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE WAY TO GET TO THE UPPER LEVELS TO THE SIXTH FLOOR.

THE MUSIC VENUE IS ALSO ON THIS SIDE OF THE BUILDING ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

THAT ELEVATOR WILL ALSO BE THE MECHANISM FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO USE THE GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, GET TO THAT SECOND LEVEL WHERE THE MUSIC VENUE ISN'T ALSO UP TO THE SIXTH LEVEL WHERE THE PUBLIC PLAZA IS.

THAT'S, UM, THEY CAN TALK MORE THROUGH THAT.

THE RESIDENTIAL LOBBY HAS BEEN LOCATED IN THE, ON THE NORTHEAST OR THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PICTURE.

AND THEN THERE HAS TO BE A BACK OF HOUSE.

UM, EVEN THOUGH THIS SITE HAS ALL THE PIECES, THEY'VE INCORPORATED THE LARGER ALLEY TO BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY SERVE ALLEY USES ON AN ALLEY.

UM, CUZ AGAIN TODAY, THAT ALLEY IS VERY SUBSTANDARD.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS IS THAT SOUTH TOWER AGAIN WITH THE CITY OWNED PROPERTY ON THE, UH, RIGHT HALF OF THIS BLOCK AND THE FAA PROPERTY ON THE LEFT HALF OF THIS BLOCK.

WHAT YOU SEE IS THE TWO HERITAGE TREES THAT ARE ON THE SITE THAT ARE, UH, THAT ARE INDICATED WITH THE BLACK CIRCLES.

THE GRAY RIGHT AROUND THERE IS THE COURTYARD, WHICH IS GONNA BE THE OUTDOOR PLAY AREA FOR THE CHILDCARE CENTER.

SO REALLY TAKING WHAT COULD BE CONSIDERED A SITE CONSTRAINT AND REALLY CELEBRATING IT INTO THE PROJECT WITH THAT OUTDOOR AREA.

AND THEN THE CHILDCARE CENTER IS ON THAT, UH, WESTERN SIDE OF THIS BUILDING WITH THE RETAIL.

THEN AGAIN, WRAPPING AROUND THE CORNER OF 12TH AND SABINE IN AGAIN, A SMALLER, UH, LOBBY THAN YOU WOULD SEE IN MOST PROJECTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I LIKE THIS PICTURE.

I THINK IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND SHOWS EVERYTHING THAT IS TO BE CELEBRATED ABOUT THE SITE.

SO THIS IS A PICTURE LOOKING TO THE WEST OF WHAT THAT LOBBY WILL BE REALLY CREATING AND ENHANCING THAT CAPITAL VIEW CORRIDOR.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THE STAIRS THAT I DID A TERRIBLE JOB OF EXPLAINING BECAUSE THEY DID SUCH A GOOD JOB OF DESIGNING THEM WHERE YOU HAVE THE STAIR AND THE ELEVATOR THAT GETS YOU AGAIN TO THAT GROUND FLOOR, TO THE SECOND STORY MUSIC VENUE, AND THEN UP TO THE, TO THE PLAZA AREA.

I TALKED A LOT AND I TALKED FAST.

I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

MARGARET, I THINK THIS IS WHEN I FOLLOW, I I GIVE IT TO YOU.

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NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YEAH, A LOT TO COVER.

UH, AS WE SAID, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST, UM, IF THE COMMISSION IS SO WILLING, UM, TO GIVE US, UH, FEEDBACK, A RECOMMENDATION ON THIS AS PART OF OUR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND PROCESS.

UM, IT WILL COME BACK TO Y'ALL, AS AMANDA SAID, THROUGH A MORE FORMAL PROCESS LATER IN THE DESIGN STAGES.

UM, AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST, NEXT SLIDE.

THE NEXT STEPS, JUST TO PUT Y'ALL IN CONTEXT.

WE DO, WE ARE, YOU'RE THE FIRST OF OUR BOARD AND COMMISSION APPEARANCES.

WE'LL BE GOING THROUGH DOWNTOWN AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.

WE'LL ALSO BE DOING MORE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH SOME OF THE OTHER STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED.

AND THEN WE EXPECT TO BE BACK TO COUNCIL, UM, LATE SPRING, EARLY SUMMER WITH THE FINAL M D A FOR ACTION, UM, AT COUNCIL LEVEL.

SO WITH THAT, WE END OUR PRESENTATION AND WE HAVE FOLKS HERE, UM, TO ANSWER QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU HAVE THEM.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONERS.

DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO MOVE TO ACTION OR DISCUSSION? MOTION TO MOVE TO DISCUSSION.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER MINORS.

YEAH, I THINK THIS IS SUCH A THOUGHTFUL PROJECT AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I JUST HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS AND I WANT TO KEEP IT KIND OF BRIEF.

UM, I THINK YOU'VE DONE A REALLY GREAT JOB OF, UH, CREATING SOME STREET INTERACTION.

UM, BUT I AM CURIOUS ABOUT THE DECISION BEHIND, UH, THE NORTH TOWER, UM, WITH THE LOBBY, UM, ON THE, I THINK IT'S THE NORTHEAST QUADRANT, UM, ON SABINE.

UM, I JUST QUESTIONED KIND OF THE PLACEMENT OF THAT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, IF IT WAS DISCUSSED TO, UM, SWITCH THAT WITH THE RETAIL THAT'S IN, IN THE NORTH CENTRAL PORTION, UM, TO FURTHER ACTIVATE SABINE ON THAT BLOCK.

I CAN SAY THAT THAT'S A GREAT POINT AND I'M NOT 100% SURE OF THE ANSWER, BUT, UM, THIS IS NICK WITH ASPEN HEIGHTS AND I'M GONNA LET HIM TAKE A STAB AT THAT.

SURE.

UH, NICK ALAN ASPEN HEIGHTS PARTNER, I'M THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER ON THIS, UH, PROJECT.

UM, WE, WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, WITH THE POTENTIAL OF CREATING 13TH STREET, IT WOULD BE MUCH, A MUCH MORE RESIDENTIAL STREET KIND OF AWAY FROM THE ACTION OF WATERLOO AND RED RIVER.

AND SO WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S BETTER TO LOAD MORE THE ACTIVITY WITH THE RETAIL CLOSER TO THAT HARD CORNER OF 13TH AND RED RIVER, GET IT CLOSER TO ALL THE ENERGY ALONG WA IN WATERLOO PARK, AND THEN PLACE THE, UM, RESIDENTIAL LOBBY KIND OF BACK TOWARDS WHERE, LIKE THE QUIETER SECTION ON THAT, ON THAT MORE RESIDENTIAL STREET.

OKAY.

YEAH, I WOULD JUST, UH, BE CURIOUS TO HEAR WHAT, UH, MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS THINK ABOUT THAT.

UM, AND THEN THE OTHER QUESTION I HAD TOO, I SAW A REFERENCE TO PUBLIC ART, AND I DO SEE THAT THERE IS A PODIUM AND IT LOOKS TO HAVE SOME ARTICULATION THAT LOOKS ARTISTIC IN MY OPINION.

BUT I'M CURIOUS, IS THAT THE EXTENT OR WHAT, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE PUBLIC ART? THIS PROJECT WILL HAVE MULTIPLE PUBLIC, PUBLIC ART PIECES, IS THE REALITY BECAUSE OF THIS SPACE THAT IT HAS, THIS IS NOT, UH, MARGARET, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, THIS IS NOT A TRUE PARTICIPATION IN THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES.

IT IS PUBLIC ART.

SO IT IS, ASPEN HAS THE ABILITY TO COMMISSION LOCAL ARTISTS AND COME IN AND PUT AS MANY, AS MANY ART PIECES AS THEY WANT IN THERE.

THERE'S JUST A REQUIREMENT THAT THERE BE ART IN THE, IN THE PROJECT.

OKAY.

UM, YEAH, I MEAN, AGAIN, OPEN TO DISCUSSION, BUT, UM, I THINK THE PARKING PODIUM POTENTIALLY COULD BE AN GREAT POINT AREA TO DISPLAY IT.

YEAH, I, I THINK THAT'S A REALLY GREAT POINT.

I CAN ADD REAL QUICK.

SURE, PLEASE.

SO YEAH, WE, WE DEFINITELY CONSIDER THE PODIUM AS A POTENTIAL PLACE FOR ARTWORK ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE PODIUM AS WELL AS WITHIN THE PUBLIC PLAZA.

AND THEN ON THE, UM, THE STREET SCAPES AROUND THE ACTUAL SURROUNDING, UH, BUILDING AREAS.

COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, SINCE WE'RE ON THE DISCUSSION OF THE PLAZA ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, FIRST OF ALL, PROJECT LOOKS FABULOUS, REALLY EXCITING, BUT THIS IS MORE OF A CURIOSITY.

HAVING DONE A, A GREEN ROOF ON THE SIXTH FLOOR BEFORE, I LOVE THE WAY THE ACCESS IS VISIBLE AND KIND OF TRANSPARENT LOOKING VERY GLASSY.

BUT WHAT MAKES ME WANT TO GO UP THERE, UH, IS THERE GOING TO BE PROGRAMS? I MEAN, I, I FEEL LIKE I'M INVADING YOUR BUILDING JUST TO GO UP THE SIXTH FLOOR.

AND THEN WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ON THE SIXTH LEVEL THAT SUPPORTS LIKE, DAILY USE SO THAT THIS THING REMAINS, THE MORE ACTIVE IS, THE MORE SAFE IT IS, THE MORE YOUR INVESTMENT PAYS OFF, ET CETERA.

JUST WANNA KNOW MORE.

YEAH, IT'S MARGARET AGAIN.

I'M GONNA STEP IN FIRST NICK AND YOU CAN FOLLOW UP WITH ME.

THAT WAS THE PRIORITY OF THIS CITY.

AS WELL AS THAT THIS IS NOT A SPACE THAT'S EITHER JUST FOR RESIDENTS.

IN FACT, WE WERE ALSO ATTRACTED TO THAT DESIGN FEATURE.

IT IS GONNA BE PROGRAMMED, UM, AND IT IS GONNA BE WORKING WITH RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS THERE TO MAKE IT ACTIVE FOR, NOT JUST FOR THE RESIDENTS THERE AND THE BUSINESSES, BUT WE

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DO SEE THIS AS A PLACE THAT, FOR INSTANCE, PEOPLE FROM THE HOSPITAL, UM, OR OTHER FOLKS LIVING, UM, YOU KNOW, WORKING AND LIVING AT THE CAPITOL COULD COME BY FOR LUNCH, SIT, PLAY, HAVE A CONCERT AND OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, AND SPEAKING TO THE PUBLIC ART WE DO AT THIS STAGE OF NEGOTIATION, WE DO WANNA LEAVE FLEXIBILITY, UM, IN THE ACTUAL LEGAL DOCUMENT SO THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE AS THE MARKET CHANGES AND CHAR MOVES, WE WANNA BE ABLE TO ALLOW OUR PARTNERS TO HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY AND THE PROPERTY MANAGERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

BUT I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO NICK TO SEE IF HE CAN ADD ONTO THAT.

SURE.

UM, SO THERE IS A, UH, 18,000 SQUARE FOOT, UH, FOOD HALL ON THE PLAZA LEVEL.

AND WE ESTIMATE THAT'S PROBABLY GONNA BE AROUND 20 STALLS TOTAL IN OUR GOAL IS TO GET, UM, LOCAL, UH, FOOD VENDORS, UH, YOU KNOW, GROUPS THAT CHEFS OR, YOU KNOW, RESTAURATEURS THAT WANT TO KIND OF TRIAL, UH, CERTAIN CONCEPTS, UM, AS WELL, FOOD TRUCK CONCEPTS THAT WANT A, A BRICK AND MORTAR LOCATION, BUT DON'T WANT TO BE, UH, THE ONLY, UH, WANT MAYBE MORE OF A, YOU KNOW, A COMMUNAL FOOD HALL FEEL.

SO, UM, IT'LL BE, YOU KNOW, OUR INTENT IS TO PROGRAM, UM, THAT FOOD HALL TO BE, UH, YOU KNOW, AN ALL DAY OFFERING.

SO YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, COFFEE AND, AND, UH, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, GELATO, THAT, THAT KIND OF THING.

SO, UM, ALONG WITH, YOU KNOW, THE ABILITY TO HAVE, UM, EXHIBITIONS AND CONCERT SPACE, UM, A UH, A PLACE WHERE WE, WE HOPE THAT FAMILIES BRING THEIR CHILDREN, WE ALSO WANT THERE TO BE A, UH, ROBUST AND LOCAL F AND B PRESENCE AS WELL.

IS, IS THERE A SECONDARY ACCESS POINT OR IS IT ALL EXTERIOR? I MEAN, CAN I GO THROUGH THE BUILDING TO GET THE YOU CAN GO THROUGH THE BUILDING AS WELL.

YES.

YEAH.

SO, AND YEAH, IT'S GONNA BE OPEN LIKE EIGHT TO MIDNIGHT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? THAT'S CORRECT, YEAH.

OKAY.

AND THEN IF I DON'T, IF I'M NOT PAT PATRONIZING THE FOOD SERVICE, DO I HAVE ACCESS TO RESTROOMS? YES.

YES.

OKAY.

SO IT, THERE WILL BE, UM, ELEVATORS FROM THE PARKING GARAGE AS WELL.

MM-HMM.

.

SO IF YOU WANTED TO PARK, UH, YOUR CAR OR, UM, YOU WERE, YOU KNOW, USING THE PUBLIC PARKING FOR SOME OTHER USE WATERLOO PARK, UM, AND THEN YOU WANTED TO STOP AT, UM, THE PLAZA LEVEL ON YOUR WAY HOME AND, YOU KNOW, GRAB A MEAL OR, UH, WILL YOU BRING IT DOWNSTAIRS FOR ME? , UH, , I, YEAH, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, IT, THE GREAT THING IS THAT IT'S, IT, WE HOPE THAT, YOU KNOW, WITH THE, WITH THE, UM, MONUMENTAL STAIR IN THE GLASS ELEVATOR AT THAT, UM, NORTHWEST CORNER, THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE ALL, ALL THE ACTIVITY FROM WATERLOO OR COMING, YOU KNOW, SOUTH OR NORTH ALONG RED RIVER.

AND IT'LL GIVE YOU A GREAT VISUAL CUE TO INSPECT AND, AND, AND BE CURIOUS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT MIGHT BE UP THERE.

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WALKING UP THE, THE STAIR LAST QUESTION, IS THERE A CROSSWALK PLANNED FROM THE PARK TO YOUR PUBLIC SPACE, TO YOUR PLAZA SPACE? THERE IS NOT AT THE MOMENT.

UM, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE CONTEMPLATED, BUT RIGHT NOW THERE IS NOT.

OKAY.

I, FOR MAY, I THINK FOR, I THINK THAT WOULD BE, WE'RE, WE'RE GONNA BE DEPENDENT ON VOLUME, I THINK TO SUPPORT AN 18,000 SQUARE FOOT.

ANYWAY, THOSE ARE THOUGHTS.

I'D LOVE THE PROJECT.

I THINK IT'S A, IF ANYTHING, I'M JUST INTRIGUED TO THE DETAILS ACROSS RIVER FROM WATERLOO TO THE OKAY.

YEAH, I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY.

YOU'RE MEANING FROM WATERLOO PARK OVER RED RIVER, SO I DON'T HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY THE CORNER TO COME BACK TO.

I'M IN WATERLOO, I CAN SEE THAT GLASS TOWER AND ACCESS POINT.

I'M ON.

I WANT TO GO, I'M GONNA JAYWALK.

I'M NOT GONNA GO TO THE CORNER.

, THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

WE WILL CERTAINLY BRING THAT UP IN DISCUSSIONS WITH TRANSPORTATION.

THERE'S NO PLAN THAT WE KNOW OF OTHER THAN THE LEGAL WALKING TO THE CORNER, AND WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN OUR PEDESTRIAN, UM, SAFETY PROGRAMS, UH, FOR, FOR MY ATD COLLEAGUES THAT ARE WATCHING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GROW ACROSS.

BUT WE DO SEE, AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS PLAZA, AND I THINK I HEAR THAT IN YOUR QUESTIONS TOO, BECAUSE WE DO THINK THIS NORTHEAST QUADRANT OF DOWNTOWN DESPERATELY NEEDS THIS KIND OF SERVICE, BOTH RETAIL, UM, FOR ME, THE LIVE MUSIC VENUE TOO, AND HOW THEY'VE THOUGHT ABOUT PROGRAMMING THAT AND MANAGING THAT TO SERVE AND CONNECT WITH BOTH THE EAST AUSTIN, RIGHT, RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE HISTORIC 11TH STREET, UM, THE MUSIC SCENE OVER THERE AND CONNECTING.

AND WE HAVE ASPIRATIONS ABOUT THE CUT AND CAP PROJECT AS WELL THAT COULD, THIS, THIS LOCATION WILL BE A MAJOR FEEDER OF THAT CUT AND CAP CONNECTION AS WELL.

BUT THANK YOU, THAT'S EXACTLY THE KIND OF FEEDBACK WE'RE LOOKING FOR TONIGHT.

SO WE'LL RAISE THAT LAST, LAST PROJECT.

ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO PUTTING LARGE SHADE TREES ON THIS ELEVATED PLAZA.

SO SHADE WILL OBVIOUSLY BE A MAJOR DESIGN COMPONENT

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OF THE PLAZA FOR, YOU KNOW, USABILITY AND COMFORT REASONS.

UM, WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO THAT POINT IN DESIGN YET.

UM, A CENTRAL POINT IN DESIGN.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER WATLEY.

YEAH, HI, ATTIC.

SOME QUESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO YOUR PARKING STRATEGY AND WAS INTERESTED, HOW MUCH IS BELOW GRADE, UH, PARKING AND HOW MUCH IS ABOVE GRADE? AND THEN JUST THE AMOUNT OF PARKING IN GENERAL.

I'M, I'D SAY I'M A PROPONENT OF MINIMAL PARKING.

I COULD SEE A VALID STRATEGY TO, YOU KNOW, ALMOST OFFER A DISTRICT PARKING DEPENDING ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT OTHER, UH, PROPERTIES IN THE AREA ARE, ARE OFFERING SO THAT OTHER DEVELOPMENTS WOULD FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE GOING WITH MINIMAL OR NO PARKING.

SO JUST LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT THAT.

SURE.

SO, UH, WITH THE NORTH TOWER, WE HAVE, UH, THREE LEVELS OF BELOW GRADE PARKING, AND WE HAVE, UH, FIVE LEVELS OF ABOVE GRADE PARKING, I'M SORRY, FOUR LEVELS OF ABOVE, ABOVE GRADE PARKING.

UM, WITH THE SOUTH TOWER, WE HAVE NINE LEVELS OF PARKING ALL ABOVE GRADE.

UM, AND IT'S, UH, THE INTENT IS TO PARK, UH, THE UNITS AND THE RETAIL TO MARKET.

AND I THINK WE HAVE ABOUT, IS IT 250 PUBLIC SPACES, UM, THAT WE INTEND TO, UH, OFFER, UM, FOR, YOU KNOW, DAILY AND, AND, AND CONTRACT PARKING ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT YOU MIGHT MENTION THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO GUYS.

SO YEAH, SO AT THE PUBLIC, UH, PLAZA LEVEL, WE HAVE A, UH, PEDESTRIAN CONNECTION THAT ACTUALLY GOES OVER THE ALLEY TO THE SOUTH, INTO THE GARAGE AND CONNECTS DIRECTLY UP WITH THE ELEVATORS IN THE, UH, SOUTH TOWER GARAGE.

SO REALLY, YOU KNOW, THE HOPE IS THAT THESE GARAGES CAN BE DYNAMICALLY USED AND, YOU KNOW, WHENEVER THERE'S, UH, INVERSE USES SUCH AS, UH, YOU KNOW, IF THERE'S SPACES AVAILABLE ON THE DAY, THEN WE CAN, YOU KNOW, HAVE THEM, UH, FOR OTHER USES IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

UM, BUT THAT ONE TOWER IS NOT COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON WITHIN THEIR OWN PARKING, THEY CAN SHARE IN, IN THE PARKING POOL MARKER.

UM, I'D JUST LIKE TO ADD TO THAT TOO.

UM, A CRITICAL ELEMENT OF THIS PROJECT, UH, I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER ALMOST 30 YEARS NOW, IS THE FINANCING STRUCTURE.

SO I DO WANNA, UM, BEHOOVE EVERYBODY UNDERSTAND PART OF THE WAY THEY ARE DELIVERING A VERY ROBUST COMMUNITY PACKAGE, BOTH IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND DISCOUNTED SPACES FOR BOTH THE LIVE MUSIC VENUES, SOME OF THE RETAIL IS BECAUSE OF THE MARKET RATE COMPONENTS OF PARKING.

SO I, I JUST WANNA, I FEEL IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO CALL OUT THE FACT THAT PARKING IS NOT JUST A DESIGN ELEMENT, IT'S ALSO A FINANCIAL ELEMENT TO MAKE ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT USES WORK TOGETHER.

UM, AND SO I JUST WANTED TO CALL THAT OUT TOO, THAT PUBLIC PARKING IS IMPORTANT FOR ALSO THE FINANCIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PIECES, AND THEY'VE COMMITTED TO LONG-TERM REDUCED RENTS FOR COMMERCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE LIFE OF THE LEASE, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US AS A CITY COMMISSIONER LUKINS.

IT'S A GREAT PROJECT HOBBY, YOU KNOW, BUT, UH, SINCE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PARKING, UH, HOW MANY OF, HOW MUCH OF THIS PARKING DO YOU EXPECT TO HAVE, UH, TO BE EV READY AND HOW MUCH DO YOU EXPECT TO HAVE TO ACTUALLY BE EV CHARGING? UM, EV CHARGING STATIONS ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY IMPORTANT TODAY AND ARE GONNA BE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT GOING INTO THE FUTURE.

UM, WE'VE NOT DESIGNATED A NUMBER OF SPACES YET, BUT THEY ARE VERY, UM, THEY'RE, THEY ARE GOING TO BE PART OF THE PROGRAM.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THOSE, WE DON'T HAVE THOSE, THOSE PERCENTAGE OF SPACES AT THIS TIME IN THE DESIGN.

WE WILL HAVE THAT BY THE TIME WE COME BACK FOR FULL DENSITY BONUS.

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I HAVE ONE COMMISSIONER, TANA GUCCI.

YEAH, I, I LOVE THIS CONCEPT, UM, AND I LOVE THAT PUBLIC PLAZA, BUT WHEN I FIRST SAW IT, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND GONNA BE A GROUND LEVEL AND IT IS A ROOFTOP, LIKE A GREEN ROOF PLAZA.

SO I'M WONDERING WHAT'S THAT EXPERIENCE GONNA BE LIKE ALONG THE EDGE OF THAT, UH, WHERE, YOU KNOW, YOU KIND OF LIKE WALK TO THE EDGE AND IT DROPS OFF LIKE SIX STORIES.

LET US, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

LET US PULL UP THE IMAGERY TO TALK THROUGH IT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

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SURE.

OR THE GET YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE.

SO WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT, ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE SITE, THE, THE PLAN, THE, THE CONCEPTUAL SITE PLAN? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO? I'M ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THIS RENDERING HERE, WHAT HAPPENS AT THE EDGE RIGHT THERE WHERE IT KIND OF JUST DROPS OFF FROM THE PLAZA.

SO THE PLAZA'S GONNA BE VERY LUSHLY LANDSCAPED.

UM, IT'LL HAVE, UH, SEVERAL DIFFERENT SEATING AREAS.

IT'LL HAVE A, AN AREA FOR, UH, CHILD PLAY.

UM, WE'RE EVEN HAVING A, UM, UH, SOME SORT OF AN AQUATIC FEATURE ON THE PLAZA AS WELL ALONG THE EDGES.

UH, IT'S, THE CONCEPT IS TO HAVE, UH, GLASS RAILING, UM, PROBABLY BEHIND A PLANTER, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE, UH, THE EAST AND SOUTH SIDES, ALONG THE WEST SIDE, WHERE YOU CAN GET THE GREAT VIEWS OF THE, UH, CAPITOL BUILDING.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE THIS KIND OF, UM, IT'S NOT A, IT'S NOT A PODIUM, BUT IT'S A, IT'S A, UM, A HIGHLIGHTED KIND OF, UM, MINIATURE PLAZA SPACE THAT WE HOPE TO HAVE PERFORMANCES, UM, SMALL SCALE PERFORMANCES THERE, BUT REALLY WHERE YOU CAN, YOU, IT ACTUALLY KIND OF BULBS OUT A LITTLE BIT FROM THE BUILDING EDGE.

AND SO YOU'RE ABLE TO GET THESE SWEEPING VIEWS OF WATERLOO PARK AND THEN THE CAPITAL.

AND OF COURSE, UH, THE HILL IS BEYOND.

UM, BUT THAT'S THE EDGE THAT WE HOPE IS CONNECTING YOU TO THE GREATER ENERGY OF THE, OF THE DISTRICT, ESPECIALLY WITH WATERLOO AND, AND RED RIVER.

OKAY.

SO IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT SOMEBODY COULD JUST WALK RIGHT UP TO THE EDGE AND KIND OF LEAN OVER AND LOOK OVER AND SEE A, SEE THAT DROP OR SEE THAT ALLEY BLOW? NO, WE WE'RE GONNA HAVE A, UH, A GLASS RAIL THAT'LL BE TALL ENOUGH IN ORDER TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING.

BUT YOU COULD WALK UP TO THE RAIL AND STILL LOOK DOWN THE LEVEL RIGHT THROUGH THE GLASS? YES.

OR OVER THE GLASS OR OVER THE RAIL.

YEAH.

NO, IT'S, IT'S, YEAH, IT'S GONNA BE TALL ENOUGH THAT THAT WON'T BE A POSSIBILITY.

OKAY.

THAT'S GONNA BE AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR SURE.

BUT I APPRECIATE IT.

I, I, I LOVE THE PROJECT.

YEAH.

I HOPE IT, THE CONCEPT, LIKE I SAID, BUT I JUST KIND OF LIKE SITTING ON A PLAZA THAT LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE GROUND LEVEL, AND THEN YOU WALK OVER THE EDGE AND IT DROPS OFF LIKE SIX STORIES.

IT'S, IT'S JUST KIND OF LIKE, UH, YEAH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU COMMISSIONER FOR THAT.

I WILL SAY FROM THE, UM, CITY REVIEWER'S PERSPECTIVE TOO, WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THAT, UM, HIGHER PLAZA, IT'S A VIEW THAT NOT EVERYBODY IN THE PUBLIC GETS TO SEE.

SO A LOT OF WHAT YOU'RE SEEING FROM THERE IS EITHER A PRIVATE, USE A PRIVATE RESTAURANT, OR YOU'RE GOING, THERE'S, SO THERE IS THE ELEMENT OF THAT PLAZA IS TO BE ABLE TO GIVE ANYBODY VISITOR, TOURIST, RESIDENT, UM, THE ABILITY TO LOOK OVER THAT CAPITAL AND WATERLOO PARK, AS NICK WAS SAYING.

SO THAT IS A REAL, UM, IT WAS AN EXCITING ELEMENT FROM THE CITY STAFF'S PERSPECTIVE TO GIVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO EVERYBODY DO ANY ONLINE COMMISSIONERS WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE A PURCHASE.

SORRY, I'LL JUST ADD THAT.

.

THANK YOU.

DO ANY ONLINE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY MORE COMMENTS? COMMISSIONER ROLLISON? I JUST WANTED TO SAY I'M REALLY EXCITED, UM, CAN SEE ALL THE HARD WORK THAT THAT HAS TAKEN TO GET TO THIS POINT, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM WHEN YOU COME BACK, UH, FOR THE FORMAL PROCESS, UH, MAKE A RECOMMENDATION, UH, SORRY, NOT, NOT FOR RECOMMENDATION, BUT, UH, A RECOMMENDATION FOR WHAT TO BRING AN ILLUSTRATIVE SITE PLAN THAT SHOWS THE LANDSCAPING AND THE GROUND BOOK PROGRAM AT THE SAME TIME.

THAT'S WELL LABELED.

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S A PART THAT WE WILL, WE DIDN'T WANT TO SHOW ANYTHING THAT WE KNEW COULD CHANGE TO MAJORLY SINCE THAT WE'RE AT THAT PROCESS, BUT GREAT SUGGESTION AND ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING THAT WE'LL INCLUDE WITH THE OVERALL DENSITY BONUS APPLICATION.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER MINORS.

SORRY, I JUST WANTED TO LOOK AT THIS PROJECT IN CONTEXT TO SEE, UM, WHAT'S ON SABINE STREET.

UM, AND IS IT ACCURATE THAT THE, UM, NEIGHBOR, UH, THE CURRENT NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET OF THAT NORTH TOWER IS THE AUSTIN SOBERING

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CENTER? DO YOU KNOW IT? IT IS THE TRAVIS COUNTY CITY'S SOBRIETY CENTER.

SOBRIETY CENTER.

OKAY.

YES.

UM, AND, AND THAT ACTIVITY AND USE WILL CONTINUE.

OKAY.

THAT USE WILL CONTINUE.

OKAY.

AND THAT WOULD BE DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHAT WOULD BE THE RESIDENTIAL LOBBY FOR THAT TOWER? CORRECT.

OKAY.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

I WOULD QUESTION THE COMPATIBILITY OF THAT.

UM, AND MAYBE POTENTIALLY, AGAIN, GOING BACK TO MY KIND OF RETAIL VERSUS, UH, LOBBY, MAYBE SHIFTING THOSE TO SEE IF THERE'S MORE COMPATIBILITY.

I WOULD JUST CONSIDER EXPLORING THAT.

WE WILL CONSIDER IT AND LOOK AT IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, I HAVE A FEW COMMENTS AS WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INTEGRATED APPROACH.

I CAN SEE THE PROGRAMMING IS A REALLY KEY PART OF THIS PROJECT.

UM, SO WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT CARS A LOT, AND I THINK THE CONVERSATION OF AFFORDABILITY OF VEHICLES IS A PART OF THAT AS WELL.

UM, SO SOMEONE WHO'S MAKING 50%, 60% AMI VEHICLE OWNERSHIP WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THEIR SALARY.

UM, SO BY POTENTIALLY ADDING MORE PROGRAMMING THAT WOULD SUPPORT A CAR-FREE LIFESTYLE, YOU'D BE REALLY ENHANCING THOSE RESIDENTS, UM, LIVES AND POTENTIALLY MAKING MORE MONEY OFF OF RENTING THOSE SPACES AS WELL.

SO ADDING LIKE A BODEGA OR SOME TYPE OF GROCERY, REALLY SUPPORTING THAT 15 MINUTE WALKING CITY.

UM, WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE EXCITED TO LIVE ON THE WEST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN WITH AJAC, SEATED TRADER JOE'S AND WHOLE FOODS, BUT THERE'S NO REAL GROCERY OPTIONS FOR CENTER, UM, BOSTONIAN FOLKS OR EAST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN.

UM, IS, HAS THAT BEEN PART OF THE PROGRAMMING CONVERSATION? SO THE RETAIL SPACES WILL BE LEASED, UM, PRI FOR THE MOST PART AT MARKET.

UM, WE'RE, WE'RE PRETTY FAR, UH, PRETTY FAR AWAY FROM HAVING TO REALLY LAUNCH OUR, UH, LEASING PROGRAM SEARCH THE RETAILER SEARCH.

BUT I PERSONALLY, I, I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH YOU, A, A BODEGA, UM, AT THIS LOCATION, UM, WITH THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENTS THAT ARE GONNA BE IN THIS AREA WITH OUR PROJECT, AND THEN OTHERS AROUND OUR PROJECT, UM, WITH THE UNIVERSITY BEING SO CLOSE AND THEN WATERLOO PARK BEING RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET, I THINK, UM, IT'S DEFINITELY INTRIGUING.

AND THEN I WOULD AGREE THAT, UM, IT WOULD BE A, A GREAT AMENITY TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

WELL, YOU HAVE SO MANY COMPLETE OPTIONS FOR, UH, FAMILIES SEEKING TO LIVE DOWNTOWN, AND I THINK THAT'S JUST ONE LITTLE GAP.

UM, I WOULD JUST ADD 100% AGREE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE.

THE REALLY AWESOME THING ABOUT THIS PROPERTY IS IT HAS SO MANY FRONTAGES, SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT EASILY COULD SLIDE IN THERE.

IT'S NOT WHERE WE'RE, WE, WERE, WE'RE SAYING, OH, IT JUST COULDN'T FIT.

LIKE, THERE'S ACTUALLY OPTIONS WHERE IT MAKES SENSE.

AND WITH THE FOOD HALL, THAT'S A COMPLIMENTARY USE TO IT, SO IT'S A GREAT POINT TAKEN.

AWESOME.

UM, AND THEN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT ON DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, UM, AND WITH THE SAFER SIXTH STREET INITIATIVE WAS REALLY ACTIVATING THE PUBLIC SPACES WHILE THEY'RE NOT BEING USED BY BARS.

UM, SO THERE'S SOME RECOMMENDATIONS.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT, WHERE THAT PROCESS IS, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS RECOMMENDED WAS KIND OF PROGRAMMING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T GO INTO BARS BUT WANTED TO HANG OUT.

SO IF THERE'S LIKE A CONCERT IN THE PARK, ARE THERE OUTLETS WHERE KIND OF, UM, YOUNGER PEOPLE COULD DO A LITTLE SHOW FOR LIKE FIVE PEOPLE OR 10 PEOPLE.

WE HAVE THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, AND THEN WE DON'T REALLY HAVE ACTIVATE OUR PARKS TO, UM, WITH REALLY SMALL THINGS LIKE OUTLETS OR WATER TAPS, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT WOULD HELP THAT ALONG.

THAT'S DEFINITELY GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF OPEN SPACE AND INITIATIVE THAT WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK TO ON HOW WE CAN INCORPORATE IT INTO THIS PROJECT.

AND THEN YOU'RE 100% RIGHT THAT, YOU KNOW, THE THINGS THAT WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME, RIGHT? THE PLACE TO PLUG IN A PHONE, IN A WATER BOTTLE STATION THAT REALLY MAKE IT SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE THOSE ACTIVATIONS THAT ARE BOTH ORGANIC AND INORGANIC.

AND I'LL JUST ADD THAT WITH THE, UH, MUSIC VENUE.

UM, OUR VISION FOR THE MUSIC VENUE IS TO PRIMARILY BE ABOUT LIVE MUSIC FOCUSED ON, UH, LOCAL ARTISTS.

UM, BUT IN, UH, BUT AS A COMPLIMENTARY USE, WE ALSO VIEW THAT AS BEING A EXHIBITION SPACE OR A SPACE FOR, YOU KNOW, POP-UP ART SHOWS, UH, LOCAL ART SHOWS, AND THEN BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE THAT PROGRAMMING, UM, CAPABILITY TO MOVE THE PROGRAMMING, UH, UP TO THE PLAZA LEVEL AND INCORPORATE THAT SPACE.

AND THEN ALSO POSSIBLY, UH, SPILLING OUT ONTO THE STREET BELOW ON RED RIVER.

RIGHT.

AND THOSE ARE REALLY ALL DIFFERENT SCALES, RIGHT? LIKE WHAT IT COSTS TO OPEN A VENUE IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM LIKE THE KID WHO WOULD PLAY IN THE DRAG, YOU KNOW, IN THE PAST, YOU KNOW, AND STILL KEEPING THOSE OPTIONS,

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UH, AS ENGAGEMENT OPTIONS, I THINK IS EXCITING.

AND I, I SEE THAT IN YOUR, UM, SITE PLAN SKETCH.

UH, ONE THING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINE UPDATES, WHICH IS NOT CURRENTLY DRAFTED, WE'VE ADDED A CATEGORY CALLED URBAN FABRIC.

UM, AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE, A FEW THINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THERE, UM, IS REALLY PLACEMAKING.

UM, AND I SEE THAT YOU GUYS ARE, ARE WORKING ON THAT AND WORKING WITH LOCAL ARTISTS, BUT ADAPTIVE, UM, USE SO THAT AS SEASONS CHANGE, UM, MAYBE THERE'S A SHADE CANOPY THAT CAN BE INSTALLED IN THE WINTER, IN THE SUMMER THAT CAN TURN INTO A COVERED PROTECTED SPACE IN THE WINTER THAT PEOPLE CAN STILL GATHER.

I, I DON'T WANNA BE PRESCRIPTIVE IN IT, BUT THINKING ABOUT HOW THE, THE OPEN SPACE CAN REALLY BE ENGAGING FOR DIFFERENT CONDITIONS SO THAT IT'S SOMEPLACE PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO GATHER THAT.

THAT'S DEFINITELY OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS A, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL SEASON, ALL TIME OF DAY, ALL, YOU KNOW, STAGE OF YOUR LIFE, WHETHER YOU'RE, UH, YOUNG AND SINGLE WITH BOTH FAMILIES.

UM, WE WANNA MAKE IT AS COMFORTABLE FOR ALL, UH, ALL CITIZENS AND ALL VISITORS AND, UM, CERTAINLY THE, THE, THE PLAZA DESIGN AND THE, UM, LIKE THE GERMAN ALREADY MENTIONED THAT THE ABILITY TO TO PLACE SHADE TREES UP THERE ARE SOME SORT OF SHADE AND, UM, HAVE IT BE, YOU KNOW, UH, THE ABILITY TO, TO ENJOY AT ALL TIMES IS DEFINITELY OUR GOAL.

GREAT.

AND I WOULD JUST ADD FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN VERY EXCITED IN THROUGHOUT OUR CONVERSATIONS IS THIS IS OF EXTREMELY UNIQUE PROPERTY.

SINGLE MOM WHO WORKS AT THE HOSPITAL AND AID, UM, CAN BE HERE AND WALK TO WORK.

SO SPEAKING TO YOUR PARKING ISSUE, SHE CAN ALSO HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY A PLAY SCAPE, UM, A CHILDCARE CENTER ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

UM, WE ALSO SEE IT AS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE AT THE HOSPITAL AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE COMING OUT OF A PANDEMIC WHERE THERE ARE SO MUCH STRESS, UM, FOR THE, BOTH THE EMPLOYEES AND THE PEOPLE FACING, YOU KNOW, GRAVE CHALLENGES JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY, THAT THIS PLAZA CAN BE A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN FIND RESPITE A MEAL, UM, MEET WITH SOMEONE AND BE OUT OF THAT AREA.

AND IT ALSO MAY BE SOMETHING WHERE SOMEBODY CAN DRIVE IN PARK, YOU GO TO WATERLOO, GO TO THE CAPITOL, SPILL OVER, UM, ON THEIR FAMILY VACATION.

SO WE CAN, WE'VE SEEN IN TALKS WITH ASPEN HEIGHTS ABOUT JUST REALLY ALMOST ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES OF THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES THAT CAN BE SERVED.

AND, AND ALL OF OUR CONVERSATIONS, THEY'VE HEARD THAT AND RECOGNIZE THAT, UM, BECAUSE AGAIN, IT GOES BACK TO THE PROFORMA AND THE FINANCIALS.

IT'S IN EVERYBODY'S INTEREST TO HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE THERE AS MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AS WE CAN GET THEM, BOTH RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

UM, THIS IS DEFINITELY A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU GUYS HAVE ALL PUT IN INTO CREATING SOMETHING HIGHER OR BETTER.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO WANT TO MOVE? YEAH, CHAIR, CHAIR.

I HAVE ONE COMMENT.

UH, A COMMENT TO YOUR COMMENT IS IT ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO, WE ACTUALLY SAW A PROJECT THAT WAS ON THAT SITE ON THE EAST SIDE OF 35, WHERE THE SAFEWAY USED TO BE.

AND IT WAS A PRETTY LARGE HOUSING COMPLEX.

I DON'T THINK IT EVER, UH, UH, DEVELOPED, BUT THEY INTRODUCED THE GROCERY STORE OR BODEGA THERE AS PART OF THEIR PROJECT, AND WE DIDN'T ASK THEM TO DO THAT.

WE THOUGHT THAT WAS AN EXCELLENT IDEA.

IT IS KIND OF LIKE WHAT YOU BRING UP, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE CARS.

THE CLOSEST GROCERY STORE APPARENTLY IS THE, UH, ONE ON H HEB ON SEVENTH AND PLEASANT VALLEY.

AND I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE, UH, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION LIKE IS LIKE THERE, BUT THAT, I THINK THAT'S A GREAT, THAT'S A GREAT, UH, OPPORTUNITY.

AND THE, THE GROCERY STORE WAS ALSO GONNA FOCUS ON KIND OF THAT, THAT INCOME LEVEL TO WHERE IT'S NOT GONNA BE LIKE A SEVEN-ELEVEN KIND OF A RIPOFF KIND OF A THING.

IT WAS GONNA ACTUALLY, UH, OFFER, UH, SPARE PRICES AND WHATEVER IT WAS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP BECAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MANY HOUSING UNITS.

THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE ANY, YES.

COMMISSIONER SALINAS? UM, THIS IS GREAT.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT MEET'S A MUCH NEEDED DEMAND.

WE, WE HAVE FOR AFFORDABILITY, BOTH ON THE COMMERCIAL SIDE AND RESIDENTIAL SIDE.

UM, I REALLY LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE WITH THIS PLAZA.

UM, A QUESTION I HAVE ON THE SOUTH TOWER, AND THOSE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL, THOSE PLAZAS THAT I SEE IN THE SITE PLAN.

SO THE, THE SOUTH TOWER IS, IS AMENITIES FOR THE RES FOR THE RESIDENCE ONSITE.

OKAY.

THE, THE NORTH TOWER CONTAINS THE 30,000 SQUARE FOOT PUBLIC PLAZA OPEN TO EVERYONE DURING, YOU KNOW, NORMAL PARK HOURS.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S, THE SOUTH TOWER HAS THE AFFORDABLE

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UNITS IN IT.

THAT'S CORRECT, YES.

IS THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THE HEIGHT OF THAT HOTEL? HOTEL? UM, THERE, THERE ARE, UH, AS, AS I, AS FAR AS I UNDERSTAND, THERE'S ACTIVE BUILDING PERMITS ON IT, AND THEY'RE, UM, I THINK THEY'RE LIMITED TO A 15 TO ONE F A R AT THE, AT THE MOMENT.

UM, BUT I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD WHAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE.

WE CAN CERTAINLY LOOK INTO THAT AND GET BACK TO YOU IF YOU'D LIKE.

YEAH, I WAS JUST CURIOUS ABOUT THE VIEWS OF THAT TOWER AND YES.

AND WE'VE, WE'VE ACTUALLY, UM, DESIGNED THAT SOUTH TOWER AS A POINT TOWER BASICALLY PULLING THE, UM, THE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM, UH, COMPONENT OF THAT TOWER BACK SO THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE PRESERVE, YOU KNOW, VIEWS AND LIGHT IN THE EVENT THAT THERE'S, UH, ADJACENT DEVELOPMENT.

OKAY.

YEAH, THAT'S MY QUESTION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'VE SPENT AN HOUR ON ONE PROJECT, .

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMISSIONERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TOWARD A POSSIBLE ACTION? I WILL.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE COMMISSIONER COLEMAN.

WE HAVE A SECOND FROM ROLLON.

OKAY.

OKAY.

JESSICA, DO YOU WANNA MAKE THE MOTION? NO, I'M HAPPY TO SECOND IT.

OKAY.

? YES, MAKE THE MOTION, THE MOTION THAT THIS PROJECT DOES SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLY WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

OKAY.

UH, LET'S TAKE IT TO A VOTE.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND MADAM CHAIR, IF I MAY? YES.

I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER RSON GAVE YOU A SECOND ON THAT.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, ALRIGHT, LET'S TAKE A VOTE.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A UNANIMOUS LETTER WITH SUPPORT COMING YOUR WAY.

WE'LL GET THAT TO YOU IN THE NEXT WEEK.

THANK Y'ALL VERY MUCH.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK.

THANK YOU, YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TONIGHT.

MADAM CHAIR FOR THE RECORD.

COMMISSIONER CAROL, DEPUTY HUGHES FROM THAT VOTE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR.

OKAY.

ITEM THREE.

WE WILL FINISH THIS IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.

DISCUSSION, DISCRETION, AND

[3. Discussion and possible action to determine whether the project 410 East 5th Street, located at 410 East 5th Street, complies with the Urban Design Guidelines for the City of Austin in accordance with Land Development Code § 25-2-586 (C)(1)(a)(ii). Presented by Leah Bojo, Drenner Group, PC.]

POSSIBLE ACTION TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE PROJECT 4 4 10 EAST FIFTH STREET, LOCATED AT 14 EAST FIFTH STREET, COMPLIES WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, PRESENTED BY LEAH BOJO FROM THE DRER GROUP.

HELLO COMMISSIONERS.

I'M LEAH BOJO WITH JOINER GROUP HERE ON BEHALF OF THE APPLICANT, WILSON CAPITAL.

I'M JOINED BY OUR TEAM, UM, THE ARCHITECTS, UM, BRAD WILKINS AND SHEK FROM HKS.

WE HAVE NUDGE LANDSCAPE HERE, UM, PHILIP KOSKI.

AND THEN OUR, UM, REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR CIVIL ENGINEERING TEAM ARE HERE AS WELL, UH, KIMLEY HORTON.

UM, SO, UM, HERE WE GO.

SO WE'RE HERE FOR FOUR 10 EAST FIFTH STREET.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO TO ORIENT EVERYONE, UM, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, THE HALF BLOCK ON THE NORTH SIDE OF EAST FIFTH STREET BETWEEN TRINITY AND TRINITY AND NCHE.

UM, THE SITE HAS EXCELLENT ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF THINGS.

THE CONVENTION CENTER, THE FUTURE BLUE LINE, UM, BRUSH SQUARE PARK, OF COURSE, WALL CREEK TRAIL, LADYBIRD LAKE, AND THE LANCES ARMSTRONG BIKEWAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THE SITE IS ZONED CBD AND IT IS SURROUNDED BY CBD ZONING OTHER THAN THE PARK.

UM, AND WE DID GO TO, UM, HISTORICALLY LANDMARK COMMISSION FOR RELEASE OF THE HISTORIC, UH, RELEASE OF THE MILITIA PERMIT, AND IT WAS APPROVED IN FEBRUARY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS PROJECT IS, UM, AN ADMINISTRATIVE DENSITY BONUS APPROVAL.

UM, WE ARE LOOKING AT ABOUT A 0.8 ACRE SITE, AND WE'RE REQUESTING ABOUT 23 TO ONE F A R.

UM, THIS WILL BE TOPPING OUT AT ABOUT 1,035 FEET, UM, 80.

THAT'S 80 STORIES WITH 450 FOR RENT MULTIFAMILY UNITS, UM, WITH A COMMERCIAL PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED FIRST FLOOR.

UM, IT'LL ALSO HAVE, UM, 600 CAR PARKING SPACES, WHICH WILL BE UNBUNDLED FROM THE RENTS OF THE APARTMENTS.

10% OF THOSE WILL BE, UM, EV SPACES.

AND WE'LL HAVE 160 BIKE PARKING SPACES IN THE GARAGE COMBINED WITH 32 SPACES OUTSIDE THE GARAGE.

SO IT'S ALMOST 200 BIKE PARKING SPACES, UM, WHICH I'M EXCITED TO, TO SHARE WITH YOU.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, ALSO JUST TO ORIENT YOU SORT OF TO WHERE WE ARE LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN, THE SITE IS WITHIN THE CORE WATERFRONT AREA AND AGAIN, UNDER THE 25 TO ONE F A R PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO, UM,

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THE PROJECT WILL FULLY COMPLY, OF COURSE, WITH THE DENSITY BONUS GUIDELINES.

UM, WE'RE HERE TO DISCUSS SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES WITH HERE WITH YOU TODAY.

UM, WE'LL ALSO QUICKLY RUN THROUGH GREAT STREETS COMPLIANCE, THE A E G B, UM, TWO STAR RATING.

WE'RE AIMING FOR THREE STARS, UM, AND THEN THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS AS REQUIRED BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE WORKING GROUP DETERMINED THAT WE DO SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLY.

I KNOW YOU HAVE THAT LETTER IN YOUR BACKUP.

UM, SO I'LL BE WALKING THROUGH THE OVERALL COMPLIANCE WITH THE TEAM, UM, AND NOT TAKING NECESSARILY THROUGH EACH DETAIL, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE'RE HAPPY OF COURSE, TO DELVE IN AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD LIKE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO AS I STATED, WE'LL BE EXCEEDING THE AUSTIN ENERGY GREEN BAR, GREEN BUILDING TWO STAR REQUIREMENT.

UM, BIG PICTURE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE THAT FEASIBLE ARE A SERIES OF DESIGN DECISIONS, THE LOCATION OF THE SITE, AND A FOCUS ON ENERGY PERFORMANCE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, FOR OUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT BONUS AREA, WE'RE PROPOSING.

SO OUR BONUS AREA IS, UM, 492,980 SQUARE FEET OUT OF A TOTAL SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX GROSS SQUARE FEET, UM, WHICH WILL BE SATISFYING WITH THE FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HOUSING TOTALING JUST UNDER 6 MILLION.

UM, AND THIS CALCULATION IS BASED ON THE NEWLY ADOPTED DENSITY BONUS FEE OF $12 PER SQUARE FOOT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, AND HERE WE HAVE, UM, THE GREAT STREETS STANDARDS, WHICH I'LL JUST GO OVER HIGH LEVEL AND THEN I'LL LET OUR TEAM GET INTO IN A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL.

UM, JUST TO, AGAIN, TO SORT OF ORIENT YOU PER THE, AS M P FIFTH STREET IS CLASSIFIED AS A COMMUTER STREET, WHILE TRINITY IS LOCAL ACCESS, AND NCHE IS MIXED MODE.

UM, SO WE ARE, UM, DESIGNING OUR STREETS AND OUR SIDEWALKS TO, UM, TO MEET THOSE GREAT STREETS REQUIREMENTS.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S A LINE SORT OF DOWN THE MIDDLE, ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THAT SIDE.

AND I, THAT'S AN IMPORTANT, UM, COMPONENT OF THE SITE BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE OUR, UM, DOWNTOWN PARK'S OVERLAY LINE IS.

SO, UM, WE HAVE A 60 FOOT SETBACK AT 120 FEET, WHICH WAS A MAJOR, UM, DESIGN DRIVER, UM, FOR THE SITE, WHICH I'LL LET CHI TALK ABOUT HERE IN MORE DETAIL.

CHEER BRAD.

UM, AND I WILL HAND OFF AT THIS POINT TO THEM.

THANK YOU.

UM, HI.

GOOD, GOOD EVENING.

UM, MY NAME'S CHI LEE.

UH, SO I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PLANNING OF THE BUILDING, UM, AND HOW WE CONFIGURED THE GROUND FLOOR TO COMPLY WITH THE GREAT, WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

UM, JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS TO NOTE IS THAT, UH, THIS PARTICULAR SITE IS ON THE NORTH FRONTAGE OF, UH, BRUSH SQUARE.

AND SO THERE IS A ZONING REQUIREMENT THAT, UH, ONCE YOU HIT 120 FEET, YOU HAVE TO STEP THE ENVELOPE BACK 60 FEET, SO THAT THAT'S WHAT THAT DASH LINE REPRESENTS RIGHT THERE.

SO, UM, IN ORDER TO BUILD A TOWER, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT ALL OF YOUR, MOST OF YOUR STRUCTURE <