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HOW DOES SILENCE THE REST OF THE HOUSEHOLD.

OKAY.

UM, GOOD EVENING.

UH,

[ Reading of the Agenda: Call to Order]

TODAY IS AUGUST 24TH AND 6:01 PM.

I'M EMILY REED, CHAIR OF LANDMARK COMMISSION.

AND I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

I WILL BEGIN BY CALLING ROLE, UM, THAT FELONS WILLA W FEATHERSTON.

YEAH.

AND JOSE HERE AT THE JACOB, KEVIN COOK MCWHORTER HERE.

HEY, MYERS, ALEX PUPPET.

CECILIO.

I HEARD BLAKE.

IT SAYS HERE SOMEWHERE.

ALEX, ARE YOU WITH US? OKAY.

HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH HIS AUDIO.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I DON'T SEE HIM, UH, CONNECTED AT THE MOMENT.

WE'VE STILL GOT, UM, WE'RE UM, LET'S SEE.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN.

WE HAVE ALEX THAT'S EIGHT.

OKAY.

SO I'M GOING TO START BY READING THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UM, AND THEN WE WILL DO CONSENT POSTPONEMENTS.

I BELIEVE WE'VE GOT TWO POSTPONEMENTS THAT WERE APPLICANT REQUESTED.

UM, THEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BRIEFING.

THEN WE WILL GO INTO PUBLIC TESTIMONY.

UM, THEN WE WILL PROBABLY MAKE A MOTION ON THE GRANTS THAT ARE PRESENTED IN THE BRIEFING.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL GO INTO OUR DISCUSSION CASES.

UM, SO ITEMS ON THE CONSENT

[ Consent Agenda: 1, B1, B6, C1, C2, C5, D2, D4]

AGENDA ARE THE, UH, JULY 27TH, UM, MEETING MINUTES, UM, ITEM B ONE SIX, 11 WEST 22ND STREET ITEM BEFORE EIGHT OH NINE EAST NINTH STREET, SEVEN 10, I'M SORRY.

ITEM B FIVE, SEVEN, 10 EAST 41ST STREET.

OKAY.

THAT WAS SEVEN, 10 EAST 41ST.

YES.

LET ME, LET ME ASK.

I THINK WE HAD QUITE A BIT OF DISCUSSION, UH, ON BEFORE, UH, BRUTON ALVAREZ LOPEZ HOUSE.

SO I'D LIKE TO DISCUSS THAT.

OKAY.

UM, THE SIX, UH, 38 OH TWO AVENUE, G C ONE 26 OH SEVEN MCCALLUM DRIVE, C TWO 33 13 BREAKER DRIVE, C3 THREE 19 TO THREE 23 EAST SIX.

I WANT TO PULL THAT ONE.

OKAY.

THE FIVE 13, 17 WESTOVER, D TWO 25 OH ONE SOUL WILSON, THE THREE EIGHT 15 RUTHERFORD PLACE AND 1200 FOR ALTA VISTA PULL EIGHT, 15 RATHER OCCURRED.

AND 1204 OFTEN DOES STA.

OKAY.

I'D LIKE TO POSTPONE THOSE SEVEN.

OKAY.

UH, D PHI THE POSTPONEMENT, EXCUSE ME.

THE POSTPONEMENT FOR EIGHT 15 RUTHERFORD.

SORRY, WHO'S SPEAKING.

MY NAME'S HOON KIM.

I'M THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY.

OKAY.

IF YOU CAN, UM, HOLD YOUR COMMENTS.

UM, THE MOTION WAS

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TO PULL IT FOR DISCUSSION AND WE WILL BE DISCUSSING, UM, WHAT TO DO.

IT'S CURRENTLY ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AND IT'S NOW BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

IS 1405 KENT LANE, AND THAT WAS THE LAST, UM, CONSENT AGENDA ITEM.

SO TO READ THOSE BACK MINUS THE ONES THAT WE PULLED THAT IS THE JULY 27 MINUTES.

UM, AESICS C ONE C TWO C FIVE D TWO D FOUR.

I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.

I'LL SECOND THE MOTION.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, MEYER AND VALANCE LAYLA, ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AS OPPOSED.

AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A COMMISSIONER POPOVA CELIO AND JACOB.

SO WE ARE NINE.

UM, THAT MOTION PASSES NINE ZERO.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE HAD, UM, TWO ITEMS THAT WERE REQUESTED

[ Postponed Items: A3, D6]

TO BE POSTPONED BY THE APPLICANT, A THREE 25 OH TWO PARK VIEW AND D SIX 47 14 ROWENA.

UH, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO POSTPONE THOSE CASES, UM, TO THE SEPTEMBER MEETING.

SO MOVED AND I'LL SECOND, SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE, THOSE OPPOSED MOTION PASSES NINE ZERO.

OKAY.

UM, AND THEN OUR NEXT ITEM IS GOING TO BE THE BRIEFING.

AND I JUST WANTED TO REMIND, UM, THE COMMISSIONERS AND THE FOLKS ON THE LINE.

UM, THE WAY THIS WILL WORK IS AFTER THE, UM, BRIEFING.

AND WE WILL HAVE THE PUBLIC COMMENTARY.

THE PUBLIC COMMENTARY WILL REALLY BE THE ONLY CHANCE THAT YOU HAVE TO, UM, MAKE YOUR CARROTS, UH, IF YOU'RE AN APPLICANT AND IF YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK THE COMMISSIONERS TO, UM, PLEASE, UH, THINK OF ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE DURING THIS POINT IN THE MEETING.

IT CAN GET DISRUPTIVE IF WE HAVE TO GO BACK, UM, AND, AND TALK TO THOSE FOLKS, UM, DURING THE DISCUSSION OF THE CASE, AND WE'D RATHER NOT DO THAT.

SO, UM, AND THOSE FOLKS WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED UNLESS, UM, I CALL ON THEM AS CHAIR.

SO, UH, PLEASE RESPECT THE MEETING AND YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY, UH, KNOWING THAT THAT'LL BE YOUR, YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THAT CASE.

YES, THAT BEING SAID, WE WILL MOVE ALONG TO

[2. PRESENTATIONS, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE ACTION]

THE BRIEFING.

UM, MELISSA ALVARADO IS HERE FROM THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE HERITAGE GRANT.

THIS IS MELISSA ALVARADO HERITAGE FOR THEM DIVISION MANAGER, WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? I CAN'T HEAR ANYTHING.

I'M NOT SURE IF ANYBODY ELSE CAN.

NO, WE DIDN'T LOSE AUDIO.

HANG ON JUST A SECOND, MELISSA, ARE YOU STILL THERE? YES, I'M HERE.

OKAY.

YOU CAN GO AHEAD WITH YOUR PRESENTATION.

WE'VE GOT IT PULLED UP IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

OKAY, GREAT.

IF YOU'RE WATCHING IT FROM THE TV, THERE'S ABOUT A 32ND TO A MINUTE DELAY, SO PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE TV.

OKAY.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO, SO I WANTED TO, UH, BEGIN, UH, BY PROVIDING AN UPDATE ON THE CURRENT INITIATIVE THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS PURSUING WITH AN EXTERNAL CONTRACTOR BY THE NAME OF MJR PARTNERS.

UH, THEY ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH US AND THE HERITAGE TOURISM DIVISION, THE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL ARTS DIVISIONS, UH, TO CREATE A UNIFIED UNDERSTANDING

[00:10:01]

OF THE PERIMETERS OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS AND, UM, AND RECEIVE AND RESPOND TO PUBLIC INPUT THAT WILL STRENGTHEN THE ALLOCATION PROCESSES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT.

THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WE'RE COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING RACIAL EQUITY AND EQUAL ACCESS TO FUNDING AND SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE BUILDING TO ENSURE THAT RESIDENT AND VISITING AUDIENCES ARE ABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE CULTURAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE CITY.

OUR GOAL IS TO AUTOMATE, AUGMENT AND STRENGTHEN PRACTICES THAT LEAD US TO EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, AND EQUITABLE PRACTICES.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE STAFF TO SCHEDULE TIME ON YOUR AGENDA IN SEPTEMBER FOR AN UPDATE BY OUR CONSULTANT, MARGIE REESE, WITH MJR OUR PARTNERS FOR YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK ON THIS PROCESS OF INPUT IS HIGHLY HONORED.

AND WITH THAT, I WILL BEGIN MY PRESENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

PLEASE.

CAN YOU ADVANCE THE SLIDE PLEASE? YEAH.

SO AS SOON AS YOU SAY NEXT SLIDE OR THE SLIDE NUMBER, WE WILL HAVE IT UP ON THE SCREEN FOR THE COMMISSIONERS AND FOR THE ATX AND FEED.

BUT LIKE I SAID, THERE WILL BE A DELAY, SO YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE IT AT THE SAME TIME THAT YOU SAY, OKAY, SO THE PURPOSE OF THE HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM IS TO PROMOTE TOURISM THROUGH PRESERVATION RESTORATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS OR PLANNING, EDUCATIONAL AND MARKETING PROJECTS TIED TO A HISTORIC BUILDING.

THE STATE LAW REQUIRES THE FUNDING TO BE USED TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRIES.

IT ALSO REQUIRES THE GRANTS TO BE AWARDED TO PROJECTS THAT ARE EITHER THE VICINITY OF THE CONVENTION CENTER OR IN A LOCATION WITHIN THE CITY REASONABLY LIKELY TO BE VISITED BY TOURISTS AND CONVENTION DELEGATES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

IN THE NEXT DAYS, I WILL BE PROVIDING A BROAD OVERVIEW OF THE ENGAGEMENT TIMELINE HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED IN EARLY MARCH 1ST, MONDAY OF MARCH.

AND APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS LATER, WE DECIDED TO PAUSE THE PROGRAM, GIVEN THE WORK FROM HOME ORDERS AND, UM, ALL OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC.

UH, WE THEN SUBSEQUENTLY RELAUNCH THE PROGRAM IN MAY AND HAD THE APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS.

WE PIVOTED ALL OF OUR OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT WITHIN A TWO WEEK PERIOD TO OFFER VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS, VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS, ONE-ON-ONE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BY EITHER PHONE OR VIA VIRTUAL MEETING.

UH, WE RELIED SIGNIFICANTLY ON, UM, A ROBUST NEWSLETTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO ENGAGE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE NOT FAMILIAR WITH OUR PROCESS OR OUR PROGRAM.

UH, WE THEN SUBSEQUENTLY CONDUCTED INTERNAL PEER REVIEW PANELS AND EXTERNAL PEER REVIEW PANEL.

AND, UM, IN ADDITION TO THAT, UH, WE WILL BE MOVING, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS FORWARD TO COUNCIL CONSIDERATION, UM, ON SEPTEMBER 17.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS A RESULT OF THE LAUNCH OF THE HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM, WE SAW 24 TOTAL APPLICATIONS RECEIVED REQUESTING APPROXIMATELY $2.6 MILLION IN FUNDING.

UH, WE DID SEE AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN LATINO, HISPANIC, ASIAN, AND NATIVE AMERICAN APPLICANTS RISE BY 16.

UM, I'M SORRY, BY 13 PERCENTAGE POINTS.

UM, A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE APPLICANTS WERE IN FACT NONPROFIT AND REALLY NO SURPRISE TO US.

WE DID SEE MORE MARKETING, EDUCATIONAL AND PLANNING RELATED PROJECTS, UH, THIS YEAR, UH, IN COMPARISON TO LAST YEAR.

UM, QUICKLY BEFORE WE, UH, DECIDED TO PAUSE THE APPLICATION PROCESS, I WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION AND THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION STAFF.

AND WE ASSEMBLED A SHORT LIST OF RECOMMENDED PROJECTS THAT COULD STILL MEET THE APPLICANT NEEDS EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE,

[00:15:04]

AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE AND INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM, INCLUDING LAW, BECAUSE STORK PRESERVATION, OFFICE PARKS AND RECREATION, THE EQUITY OFFICE AND MEMBERS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE VALUE EVALUATED APPLICATIONS TO ENSURE THAT EACH PROPOSED PROJECT MET THE STATE STATUTE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAMS, A GREAT EMPHASIS WAS PLACED IN THE AREAS OF TOURISM AND PRESERVATION IMPACT.

AS PART OF THE EXTERNAL PEER REVIEW TEAM.

WE DID HAVE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ASSIST US IN THAT EFFORT AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS INCLUDED PAMELA OWEN'S ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SIX SQUARE, JUSTIN GENERAL COUNSEL FOR THE TEXAS HOTEL LODGING ASSOCIATION, LINDSEY BARRINGTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PRESERVATION AUSTIN WITH FEATHERSTON HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION GRANTS COMMITTEE, STEVE GENEVESE, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF VISIT AUSTIN DAVID LANG, DIRECTOR OF HOTEL OPERATIONS FOR NEW WATERLOO KELLY, LITTLE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION GRANTS COMMITTEE, AND EMILY REED, HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION CLAMPS COMMITTEE.

NEXT SLIDE PLANTS.

THE NEXT FEW SLIDES PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICANT, THE DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSAL 19 OUT OF THE 24 APPLICATIONS WERE RECOMMENDED AFTER THE TWO PEER REVIEW PANELS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR FUNDING.

THAT LIST INCLUDES EIGHT TOTAL CAPITAL PROJECTS AND 11 MARKETING EDUCATIONAL AND MARKETING PROJECTS.

ALL PROJECTS RESIDE WITHIN COUNCIL DISTRICTS, ONE THREE EIGHT, NINE, AND 10.

THIS FIRST SLIDE INCLUDES ALL CAPITAL PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR FUNDING ALONG WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE, UM, PROPOSAL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THE FOLLOWING TWO SLIDES INCLUDE MARKETING EDUCATIONAL PLANNING TYPE PROJECTS.

WE DID SEE AN INCREASE IN TOUR DEVELOPMENT, UM, WHICH WAS, UM, NOT REALLY A SURPRISE, BUT, BUT IS WELCOMED, UM, AND, AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR.

SO WE WILL WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH VISIT AUSTIN TO ENSURE THAT OBJECTIVES AND GOALS RELATED TO THESE NEW TORE DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS ARE IN LINE AND SUPPORT WHAT VISIT AUSTIN IS CURRENTLY DOING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE MARKETING EDUCATIONAL AND PLANNING PROJECTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THIS ROUNDS OUT OUR, UM, LIST OF MARKETING EDUCATIONAL AND PLANNING PROJECTS.

AGAIN, A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS COMPLETE LIST OF RECOMMENDED HERITAGE GRANT PROPOSALS.

UM, PLUS A RECOMMENDED FUNDING WILL BE SUBMITTED AS BACKUP, UM, FOR THE SEPTEMBER 17TH COUNCIL MEETING AND UNRELATED TO THE HERITAGE GRANT, BUT IMPORTANT.

NONETHELESS, THE AUSTIN CREATIVE WORKER RELIEF PROGRAM GRANT OPPORTUNITY IS CURRENTLY OPEN AND BEING MANAGED BY THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE AUSTIN CREATIVE WORKER RELIEF GRANT PROVIDES IMMEDIATE AND EQUITABLY FOCUSED GRANTS TO INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE AND INDUSTRY SUPPORT STAFF IN AUSTIN APPLICANTS CAN APPLY FOR A $2,000 GRANT TOWARD RENT BILLS, GROCERIES, AND OTHER ELIGIBLE RELATED EXPENSES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND FOR PURPOSES OF THE AUSTIN CREATIVE WORKER RELIEF GRANT, CREATIVE WORKER IS DEFINED AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE CURRENT OR PRIMARY OCCUPATION IS, OR HAS BEEN WITHIN CULTURE,

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ART HERITAGE, OR PRESERVATION, AND THIS CAN INCLUDE, BUT ISN'T LIMITED TO ARTISTS WORKING IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR AND STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PERSONNEL WORKING IN ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE CREATIVE SECTOR, SUCH AS CURATORS, LIGHT TECHNICIANS, ET CETERA.

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 28TH AT 5:00 PM, AND MORE INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED@ATXWITHHOVERS.COM.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SPREADING THE WORD ON THAT PARTICULAR INITIATIVE.

THIS CONCLUDES MY UPDATE ON THE HERITAGE GRANT PROCESS AND I'M AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HER FROM THE COMMISSION? JUST ONE QUICK QUESTION.

I DID SEE THAT DISTRICT EIGHT DOES HAVE A, UH, GRANT IN THERE SINCE THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PRESERVATION ACTIVITY IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS COLLATERAL THAT, UH, IS BEING REQUESTED OF THE ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDENS? THAT IS CORRECT.

UM, THE ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDENS PURSUED A NEW LOGO AND NEW WEBSITE CREATION, UH, WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, THIS ROUNDS OUT, UM, SOME OF THEIR, UM, THEIR GOALS TO CREATE MORE COLLATERAL USING THAT NEW LOGO.

AND, UM, AND SO THEY, UM, SUBMITTED, UM, A REQUEST FOR, UM, UPDATED COLLATERAL.

UM, I'LL ALSO SAY THAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS PURSUING A DESIGNATION ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE PROPERTY, UH, WHICH SHOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SURE.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR HER? OKAY.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS HEAR FROM YOU WERE ATTEMPTING TO REACH IS UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

PLEASE EITHER USE AN ALTERNATE CONTACT.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS HEAR FROM KEITH ZIMMERMAN, WHO HAS CALLED IN, UM, IN REGARDS TO THE GRANTS.

AND THEN, UM, WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION AND EMOTION, UM, BEFORE WE MOVE INTO THE REST OF THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY.

MR. ZIMMERMAN.

THANK YOU.

I, UM, SO WE WERE ONE OF THE ONES ON THE LIST.

I DIDN'T KNOW, AT THE TIME I SIGNED UP WHETHER WE WERE IN OR OUT.

AND SO, UM, I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF LEADERSHIP, AUSTIN AND PROJECT WALK, THE TOWN.

UM, ONE QUESTION I HAVE REALLY IS RELATES TO BEFORE MY COMMENTS WOULD BE IF WE WERE ON THE LIST, DOES THAT MEAN THE GRANT AMOUNT THAT WE ASKED FOR, WE RE ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE RECEIVED OR IS THAT DOLLAR FIGURE STILL UNDETERMINED FOR ALL OF US? I BELIEVE THAT A RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN MADE IN TERMS OF THAT, UM, WHETHER, UM, MELISSA IS READY TO DISCUSS THAT AT THIS POINT.

I'M NOT SURE.

UM, MELISSA.

SURE.

UM, SO WE JUST WRAPPED UP THE, UM, SECONDARY PEER REVIEW, UM, PROCESS ABOUT A WEEK AGO.

AND SO WE ARE STILL, UH, EVALUATING THE AMOUNTS AND RUNNING THAT THROUGH OUR MATRIX.

UM, THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION IN TERMS OF, UH, AWARD AMOUNTS WILL BE SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE COUNCIL BACKUP FOR THE SEPTEMBER 17TH MEETING.

THIS, UH, THIS UPDATE IS THE, UH, FIRST UPDATE RELATED TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

GOT IT.

OKAY.

WELL THEN, THEN I'LL KEEP MY MARKS REMARKS FAIRLY, VERY QUICK.

SO THANK YOU.

WE'RE GLAD TO BE INCLUDED.

THE PROCESS HAS BEEN MELISSA AND HER TEAM HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN TRYING TO KEEP THIS INCLUSIVE AND KEEP EVERYBODY INFORMED.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT, BASICALLY OUR PROJECT IS A HISTORIC WALKING TOUR, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

WE DID ONE BEFORE WE'RE GOING TO UPDATE IT.

IT'S GOT 74 BUILDINGS.

WE TRIED TO BRING IN LOTS OF PARTNERS.

UH, THE DRISCOLL IS OUR SITE ADDRESS.

WE HAVE, AS I SAID, 74 BUILDINGS, WE'VE GOT A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS ALL IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA WITH LINKS TO OTHER PROJECTS.

UH, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE IT MORE INCLUSIVE AND MORE DIVERSE THAN WE DID WHEN WE ORIGINALLY DID THAT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.

AND WE'VE GOT PRESERVATION, AUSTIN, AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE,

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HOTEL, LODGING ASSOCIATION, AND BUSINESS AUSTIN ALSO, UH, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND, UH, IF SELECTED, WE WOULD WORK WITH ALL OF THEM AND YOU ALL TO TRY TO MAKE A GREAT INTERACTIVE HISTORIC WALKING TOUR FOR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN THAT CAN LINK TO OTHER THINGS.

SO WITH THAT, UM, I JUST THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS GRANT PROCESS AND, UH, WE APPRECIATE BEING INCLUDED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS, ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION? OKAY.

I THINK AT THIS POINT THERE, UM, YOU KNOW, AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF DETAILS THAT WE HAVE ABOUT EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS, BUT IF THERE WAS ANY, UM, DISCUSSION, UM, WE COULD ALSO OFFER A MOTION OF SUPPORT FOR THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AS IT MOVES, UM, TO CITY COUNCIL, I WILL MOVE TO SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER IS COKE AND VALANCE VILLA.

ANY DISCUSSION SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD DIVERSE TEAM THAT WAS REVIEWING IN THERE.

HAVING LOOKED AT THE DETAILS AND IT LOOKS LIKE A WELL ROUNDED, A COLLECTION OF PROJECTS FOR THIS POINT IN OUR HISTORY.

OKAY.

UM, ALL FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

AS OPPOSED TO PASS IS NINE ZERO ONE.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, MELISSA.

UM, NOW WE'LL MOVE INTO PUBLIC TESTIMONY.

UM,

[Additional Item]

WE WILL GO IN ORDER OF THE AGENDA.

UM, AND AS I CALL YOUR NAME, IF YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK, UM, YOU MAY BEGIN, UH, YOU'LL HAVE, UH, FIVE MINUTES I BELIEVE FOR THE FIRST SPEAKER.

UM, SO FOR ITEM A ONE 1607 WEST 10TH STREET, I'M A SCHAFFER, HEY COMMISSION, HOW ARE YOU DOING, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK ON MY PROJECT TONIGHT.

UM, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND I BROKE UP THE TALK INTO FOUR PARTS, WHICH IS, UH, WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT THE MARY BAYLOR HOUSE AT 1607 WEST 10TH STREET.

UM, THE FIRST COMPONENT TO WHY THIS HOUSE IS SO SPECIAL IS ITS LOCATION.

IT'S, UH, LITERALLY THE FIRST HOUSE YOU SEE, WHEN YOU ENTER THE ORIGINAL OLD CLARKSVILLE, NOT THAT NOT THE CLARKSVILLE THAT'S KNOWN TODAY, WHICH IS FROM INFIELD TO, TO, UM, SIXTH STREET, BUT THE ORIGINAL CLARKSVILLE THAT WAS FROM WATERSTON STREET TO 10TH STREET.

WE'RE ON 10TH STREET AND WHERE THE SECOND HOUSE, UM, RIGHT ON THAT BLOCK.

SO WHEN YOU ENTER OUR ORIGINAL CLARKSVILLE, WHERE THE FIRST HOUSE, YOU SEE THE SECOND PART THAT MAKES IT REALLY SPECIAL IS THE STRUCTURE.

UM, I WOULD ARGUE IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF LESS THAN A HANDFUL OF THE REMAINING STRUCTURE THAT LOOKS ORIGINAL TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S ONLY 528 SQUARE FEET, AND IT'S A CLASSIC CRAFTSMEN STYLE WITH DOUBLE FRONT DOORS.

IT'S SUPER SMALL SINGLE STORY.

AND THIS HOUSE IS LITERALLY A PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE HISTORY OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THERE'S, UM, THEY ARE, UH, THE LITTLE HOUSES THAT ARE HERE ARE LEFT ARE, UM, UM, DETERIORATING RAPIDLY AND BEING TORN DOWN EVEN MORE RAPIDLY.

UM, OF COURSE THE MAIN REASON THIS HOUSE IS SO SPECIAL IS THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED HERE.

MAY MARY BAYLOR RAISED HER SIX CHILDREN IN THIS 528 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE.

UM, AND HER, HER KIDS, UM, HAVE GONE ON TO THE PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY LIKE DON BAYLOR.

WHO'S A FAMOUS BASEBALL PLAYER, ONE OF THE FIRST BLACK BASEBALL PLAYERS.

UM, ALSO LINDA DAILER, WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR.

WHO'S BEEN AN EDUCATOR AT MATTHEWS FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF AUSTIN CHILDREN.

UM, SHE HAS, UM, SHE WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE CCDC, THE CLARKSVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, WHICH STILL EXISTS TODAY.

AND IT'S STILL SAVING THE HISTORY, CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.

AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR ACTIVISM WAS OF COURSE, UM, VERY WIDESPREAD.

SHE FOUGHT AGAINST THE CREATION OF MOPAC, WHICH SHE UNFORTUNATELY LOST AND WHICH TOWARDS THROUGH THE, AND, AND REALLY, UM, UH, BUT SHE DID SUCCESSFULLY FIGHT AGAINST THE CROSSTOWN EXPRESSWAY THAT WOULD HAVE WIPED THE CAR STILL OFF THE MAP COMPLETELY.

SHE ALSO HELPED TO ORGANIZE THE COMMUNITY TO FIGHT FOR PAVE ROADS, LIGHT PLUMBING, AND OTHER CITY CITY UTILITIES THAT WERE SYSTEMATICALLY LEFT OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD DUE TO ZONING LAWS AND RACIST CITY POLITICS.

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UM, SHE IS OF COURSE, NOT ONLY A HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT I BELIEVE A REASON WHY THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS THRIVING TODAY.

UM, THE LAST COMPONENT IS WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY.

WHEN WE, UM, WHEN ME AND MY WIFE MEGAN BOUGHT THE HOUSE, UM, WE, IT WAS IN COMPLETE DISREPAIR.

IN FACT, THERE WAS PEOPLE SQUAT IN THE HOUSE, THE PERSON WHO BOUGHT IT RIGHT BEFORE US, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IT WAS OUT OF THE BAYLOR FAMILY.

AND HE WAS A DEVELOPER IN TOWN AND WAS GOING TO BUILD A 2100 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE ON THIS PROPERTY, WHICH IS ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE SIZE OF A REGULAR PROPERTY.

UM, WHEN THE CITY DECIDED HE WASN'T ABLE TO DO THAT, THAT'S WHEN WE CAME IN AND WE, WITH OUR OWN TWO HANDS SANDED THE FLOORS BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL GLORY.

WE RAISED THE HOUSE OFF THE CEDAR TRUNK, UNDER CONCRETE PILLARS WITH AROUND TWO HANDS.

WE BOMBED A MAN ELECTRICAL AND WORKLOAD SIDING AND TENDED TO THE LANDSCAPING AND PAINTED AND PUT THE HVAC SYSTEM IN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

AND WE LOVE ONLY BROUGHT, BROUGHT THAT OUT BACK TO LIFE WITH OUR OWN TWO PANTS.

WE DIDN'T HIRE ANY CONTRACTORS OR PROFESSIONALS OR ARCHITECT, BUT INSTEAD IN THE SPIRIT OF MARY BAYLOR, WE WORK WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY TO RAISE THE HOUSE BACK TO ANOTHER GENERATION OF COMMUNITY, BUILDING ACTIVISM AND FAMILY AND TRADITION.

ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS WAS THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE CAME OVER WHILE WE WERE WORKING ON THE HOUSE AND WOULD TELL US STORIES ABOUT THE BAYLOR FAMILY AND WHAT THEY DID FOR THEM.

SO EVEN THOUGH SHE RAISED SIX CHILDREN AROUND, SHE REALLY WAS A TRUE MENTOR AND COMMUNITY BUILDER AND MOTHER AND FRIEND AND ORGANIZER TO SO MANY CHILDREN.

AND IT SEEMED LIKE EVERY, EVERY CHILD HAD A STORY TO TELL ABOUT MARY BAYLOR AND WHAT THEY DID FOR HER.

SO THAT WAS SUPER INSPIRING.

ARE YOU ABLE TO WRAP UP YOUR THOUGHTS? OKAY.

YEAH, SURE.

UM, I GUESS THE LAST PART WOULD JUST BE THAT, YOU KNOW, UM, WE HAVE, WE WERE SUPPORTED BY MANY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS.

OF COURSE, THEY WROTE LETTERS TO CCDC PRESERVATION OFFICE AND GAVE US THE HISTORICAL GRANT.

THE AWANA WROTE A LETTER AS WELL AS MULTIPLE NEIGHBORS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WROTE, WROTE LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM FROM THE COMMISSION SEEING NONE? WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM EIGHT TO 1154, UH, LYDIA STREET, GREGORY SMITH.

YES.

MY NAME IS GREG SMITH AND I'M THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE AUSTIN REVITALIZATION AUTHORITY.

AND I BELIEVE STEVE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN, UH, DEPICTING THE HISTORY OF, OF, OF THE HOUSE, UH, STARTING BACK IN THE 1940S.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO BRING IT TO THE TIME WHERE THE OFFICE REVITALIZATION AUTHORITY PURCHASED THE PROPERTY IN 1996 WHEN IT WAS AN APP TO OUR CLUB.

AND IT WAS A CRITICAL ACQUISITION FOR REVITALIZATION AUTHORITY BECAUSE IT WAS THEIR FIRST PROPERTY THAT THEY PURCHASED AS A NONPROFIT CORPORATION.

ABBY WAS ONE OF THE LAST PROPERTIES THAT THEY DEVELOPED, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN 2015.

BUT BEFORE I GET THERE, UH, WITH THE ACQUISITION OF THIS PROPERTY IN 1996, ELIMINATING THIS AFTER HOUR CLUB, WE ALSO REMOVED A LOT OF THE CRIME ELEMENTS THAT WAS TAKING PLACE IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, WHICH, UH, ASSISTED US IN JUMPSTART AND REVITALIZATION OF THE 11TH STREET CORRIDOR.

UH, SO IN, IN, IN 2015, WE DID, UH, PRESERVE THE HISTORIC HOUSE.

FIRST OF ALL, WE RELOCATED AND, UH, 2014 AND IN 2015 WE PRESERVED THE HOUSE AND ADDED A TWO STORY ADDITION TO IT.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THAT, UH, THE SHEAFFER FAMILY, WE HAD NEARLY 11 MEMBERS THAT HAD IN IT, THE OPEN HOUSE.

AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE HAD DONE IN TERMS OF THE PRESERVATION OF THE HOUSE THAT SOME OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS GREW UP, UH, WITH, UH, A WEEK IN THAT HOUSE.

WE CURRENTLY, UH, LEASE THAT OUT TO A DEAD, WHICH IS A SERVICE THAT WORKED, THAT DIDN'T EXIST IN THE MEETING AREA.

IN ADDITION TO, WE HAVE SOME PSYCHIATRIST THAT OCCUPYING THE, UH, THE FOUR OF THE TWO STORIES, DISHES AND THE TOP FLOOR AT ICANN, THE OFFICE OF THE OFFICER.

SO WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE WITH THIS BUILDING.

UH, IT IS VERY BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE AS WELL AS IN THAT.

AND SO I WISH, AND, AND, AND ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE HISTORIC DESIGNATION, UH, AS WE CONTINUE

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ON TO MAINTAIN THAT ARCHITECTURE OF THAT BUILDING.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION? I MEAN, I'M GLAD TO SAY THAT THIS IS, UH, MADE PROGRESS.

UH, MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE MOVE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT WAS JUST MOVED TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION ON THE SAME SITE.

IS THAT, THAT IS CORRECT.

IT WAS PROBABLY RELOCATED NO MORE THAN ABOUT 20 FEET BY MR. RACHAEL LOCATION.

TERRIFIC.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MYERS.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT, UM, THE CHANGE OF THE PORCH POSTS THAT WERE ON THE BUILDING FOR SO MANY YEARS TO THE VICTORIAN POSTS THAT ARE THERE NOW.

UM, DID YOU HAVE SOME PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OR, UM, DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT? ALL OF THE ELEMENTS THAT WE USE WERE REVIEWED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE LANDMARK COMMISSION AND AS WELL AS WE UTILIZE RUPE AND ASSOCIATES OR THE ARCHITECT ON IT TO ENSURE THAT WE PRESERVE THEM, I CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY, UH, PERMISSION TO MEYER, BUT THE REVIEW OF THE LANDMARK COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE ARCHITECT.

SO HE SHOWED THAT IT WAS DONE APPROPRIATELY.

YEAH.

IT'S CAN I SHARE A COOK? GOT IT.

ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE RELOCATION TO CONFIRM BASED ON THE PHOTOS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE HOUSE DID RETAIN A SIMILAR ORIENTATION TO THE STREET, A SIMILAR DISTANCE FROM THE STREET AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY.

IS THAT CORRECT? WAS THAT A QUESTION FOR ME? YES.

I JUST WANTED TO CONFIRM BASED ON THE PHOTOS, THE HISTORIC PHOTOS AND CURRENT, IT LOOKS LIKE THE HOUSE IS ABOUT THE SAME DISTANCE FROM THE CURB AND RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STREET.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT IS CORRECT.

WE ACTUALLY GET MOVED IN PARALLEL.

WE ACTUALLY KNEW THAT THE MAIN PAIN.

ALL OF THOSE SETBACKS THAT EXISTS IN TERMS OF IS HALYARD.

YEAH, THAT'S CORRECT.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM B TO 14, 15 LAVACA STREET.

WE'LL HEAR FIRST FROM WILLIAM FRANKS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

EXCUSE ME, MADAM CHAIR.

I NEED TO ABSTAIN ON THIS ONE.

SO I'LL JUST DISAPPEAR FOR A FEW MINUTES, I GUESS IS THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR, WILLIAM FRANK.

AND I WANT TO YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME BEFORE YOU AGAIN, UH, TODAY.

UH, ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. STEVE SUDAN AND, UH, MS. ANGELA GODDAMMIT FOR ALL OF THEIR HELP AND ASSISTANCE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

THAT'S ONE OF THE LANDMARK COMMISSION AND THE COMMITTEE AND STAFF FOR THE DILIGENCE WORK AND EFFORT.

UH, IT HAS BEEN VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

WE BELIEVE YOUR REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE FAIR.

WE KNOW THIS IS A BUILDING, UH, WITH ALL A BIG ISSUE AND IT IS ONE THAT'S NOT EASY, A COMPLETE LEAP OF SUPPORT.

IT IS NOT A NORMAL OR STANDARD CASE STUDY NOR IN POWER REQUEST, BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THIS BUILDING WILL BE SAFE FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME.

THIS IS A UNIQUE SITUATION THAT REQUIRED THE VERY SPECIAL SOLUTION.

WE HAVE INCORPORATED COMMENTS FROM, UH, BOTH MISSION ALSO FROM COMMITTEES AND ALSO FROM STAFF DISCUSSIONS, UH, AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE FOR THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY.

WE DO HAVE SOME CONSTRAINTS WITHIN THE BUILDING, AS WELL AS ICE CONSTRAINT, AS WELL AS LACK OF CONSTRAINT, BUT WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO TRY TO INCORPORATE

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ALL OF THESE, UH, TO THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.

I AM ASKING FOR THE COMMISSIONS TO PORT THIS EVENING.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE MICROPHONE OVER TO OUR ARCHITECT, MR. PAULSON, WITH MITCHELL CARLSON STONE, TO EXPLAIN THE CHANGES THAT WE HAVE INCORPORATED INTO OUR PLANS.

UH, SINCE THE LAST TIME YOU HAVE USED THEM, KATE, UH, YES, THE CASE CARLSON, UH, SINCE WE ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED OUR PROPOSAL, UH, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF CHANGES SPECIFICALLY, UH, BEGINNING WITH THE, UH, UPPER BUILDING, WHICH WAS A LITTLE MORE, UH, GYMNASTIC, I GUESS, SIMPLIFIED IT TO COLORS AND THE SHAPE OF THE BUILDING TO MAKE IT A MORE NEUTRAL STRUCTURE.

UH, ALSO IN THE PLANNING OF THE BUILDING, UH, WE HAVE LEFT THE ELEVATIONS OF THE HISTORIC BUILDING ON 15TH AND LAVACA, UH, VIRTUALLY UNTOUCHED.

THEY WILL REMAIN THE WAY IT IS TODAY.

UH, OUR INTERNAL PLANNING THAT FLOOR, UH, WAS REDONE TO ALLOW THE ENTRY INTO THE FIRST FLOOR ON THE CORNER OF 15TH AND LAVACA, WHICH IS WHERE IT ALWAYS, UH, WAS PREVIOUSLY THE, UH, BUILDING WAS SET FURTHER BACK FROM THE FACE OF THE EXISTING BUILDING ELEVATIONS, UH, 10 FEET.

WE INCREASED OUR CAM LEAVERS, UH, TO ALLOW FOR THAT, UH, ANY THAT ARE NON-VISIBLE HANDRAILS.

AND, UH, SINCE WE ARE IN THE DOWNTOWN SECTION THAT HAS A BONUS CRITERIA, WE CAN, UH, ELEVATE THE BUILDING TO 150 FEET, WHICH WE HAVE DONE AND HAVE ALSO CHANGED THE, UH, BOTTOM OF THE BUILDING.

UH, OUR CAM LEVER NOW IS A SLOPED CAM LEVER, WHICH ALLOWED US TO INCREASE THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDING ABOVE THE PARAPETS THAT ARE ON THE EXISTING HISTORIC BUILDING.

WE'RE NOW 29 FEET, UH, UP TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PROJECTION FORWARD PROJECTION OF THE BUILDING AND ALMOST 13 FEET ABOVE THE COOPERS.

SO THOSE ARE SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONS.

THE COLORS ON THE, UH, HISTORIC BUILDING WILL BE, UH, MAINTAINED.

AND, UM, I BELIEVE THOSE COVER THE PRIMARY, UH, MODIFICATIONS WE'VE MADE SINCE WE ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU QUESTIONS FOR HIM.

I CAN'T SEE EVERYONE AT THE SAME TIME.

SO IF YOU WANT TO ASK A QUESTION, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND SPEAK UP.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO JOE, WILLING TO PALESTINE.

YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS EVENING WAS GOOD.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU'RE ON CALL TODAY.

THIS IS THE WAY HARRIS.

UM, I WORKED WITH JOE WILLY ON THE PROJECT.

UM, WE ARE, WE WERE ASKED, UH, I'M WITH MIKKELSEN ASSOCIATES.

UM, WE WERE, WE WERE CONTACTED BY TOMA, UH, THE ORGANIZATION THAT OWNS THE BUILDING THREE YEARS AGO AND ASKED TO HELP, UH, LEASE THE PROPERTY.

UM, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE NEED FOR, OR AT LEAST FOR A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY AND THEY HAD THE NEED TO OPERATE IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING, BUT THEY WERE TRYING TO REMODEL THE PROPERTY.

AND WHAT THEY DISCOVERED WAS THAT THE BUILDING WAS, WAS IN DISREPAIR.

UM, THE RESTROOMS, THE ORIGINAL RESTROOMS OR QUESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR QUITE A WHILE.

UM, THERE WAS A, UH, A PLUMBING ISSUE AND THERE'S ALSO THE, UH, THE SEWAGE HAS BEEN DETERIORATED TO A POINT WHERE, UH, SOME SERIOUS REPAIRS NEED TO BE MADE.

AND IT WAS OF HOLLY.

UH, UH, THERE WAS SOME RISKS TAKEN TO THE BUILDING AND ALL, UH, WE ALSO FOUND THAT THERE WAS WATER.

UM, THEY WAS TAKING ON WATER FROM AN UNKNOWN SOURCE IN SEPARATE ISSUE, JUST THROUGH A PROBLEM WITH MOLD.

UM, AND WE GOT SOME, WE GOT SOME CORE SAMPLES DONE BY, UH, A GROUP THAT CAME IN WITH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO COME IN AND DRILL CORE SAMPLES TO FIND OUT WHAT IF THE SOIL WAS PROBLEM.

UH, JUST THIS DID NOT, IT DID NOT TURN UP THE ANSWERS THAT WE NEEDED.

UM, THE SOIL SEEMED TO BE GOOD, BUT THE WATER CONTINUED TO, TO GET INTO THE WALLS AND THE FLOOR SLAB.

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AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE ORIGINAL WALLS OF THE BUILDING.

SO WE, UH, THEY DECIDED THEY WANTED TO SELL THE BUILDING.

THEY WERE KIND OF FACED WITH A REAL CHALLENGE FINANCIALLY.

THE BUDGET JUST WASN'T, IT WASN'T MAKING ANY SENSE THAT IT REALLY NEEDED TO BE SOLD.

SO WE SPENT THE NEXT YEAR TRYING TO SELL IT, GOT UNDER CONTRACT WANTS FOR THEM, UH, THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

WE FOUND A, WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THE IDEAL, UH, DEVELOPER AND BUYER WHO WOULD LIKE TO PUT IN THE HOTEL.

UH, BILL WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THE BUILDING IS IN DISREPAIR.

UM, THE TONE TOMA, TEXAS, UH, OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, UM, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP THE BUILDING AS IT IS, UH, IN, IN A REPAIR THAT YOU COULD HELP PEOPLE OR EVEN SAVED THE BUILDING LONG RUN.

UH, WE BELIEVE THAT MOLD WOULD EVENTUALLY GET A BIG PROBLEM THERE.

SO THEY NEED SOME, THEY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELL THE BUILDING.

WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE FOUND THE DEVELOPER THAT CAN DO THIS.

UM, I THINK Y'ALL HEARD FROM THEM QUITE A BIT ON THIS.

AND WE ASKED BECAUSE WE ASKED THAT YOU CONSIDER, UM, WERE THERE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THEY JUST DON'T HAVE THE POSITION TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE BUILDING AS IT IS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM? OKAY.

JILL SUTTON.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS JILL SATIN AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE TEXAS OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

WE ARE A NONPROFIT MEDICAL ASSOCIATION THAT PROVIDES CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY TO OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS ACROSS THE STATE.

IN 1995, OUR ORGANIZATION BOUGHT THE BARTHOLOMEW ROBINSON BUILDING, WHICH WAS THREATENED FOR DEMOLITION AND RESTORED BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE.

IT'S BEEN UPPER LEVEL AND TREASURED PART OF OUR HISTORY.

AND WE HAVE TAKEN GREAT PRIDE IN HAVING OUR HEADQUARTERS HERE.

IN 2017, WE BEGAN THE PROCESS OF RENOVATING THE BUILDING ONLY TO LEARN THAT ONE OF THE WALLS WAS STRUCTURALLY COMPROMISED.

THE PLUMBING NEEDED TO BE COMPLETELY REDONE.

WE HAD MOLD MOLD, THE CONCRETE HAD MOISTURE IN IT, AND THE LIST GOES ON.

NEEDLESS TO SAY IT WAS NOT A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STAFF.

THIS NEWS WAS DEVASTATING AS THE REPAIRS NEEDED, NEEDED FAR EXCEEDED OUR MODEST BUDGET.

AND AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION, OUR BOARD AGREED TO SELL THE BUILDING.

OUR ORGANIZATION IS IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS PRESENTED BY MR. MOMINA.

WE BELIEVE THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THE HISTORIC INTEGRITY OF THE BUILDING AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE HISTORIC ASPECTS OF THE BUILDING.

RESTORED.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HER, STEVE.

DARREN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK? YES.

THANK YOU.

AND I APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION.

UH, MY NAME IS STEVE DURHAM.

I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH TOMA SINCE 2015, SO I'VE WITNESSED THE DETERIORATION OF THE BUILDING FIRSTHAND.

UM, ALL THE EMPLOYEES WERE EVENTUALLY FORCED TO MOVE OUT OF THE BUILDING IN 2017 TO AVOID HEALTH CONCERNS.

SO THE BUILDING HAS BEEN EMPTY AND PER SALE FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS WHERE SHE PROBABLY HEARD A COUPLE OF TIMES, UM, TOMA BEGAN RENOVATING IN 2017 AND FOUND THOSE STRUCTURAL ISSUES.

AND THE MOLD IS, UH, SORT OF NEEDS A COMPLETE OVERHAUL, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE HEADING DOWN THE PATH WE HAVE DONE.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, BEING A NONPROFIT, WE WERE UNABLE TO PAY FOR THOSE RENOVATIONS.

AND, UH, AGAIN, THAT WAS ALMOST THREE YEARS AGO.

SO WE CHOSE A BUYER THAT WE BELIEVE CAN EXIT EXECUTED A EXTENSIVE REMODEL.

AND MR. HAS DONE PAST HISTORICAL BUILDINGS, AND THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE WE WANTED TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY PARTICULARLY AT FIRST FOR AND FIXING THE BUILDINGS ISSUES.

UM, SO THEY WOULD SORT OF ELIMINATE THE HEALTH RISK GOING FORWARD.

CAUSE THEY'RE STILL THERE.

YOU KNOW, WE REALIZE IT'S HARD TO REPRODUCE 1880, UH, AT THE CURRENT STATE IN 2020, BUT I THINK THE GROUND FOUR WILL PROVIDE, UM, AMPLE HISTORIC INTEGRITY.

AND HOPEFULLY THE MODERN ADDITION WILL PROVIDE A SAFE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SLEEP.

AND, UM, WE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT AND, UH, APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU.

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ANY QUESTIONS? ALI MARINE? UH, I'M ASSUMING IN, I'M LISTENING IN, UH, UH, YEAH, I'M JUST GOING DOWN THE LIST HERE.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK OR JUST LISTENING? NO, I THINK BILL FRANK SAYS, MADE A PRESENTATION ON OUR BEHALF, SO WE ARE FINE.

THANK YOU.

VERY OKAY.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE OWNERS FROM THE COMMISSION? OKAY.

UM, TREY ADVIL.

YES, MA'AM UH, THANK YOU.

UH, MY NAME'S TREY ADVIL AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS.

AND WE'RE THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TO THE, UH, FUCK COLOMY ROBINSON BUILDING.

UH, WE ALREADY IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE EAST, SO WE ARE 14, 14, COLORADO.

AND, UM, SO WE, WE WOULD LOVE AND HOPE TO SEE THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THIS PROPERTY, THAT THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY WOULD BE MAINTAINED.

AND WE BEING AN IMMEDIATE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR FAILED TO SEE HOW A 150 FOOT STRUCTURE, 10 OR 10 STORY, 12 STORY, WHATEVER IT'S GOING TO BE ON TOP OF THE CURRENT BUILDING ACCOMPLISHES THAT OBJECTIVE OF MAINTAIN THAT HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY.

ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT HOW THIS ADDITION WOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED FROM A CONSTRUCTION STANDPOINT, THE BACK WALL OR THE EAST WALL OF THE BARTHELEMY ROBINSON BUILDING IS OUR BASICALLY OUR WALL AND GO RUNNING DOWN THREE, UH, UNDERGROUND LEVELS IS A PARKING GARAGE THAT HOUSES THE PARKING FOR STATE BAR OF TEXAS EMPLOYEES.

WE HAVE ABOUT 200 EMPLOYEES IN THE BUILDING AND WE HAD A FULL BUILDING AND PARKING A GARAGE FULL OF EMPLOYEES.

SO WE ARE CONCERNED THAT ANY ATTEMPT AT CONSTRUCTING ANY TYPE OF STRUCTURE AS HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IS GOING TO BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE FROM A STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY STANDPOINT, EITHER FOR THE BARTHOLOMEW ROBINSON BUILDING AND OR THE HOTEL ON TOP OF IT OR TO OUR EXISTING FACILITY AND CAMPUS STRUCTURE.

SO WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

SO WE ARE, UH, WE'RE INTERESTED IN THE, IN, IN THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROPERTY AND ALSO IN MAINTAINING ITS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON IT, AND WE APPRECIATE THE COMMISSION'S TIME AND ALLOWING US TO SPEAK.

WE ALSO SPOKE BACK AT YOUR FEBRUARY MEETING, UH, AND WE, UH, YOU KNOW, IF THIS CONTINUES FORWARD, WE WILL BE, WE WILL STAY AS AN INTERESTED PARTY, SO TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM? OKAY.

ALISON MCGHEE.

HI, MY NAME NAME'S ALISON NIKKI AND I SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PRESERVATION AUSTIN.

AND WE ARE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION DENY A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THIS PROJECT, THE APPLICATION, UH, AS IT'S PRESENTED, UM, WE STRONGLY FEEL THAT THE PROJECT DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY CODE OR THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR STANDARDS AS THEY APPLY TO THIS LANDMARK PROPERTY SECTION 25, 11, TWO 43 OF CITY CODE STATES THAT WHEN TAKING ACTION ON A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS, THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER THE UNITED STATES, SECRETARY OF INTERIOR STANDARDS FOR REHABILITATION STANDARD NINE SAYS THAT I NEED A NEW WORK WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE MAPPING SIZE SCALE AND ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES OF THE HISTORIC, UH, TO PROTECT THE HISTORIC INTEGRITY OF THE PROPERTY.

AND THAT NEW ADDITIONS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IF THEY ARE REMOVED IN THE FUTURE, THE ESSENTIAL INFORM AND INTEGRITY OF A HISTORIC PROPERTY WILL BE UNIMPAIRED FURTHER GUIDELINES ON HOW TO APPLY THE STANDARD, UH, PROVIDE CLARIFYING RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ADDITIONS, THAT THEY BE SUBORDINATE TO THE HISTORIC

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BUILDING, THAT THEY ARE IN CONSPICUOUS WHEN VIEWED FROM SURROUNDING STREETS, BUT THEY WERE LIMITED TO ONE ADDITIONAL STORY IN HEIGHT, AND THAT THEY APPEAR AS A SEPARATE BUILDING DESIGNED, PRESENTED TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION.

IT DOESN'T MEET THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR STANDARDS OR THE CLARIFYING GUIDELINES.

WE APPRECIATE THAT THE NEEDS OF PROPERTY OWNERS CHANGE OVER TIME AND UNDERSTAND THAT LARGE TOWERS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ADJACENT TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND AUSTIN'S URBAN DOWNTOWN.

HOWEVER, LANDMARK DESIGNATION WAS INTENDED TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES.

OUR COMMUNITY IDENTIFIES AS SIGNIFICANT, BUT THAT THEIR HISTORIC MATERIALS AND INTEGRITY ARE NOT COMPROMISED OVER TIME DUE TO CHANGING PREFERENCES AND NEEDS A FUTURE OWNERS.

WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THE DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSION ARE NOT EASY ONES.

HOWEVER, ENSURING THAT THE COMMISSION APPLIES CONSISTENT AND OBJECTIVE STANDARDS TO THE REVIEW PROCESS AS DIRECTED BY CITY CODE IS VITAL TO THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HER? UH, GEORGIA HARRISON? YES.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

UH, OUR COMPANY OWNS THE PROPERTY DIRECTLY SOUTH AS THE PROPOSED SITE.

AND SINCE OTHERS HAVE COMMENTED ON NON-ADHERENCE TO STATUTES, OURS IS AN OWNER'S PERSPECTIVE.

YES, ARCHITECTURALLY, IT APPEARS THAT THE HOTEL WHILE IT'S A VERY INTERESTING CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE, THERE'S NO RELATIONSHIP TO THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE EITHER IN FORM OR MATERIAL.

UH, THE PROPOSED STRUCTURE GLOSS, THE REMAINS OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDING AND TO OUR COMPANY IS DISTRACTING.

UH, FURTHER THE PLANS, UH, CALL FOR 168 ROOMS PLUS COMMON AREAS.

AND AUSTIN IS A CITY THAT THRIVES ON EVENT AND BUSINESS TRAVEL.

AND SINCE THERE ARE NO EVENTS OF SIZE AT THIS TIME, AND BUSINESS IS BEING HANDLED REMOTELY, PRIMARILY HOTEL DEMAND IS NOT FORECASTED TO RESUME PRE BOWEL REST RECOVERY UNTIL 2023.

SO REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM IS FORECASTED TO DROP TO 41 31 THIS YEAR FROM 86 64 IN 2019.

I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY AUSTIN WOULD NEED ANOTHER HOTEL WITH THIS STUNNING MIC.

UM, WHAT ALARM SAYS MOST SIGNIFICANTLY IS THE APPEARANCE OF A FOUR OR FIVE DROPOFF SPACE AREA PER GUEST FOR 168 ROOMS TO UTILIZE.

I DID NOT SEE INDICATION OF A PARKING GARAGE, EVEN IF THE OFFSITE PARKING IS SECURED, THE BALLET TURN AROUND WILL LIKELY BLOCK THE BEST LINE ADJACENT TO THE DROP-OFF SPACES.

AND THE FEW SPACES WE HAVE FOR OUR TENANTS AND OUR OWN BLOCKS WOULD SURELY BE POACHED BY NON TENANTS.

AND THAT'S ALREADY A MATERIAL ISSUE IN ALL LOCATION, AND THIS WOULD ONLY EXACERBATE IT.

UH, I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW THE PLANNERS WOULD INTEND TO STAGE CONSTRUCTION ON THIS TINY PROPERTY AND WHATEVER FORM THAT WOULD TAKE WOULD SURELY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ADJACENT OWNER'S PROPERTY, BUT THE STATE BAR AND OUR PROPERTY SAY IN SUMMARY, I FAILED TO SEE HOW THIS CONCEPT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR AUSTIN AND THE FLOOR PATIENTS, HOW IT WOULD ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION AND HOW IT WOULD NOT DAMAGE THE ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNERS THAT WILL BE NOT SUPPORT IT WHILE WE DO SUPPORT SOME FORM OF DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PROPERTY.

WE DID NOT BELIEVE THIS IS IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HER? OKAY.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO TESTIMONY FOR THE NEXT CASE, WHICH IS BEFORE EIGHT OH NINE EAST NINTH STREET.

VERY CHESS.

HI, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

ME.

I'M A HOMEOWNER IN THE GUADALUPE NEIGHBORHOOD AT THE TYNDALL, AND WE HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BACKYARD OF A HISTORIC HOUSE.

AND WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT APPROVE THIS.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, THE SCALE OF THE TOWER ORIGINALLY, WE WERE TOLD IT WOULD BE SEVEN STORIES, AND NOW IT'S BEEN REVISED TO NINE STORIES.

SO THE SCALE ALONE IN THE BACKYARD OF A HISTORIC HOUSE IS CONCERNING.

UM, ALSO THE PLAN ELIMINATES THE FRONT YARD OF THE HOUSE IT'S SUPPOSED TO, RIGHT.

THEY PROPOSED MOVING

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THE HOUSE FORWARD SIX FEET, BUT BECAUSE THE FRONT YARD IS OUT OF STEEP SLOPE, THAT WOULD PRETTY MUCH ELIMINATE THE FRONT YARD.

AND THEN ALSO THERE'S ONLY GOING TO BE SUPPOSEDLY SEVEN FEET BETWEEN THE LOPEZ HOUSE AND THE NEW TOWER.

SO, UM, THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY CLOSE AND WE'RE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT FIRE SAFETY.

SINCE THERE WON'T BE A FIREWALL OR ANYTHING TO SEPARATE THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT FROM THIS HISTORIC WOODEN STRUCTURE.

SO WE, WE HOPE YOU TAKE THIS ALL INTO ACCOUNT WHEN CONSIDERING THIS, AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COME WALK THE PROPERTY AND SEE HOW TINY THE PROPERTY ACTUALLY IS, UM, BEHIND THE, THIS HISTORIC HOUSE.

THANK YOU.

I WOULD INTERRUPT.

CAUSE WE MIGHT START WITH THE APPLICANT OR THE APPLICANT, THE APPLICANT ON THIS CASE, AND THEN THOSE IN FAVOR AND THEN GO TO THOSE OPPOSED.

YES, THAT WAS MY MISTAKE.

THAT LAST SPEAKER DID NOT INDICATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

UM, THERE WAS, UM, SO LET'S GO NOW TO MARK ROGERS.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UM, THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE ABOUT 2015 WHEN OUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY FROM THE AIR MARY HELEN LOPEZ.

UM, AT THAT TIME, THE HOUSE WAS, UM, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, A TOTAL LOSS DUE TO FIRE IN 2010.

SO WE, UM, BEGAN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING THE HOUSE AS BEST WE COULD.

AND I THINK THE CURRENT ACTUAL FOOTPRINT OF THE HOUSE IS ABOUT AS CLOSE AS ONE CAN GET TO THE ORIGINAL FOOTPRINT OF THE HOUSE.

IN ADDITION IN THE BACK WHERE THE, WHERE THE ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTED, THAT WAS REMOVED.

AND THEN AN ADDITION OFF TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE HOUSE THAT WAS ALSO REMOVED.

SO THE HOUSE IS I THINK VERY WELL RESTORED TO ITS ORIGINAL, UM, FOOTPRINT AND, AND LOOK.

AND, UM, COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, WE APPLIED FOR FEDERAL FUNDS TO, AT PART OF THE AGREEMENT WHEN WE PURCHASED THE PROPERTY WAS TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE ON THE PROPERTY.

UH, THE ENTITLEMENTS, UH, ARE PART OF AN NCCD THAT ALLOW, UM, HEIGHT IN THE SAME NCCD OF UP TO 200 FEET.

UM, OUR ENTITLEMENTS ALLOW US MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF 105 FEET AS MEASURED IN THE NCCD.

SO WE'RE WHAT WE'RE DOING IS EXPLORING OBVIOUSLY THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS WE CAN GET THERE.

AND WE HAVE A SENIOR PROJECT WITH 34 UNITS.

THE FEDERAL FUNDS THAT WE, UM, UH, SECURED REQUIRED A SECTION 106 REVIEW.

UH, SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS WITH THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION.

UM, AS A RESULT OF THAT REVIEW, WE REMOVED BALCONIES ON EACH OF THE STORIES, UM, THAT WERE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TOWER BEHIND THE HOUSE PROJECTING OUT TOWARDS THE HOUSE.

AND WE HAD A ONE STORY ADDITION OR CONNECTING, UM, ADDITION BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE TOWER THAT, UH, AS A RESULT OF THAT ONE OH SIX REVIEW WAS ALSO REMOVED.

UM, AND THEN TO CREATE GREATER SEPARATION BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE TOWER, WE MOVE IN THE PLANS AND WE MOVED THE HOUSE FORWARD SIX FEET.

THERE'S APPROXIMATELY 16 FEET BETWEEN THE CURB AND THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AFTER THAT, UH, AFTER MOVING THE HOUSE FORWARD.

SO THERE'S, UM, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, SORT OF THE SAME FRONT YARD THAT EXISTS NOW, UM, WHAT IT DID DO AS A RESULT THOUGH, IS GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A KIND OF A COURTYARD BACKYARD DECK, UM, ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE, OF THE PROPERTY, UH, BETWEEN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE BACK OF THE LOPEZ HOUSE AND THE TOWER, WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 16 FEET, WHICH ALLOWS KIND OF A NICE SEPARATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD SOME LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS AND CREATE KIND OF A, AS I SAY, KIND OF A BACKYARD TO THE HOUSE AND COURTYARD AREA FOR THE HOUSE AND TOWER, UM, AS A RESULT OF THE, UM, ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS VERY HELPFUL, WE CONTINUED INSTEAD OF HAVING THE METAL, UM, KIND OF ARTICULATION ON THE, ON THE NORTH AND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE, THE NORTH FACADE AND WEST FACE OF THE TOWER, WE INSTEAD CONTINUED THE STUCCO, UM, MATERIAL ON THE FIRST TWO STORIES IN ORDER NOT TO COMPETE AND DISTRACT FROM THE HOUSE ITSELF.

UM, I THINK THOSE WERE THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF CHANGE IN ORDER TO, UM, EMPHASIZE MORE EMPHASIZE THE HOUSE AND NOT COMPETE WITH IT WITH THIS TOWER BEHIND IT.

UH, WE DON'T

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DO ANY MODIFICATIONS TO THE HOUSE ITSELF.

IN FACT, IT'S REALLY ESSENTIALLY NOT TOUCHED IN TERMS OF ITS STRUCTURE, UM, AND THERE'S NO ADDITIONS, ET CETERA.

SO I THINK IN THAT DAY, WELL LOOK IT AND DIFFICULT, CHALLENGING BALANCE BETWEEN SORT OF MAXIMIZING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE POTENTIAL OF THE PROPERTY BASED ON OUR ENTITLEMENTS AND RESPECTING THE HISTORIC STRUCTURE THAT WE'VE GOT.

UH, I THINK WE'VE STRUCK A GOOD BALANCE AS GOOD A BALANCE AS WE CAN GET.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM? YES, MARK.

THIS HAS BEEN HAIM SETH, AND I'M, I'M STRUCK BY THIS AS ONE OF A PATTERN OF PROPERTIES THAT WE'RE STARTING TO SEE HAVING THESE OVERWHELMING, UH, STRUCTURES AGAIN, ADJACENT TO, OR, OR OVERTAKING HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

AND, UM, IS THERE ANYTHING OTHER THAN JUST, IS IT, IS THERE ANY REASON WHY IT HAS TO BE SO BIG OTHER THAN JUST YOU, CAN YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO PUT IT, PUT THAT PROPERTY, UH, AT A HIGHER HEIGHT, BUT IS THERE ANY OTHER JUSTIFICATION FOR WHY THAT AMOUNT OF DENSITY AND HEIGHT HAS TO BE IN THIS LOCATION? YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

WE HAVE 850 APPLICATIONS OF HOUSEHOLDS WAITING FOR HOUSING WITH OVER 180 SENIORS WAITING FOR HOUSING.

UM, THAT'S REALLY TRULY OUR MISSION.

AND, UM, TO TRY TO SERVE THOSE FOLKS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE TIES TO THIS EXACT NEIGHBORHOOD, SOME OF THEM PROBABLY LIVED AND GREW UP WITHIN A BLOCK OR TWO OF THIS AREA WHO NO LONGER HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO LIVE AND LIVE IN THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, THAT THEY HAVE TIES TO.

SO THAT'S, IT DOES HAVE A CAPACITY.

YOU'RE SAYING THAT THERE'S SUCH A DEMAND THAT THIS IS, THIS IS THE PLACE TO PUT IT REGARDLESS OF WHAT ITS RELATIONSHIP IS WITH A HOUSE.

YEAH, I THINK THAT IT ABSOLUTELY IS.

IN FACT, I THINK BY MOST DEVELOPERS STANDARDS, THE HOUSE IS IN THE WRONG PLACE.

UM, THE TOWER IS THE RIGHT THING THERE.

WE'VE GOT A TOWER BEHIND US AT THE TINDALL WE'VE GOT IN THAT IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, ZONING ALLOWS UP TO 200 FEET.

UM, SO WE'RE, WE'RE RUNNING, WE'RE SORT OF SWIMMING UPSTREAM IN THE SENSE THAT WE, WE FEEL IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE THAT HOUSE.

IT'S AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT FOR WHAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS FOUGHT FOR FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS NOW TO TRY TO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE.

SO KEEPING THE HOUSE THERE IS, IS REALLY KIND OF NOT BUILDING THE TOWER THERE.

UM, BUT IT'S VERY WORTHWHILE TO US TO TRY TO DO BOTH.

I MEAN, THAT'S, THAT'S THE CHALLENGE, UM, FOR US, HOW DO WE GET THE MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSING THERE, UH, WHILE PRESERVING THE IMPORTANT HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF OUR, OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO, ALRIGHT.

ANYWAY, I KNOW WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT DISCUSSING THE CASE HERE.

WE'RE JUST ASKING THE OWNER, BUT I JUST, OTHER THAN CAPACITY, I, I SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

THERE'S A GREAT DEMAND.

AND SO YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY.

AND SO THAT IS WHAT YOU'RE RESPONDING.

I GET IT.

AND THAT TOUCHED OUR PRIMARY MISSION.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, RACHEL STONE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK? OKAY.

I'M TOM HATCH.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AND APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S COMMENTS.

AND I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A CHALLENGE ALREADY LOST IN A SEA OF VERY MASSIVE APARTMENT PROJECTS BY WHAT IS ALREADY THERE.

IT WILL COMPLIMENT THE LOPEZ RESIDENTS.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM? I'M SORRY, TERRY, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR MARK OR FOR TULUM.

IS THERE NOT ANOTHER AREA YOU CAN PUT THIS TOWER ON? THAT'S PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD? NO, NOT THAT WE COULD AFFORD AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

THERE'S NO WAY.

UM, WHEN WE ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY, FORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF THE OWNERS GOODWILL, WE ACQUIRED IT AT ABOUT HALF OF THE VALUE THAT WAS BACK IN 2015.

IT'S PROBABLY

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WORTH TWICE THAT AMOUNT.

NOW WE ARE UNABLE TO PURCHASE SINGLE FAMILY, LOTS ZONED SF IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT THE COST THAT THEY ARE NOW WHILE PRODUCING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THE APARTMENTS IN THIS, IN THIS LOPEZ, UM, TOWERS ARE GONNA ARE GONNA RENT FOR ANYWHERE FROM ABOUT $350 A MONTH TO ABOUT 650 $700 A MONTH.

UM, THAT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DO.

AND NOW IF YOU COULD FIND US A LOT THAT WE COULD AFFORD AND WE CAN BUILD A TOWER LIKE THAT, I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT, BUT THE ANSWER TO THAT'S REAL STRAIGHTFORWARD.

NO, I HAVE A FOLLOWUP QUESTION TO THAT.

UM, FOR THE OWNER, WHAT GUARANTEES DO YOU HAVE THAT THIS WILL REMAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS? IS THIS JUST ONE RENT TERM, UM, AND ONE LEASEE, OR IS THIS, WILL THIS BE PERMANENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS OR GMDC? OUR NONPROFIT WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST, UM, ORGANIZATION IN TEXAS TO CREATE WHAT'S CALLED A COMMUNITY LAND, WHICH IS A 99 YEAR AFFORDABILITY TERM, USUALLY DONE FOR HOME OWNERSHIP, CURRENTLY, EVERYTHING THAT WE, I CAN THINK OF THAT WE BUILT SINCE 2004, WE PUT A 99 YEAR AFFORDABILITY TERM ON THAT VIA A RESTRICTIVE COVENANT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, SO WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM DOING THAT AT ALL.

UM, IT ACTUALLY HELPS ART.

WE PAY TAXES ON OUR PROPERTIES AND IT HELPS US REDUCE THE TAXES BECAUSE OF THE LONGTERM AFFORDABILITY WITH RESTRICTIONS ALSO, UH, RELATED TO THE INCOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LIVE THERE.

SO IT WILL BE RESTRICTED LEGALLY RESTRICTED IN TERMS OF THE INCOME LEVELS AND THE, THE TERM.

AND MY SENSE NOW IS IT'LL BE A 99 YEAR TERM.

SO THAT, THAT IS AS CLOSE TO PERMANENT AS YOU CAN GET IN THE STATE OF TEXAS BY LAW.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

MR. MEYERS, MARK ELLA, WHEN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS HAVE COME UP IN THE PAST, WE HAVE ALLOWED HISTORIC ZONING TO REMAIN ON THE HISTORIC PROPERTY AND SEVERED THE NON HISTORIC PORTION AND REMOVED HISTORIC ZONING ON THAT.

UM, IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING ON THIS PROJECT AND THAT WASN'T MY UNDERSTANDING, BUT THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

UM, CURRENTLY WE DON'T USE THE HISTORIC, UH, PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION ON THE PROPERTY ANYWAY, UH, BECAUSE OF THE OTHER, THE OTHER EXEMPTIONS THAT WE GET A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST EXEMPTION, EVEN AT A SOLAR EXEMPTION.

AND THEN AS A, AS A TURBO, A COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION WERE ELIGIBLE TO GET A REDUCED VALUATION BASED ON THE INCOME.