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[00:00:28]

HEY, THIS IS BRENDAN.

IS ANYONE ON THE LINE? THIS IS DAVEY.

TAKE A CITY HALL.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

THANK YOU.

SINCE WE'RE NOW ON BROADCAST, JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM THE IVY TECH.

IF YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING THIS DAY, I'M HERE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

I THINK WE'LL GO AHEAD

[CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL]

AND GET STARTED.

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

JEREMY CAMPBELL, PRESIDENT CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER FRANKEL, COMMISSIONER MINORS, PRESENT COMMISSIONER TANIGUCHI PRESENT COMMISSIONER FRAIL HERE.

COMMISSIONER ROLISON COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, COMMISSIONER WATLEY AND COMMISSIONER LOGINS.

I SEE COMMISSIONER LOCKERS, BUT I DIDN'T HEAR YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO STRAIGHT INTO NEW BUSINESS ITEM ONE,

[1A. Discussion and possible action to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether 617 Colorado, addressed at 617 Colorado Street, complies with the Urban Design Guidelines, for the City of Austin; Leah Bojo Drenner Group, Drew Raffaele Drenner Group, Andrew Hartman Baskervill, Conners Ladner Design Workshop, Bailey Harrington WGINC, Roger Plourde Turn Bridge Equities.]

A DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACTION TO EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING WHETHER SIX 17 COLORADO COMPLIES WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

WE HAVE THE APPLICANT READY.

YOU DO.

THIS IS LEAH BODO REPRESENTING THE PROJECT.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME? AND ARE YOU READY? I CAN BARELY HEAR YOU.

I'M CRANKING MY VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP.

LET ME SAY IT AGAIN.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YES.

OKAY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UM, WELL, IF, IF EVERYONE IS READY, UM, I'LL GET STARTED.

UH, I'M LEAH MOJO WITH JENNER GROUP HERE REPRESENTING THE APPLICANT I HAVE WITH ME.

UH, ROGER PLOURDE WITH HERBRIDGE, UH, EQUITIES WITH WHO'S THE DEVELOPER.

I HAVE CONNORS LADNER WITH DESIGN WORKSHOP, THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

I HAVE ANDREW HARTMAN WITH BASKERVILLE, THE ARCHITECT, AND I HAVE BAILEY HARRINGTON WITH WGCI THE CIVIL ENGINEER.

SO I HOPE THAT IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS THAT COME UP THROUGH OUR PRESENTATION, UM, WE HAVE SOMEONE HERE WHO CAN ANSWER YOUR ANSWER THEM FOR YOU, UM, IS, IS MY PRESENTATION UP? YES,

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THERE IT IS.

OKAY, SO WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT SIX 17 COLORADO.

UM, SLIDE TWO, PLEASE.

UM, SO HERE WE HAVE A, AN AERIAL MAP TO, TO ORIENT EVERYONE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SEVENTH AND COLORADO STREET THERE.

YOU CAN SEE THE, TO A VERY SMALL LOT THERE ON THAT, ON THE CORNER.

UM, WE ARE OBVIOUSLY HERE, UH, FOR OUR DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS APPLICATION.

WE'RE IN THE CORE WATERFRONT DISTRICT, WHICH ALLOWS UP TO 25 TO ONE FAR AND NO LIMIT ON HEIGHT.

UM, HERE, YOU CAN SEE THAT ON SLIDE FOUR, THAT THE, UH, CURRENT USE OF THE SITE IS A SURFACE PARKING LOT.

ON SLIDE FIVE, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE ARE ZONED CPD COURSE.

UM, AND TO GIVE YOU ON SLIDE SIX, A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPERTY.

UM, SO IT'S A VERY SMALL SITE, JUST OVER 10,000 FEET.

UM, IT IS CBD ZONED AND WE'RE PROPOSING A HEIGHT OF 192 FEET AND 17 FLOORS WITH THE DENSITY BONUS.

UM, THE CBD ZONING OBVIOUSLY ENTITLED TO, TO EIGHT TO ONE.

AND THEN WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM WOULD BE AN FFR OF 13 TO ONE ON SLIDE SEVEN.

UH, I LAY OUT A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THE PROJECT ITSELF.

WE'RE PROPOSING 130, 2,655 TOTAL GROSS SQUARE FEET.

THAT'S A BONUS AREA OF JUST, JUST OVER 52,000, UM, ADDITIONAL GROSS SQUARE FEET.

UM, IT IS A HOTEL USE.

UM, THE, THE HOTEL, UH, IS 119,401 SQUARE FEET, 344 ROOMS WITH THE LOBBY SPACE, WHICH SERVES AS AN AMENITY.

UM, AND THEN WITH AN OUTDOOR TERRACE AS WELL ON SITE EIGHT, UM, YOU CAN SEE HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE MEETING THE, UH, GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS.

UM, THOSE ARE TWO STAR, TWO STAR AUSTIN ENERGY GREEN BUILDING.

WE ARE PLANNING ON ACHIEVING THREE-STAR AUSTIN ENERGY, GREEN BUILDING STATUS, UM, GREAT STREETS COMPLIANCE, AND OF COURSE, SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE DOWNTOWN, UM, DESIGN GUIDELINES HERE ON SLIDE NINE.

YOU CAN SEE A RENDERING OF THE PROJECT OVERALL, JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF, OF WHAT OUR VISION IS HERE, UH, FOR THE BUILDING, UH, ON SLIDE 10, UM, IS WHERE WE LAY OUT OUR GREAT STREETS COMPLIANCE.

SO I WILL, AT THIS POINT, LET, UM, CONNORS LADNER WITH DESIGN WORKSHOP, WALK YOU THROUGH OUR GREAT STREETS.

GREAT.

THANKS LEAH.

CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? OKAY, THANKS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYONE'S TIME TODAY.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO JUST WALK YOU THROUGH AND PLAN VIEW, UH, WHERE WE ARE WITH THE OVERALL STREETSCAPE DESIGN.

UM, AND THEN LEAH, A LITTLE BIT LATER DOWN THE ROAD IS GOING TO SHOW YOU SOME THREE D SIMULATION GRAPHICS THAT REALLY KIND OF, I THINK, ARTICULATE THE DESIGN A LITTLE BIT FURTHER THAN PLAN B, BUT I WANTED TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE LOGISTICS HERE.

SO WE'VE HAD SOME REALLY GREAT CONVERSATIONS WITH, UM, REALLY ALL THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY OF BOSTON AND IN PARTICULAR URBAN DESIGN AND CAP METRO, THERE ARE SOME CONSTRAINTS HERE, BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM TO REALLY, UM, I THINK GET CREATIVE AND, AND HAVE GREAT SHEETS COMPLIANCE HERE.

AND SO JUST STARTING ON COLORADO STREET, I'M GOING TO ZOOM INTO MY PLAN HERE A LITTLE BIT, BUT, UM, YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE KIND OF THE STANDARD 10 FOOT SIDEWALK OFF OF THE PROPERTY LINE.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE EIGHT FOOT AMENITIES OUT NEXT TO THAT, THAT EIGHT FOOT AMENITIES ZONE IS WHERE ALL OF OUR BENCHES BIKE RACKS AND STREET TRADES GO.

AND SO WE HAVE TWO STREET TREES, UH, TWO BENCHES AND FOUR BIKE RACKS, UH, ON COLORADO STREET, WHICH, UH, GIVES US COMPLIANCE FOR GREAT STREETS ALONG THAT BLOCK FACE.

UM, WE ARE USING, UM, PAPER GRADES, UH, TO ALLOW MORE ADA AND AN AROUND THE TREES.

UH, AND THEN I'LL TALK BRIEFLY ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

ONCE WE GET THERE, DON'T WENT OUT THE SLIP SWITCH SLIDES YET ABOUT KIND OF, UM, A CREATIVE WAY TO, UH, ENHANCE THE OVERALL SOILS FOR THE TRAYS.

SO I'M GONNA MOVE UP NOW, UM, TO WEST STREET AND SO ON WEST SEVENTH STREET, AGAIN, UH, SAME SITUATION, 10 FOOT OFF OF THE BUILDING EDGE FOR THE CLEAR ZONE, UH, CONCRETE WALKWAY SIDEWALK THERE.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE STANDARD CITY OF BOSTON PAVERS, UH, WITHIN THE EIGHT FOOT AMENITIES ZONE.

WE DO HAVE A CAP METRO BUS STOP THERE THAT YOU CAN SEE, UH, SLOWED IN BETWEEN TWO, UH, FIVE INCH DRAKE ELMS. AND THEN, UH, KIND OF ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THAT, UH, WE HAVE TWO BENCHES AND ANOTHER STREET TRUE.

SO WE'RE ABLE TO KIND OF MAXIMIZE THAT, UH, AND GET OUR GREAT STREETS COMPLIANCE IN THAT AREA.

UM, THE ONLY THING THAT'S, UH, NOT WITHIN THE 10 FOOT AMENITIES ZONE IS A SMALL PLANTER.

IF I GO BACK TO COLORADO STREET, SORRY TO MAKE YOU BOUNCE AROUND WITH YOUR EYES THERE.

UM, BUT YOU CAN SEE WE'VE INTEGRATED A SMALL PLANTER ALONG THE BASE OF THE BUILDING,

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UH, THERE TO HELP US WITH ADA ACCESSIBILITY TO THE ENTRANCE, UH, AND TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE SOFTSCAPE TO THAT FACADE.

I THINK THAT CAPTURES THE OVERALL GREAT STREETS.

AND AGAIN, YOU'LL SEE THIS IN MORE DETAIL AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS THREE D SIMULATION IMAGERY.

YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND SO THEN ON SLIDE 11, UM, THIS, WE JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STRUCTURAL SOIL SYSTEM.

SO WE'RE, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE CLIENT'S BEEN REALLY GREAT ABOUT THIS PUSHING US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A PARADE, A LARGE GROWING MEDIUM FOR OUR SRI, SO THEY CAN GET BIG AND SHADY AND REALLY GIVE US THAT HUMAN COMFORT ALONG THE STREETSCAPE AND A LOT SHORTER OF THE TIME PERIOD, UH, THAN JUST A STANDARD, UH, TYPICAL TREE VAULT.

OKAY.

AND THEN I THINK THIS GETS KICKED BACK TO LEAH OR ROGER FOR SLIDE 12.

YEAH.

I'LL LET ROGER, UM, I'LL LET ROGER WITH THE DEVELOPER, UH, TO BRIDGE EXPLAIN, UM, OUR SECOND FLOOR ACTIVATED USE.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME OKAY? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY, GREAT.

UH, SO YEAH, SO THIS BRINGS US TO OUR SECOND FLOOR, WHICH I THINK IS ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT AND ALSO THE MOST EXCITING ELEMENTS OF OUR DESIGN AND OUR OBJECTIVE HERE WITH THIS FLOOR IS TO CREATE THE ABSOLUTE, MOST ACTIVE USE THAT WE CAN.

AND WITH THAT IN MIND, YOU'LL SEE, UM, THAT THERE IS, UH, THERE ARE VERY, UH, THERE'S A FEW DIFFERENT USES ON THIS FLOOR, UH, BAR, THERE IS A LIVING ROOM FOR SOME LOUNGE SPACES, AS WELL AS SOME WORKING AREAS.

AND THE REASONING BEHIND THAT IS THAT WE'VE LEARNED THAT, YOU KNOW, ACTIVITY BEGETS MORE ACTIVITY WHEN YOU WALK INTO A PLACE AND YOU SEE PEOPLE ALREADY THERE, IT BECOMES INVITING.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, B GETS EVEN MORE SORT OF OCCUPANCY AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE GOING FOR.

WE WANT THIS FLOOR TO BE ALIVE AND WE WANT TO BE ALIVE REALLY 24 HOURS A DAY.

SO YOU'LL SEE THERE WHERE WE HAVE THE BAR SEATING.

THAT'LL BE SOMETHING THAT, WHERE YOU'LL SEE COFFEE IN THE MORNING TO SEE LIGHT SNACKS DURING LUNCH.

AND YOU ALSO SEE COCKTAILS IN THE EVENING.

UM, AND THEN THROUGHOUT ALL THOSE DIFFERENT TIMES A DAY, I'LL ALSO SEE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE COMING THROUGH IN DIFFERENT WORK AREAS AND ALSO PLACES JUST TO, UH, LOUNGE.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, UM, THAT'S AN OUTDOOR TERRACE AREA THERE WHERE YOU CAN SEE LESS OF A PLAN, UM, SO THAT THIS ACTIVE USE REALLY JUST SHOWS TO THE STREET, UM, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

UM, AND SO THAT KIND OF BRINGS US TO, YOU KNOW, HOW, WHAT WE'RE GOING, WHAT WE'RE DOING IN ORDER TO LORE MORE FOLKS UP THERE.

AND I GIVE THE DESIGN TEAM AN ABSOLUTE TON OF CREDIT FOR THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE HERE.

UH, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WHICH IS SLIDE 18, UM, THIS KIND OF GIVES YOU A LOOK INTO THE ICONIC STAIR THAT WE'VE PLACED INTO THE FIRST FLOOR THAT LEADS UP INTO, DIRECTLY INTO THE SECOND FLOOR.

YOU'LL SEE, YOU'LL SEE FLOOR TO CEILING GLASS, JUST MAKING THIS AREA SUPER VISIBLE.

UH, YOU'LL ALSO SEE SOME LOCALLY SOURCED ART THEY'RE INTO THE LEFT, THE RENDERING, AS WELL AS CUSTOM CABINETRY, JUST KIND OF SHOWING THE WAY UP INTO THE SECOND FLOOR.

UM, SO IF YOU NOW TURN INTO SLIDE 14, YOU CAN SEE, UM, THERE'S A COUPLE OF RENDERINGS OF WHAT THIS IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

SO YOU SEE LOTS OF ACTIVATION, LOTS OF PEOPLE, LOTS OF DIFFERENT USES, BUT EVERYTHING KIND OF COMING TOGETHER REALLY COHESIVELY.

UM, SO IF YOU CONTINUE TO GO NOW INTO SLIDE 15, JUST KIND OF ANOTHER LOOK, UM, INTO WHAT THIS WILL ULTIMATELY BE.

UM, SO I THINK WE CAN ADD, GO ON TO SLIDE 16, UM, WHICH IS WHERE WE START TO TALK ABOUT A DAY PASSES, YOU KNOW, IN CONVERSATIONS WITH STAFF WE WANTED, AND FRANKLY JUST BEEN IN, IN CONNECTION WITH WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH FROM A BRANDING PERSPECTIVE, WE WANT IT TO BE REALLY JUST INTERACTED WITH.

WE THOUGHT WE WANTED TO FIND A WAY TO BE INTERACTIVE WITH THE COMMUNITY.

AND OUR IDEA HERE WAS TO OFFER DAY PASSES TO TEACHERS IN THE AREA AND EFFECTIVELY WHAT THIS IS, IS A, YOU KNOW, A FREE PASS TO COME IN AND ENJOY SUPER FAT.

WHAT IS GOING TO BE SUPER, SUPER FAST WIFI.

AND THERE'S THE COOL PLACE TO GO GET AWAY, HANG OUT, UM, AND, YOU KNOW, POTENTIALLY THERE'S SOME EVENTS AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY WOULD HAVE FREE ACCESS TO, UH, AND JUST KIND OF ENJOY, ENJOY WHAT IS GOING TO BE REALLY BEAUTIFUL, REALLY FUNCTIONAL SPACE FOR THE DAY.

AND I THINK WITH THAT, WE HAD, I THINK I HANDED BACK TO YOU.

YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

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UM, YEAH, AND I, AND I, AND WHAT I WOULD ADD AS WE'RE LOOKING AT SLIDE 16 IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, PARTICULARLY WITH ALL THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC FELT LIKE THEY WERE NOT JUST ALLOWED TO COME IN, BUT REALLY INVITED IN.

AND SO BY SPECIFICALLY MAKING SURE THAT TEACHERS FEEL WELCOME, THIS IS A PLACE WITH REALLY GREAT WIFI, UM, YOU KNOW, A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO WORK.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT, THAT, THAT SPACE REALLY SERVES THAT PURPOSE.

UM, AND SO ON THAT POINT, I'LL MOVE ON TO THE AREA WIDE GUIDELINES.

UM, AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE DID GET A RECOMMENDATION OF COMPLIANCE FROM THE WORKING GROUP, WHICH WE'RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT.

UM, THERE WERE A FEW ITEMS IN THAT MEMO THAT, UM, THAT WE WERE ASKED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT.

AND SO I'M JUST GOING TO MOVE THROUGH THOSE ITEMS HERE, YOU KNOW, RELATIVELY QUICKLY.

AND THEN IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THOSE ITEMS OR ABOUT ANY OTHER ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT, OBVIOUSLY WE CAN, WE CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS FROM THERE.

UM, SO THE FIRST AREA WIDE GUIDELINE, WE WERE ASKED TO TAKE A LOOK OUT, UM, A LITTLE CLOSER TO LOOKOUT WAS INCORPORATING CIVIC ART INTO THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

UM, IF YOU LOOK AT SLIDE 18, UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE, WE DO HAVE PRETTY EXTENSIVE PUBLIC ART, UM, REALLY ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE BUILDING ON THE OUTSIDE.

AND A LOT OF IT REALLY, UM, KIND OF MOVE FROM THE OUTSIDE, THROUGH, INTO THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING.

UM, LIKE ROGER MENTIONED, UM, THIS WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS BEING LOCALLY SOURCED ART, UM, AND YOU CAN SEE ON SLIDE 17, HOW THAT, HOW THE ART ON SEVENTH STREET, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, GOES FROM THE OUTSIDE ALSO THROUGH TO THE INSIDE AND IS VISIBLE FROM THE STREET LEVEL.

UM, IF YOU LOOK AT SLIDE 19, WE LOOKED THE MOVE OVER TO THE COLORADO SIDE.

UM, IN OUR WORKING GROUP MEETING, ONE SPECIFIC QUESTION WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS AREA, UM, THIS AREA SORT OF TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOBBY THERE, WHICH IS WHERE OUR FIRE DOOR IS.

UM, IF WE, IF WE COULD DRESS THAT UP AND INCLUDE PUBLIC ART ON THAT WALL AS WELL.

UM, WHAT WE PUT IN HERE IS NOT OUR, IT'S NOT OUR FINAL DECISION, BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU COULD SEE WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN WE DO HAVE PUBLIC ART, UM, IN THAT PORTION OF THE PROJECT AS WELL.

YOU CAN SEE HERE ALSO WITH OUR, WITH OUR FULL, UM, OUR FULL WINDOWS, UM, THAT YOU CAN SEE THE ART THAT'S EVEN IN LIKE IN THE LOBBY AREA FROM THE STREET.

UM, AND THEN IF YOU MOVE ON TO SLIDE 20, YOU CAN SEE HOW THE, THE R ON SEVENTH STREET WRAPS AROUND FROM SORT OF FACING SEVENTH STREET INTO THAT ENTRYWAY.

AND THEN ANOTHER POINT THAT I'LL RAISE AT THIS ON THE SLIDE, UM, UH, IS THAT WE WERE ASKED TO INCORPORATE A BENCH INTO THIS AREA TO MAKE IT FEEL INVITING.

THIS IS, THIS IS NOT PART OF THE GREAT STREETS, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS INSIDE OUR, OUR PROPERTY LINE.

UH, BUT WE DID ADD THESE BENCHES, THESE SORT OF ARTISTIC BENCHES HERE, UM, IN THE LOBBY, UM, TO MAKE ANOTHER, ANOTHER PLACE, UM, FOR ACTIVATION.

AND THEN IF YOU LOOK AT SLIDE 21, YOU CAN SEE AGAIN FROM THE INTERIOR, HOW THAT ART LOOKS INSIDE, HOW IT, IT KIND OF WRAPS FROM THE, OF THE BUILDING INTO THE INSIDE THERE, ON THAT WALL.

AND ON SLIDE 22, WE TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC STREETSCAPE GUIDELINES.

UM, SO THE ONES THAT WERE MENTIONED WERE, UM, PROTECTION PROTECTING, UM, PEDESTRIANS FROM CARS AND PROMOTING CURBSIDE PARKING.

AND THEN ALSO THE GENEROUS STREET-LEVEL WINDOWS, WHICH I'VE TALKED ABOUT A LITTLE BIT ALREADY, UM, ON SLIDE 23.

UH, WHAT YOU CAN SEE HERE IS, UM, THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE DROP OFF AREA, WHICH I'LL TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT MORE IN A MINUTE.

UM, WE DO THIS, THIS PROJECT DOES NOT HAVE ANY PARKING SPACES ON SITE.

SO WE'RE EXPECTING ALL OF OUR, UM, GUESTS, UM, AND, AND USERS OF THESE PUBLIC SPACES TO COME, YOU KNOW, EITHER ON BIKE, ON FOOT, UM, ON TRANSIT OR DROPPED OFF BY A TAXI OR A, OR A TNC.

UM, SO THIS IS THE AREA WHERE PEOPLE WOULD BE DROPPED OFF AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE GREAT STREETS AREA DOES BUFFER IT, UM, FROM THE STREET ITSELF.

AND THEN ON AN ACTUALLY ON THIS ONE, YOU CAN ALSO SEE THOSE, THOSE, UM, THOSE WINDOWS AND THE TRANSPARENCY OF THOSE WINDOWS.

UM, AND THEN ON SLIDE 24, I TALK AGAIN ABOUT, UM, CONTROLLING ON PARKING.

SO OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T HAVE PARKING ONSITE TO CONTROL.

UM, BUT WHAT YOU CAN SEE IF YOU GO TO SLIDE 25 AND THIS, UM, IN THIS AERIAL SHOT IS WHERE THAT PASSENGER LOADING AREA IS, IS LOCATED THERE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE COLORADO BLOCK.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING EXTENSIVELY WITH CAP METRO AND ATD ON HOW TO, HOW TO MAKE THE SITE REALLY FUNCTION WELL FOR ALL OF THE, ALL THE WAYS THAT PEOPLE WILL GET THERE.

UM, AND SO, UM, WHERE WE ARE, I THINK, UM, PRETTY WELL FINALIZED IS PUTTING A SMALL LOADING AREA THERE IN FRONT OF THE BUS STOP.

WE DO HAVE BUS STOPS ON BOTH THE COLORADO FRONT EDGE AND THE SEVENTH STREET FRONTAGE, WHICH WE'VE ACCOMMODATED, UM, ON OUR SITE WHILE, WHILE COMPLYING FULLY WITH GREAT STREETS.

UM, AND SO WHILE WE DON'T HAVE ON STREET PARKING TO BUFFER THAT AREA, WE DO HAVE, WE DO HAVE BUS STOPS AND VEHICLES THERE TO BUFFER THE PEDESTRIANS FROM THE STREET.

UM, AND THEN, UH, ON 26, I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, WE OF COURSE REQUESTS YOUR RECOMMENDATION THAT WE COMPLY WITH THE DOWNTOWN, UM, DESIGN GUIDELINES.

UM, AND WE'RE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

UM,

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SLIDE 27 IS AGAIN A, UM, A RENDERING OF THE WHOLE BUILDING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, LEAH.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I GUESS I HAVE SOME, SINCE I WROTE THE LETTER ON THE MEMO, THERE'S SOME THAT WEREN'T CONCERNED ABOUT A DROP OFF FOR A RIDESHARE CARS AND ALL THAT.

I'M NOT SURE IT'D BE ALL DRESSED THEM UP SINCE WE DON'T HAVE PARKING.

I'M SURE THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF RIDESHARES PULLING UP THERE AND LETTING PEOPLE OFF OR TEXTING OR WHATEVER I'M WE DID.

I DIDN'T, I'M NOT SURE I HEARD THE WHOLE QUESTION.

I APOLOGIZE, BUT I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE DID WORK VERY CLOSELY AND ARE STILL WORKING CLOSELY WITH, WITH CAPITAL METRO AND, UM, THE TRANSPORTATION FOLKS ON HOW TO ACCOMMODATE THAT.

I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE ALL SORT OF HAVE AGREED TO IS THAT, YOU KNOW, RIDE SHARE VEHICLES, AREN'T THERE FOR VERY LONG.

THEY JUST NEED A SAFE PLACE TO PULL UP THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE STREET, UM, WHERE PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO BE INTERFERING WITH THE BUS OPERATIONS, IF YOU DON'T MAKE A DROP OFF AREA, PEOPLE TEND TO DROP OFF IN BUS STOPS, WHICH, WHICH IS NOT RIGHT AND, AND NOT WHAT PEOPLE WANT.

UM, SO I THINK, UM, I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE A HUNDRED PERCENT FINALIZED ON THAT.

UM, AND BAILEY HERE MAY BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT.

BUT I THINK THAT, UM, I THINK I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT BOTH OF THOSE ENTITIES FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH, WITH THIS PROPOSAL, UH, AS FAR AS THE WAY OF APPROPRIATELY ACCOMMODATING THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE DROPPED OFF.

AND SO YOU'RE SAYING TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT LIKES THAT SOLUTION.

OKAY.

YES.

SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH, WITH BOTH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND CAP METRO ON BOTH OF OUR FRONT EDGES AND HOW TO MANAGE THOSE.

I HONESTLY SHARE COMMISSIONER OF GUCCI'S CONCERN IN MY EXPERIENCE STOPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD LIKE THAT, UM, IS VERY DANGEROUS.

I'VE ACTUALLY SEEN PEOPLE GET REAR-ENDED AS THEY'RE TRYING TO EXIT THE CAR LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY IN THIS SCENARIO WHERE THERE'S A TRAFFIC LIGHT THAT CAN BE GREEN AND PEOPLE ARE JUST STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.

UM, YEAH, BUT I THINK, I THINK WHAT'S HELPFUL ABOUT THIS ONE IS BECAUSE WE DO HAVE THAT BUS STOP.

IT'S NOT REALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, LIKE IT'S NOT IN THE DRIVE LANE.

UM, IT'S ACTUALLY IN AN, IN WHAT WOULD BE PARKING IF THERE WAS, UM, IF THERE WAS ONSITE PARKING, BUT BECAUSE IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, THE ONSITE PARKING IS INSTEAD, UM, A BUS STOP, IT'LL BE MARKED ON A CURB AS A PASSENGER DROPBOX ZONE, AND THEN IT IS THERE IN FRONT OF, UM, OF THE BUS STOP.

SO IT IS A MARKED SPACE.

ALRIGHT, SO YOU PULL OVER AND YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY IN THE LAND TRUST.

THAT'S RIGHT.

GOTCHA.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? UH, I'M SURE.

TANDRAGEE YES, IT DOES.

I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER ITEMS. OKAY.

COMMISSIONER MINORS.

YEAH.

SO QUESTION REALLY QUICK, UH, ABOUT THE TERRORISTS.

I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THERE'S A TERRORIST.

I'M NOT SURE THAT I SAW IT ON THE RENDERING AND I JUST AM CURIOUS, IS THAT ON THE FIRST FLOOR, AND I I'M CURIOUS HOW IT INTERACTS WITH THE OTHER SPACES AND IF IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FOR SURE.

UM, I'LL, I'LL GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THAT AND THEN I'LL LET OUR, UM, I'LL LET OUR FOLKS PROBABLY FROM BASKERVILLE LEANNE AS WELL.

UM, SO THE PARIS IS A PUBLIC SPACE.

IT IS OFF OF THE SECOND FLOOR AND IT IS DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT WILL INTERACT WITH THOSE ON THE, ON THE STREET BELOW.

UM, THE REASON OUR SITE IS DESIGNED THIS WAY IS BECAUSE THERE ARE, THERE ARE A LOT OF CONSTRAINTS AND IT IS A VERY SMALL SITE.

SO WE'VE WORKED HARD THROUGH THE DESIGN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS VERY INTERACTIVE.

UM, I THINK THAT SLIDE NUMBER, UM, 19, THANK YOU.

SLIDE 19.

YES.

SO IT WAS FROM THE STREET LEVEL, UM, HOW THAT, HOW THAT TERRORISTS LOOKS AND HOW FOLKS CAN SEE BOTH UP AND DOWN A STREET CAN SEE UP TO THOSE FOLKS.

AND THE PEOPLE ON THE TERRORISTS CAN SEE DOWN TO THE STREET.

CAN YOU RESHARE THAT SLIDE ON THE, ON THE WEBEX? OKAY.

ABSOLUTELY.

UM, THE CITY IS RUNNING IS RUNNING THAT SHOW, BUT YEAH, OF COURSE.

UM, AND THAT SPACE, THAT SPACE, SO THAT SPACE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THAT'S SORT OF AN EXTENSION OF OUR SECOND FLOOR SPACE, RIGHT? HAVE THE COWORKING SPACES.

YOU HAVE THE, THE BAR, RIGHT? WELL, WE'LL HAVE, WE'LL HAVE COFFEE, BUT WE'LL ALSO HAVE COCKTAILS IN THE EVENING AND WHERE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR LIVING ROOMS, THAT SPACE EXTENDS TO THAT OUTDOOR SPACE, WHICH THEN I'M FROM COLORADO.

AND AGAIN, JUST CONFIRMING IT IS OPEN TO BOTH.

OKAY, COOL.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I LOVE PUTTING THE PUBLIC INTO THAT SPACE.

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I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE A NIGHTLIFE CONCEPT, WHICH I THINK SO MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED THAT OUR NIGHTLIFE IS JUST GOING TO DISAPPEAR POST PANDEMIC.

UM, THE ONE THING THAT I WILL ADD, AND I'VE BEEN SAYING THIS AT NAUSEUM TO PRETTY MUCH EVERY DEVELOPER IS THAT I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONSIDER THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THIS BRAND AS A CITY OF HAVING LIVE MUSIC AND ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO PROACTIVELY INCORPORATE THAT INTO YOUR DESIGN, I THINK IS GOING TO BE SUPER IMPORTANT IN CONTINUING THAT BRAND.

UM, SO I'M JUST CURIOUS IF YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IF AND WHERE, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT PUT MUSIC, UH, NOT NECESSARILY AS A CONSTANT AMENITY, BUT IN GENERAL, YOU KNOW, AROUND FESTIVALS AND WHATEVER ELSE, IS THERE AN AREA THAT YOU'VE ALREADY PREDETERMINED THAT COULD FACILITATE THAT? UM, I THINK THAT IT HAS SOMETHING THAT, THAT, THAT IS DOABLE, RIGHT? I THINK IT MAY TAKE SOME SORT OF MOVING AROUND IN THE SECOND FLOOR AREA.

WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN AND LOOK AROUND FESTIVALS.

I'M SURE, FRANKLY, THAT ONCE WE GET OUR OPERATIONS PEOPLE AND OUR MARKETING PEOPLE ALL GEARED UP AND READY TO GO, THAT THAT THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO, YOU KNOW, ACTIVATE AND, UH, YOU KNOW, DO WHAT THEY CAN TO, TO INTERACT WITH FESTIVALS AND THAT SORT OF THING.

UM, BUT NO, NO SPECIFIC, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH IT YET.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I WOULD JUST STRONGLY ENCOURAGE IT AS BEING SOMETHING TO CONSIDER WITH A LEVEL OF PERMANENCE.

AND, UH, WITH THAT I YIELD, UH, VICE CHAIR.

UH, OH, THANK YOU, EVERYONE FOR PRESENTING TODAY.

REALLY EXCITING.

AND I JUST WANT, AND THANK YOU TO THE WORKING GROUP.

I REALLY WANT TO SUPPORT, I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT SLIDE 18 AND 19, AND THAT THE BUILDING FACADE HAS COLOR AND PERSONALITY AND VIBRANCE.

AND I, AND I BELIEVE REALLY PRESENTS THAT GENIUS LOW SIDE, THAT SENSE OF PLACE.

SO I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOU GUYS INTEGRATING THIS INTO THE ARCHITECTURAL, UM, LANGUAGE.

AND SO THAT'S, THAT'S VERY EXCITING.

I HOPE IT, I HOPE THIS HAPPENS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

AWESOME.

UH, YES, I'LL ECHO A LOT OF THE COMMENTS ALREADY.

I LOVE THE COLOR AND VIBRANCE AND PERSONALITY.

UM, THE, I LOVE THE TERRORISTS ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF, UH, OVERLOOKING COLORADO STREET.

I THINK THAT THE ADDED LIKE LAYERS OF ACTIVITY AND THE WAY THAT ENCOURAGES FOLKS, I FEEL LIKE IT WOULD SUCK PEOPLE IN.

UM, AND I LOVE HOW ACTIVATED THAT SECOND FLOOR IS WITH THE LOUNGE AND THE BAR AND, UM, BEING SUPER VISIBLE FROM THE STREET.

AND I LOVE HOW THE VESTIBULE IS VERY GLASSY, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, SET BACK.

SO IT HAS THAT SHADE.

AND AGAIN, HAS THAT FEELING THAT SENSE THAT, UM, PEDESTRIANS MIGHT WANT TO DEFINITELY GO AND EXPLORE AND GO ONTO THAT SECOND LEVEL? UM, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO IT'S FOR.

SO I KNOW THAT WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT IT BEING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT I'M CONFUSED ABOUT WHO GETS TO GO UP THERE AND IF IT'S ONLY PAYING PEOPLE PAYING FOR THE SPACE OR TEACHERS WITH PASSES, UM, AND SO IS THERE LIKE AN INCOME THRESHOLD FOR WHO GETS TO BE IN THE COOL SPACE UP THERE? UM, AND THEN, UH, SIMILARLY ON THE STREET LEVEL, I WONDERED ABOUT THE GREAT STREETS LIKE SEATING.

UM, I KNOW THAT THOSE BENCHES WITH THE, UM, KIND OF LIKE ANTI HOMELESS BARS ARE PREVALENT ALL OVER OUR CITY, BUT I JUST WONDERED ABOUT WHETHER SOMETHING WAS CREATIVE AND INCLUSIVE COULD BE UTILIZED ON THE STREET.

UM, I LOVE THE STONE BENCHES, FOR EXAMPLE, OUTSIDE OF THE LIBRARY, AS AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT FEELS VERY INCLUSIVE AND CREATIVE AND ENHANCING THE STREET SKATE.

UM, BUT I DO LOVE THE, YOU KNOW, THE ADDED SOFTSCAPE AND WHAT THAT'S GONNA DO FOR THAT VESTIBULE.

AND, UH, I THINK THE DESIGN IS BEAUTIFUL.

SO I JUST HAVE THOSE TWO QUESTIONS REALLY ABOUT WHO REALLY GETS TO BE IN THE SPACE.

UM, AND DO YOU HAVE TO PAY, UM, AND THEN I ACTUALLY, I DO HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE ART.

UM, HOW WILL YOU GO ABOUT HIRING A LOCAL ARTIST FOR ALL OF THIS EXPENSIVE PUBLIC ART SCOTT? UM,

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I CAN TAKE THE, I'M JUST MAKING NOTES REAL QUICK, SO I DON'T MISS ANY OF THEM.

UM, SO I WILL GO IN ORDER IF THAT'S OKAY.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, ROGER OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN AT ANY POINT.

UM, SO AS FAR AS WHO'S ALLOWED INTO THAT PUBLIC SPACE, UM, THE IDEA IS THAT, UM, I MEAN, ANYONE, ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC IS A LOT OF THERE IT'LL FUNCTION SIMILAR TO THE WAY, UM, YOU KNOW, A RESTAURANT OR BAR OR, UM, COWORKING SPACE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD FUNCTION.

UH, IF YOU'RE UP THERE TO, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, TO BUY, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME, SOME SMALL FOOD AND, YOU KNOW, COFFEE AND COCKTAILS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

IF YOU'RE UP THERE FOR THOSE THINGS, UM, YOU'RE ALLOWED TO BE UP THERE, OF COURSE, JUST LIKE A, JUST LIKE A RESTAURANT OR A BAR.

UM, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY THOSE THINGS, UM, THEY DO SELL DAY PASSES JUST SO YOU CAN USE THE WIFI, UM, AND, AND USE THAT SERVICE.

AND THEN, UM, IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'VE, WE'RE MAKING THOSE PASSES AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS FOR FREE.

UM, THE IDEA BEING OF COURSE, THAT, YOU KNOW, TEACHERS MAY BE LOOKING FOR PLACES TO WORK AND PLACES PARTICULARLY WAS REALLY GOOD WIFI.

AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE WELCOME THERE.

UM, JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, MAYBE EVEN, MAYBE EVEN PARTICULARLY WELCOMED THERE, UM, TO USE THAT SPACE, IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A SPACE THAT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, PATROL FOR PEOPLE.

BUT THE IDEA IS OF COURSE, IS THAT THERE'S LIMITED SPACE THERE.

AND SO THE IDEA IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE, YOU KNOW, TO USE IT, UM, AS FAR AS THE BENCHES GO, UM, I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PRETTY LIMITED IN WHAT WE CAN DO AS FAR AS THE GREAT STREETS BENCHES GO, WE HAVE TO COMPLY WITH A SPECIFIC GREAT STREETS DESIGN.

HOWEVER, UM, BASED ON THE WORKING GROUPS FEEDBACK, W WE, THEY DID ASK ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL BENCH INSIDE THAT ENTRYWAY AND BECAUSE THAT BENCH, WHICH IS SHOWN ON SLIDE 20, IF YOU'D LIKE TO PULL IT UP, UM, THAT IS A PLACE WHERE WE COULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE CREATIVE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WE CAME UP WITH A DESIGN FOR THOSE BENCHES, THAT WE FEEL, YOU KNOW, WORKS WITH THE DESIGN OF THE BUILDING, HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A CREATIVE KIND OF ARTISTIC QUALITY TO IT.

AND SO THAT'S THE, THAT'S THE PLACE WHERE WE HAD A LITTLE BIT MORE ROOM TO, UM, TO BE CREATIVE WITH OUR, WITH OUR SEATING.

UM, AND THEN ON THE THIRD QUESTION, AS FAR AS CHOOSING THE PUBLIC ART, I WILL, I WILL SAY THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT.

UM, I DON'T THINK WE ARE AT THE POINT YET WHERE WE HAVE A PROCESS DETERMINED SPECIFICALLY FOR AUSTIN.

UM, WE ARE COMMITTED TO, YOU KNOW, TO LOCAL ART AND TO, TO THESE KINDS OF BRIGHT COLORS, WHICH IS WHAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHICH IS WHAT, WE'VE, WHAT WE'VE DESIGNED AND WHAT THE KIND OF THE DESIGN OF THE HOTEL CENTERS AROUND.

UM, YOU KNOW, BUT I THINK WE WOULD BE OPEN IF THERE ARE PARTICULAR IDEAS ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD GO ABOUT THAT.

I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT LOOKING AT LOCAL ART TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS HOTEL REALLY HAS THAT YOU LOCAL AUSTIN HILL.

AWESOME.

UM, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU ANSWERED THAT.

THAT'S REALLY HELPFUL.

UM, I THINK, UM, MAYBE MY, I LIKE COMMISSIONERS OR SOME OR YOUTUBE.

GOOD.

EDUCATE ME ON THE GRAPE STREET BENCHES AND WHY IT NEEDS TO HAVE, UH, IS THAT ONE OF THE STIPULATIONS OF THAT, THAT IT NEEDS TO HAVE THE, BY THE MAYOR TO STOP PEOPLE FROM GETTING TOO COMFORTABLE.

I CHAIR, YEAH, GO AHEAD.

TO ADD TO THAT.

IT IS STANDARD FURNITURE THAT EVERYONE HAS TO USE.

SO IN THE RIGHT OF WAY, THE PROPERTY THAT BELONGS TO THE STREET OR TO THE CITIZENS, WE DO HAVE TO USE WHAT'S SPECIFIED, BUT AT THE LIBRARY, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THAT BLOCK SEATING AND AT THE MARRIOTT ON SECOND TO CONGRESS.

SO THAT, THAT, THAT BLOCK CD IS ACTUALLY JUST WITHIN THE PROPERTY LINE.

SO YOU CAN DO THE CREATIVE THINGS INSIDE THE PROPERTY LINE, BUT ON THE RIGHT OF WAY ITSELF UNDER CURRENT REGULATIONS.

NO, UNLESS THERE'S SOME SPECIAL CONSIDERATION MAY, WHICH COULD BE, BUT IT'S NOT, IT'S VERY STANDARD TO HAVE THE STANDARD.

OKAY, COOL.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON THAT.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

I THINK IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN, VIBRANT, SO MUCH OFTEN PERSONALITY, UM, ROUGHER, REALLY AMBITIOUS, UH, DESIRE TO HAVE THAT SENSE OF PLACE AND SOULS.

SO, UM, YEAH, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT CALLING.

I DID GET ON LAKE BECAUSE I HAD TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY.

SO FORGIVE ME IF I'M ASKING YOU TO REPEAT SOMETHING, BUT ARE ALL OF THE TREES SHOWN IN THE SITE PLAN, NEW TREES AND I, I, I GOOGLE EARTH THIS SITE AND THERE ARE SOME EXISTING, GREAT STREETS TREES AND A COUPLE OF TREES THAT WERE PLANTED WITH THE PARKING LOT.

ORIGINALLY WHEN ONE AMERICAN CENTER WAS CONSTRUCTED, THEY'RE NOT IN SUCH GREAT SHAPE.

SO CAN YOU GIVE ME A BRIEF TREE OVERVIEW, PLEASE? WE HAVE PARTNERS FROM DESIGN WORKSHOP ON THE LINE WHO SHOULD BE OKAY.

I'LL TAKE IT TO YOU THAT WOMAN, HEY, SORRY.

I WAS

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MADE THE MISTAKE THERE, NOT MY MISTAKE.

HI.

UM, YEAH, SO THEY, THEY ARE ALL NEW TREES.

UM, WE FELT LIKE THEY WERE THE EXISTING TREES IN PLACE TODAY ON COLORADO.

WE'RE NOT, UM, WE'RE IN POOR HEALTH AND SO WE NEEDED, AND WE ALSO NEEDED TO KIND OF SQUEEZE THINGS IN A LITTLE BIT.

SO THE TREES ARE GOING IN THERE IS SIMILAR LOCATION.

UM, BUT WE ARE GOING AHEAD AND KIND OF EXTENDING OUT THAT TREE VOLTS WITH STRUCTURAL SOIL.

SO WE FELT LIKE BRINGING IN NEW TREES AND THAT AREA WAS GOING TO BE THE IDEAL SCENARIO.

SO WE HAVE TWO, FIVE INCH CALIPERS GOING IN ON COLORADO STREET AND THEN, UH, THREE, UH, GOING IN ON WEST SEVENTH STREET.

SO THOSE ARE ALL NEW TREES.

UM, AND THEN OUR REMOVING, UH, THE TREES THAT ARE EXISTING WITHIN THE EXISTING SITE.

THANK YOU.

ARE YOU USING STRUCTURAL SOIL OR THE SILVER CELLS? WHERE ARE YOU USING STRUCTURAL SOIL SYSTEM? WHICH MY UNDERSTANDING WAS USED CATTY CORNER TO THE SITE.

UH, IF I RECALL CORRECTLY AND THOSE ARE LOOKING QUITE NICE.

UM, SO, UH, WE ARE USING STRUCTURAL SOILS.

THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS AND COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS? UM, OKAY.

WELL, I WILL, UH, I JUST WANT TO ECHO A LOT OF, WHAT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID, I, I CAN APPRECIATE THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE SMALL SITE AND WHAT NEEDS TO GO ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT THE ARTWORK THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED, UH, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE ADJACENCY THAT THIS PROJECT TO THE CONTEMPORARY, UM, AND I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO THE SECOND FLOOR.

I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS THAT WERE SORT OF MENTIONED, UM, BY COMMISSIONER ROLOSON AND MAYBE IT'S JUST, UH, A MATTER OF, YOU KNOW, REALLY FOCUSING ON WAYFINDING, BUT SINCE THERE ISN'T REALLY ANYTHING ON THE GROUND FLOOR IT'S HOW DID PEOPLE KNOW TO GET TO THAT SECOND FLOOR THAT THERE'S STUFF UP THERE? YOU KNOW, I THINK THE, UM, THE, WHAT IS IT, THE CAROLINA RED, THE HAYLOFT I THINK IT WORKS CAUSE IT HAS A GROUND FLOOR AND A SECOND FLOOR.

AND SO YOU KIND OF WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH BOTH, UM, WITH THIS DOESN'T HAVE THAT.

SO I THINK, UM, REALLY FOCUSING ON BRINGING PEOPLE IN AND LETTING THEM KNOW, INVITE THEM UP TO THAT SECOND FLOOR TO HELP ACTIVATE THAT SPACE.

UM, I KINDA LAUGHED TO MYSELF, I APPRECIATE YOUR RENDERINGS, YOU STUFFED THEM FULL OF PEOPLE TO, TO SHOW ACTIVITY.

UM, AND HOPEFULLY IT WORKS OUT THAT WAY.

UM, AND THEN ALSO THE, THE TEACHER PROGRAM IT'S SIMILAR CONCERN.

I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA, BUT HOW TO REALLY HOW THE TEACHERS KNOW THAT, HOW DO THEY KNOW THAT THEY CAN GO THERE AND HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE PROMOTED AND KIND OF ROLLED OUT AS A, AS A PROGRAM I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT.

SO THAT GETS UTILIZED.

UM, YEAH, I THINK, I THINK IF I, IF I MAY, I THINK MY RESPONSE, I HEAR YOUR CONCERNS.

AND I THINK OUR RESPONSES THAT WE, THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS HOTEL HAS A REAL INTEREST IN HAVING THAT ACTIVITY.

THAT'S PART OF WHAT, OF WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT SERVES THEM.

SO I THINK IT'S IN THE HOTEL'S INTEREST TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE DO KNOW THAT THEY CAN COME UPSTAIRS, THAT TEACHERS DO KNOW THAT THEY CAN USE THE SPACE.

LIKE IT'S SIX, IT'LL MAKE THE HOTEL SUCCESSFUL.

IF THERE ARE PEOPLE THERE AND IT FEELS LIKE A PLACE WHERE THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A REAL INCENTIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S WORKING AND THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THEY CAN GO.

AND, AND YOU KNOW, THAT IT HAS THAT FEELING.

ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH, DEFINITELY.

DEFINITELY.

I GO BACK AND THEN I HAVE, I HAVE ONE QUESTION AND THE DRIVE THAT GOES AROUND THE BACK OF THE BUILDING.

UM, IT'S LAY, THERE'S A LABEL OF A GARAGE.

IS THERE AN ACTUAL GARAGE BACK THERE? OKAY.

THAT IS AN ADJACENT GARAGE FOR A SEPARATE PROPERTY, BUT OUR SITE DOES NOT HAVE A GARAGE.

THAT'S JUST A LOADING AREA BEHIND THAT.

NO LOADING HAPPENS IN THE STREET.

THAT'S THAT'S THE ADJACENT SITE.

GOTCHA.

THAT'S OKAY.

COMMISSIONER MINORS.

YEAH.

I JUST TRIED TO CONNECT TO THE COMMENT THAT YOU JUST MADE.

AND THEN ALSO MY THOUGHT ABOUT LOCAL MUSIC.

UH, I'M WONDERING IF OUTSIDE, IF YOU'RE ANTICIPATING WIRING THAT WITH SPEAKERS, UM, I KNOW SOMETIMES JUST HAVING MUSIC PLAYING CAN DRAW PEOPLE TO A SPACE.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S EVEN BEEN CONSIDERED, IF NOT, WOULD YOU CONSIDER IT?

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WELL, I THINK WE COULD CERTAINLY CONSIDER IT.

UM, I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE COULD, WE COULD, WE COULD LOOK INTO.

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW, PERSONALLY, I STOPPED MY HEAD WHAT, WHAT THE RULES ARE AROUND THAT, BUT, UM, I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING WE COULD LOOK INTO COMMISSIONER ROLISON YOU'RE ON MUTE, I THINK.

YEAH, YEAH.

YES, I WAS.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ABOUT THE PUBLIC ARTISTS AND HOW YOU MIGHT GO ABOUT THAT.

I FOUND A GROUP CALLED CAPITAL VIEW ART, UM, THAT YOU COULD LOOK INTO, UH, THEY HAVE A PRETTY STRONG, UH, UH, PASSION AND MISSION AROUND EQUITY AND, AND RAISING UP VOICES OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE THEIR, UM, EXCEEDED THE TABLE.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE, IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

SO, UM, YEAH.

CAPITOL VIEW APP.ORG IS THAT IS THE, IS THE WEBSITE I'M LOOKING AT AND THERE ARE TRANSLATION ALL ABOUT HELPING LOCAL ARTISTS, I THINK, PARTICULARLY, UM, ARTISTS OF COLOR.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO LOOK INTO FOR THAT.

EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

DOES ANYONE WANT TO MAKE A MOTION TO SAY THAT IT MEETS THE STANDARD, SO EMOTION THAT COMPLIES WITH URBAN ZONE GUIDELINES? UH, IS THERE A SECOND, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THAT? OKAY.

UH, THEN WE'LL TAKE IT TO A VOTE.

I'M GOING TO MAKE IT ACCURATE.

I'M JUST GOING TO CALL ON YOU INDIVIDUALLY.

JUST LET ME KNOW HOW YOU VOTE.

UH, COMMISSIONER LUKINS.

YEAH.

UM, OKAY.

COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, COMMISSIONER MINORS BY COMMISSIONER TANA, GUCCI HIGH COMMISSIONER.

ROLISON VICE CHAIR.

WHO NOW ROBLEDO COMMISSIONER FRAIL AND I AM AN EYE AS WELL.

SO THAT'S UNANIMOUS.

SO, UH, THANK YOU, LEAH.

AND THE DESIGN TEAM.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

TAKE CARE.

APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM

[1B. Discussion and possible action to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether Brush Square, addressed at 504 E. 5th Street, complies with the Urban Design Guidelines, for the City of Austin; Brendan Wittstruck Asakura Robinson, Scott Sinn COA Parks & Recreation Department.]

ONE, THE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING WHETHER THE BRUSH SQUARE ADDRESS AT FIVE OH FOUR EAST FIFTH STREET COMPLIES WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WE HAVE THE APPLICANT ONLINE FOR THAT.

HI EVERYONE.

THIS IS BRENDAN.

WHICH TRUCK CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

SO I'M BRENDAN, WHICH STRUCK, UM, UH, WITH AFRICA OR ROBINSON.

WE ARE THE LEAD DESIGNER, UM, FOR THE BRUSH SQUARE PHASE ONE IMPROVEMENTS.

I'M JOINED ON THE CALL BY A PROJECT MANAGER WITH PARKS AND REC SCOTT SIN.

UM, AND WE ARE KIND OF, WE ARE TOGETHER THE APPLICANT ON THIS PROJECT.

UM, WE ARE HERE, UH, BECAUSE THIS IS A PUBLIC PROJECT.

UM, AND BECAUSE WE ARE, UM, SEEKING, UH, YOUR SUPPORT FOR, UM, OUR MEANS OF ALTERNATIVE EQUIVALENT COMPLIANCE TO SUB CHAPTER II AND, UH, COMPLIANCE WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES, ERIN, UM, ARE YOU ABLE TO, UH,

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PUT OUR PRESENTATION UP TO PAGE ONE? ANYONE ELSE HAVING A HARD TIME HEARING? YEAH.

YEAH.

BRENDAN, YOU'RE A LITTLE MUTED.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANY ADJUSTMENT ON YOU.

YEAH.

IT'S THIS HOUSE.

THIS IS THE AB TAKE CARE OF PRESENTATION IS ON THE SCREEN.

NOW I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU OFF SPEAKER.

DOES THIS, IS THIS BETTER? MAYBE SLIGHTLY, A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

OKAY.

I'M JUST USING EASY OLD FASHIONED PHONE TO MY EAR.

NOW, PLEASE.

I UNDERSTANDING THE TECHNICAL LIMITATIONS OF THIS FORMAT.

PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO INTERRUPT.

STOP ME IF, IF SOMETHING IS MISSED, BUT I'M GOING TO TRY TO PLOW ALONG WITH THIS.

UH, SO WE ARE HERE, UM, DISCUSSING PHASE ONE, UH, REHABILITATION IMPROVEMENTS TO BRUSH SQUARE.

UM, THIS, UH, PROJECT FOLLOWS, UH, THE, UH, 2019 BRUSH SQUARE MASTER PLAN.

UM, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE, THE INTEREST SLIDE HERE, BECAUSE I'M KIND OF LEADING WITH THE RENDERING.

UH, ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES HERE, UM, WITH THE PROJECTS DEALING WITH ONE OF THE CITY'S ORIGINAL SQUARES IS TO, UM, IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RESPOND TO THE GREAT WORK THAT WAS DONE OVER AT REPUBLIC SQUARE AND PROVIDING SOME, SOME LEVELS OF CONTINUITY IN THE DESIGN, BUT ALSO CREATING, UM, A UNIQUENESS TO THIS SPACE.

AND WE'RE USING A MORE OF A MERCUTIO MATERIAL LANGUAGE THAT REFERENCES THE FIRE STATION, UH, EXISTING ON THE SITE.

UM, AND SOME SIMILARITIES WITH THE LIGHTING.

UH, CAN WE MOVE TO SLIDE TWO, PLEASE? A LITTLE BIT JUST BRIEFLY BACKGROUND, UM, FROM THE MASTER PLAN, THIS IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUR SQUARES FROM THE 1839 WALNUT PLAN.

UM, IT WAS, UH, THE FOURTH STREET, UH, UH, EXCUSE ME, FIFTH STREETS IN THE NORTH OF THE SITE WAS, UH, PROPOSED FOR THE ORIGINAL RAIL LINE INTO A TOWN.

THIS RAIL LINE WAS NEVER BUILT.

UM, BUT THE, UH, UM, DEEPA HOTEL WAS CONSTRUCTED, UM, FOR THAT PURPOSE.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF, THERE'S A LOT OF HISTORY OF THE SITE TIED TO THE RAILROAD.

IT WAS OPERATED AS A COTTON YARD BY SEBA BOGART BRUSH, UM, FROM WHICH, UH, FROM WHOM IT GETS ITS NAME, UH, IN THE LATE 18 HUNDREDS, UH, FIRE STATION.

NUMBER ONE WAS BUILT ON THE SITE IN 1938, UH, AND REMAINS IN OPERATION TODAY, THE HENRY HOUSE AND, UM, WAS MOVED TO THE SITE IN 1935.

AND THIS IS IN A DICKINSON HOUSE, WAS MOVED TO THE SITE IN 2008.

UH, BUT THE FIRE STATION IS THE SOLE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE TO THE SITE.

UH, THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE SITE WAS MOSTLY USED FOR SURFACE PARKING, UH, IN THE, IN THE MID 20TH CENTURY.

UM, AND THE LOWER PART OF THE SITE HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED, UH, PARKING LOT, STILL REMAINS ON THE SITE SERVING, UH, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

UH, THE SITE IS NOTABLY, UH, USED FOR LARGE EVENTS, INCLUDING THE ANNUAL HENRY PAWN OFF, UH, AND VARIOUS EVENTS TIED TO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

WE'VE MOVED TO SLIDE THREE, PLEASE.

UH, THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS FOR THAT MASTER PLAN, UM, CONTINUED THROUGH THE LIFE TO THE APPROXIMATELY ONE YEAR LIFE SPAN OF THAT PROJECT.

UM, IT WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN MARCH OF 2019.

UM, COUNCIL WENT ON TO, UH, IN MARCH OF 2019 COUNCIL WENT ON TO DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER TO CONSIDER DEVELOPING A PLAN, DETERMINING A LOCATION AND IDENTIFYING FUNDING TO RELOCATE FIRE STATION.

NUMBER ONE, WHICH IS KEY TO THE PHASING OF THE MASTER PLAN, ULTIMATELY FEEDBACK FROM THAT PROCESS, UH, UM, REACHED MORE THAN 400, UM, DIFFERENT INPUTS FROM STAKEHOLDERS, UH, INCLUDING THE DESIGN COMMISSION.

UH, WE WENT BEFORE THE DESIGN COMMISSION ON THE MASTER PLAN IN JANUARY OF 2019.

UH, CAN WE MOVE TO SLIDE FOUR, PLEASE? UH, I SPOKE ABOUT THE PHASING OF THE MASTER PLAN.

THE PHASING OF THE MASTER PLAN IS DUE TO THE OPERATIONS OF THE FIRE STATION.

THERE ARE LIMITED IMPACTS THAT CAN BE DONE, UH, IN EARLY PHASE.

UH, ONE OF THE KEY RECOMMENDATIONS COMING OUT OF THAT MASTER PLAN WAS TO PRIORITIZE GETTING THE FUNDING FOR PHASE ONE AND GETTING MOVING WITH THE PROJECT THAT'S BEEN A PRIORITY FOR PART.

HOWEVER, WE RECOGNIZE THAT WITH THE FIRE STATION OPERATION, UH, FULL EXTENT OF A MASTER PLAN CANNOT BE REALIZED.

SO IN PHASE ONE, THE IMPROVEMENTS FROM THE MASTER PLAN INCLUDED DEMOLISHING AND RELOCATING THE EXISTING PARKING LOT TO FREE UP MORE CENTRAL SPACE IN THE CENTER OF THE PARK TO CREATING THAT LARGER EVENT LAWN AND ADDING FOR THE FIRST TIME ACCESSIBLE SHADED PATHWAYS INTO THE PARK, PROVIDING SEATING, LIGHTING SITE FURNISHINGS, AND WORKING TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THE HERITAGE TREES ON THE SITE

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IN PHASE TWO, UM, THE MASTER PLAN CALLS FOR THE COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE FIRE STATION PARKING LOT, AND THE DEMOLITION OF THE LATER CONSTRUCTED FIRE STATION ANNEX AND A, UM, RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL FIRE STATION BUILDING INTO A PUBLIC USE OF SOME SORT WITH A SORT OF PLAZA AND FEEDING AROUND IT, AS WELL AS EXTENDING OUT THE LAWN, UM, AND PERFORMANCE AREA, UM, AND COMPLETING OUT GREAT STREETS ON, UM, FORTUNES OF THE RIGHT OF WAY WHERE IT'S NOT ALREADY, UH, IN EFFECT.

UH, IF WE CAN MOVE TO SLIDE FIVE, PLEASE.

UH, THE IMAGES ON SLIDE FIVE ARE INTENDED TO SHOW THE PHASE ONE MASTER PLAN IMAGERY ON THE LEFT AND OUR CURRENT, UM, IMAGERY FOR THE PHASE.

ONE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, UH, SHOWING ADHERENCE TO THE PLAN.

UM, THE KEY SHOWS THE, THE EXISTING FIRE STATION, OH, HENRY MUSEUM AND DICKINSON MUSEUM ON THE NORTH HALF OF THE SITE, UH, AS WELL AS THE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED PUBLIC RESTROOM ON TRINITY STREET ON, UH, UH, MISSES ON THE SLIDE, BUT ALSO, UH, RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED PUBLIC WATER FOUNTAIN THAT LOCATION AS WELL.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE TWO PLANS.

UM, I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT LATER ABOUT THE SHIFTING OF THAT PARKING LOT, BUT WE ARE, UM, MAKING THAT PARKING LOT FAR MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND TRYING TO MOVE IT, UH, AS FAR WEST TO THE SITE SO THAT WE CAN MAXIMIZE THE OPEN SPACE ON THE CENTRAL, UH, FOLLOWING SOME OF THE FEEDBACK WE GOT, INCLUDING FEEDBACK FROM THE DESIGN COMMISSION.

UM, YOU'LL SEE THAT THE PHASE ONE SITE PLAN NOW SHOWS A STRONGER DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE FOURTH STREET PLAZA, WHICH FRONTS THE CONVENTION CENTER AT FOURTH STREET PLAZA BEING THE PEDESTRIANIZATION OF FOURTH STREET, TIED TO THE CAP METRO DOWNTOWN STATION PROJECT.

IT'S CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

UM, SUSTAINABILITY ELEMENTS ARE BEING ADDED.

WE HAVE ADDED, UM, UH, TWO RAIN GARDENS THROUGH THE PROJECT.

AND WE'RE CURRENTLY IN DISCUSSION WITH PART ABOUT PURSUING SITES, UM, FOR THE PROJECT, WHICH WOULD BE, I BELIEVE A FIRST FOR THE, UH, FOR THE DEPARTMENT, UH, ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, UM, FROM THE DESIGN COMMISSION, WE DID ENLARGE THE DECK, UM, AREA, WHICH IS, UM, UH, ITEM TWO HERE ON THIS SLIDE, UH, AND REPLACED, UH, THE PREVIOUS, WE HAD PREVIOUSLY RECOMMENDED BOLLARD LIGHTING, UH, THAT HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH 12 FOOT PEDESTRIAN LIGHTS.

UH, ALSO ADD AN ADDITIONAL SHADE TREES TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE SITE, UM, AND CREATED MORE SEAT WALLS, UH, INFORMAL SEATING OPPORTUNITIES ALONG ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE SITE, ALONG TRINITY STREET, IF WE CAN MOVE TO SAY, UM, EXCUSE ME, UH, PAGE SIX ON PAGE SIX, THE FIRST ONE TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE DOTTED OUTLINE AND THE SORT OF CENTER OF THE SITE PLAN.

THAT IS THE FOOTPRINT OF THE CURRENT, UH, PAR, UH, PARKING LOT.

SO THIS SLIDE IS INTENDED TO SHOW THE DEGREE TO WHICH THAT PARKING LOT IS BEING SHIFTED TO CREATE A BETTER, MORE USABLE SPACE IN THE SOUTHEAST QUADRANT OF THE PARK.

UH, SO CONCURRENT PROJECTS, UM, OUR LEGION ON THIS SITE, UH, I MENTIONED THE CAP METRO DOWNTOWN STATION, UH, PROJECT IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE O HENRY MUSEUM, UM, IS CURRENTLY ALSO GOING ON UNDERGOING, UM, UH, REHABILITATION TO THE MUSEUM AND GROUNDS CONSTRUCTION SENSING WENT UP, I BELIEVE OUR LAST MONTH, UH, TO BEGIN THAT PROJECT, THE FIRE STATION ITSELF IS ALSO, UH, CURRENTLY, UM, IN EARLY DESIGN PHASE FOR, UM, A RENOVATION OF THAT ENTIRE PROJECT TOO.

AND, UH, OUR PROJECT MANAGER AND THAT PROJECT MANAGER ARE MEETING, UM, FAIRLY REGULARLY TO ENSURE, UM, THOSE PROJECTS ARE COLLABORATING SEAMLESSLY.

SO ALL THAT IS TO SAY THAT A LOT OF THOSE THINGS ARE DRIVING.

WHAT IS, UH, WHAT IS SHOWN HERE IN PINK AS, AS THE PROPOSED LIMIT OF WORK FOR THE PHASE ONE PROJECT? UM, SOME OF THOSE OTHER ELEMENTS ARE CONCURRENT ARE CONCURRENTLY HAPPENING.

UH, THE MAJOR ELEMENTS HERE BEING, EXPANDING THAT EVENT LAW AND PROTECTING THE HERITAGE TREES, UM, THAT SHADED DECK AREA WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH, UH, PARTS THAT HAVE BEEN FORESTRY DIVISION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT PUTTING ANY FOOTINGS INTO THE 50% CRITICAL ROOT ZONE.

WE'LL BE CANDIDLY LEAVING OVER SMALL AREAS AND WE'LL BE USING 10 FOUNDATIONS TO MINIMIZE THE, UM, THE IMPACT WITHIN THE 100% CRITICAL ROOT ZONE OF THOSE HERITAGE.

UH, THOSE ARE BOTH LIVE OAKS IN THAT LOCATION.

UH, OBVIOUSLY, UH, ADDING, UH, INTERNAL ACCESSIBLE CIRCULATION ROUTE TO ALL PROGRAMS WITHIN THE CENTER OF THE SITE.

WE COULD MOVE TO PAGE SEVEN, PLEASE.

UH, SPOKE A LITTLE ABOUT, ABOUT SOME OF THE CONSTRAINTS.

UH, THE PHASING FOR, UH, THE MASTER PLAN DID RECOMMEND THAT A FULL GRAY STREETS BUILD OUT BE PART OF PHASE TWO THAT IS REALLY BEING DRIVEN BY THE OPERATIONS OF THE FIRE STATION, UH, REQUIRE A FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL CURB CUTS

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ON ACCESS TO BOTH TRINITY STREET AND FIFTH STREET, UH, AS SHOWN IN THIS DIAGRAM.

OTHER REMAINDER OF TRINITY STREET, UH, COMPLIES WITH THE, THE PHYSICAL, UM, REQUIREMENTS FOR GREAT STREETS, UH, AND THE, UM, PEDESTRIANIZATION OF, UH, EAST FOURTH STREET, UH, WE BELIEVE ALSO MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE CHARACTER OF GREAT STREETS AND THAT LOCATION, UH, A COUPLE OF KEY, UM, ADDITIONAL CONSTRAINT AREAS INCLUDE THE AREA AROUND THE DICKINSON MUSEUM, WHERE WE'RE, WHERE WE ARE PHYSICALLY, UH, CONSTRAINED BY THE SMALL MUSEUM GROUNDS OF THAT BUILDING, UH, AND ALONG NICHES STREET WHERE, UH, RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED TRUCK TURNAROUND, UM, DRIVEN BY THE DOWNTOWN STATION PROJECT, WHICH, UM, CLOSED NET JUST TO THROUGH TRAFFIC HAS PUSHED THE CURB, UH, UP TO THE PROPERTY LINE WHERE WE HAVE AN EXISTING FIVE FOOT SIDEWALK.

WE ARE PROPOSING TO KEEP THAT SIDEWALK IN PLACE AS ANY DISTURBANCE OF THAT WOULD REQUIRE WORK WITHIN THE CRITICAL ROOT ZONE OF THAT HERITAGE TREE.

UM, CAN WE MOVE TO SLIDE EIGHT, PLEASE? SO AS A, AS A, AS A RELIEF AND TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE EQUIVALENT DESIGN FOR SOME CHAPTER E, UH, WHICH WE KNOW TO BE TRUMPED BY GREAT STREETS IN THIS, IN THIS CASE, UH, WE ARE, UM, PROVIDING, UH, AN INTERIOR CIRCULATION ROUTE THAT, UH, IT'S, IT ITSELF IS INTENDED TO, UH, MEET OR EXCEED ALL GREAT, UM, URBAN DESIGN STANDARDS.

UH, THIS IS AN ACCESSIBLE ROUTE INTO THE PARK, INTO THE LAWN AREA THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED BEFORE, UH, THAT WILL PROVIDE, UM, SHADED ACCESSIBLE PATHS TO THE LAWN AREA, TO THE DECK AREA, UM, AND ALSO PROVIDE, UH, CONNECTIONS TO THE, THE, UM, SOUTH SIDES OF THE DICKINSON AND OF HENRY MUSEUMS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

UH, PHASE TWO WOULD ULTIMATELY ENVISION THAT PATH CONTINUING OUT TO TRINITY STREET, BUT, UM, THE FIRE STATION, UM, DOES REQUIRE SOME SECURITY, BUT ALSO THAT WILL BE, UH, A LIMITED ACCESS GATE, UH, IN THAT LOCATION DURING PHASE ONE.

SO IT WILL BE THIS, THIS PATHWAY WILL BE LIGHTED WITH 12 FOOT PEDESTRIAN LIGHTS, AS I MENTIONED, UM, THEIR SPACING IS BETWEEN 50 AND 60 FEET ON CENTER, UM, WHICH EXCEEDS THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES, UH, AND WILL BE, UM, EFFECTIVELY IN ITS, IN ITS ENTIRETY, SHADED BY EXISTING OR NEW TREES.

UH, THIS IS ALSO A DIRECT CONNECTION TO TRANSIT, UH, THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN STATION, AS WELL AS A MAJOR BIKEWAY AND THE ARMSTRONG BIKEWAY THAT RUNS IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOUTH OF THE SITE, IF WE CAN MOVE TO SLIDE NINE, PLEASE.

SO ULTIMATELY I WANTED TO RUN THROUGH SOME OF THE, UH, SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, AGAIN, THE INTERNAL CIRCULATION ROUTE AND ACCESS TO THE CENTER OF THE SITE IS, IS REALLY THE KEY MOVE HERE.

UM, WE ARE OPENING UP SOME OF THE SIGHT LINES BY MOVING THE PARKING LOT, UH, INCREASING INCREASING SAFETY AND SENSE OF SAFETY THROUGH ADDING LIGHTING, ADDING TO THE PARK, UH, INCREASING SITE, UM, IMPROVING SIGHT LINES AND VISIBILITY LINES THROUGHOUT, UH, THE DOTTED ORANGE LINES.

WE'LL SHOW THE, UM, KEY FUTURE PHASE TWO CONNECTIONS THAT ARE ENVISIONED BY THIS, UH, PROJECT AS WELL.

UM, ULTIMATELY SOME OF THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES THAT, UM, WE'RE ACKNOWLEDGING HERE, A CONNECTION TO OPEN SPACE, UM, AND ACCESS INTO THE PARK AND, AND PROVIDING MORE PATHS OF ENTRY TO THAT PARK FROM DIFFERENT, UM, UM, LOCATIONS AROUND IT, AS WELL AS PROVIDING ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

LIKE I MENTIONED, OPENING UP, UH, VIEWS AND SIGHT LINES.

UH, THE SITE, THE SITE IS, UH, FAIRLY CONSTRAINED TO NATURAL BREEZES BECAUSE OF THE CONVENTION CENTER, BUT THAT, UM, THAT PRIMARY SELF EAST ENTRANCE, UH, IS ALIGNED WITH PREVAILING WINDS, WHICH IS ANOTHER URBAN DESIGN, UH, GUIDELINE PROVIDING CLEAR AND WELL LIT PATHWAYS WITH PEDESTRIAN SCALE LIGHTING.

UH, WE WILL BE ADDING, UH, 14 BIKE RACKS AS PART OF THE PROJECT.

UH, SOME OF THESE ARE LOCATED TO THE SOUTH OF THE PARKING LOT.

OTHERS ARE LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE ALONG THAT JUST STREET, UH, FOR A TOTAL OF 28 NEW SPACES, UH, ADDING WASTE AND RECYCLING RECEPTACLES PART, UH, ONLY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAS ADDED RECYCLING TO ITS FACILITY.

SO THIS IS A, A FAIRLY NEW MOVE FOR THAT DEPARTMENT, UH, AS WELL AS ADDING BENCHES, UH, INSIDE THE PARK, AS WELL AS, UM, MYRIAD OPPORTUNITIES FOR INFORMAL SEATING THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE SMALL AND LARGE GROUPS ALONG THE SEAT SEAWALLS.

UM, THE, UH, AS I MENTIONED, WE ALSO WILL BE, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT PURSUING SITES, UH, FOR THE PROJECT, UM, ACCREDITATION, THAT'S A, UM, FOR ANYONE WHO IS UNFAMILIAR WITH THAT, UH, EFFECTIVELY, UH, UH, SORT OF LEAD ACCREDITATION FOR LANDSCAPE PROJECTS, UH, AND IN KEEPING WITH CRATE STREET STANDARDS FOR TREE PLANTING AT THE FOUR MAJOR SQUARES, WE WILL BE, UH, ANY NEW SHADE TREES

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WE WILL BE ADDING WILL BE LIVE OAKS.

SO, UM, IN CONCLUSION, WE ARE, UH, WHERE REQUESTS, YOU KNOW, WE, WE ARE HERE, UM, TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE PROJECT, UM, TO GET YOUR SUPPORT FOR, UH, MEETING THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES THROUGH THIS, UH, ALTERNATIVE DESIGN PATHS, UM, AND, UH, UH, UM, ALTERNATIVE EQUIVALENT COMPLIANCE SUBJECT.

ARE YOU, EXCUSE ME, UH, I GUESS WE CAN LAND ON SLIDE 10, WHICH IS JUST A THANK YOU, UH, AND BACK TO, UH, THE RENDERING, OR WE CAN STAY ON SLIDE NINE.

UM, AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO, UM, UH, HAND THIS OVER TO YOU ALL FOR DISCUSSION.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

UM, ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I HAVE SANTA GUCCI.

GO AHEAD.

HEY, BRIAN, I LIKED THE PROJECT AND I ACTUALLY LIKED THAT INTERNAL MOTIVATION, BUT THE BIGGEST QUESTION, WHAT IS THE ENCLOSURE PARKING A PARKING LOT? WHAT IS ENCLOSED IN THERE? WHAT MATERIAL? UH, SO THE, THERE WILL BE A SMALL, UM, RETAINING WALL, UM, AROUND THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT, NO TALLER THAN FIVE FEET.

THAT'LL BE MASONRY.

AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, WE WILL HAVE A FENCE, UH, WE'LL BE USING A MARISTAR WIRE FENCE AT THE VERY FOOT OF, UM, UNOBTRUSIVE IT'S.

IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW FENCING AT BARTON SPRINGS POOL, IT'S THE SAME PRODUCT THAT'S USED THERE.

IS IT PEOPLE GO BY YOU? SAME ONE? UH, NO, WE USED, UH, WE USED A DIFFERENT PRO WE USED A THICKER PRODUCT THAT GOES LIKE A VALLEY.

OKAY.

BECAUSE THAT IS KIND OF THE BACKDROP, YOU KNOW, FOR THE PARK AND FOR THOSE PATHS.

SO IT MIGHT BE NICE IF YOU COULD HAVE SOME KIND OF A GREEN WALL OR SOMETHING TO JUST LOOK IN IT AT THE END DENSITY, ESPECIALLY ON THAT ONE WALL.

IS THAT BEEN THOUGHT OF, SO THAT I DID NOT, I DID NOT TOUCH ON THAT IN, IN THE CONVERSATION, UH, EVAN, BUT, UM, EXCUSE ME, COMMISSIONER.

AND, UM, UH, THAT IS ACTUALLY IN OUR, IN OUR DD SET AND OUR 60, 60% DESIGN WE ARE SHOWING, UM, GROWING GREENERY AROUND THE EAST, WEST AND SOUTH SIDES OF THAT FENCE.

YES.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD COMMENT, COMMISSIONER COLIN, THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.

ONE IS, UM, THE SIDEWALKS BEING ONLY FIVE FEET AND DEPTH IS REALLY TROUBLESOME TO ME, ESPECIALLY AS