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[CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL]

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UM, SIX 2020.

THIS IS A REGULAR MEETING OF DESIGN CONDITION THAT THE, UH, VIDEO CONFERENCING, UH, COULD STAFF PLEASE CALL ROLL.

GOOD EVENING STAFF BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.

THIS IS ART, SOMEWHAT RENAULT.

WE'LL GET READY TO CALL STAFF.

I MEAN A ROLL CALL HERE.

UH, CHAIR CAROL PRESIDENT VICE CHAIR, GONZALEZ VICE, I MEAN, UH, COMMISSIONER FRANCO PRESENT COMMISSIONER MINOR COMMISSIONER, HER NAIL ROBLEDO 10 OF GUCCI PRESENT COMMISSIONER FRAIL.

I'M HERE.

COMMISSIONER ROLLINSON PRESENT COMMISSIONER COLEMAN, COMMISSIONER WATNEY, PRESENT AND COMMISSIONER LUFKIN.

BEN, YOU GOT VIEWED ON HERE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU DO HAVE QUORUM.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL GO STRAIGHT INTO NEW BUSINESS ITEM

[1A. Discussion and possible action to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether River Street Hotel and Homes, addressed at 61-69 Rainey Street and 60 East Ave, complies with the Urban Design Guidelines, for the City of Austin. Amanda Swor Drenner Group; Greg Verabian HKS; David Lake Lake Flato; Cameron Campbell CLA.]

ONE, A DISTRESSING AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING WHETHER RIVERS, HOTEL AND HOMES ADDRESS AT 61 THROUGH 69 RAINY STREET AND 60 ESTAB COMPLIES WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

THE APPLICANT.

RIGHT.

CAN I ASK A QUESTION? CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION? OKAY.

YEAH.

SEVEN.

YEAH.

WHICH, UH, WHICH ONE OF ITS PRESENTATION IS IT WE'RE SENT A BACKUP OR WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING DURING THE PRESENTATION? I HAVE NO IDEA.

OCTOBER 26 AND ONE DATED OCTOBER 2ND.

YEAH.

RIGHT HERE WHILE I'M LISTENING.

RIGHT.

DOES THE APPLICANT HAVE THE ANSWER TO THAT? UM, CHAIR? THIS IS AMANDA SWORE WITH RENNER GROUP.

I WAS JUST ALLOWED IN.

UM, AND SO I DIDN'T HEAR THE FULL QUESTION.

I HEARD WHICH PRESENTATION, BUT I THINK I WAS BEING ADDED IN AS THE QUESTION CAME THROUGH.

OKAY.

SO THE QUESTION IS THERE WAS ONE DATED OCTOBER 22ND AND THERE WAS ONE OFF DATED OCTOBER 26.

UH, THE ONE THAT I TURNED IN WAS THE 22ND, SO I DIDN'T MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS TO IT.

IT'S UH, IT STARTS WITH A BLACK, UM, A BLACK BACKGROUND THAT SAYS RIVER STREET RESIDENCES AS THE FIRST SLIDE COMMISSIONER.

I GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

THE BEAUTY OF TURNING EVERYTHING IN A FEW DAYS EARLY, WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO BEGIN THE PRESENTATION? YES, PLEASE.

UM, STAFF, IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO SHOW THE PRESENTATION AGAIN, IT'S THE ONE THAT IT HAS A DATE ON THE FRONT OF IT, OCTOBER 26TH WITH A BLACK BACKGROUND AND REVERSE SHEET RESIDENCES IN FIT.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

UM, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS AMANDA SWORE WITH DRAENOR GROUP HERE THIS EVENING TO DISCUSS THE RIVER STREET RESIDENCES PROJECT I HAVE ON THE LINE WITH ME REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ARCHITECT TEAM AND THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT TEAM THAT YOU WILL HEAR FROM AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE OWNERSHIP TEAM THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, TO ORIENT YOU.

THIS PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF RAINY STREET AND RIVER STREET, AND AS BOUND BY RAINY STREET ON THE WEST RIVER STREET ON THE SOUTH AND EAST AVENUE ON THE EAST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE THREE LOTS THAT MAKE UP THIS PROPERTY ARE CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY CRAFT PRIDE BAR HAVALINA BAR.

AND THE THIRD LIE IS CURRENTLY UNDEVELOPED.

NEXT BITE, PLEASE.

THIS PROJECT IS A RESIDENTIAL PROJECT THAT IS PROPOSING APPROXIMATELY 409 RENTAL UNITS.

THE PROPERTY CONSISTS OF 0.54.

ONE ACRES IS ZONED CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND LOCATED IN THE RAINY STREET RAINEY STREET

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DISTRICT OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM IN THE WATERFRONT OVERLAY AS SUCH THE PROPERTY MAY BE DEVELOPED UP TO AN EIGHT TO ONE FLORIDA AREA RATIO WITH UNLIMITED HEIGHT WITH THE PROVISION OF ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS REQUIRED BY THE RAINY STREET WATERFRONT OVERLAY DISTRICT PROGRAM BY RIGHT BY PARTICIPATING IN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

THIS PROJECT IS PROPOSING AN FDR OF APPROXIMATELY 21.43 TO ONE AND A HEIGHT OF 569 FEET.

THIS REQUEST WILL ALSO MOVE FORWARD TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE CITY COUNCIL TO ACHIEVE THE ADDITIONAL FAR ABOVE THE STANDARD 15 TO ONE THAT IS ALLOWED IN READING STREET AS OUTLINED IN THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE JUST RECAPS WHAT THE LAST ONE SAYS AGAIN, THE CASUALTY OF TURNING IN YOUR PRESENTATION, UH, FORTIES EARLY.

SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE, TO MEET EIGHT KEEPER REQUIREMENTS.

THIS PROJECT WILL ACHIEVE A MINIMUM OF A TWO STAR GREEN BUILDER RATING.

IN ADDITION, THE DESIGN TEAM HAS WORKED WITH THE URBAN DESIGN DEPARTMENT TO ACHIEVE GREAT STREETS COMPLIANCE.

AND FINALLY, WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE RECEIVED A PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATION OF SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE FROM THE WORKING GROUP AND ARE EAGER TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE MODIFICATIONS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO THIS PROJECT TO ADDRESS COMMENTS THAT WERE RAISED BY THE WORKING GROUP.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, TO MEET THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS ASPECT OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

THIS PROJECT IS PROPOSING TO PROVIDE A MIX OF ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AS WELL AS A FAMILY TO ACHIEVE AN EIGHT TO ONE FAR IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE RAINY STREET PROGRAM.

THIS PROJECT WILL PROVIDE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT EQUALS APPROXIMATELY SEVEN, 7,593 SQUARE FEET.

UM, AND THAT AFFORDABLE PROJECT, AFFORDABLE PORTION OF THE PROJECT WILL BE A PROPORTION THAT UNIT MIX.

SO THE TOTAL UNITS IN THE PROJECT TO GET FROM IT FAR EIGHT TO ONE TO 15 TO ONE, THE PROJECT IS PROPOSING TO PAY A FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS PRESCRIBED IN THE ORDINANCE TOTALING APPROXIMATELY $825,265.

AND THEN TO ACHIEVE THE ADDITIONAL FAR OVER 15 TO ONE, THIS PROJECT IS PROPOSING TO PROVIDE HALF OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT VIA ONSITE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HALF WITH AN ADDITIONAL FAMILY RAISING THE TOTAL ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO 15,179 SQUARE FEET IN THE FIELD LIEU CONTRIBUTION TO OVER $1.2 MILLION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I'M GOING TO PAUSE HERE AND PASS THIS ON TO OUR AMAZING ARCHITECTURAL TEAM OF LAKE PLATO AND HKS.

UM, GREG AND DAVID ARE BOTH ON THE LINE.

THEY'RE GOING TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FIELD THEY OUT OF THE BUILDING, AND THEN I'LL COME BACK ON AND RUN THROUGH SOME OF THE SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT THE PROJECT DID TO ADDRESS THE PRELIMINARY COMMENTS FROM THE WORKING GROUP.

LIKE ARE YOU DONE? THANKS.

THANK YOU, AMANDA.

UH, WELL THIS IS GREG MORAVIAN, A PRINCIPAL AT HKS ARCHITECTS.

I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROJECT AND THE UPDATES.

UM, THE RENDERING YOU SEE HERE, UH, DOES SHOW KIND OF OUR LATEST APPROACH TO THE PROJECT WHERE WE TRY TO TAKE THE BUILDING AND EVOLVE IT FROM THE BASE TO THE TOP BASE, WHICH HAS MADE UP OF A MORE KIND OF HEAVY SUBSTANCE OF MATERIALS, UM, AND, AND INTEGRATE AND CONNECTS AND INTEGRATES ITSELF INTO THE GROUND PLANE, WHICH YOU'LL SEE LATER IN SOME CLOSE ABUSE, UH, EVOLVES.

AND AS IT GOES UP, THE IDEA IS THAT WE GET LIGHTER AND LIGHTER WITH MATERIALS.

AS WE REACH THE SKY AT THE TOP, WE'VE INTRODUCED THIS KIND OF BROAD, UM, SHED ROOF, WHICH, UH, ARTICULATES KIND OF A LOUNGE AND A GARDEN UP AT THE TOP.

BUT AGAIN, UM, PICKS UP ON THE IDEA OF KIND OF THE RESIDENTIAL FIELD OF THE BUILDING.

UH, BUILDING GOES UP, WE DO INNER INTERSECT KIND OF COMPONENTS WITH SOME KIND OF REVEALS TO INDICATE DIFFERENT PROGRAM USES.

SO AS YOU GO UP, THERE'S THE AMENITY DECK, THERE'S A COWORKING SPACE.

AND THEN AT THE TOP, AS I MENTIONED, THERE ARE, UH, THERE'S A COMMON, UH, OUTDOOR SPACE AND GARDEN AS YOU GET TO MOUNTAIN LEVEL.

UH, I THINK THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO JUST KIND OF WALK, YEAH.

THE SITE PLAN WITH YOU.

UM, SO THE KIND OF LIGHT BLUE AREA IS THE, UH, IS KIND OF THE RESIDENTIAL SPACE.

THE KIND OF TEAL OR LIGHT GREEN AREA IS MORE, UM, KIND OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES.

UM, AS YOU'RE COMING DOWN RAINY TO THE SOUTH, UH, WE HAVE A RETAIL SPACE, UH, PLANNED AT THAT LOCATION AND OUTSIDE THAT RETAIL SPACE, WE'VE INCLUDED AREAS FOR SEATING.

WHAT'S NOT INDICATED HERE ON THIS SITE PLAN, HOWEVER, IS, AND YOU'LL SEE IN RENDERINGS LATER IS, UM, MORE SEATING AT THE CORNER.

WE ACTUALLY, UH, SOME, SOME, SOME OF THE FEEDBACK WE GOT FROM THE WORKING

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GROUP WAS ABOUT ERODING THE CORNER AND CREATING SOME MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO KIND OF LOOK AROUND THAT CORNER AND OCCUPY THAT SPACE, UH, AS WE GET TO RIVER AND RAINY.

UH, SO YES, THERE WOULD BE MORE SEATING AT THAT LOCATION.

UM, AS YOU GET PAST THAT LOCATION, THEN WE HAVE OUR ENTRY DOORS TO THE RESIDENTIAL LOBBY.

AND SO THAT RESIDENTIAL A LOBBY ACTS LIKE A GALLERY, UH, ALONG RIVER STREET.

UM, AND IT'S, BOOK-ENDED BY TWO DIFFERENT ENTRANCES.

ONE THAT COULD BE MORE FOR THE VISITOR PARKING SPACES, WHICH ARE OFF THE ALLEY, UM, AND INTO THAT CORNER AND THE OTHER ONE BECOMING MORE OF A DAY-TO-DAY PUBLIC ENTRANCE IN AND OUT, AND WE'RE EVEN SHOWING CONNECTIONS POTENTIALLY TO, UH, THE, UH, BAR CAFE THAT MIGHT BE IN THAT SPACE DESIGNATED AS RETAIL.

SO VERY, UH, VISIBLE FROM THE STREET LEVEL, A LOT OF ACTIVATION.

UM, I'LL ALSO WANTED TO MENTION THAT WE ARE KIND OF WITHIN THE, OR OUTSIDE OF THE 18 FOOT, UM, DIMENSION, UH, ALONG, UH, ALONG RIVER AND RAINY.

AND INITIALLY WE HAD SOME SMALL COLUMNS COMING DOWN ALONG THE RIVER, BUT SINCE THEN, WE ARE, UH, PUSHING TO TRY AND NOT HAVE THOSE SO THAT IT CAN BE COMPLETELY OPEN TO THE GLASS WALL, UH, FROM, FROM, UH, FROM CURB THERE.

UM, IN ORDER TO KIND OF DRAW FOLKS ACROSS THE PUBLIC ALLEY.

UM, WE DID ADD ANOTHER WHAT WE'RE CALLING IN RESIDENTIAL AMENITY.

WE DON'T HAVE SPECIFICS ON IT YET, BUT WE DO WANT IT TO BE GLAZED SPACE THAT ACTUALLY HAS SOME FORM OF ACTIVATION.

UM, AS YOU GET ACROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET, UH, THE ALLEY ITSELF, UM, FOLLOWING CONVERSATIONS WITH AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION, WE DO HAVE THE 20 FOOT RIGHT AWAY, BUT THEN WE'VE INCLUDED AN ADDITIONAL THREE FEET ON EACH SIDE FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO DOWN THAT ALLEY.

SO THE BACK OF, TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THAT ALLEY, AS YOU GET THROUGH, AND THEN JUST KIND OF COMING AROUND, UH, TO EAST AVENUE, WE HAVE OUR RAMPS, WHICH TAKE YOU UP ABOVE GRADE FOR PARKING.

UH, THERE IS LOADING, UH, ONSITE, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE NEXT, UH, SORT OF, UH, BAY OF WHITE THERE, AND THEN SOME OF THE NECESSARY, UH, UTILITY AND OTHER ITEMS, UH, THAT WE NEED FOR THE, THE TOWER.

UM, THERE IS A DELIVERY SPOT LOCATED OFF THE PUBLIC ALLEY AT THE BACK IN THAT, YOU KNOW, COULD BE USED FOR MULTIPLE REASONS, OBVIOUSLY, BUT THEN ALSO WE'VE GOT VISITOR PARKING AND NEW TENANT PARKING THAT COULD BE HALF THAT COULD HAPPEN OFF THE ALLEY, AND THEN THEY COULD WALK ACROSS THE IDEA IS TO MAKE THAT AS PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE.

I DON'T KNOW AMANDA, IF THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE ON THAT WE WANT TO MENTION, WELL, YOU MIGHT MENTION GREG THAT WE ARE THIS DAVID, LIKE WE'RE ADHERING TO THE FIVE FOOT SETBACK FROM THE PROPERTY LINE AND IT'S NOTED THERE.

AND I, TO REITERATE WHAT GREG SAID, WE ARE REALLY ERODING THE CORNER AT RIVER AND RAINY PULLING BACK THE STOREFRONT WITH THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD CREATE, UH, A REALLY WONDERFUL WAY OF TURNING THAT CORNER AND OPENING UP THE DUCHENNE TO RAINY, UH, FROM RIVER AND VICE VERSA AND HAVING, UH, A STOREFRONT THAT OPENS VERY MUCH TO TABLES AND CHAIRS AND SPILL OUT ONTO RINEY, UH, FROM THE RESTAURANT.

YES.

AND THEN I THINK DAVID, SINCE YOU'RE ON THE TOPIC, I THINK THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS A VIEW LOOKING DOWN RAINY TO THE LEFT, LOOKING AT THAT CORNER, PULLING BACK THE GLASS, UH, AT THE CORNER, HAVING A, UM, VERY LUXURIOUS PLANTER ABOVE IT.

IT'S, UH, PLANTINGS, UH, CASCADING OVER AND ABOVE THAT WITH STREET TREES MARCHING UP AND DOWN RAINEY AND RIVER RIVER TO THE RIGHT.

UH, YOU'LL SEE THE MIDPOINT OR THE TEXTURE OF THE PODIUM CHANGES AT THAT'S, UH, APPROXIMATELY THE ENTRANCE, UH, TO THE ALLEY AND TO THE ENTRANCE INTO THE, WHAT WE'RE CALLING THE APARTMENT LOBBY LOUNGE.

SO LIKE IN THIS CASE, UH, UH, THE DEVELOPER WAS VERY KEEN ON CREATING A MUCH MORE WELCOMING LOBBY LOUNGE ENVIRONMENT THAT, UH, ENGAGE THE STREET AND REALLY, UH, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF AMAZING FRONTAGE ON RIVER AND RAINY, UH, THE PODIUM, WHICH IS SHOWN HERE.

WE, WE MET AN EFFORT WITH HKS AND GREG TO BREAK THIS PO PARKING PODIUM INTO A SUCCESSION OF FACADES SO THAT IT WASN'T ONE LONG UNINTERRUPTED, UH, FACADE.

WE WERE TRYING TO PUSH AND PULL AND MAKE GESTURES IN THE FACADE THAT WOULD BREAK DOWN THE, OF THE PORK PARKING YOU PUT IN I'M MISSING.

AND GREG, I KNOW, I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE, THE MATERIALITY THAT

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WE'RE REPRESENTING IS, IS DRAWING FROM KIND OF THE LOCAL CONTEXT, OBVIOUSLY THE STONE IN THE LOCAL AREA AS WELL, SOME OF THE, KIND OF THE CORE 10 OR THE SORT OF, UH, RUST COLORED ELEMENTS OF BRIDGES, UH, WITH THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING WAY TO MAKE A CONNECTION HERE AS WELL.

EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU BOTH.

AND I, I KNOW THAT WE'LL THROW THIS BACK TO YOU ALL AT CERTAIN TIMES, AND THEN THEY WILL BOTH BE AVAILABLE TO, TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AS WE GET THROUGH.

UM, BUT I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WALK THROUGH THE WORKING GROUPS RECOMMENDATION, AND THEN THE MODIFICATIONS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO THE PROJECT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE PIECES THAT WERE TALKED ABOUT DURING THE WORKING GROUP.

SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO OUR TEAM ATTENDED THE AUGUST 21ST WORKING GROUP MEETING, AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO RECEIVE A POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION OF SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE WITH URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

AS I MENTIONED, THERE WERE A FEW ITEMS THAT, UH, THE WORKING GROUP REQUESTED THAT WE LOOK INTO BEFORE WE CAME TO THE FULL COMMISSION.

AND SO THOSE ARE THE PIECES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TALK THROUGH.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, AS GREG TALKED, UM, THERE IS THE ALLEY THAT RUNS AND BISECTS THIS PROPERTY.

SO ONE OF THE INITIAL QUESTIONS WAS ABOUT HOW THE ALLEY WAS GOING TO FUNCTION UNDER THE BUILDING, UM, WITH THE ALEC BISECTING, THE PROPERTY, UM, WILL IT REMAIN OPEN? HOW WILL IT FUNCTION AS A MID-BLOCK ACCESS POINT? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THERE IS AN ALLEY VACATION THAT IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW WITH THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT.

WE HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY EXTENSIVELY WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT AN APPROVAL OF AN ALLEY VACATION IS CONDITIONED ON AGAIN, THE DIMENSIONS THAT GREG MENTIONED AND THAT IT ENSURES THAT THE RESULT OF A ALLEY VACATION RESULTS IN AN ALLEY THAT CONTINUES TO FULLY FUNCTION AS AN ALLEY FROM A AUTO PERSPECTIVE, BUT ALSO PROVIDES FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND ULTIMATELY IMPROVES THE CONDITIONS OF THE ALLEY TODAY.

THAT IS CURRENTLY A, UH, GRAVEL ALLEY WITH UTILITY POLES UP AGAINST, I MEAN, WITHIN THE EXISTING RIGHT OF WAY.

AND ONE THING I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT ON THIS IMAGE, AS WE WORKED WITH AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, WE REALLY TRIED TO FOCUS ON MAKING SURE THAT THIS WAS KNOWING THAT IT WAS A PUBLIC ALLEY.

NOT THAT IT WAS AN ENTRANCE, SO PRIVATE PARKING GARAGE AND THE SIGNAGE COMPONENT, THIS IS JUST SOMETHING REPRESENTATIVE, BUT AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DID WANT TO WORK WITH US TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SIGNAGE IN THAT LOCATION.

SO THAT'S JUST NOT SOMETHING WE'VE PUT THERE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT REALLY ENCOURAGED US TO INCORPORATE INTO THE PROJECT.

AND, UM, THEY ASKED THAT WE WORK WITH THEM AS WE GET INTO THE BUILDING PERMIT PAGE OF THIS PROJECT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE GETTING INTO THE ADDITIONAL COMMENTS.

A W FIVE REALLY LOOKS AT THE INCORPORATION OF ART FROM PUBLIC PLACES, PIECES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE, BECAUSE RAINY STREET IS THE PRIMARY PEDESTRIAN STREET FOR THE PROJECT.

WE ARE ENVISIONING INCORPORATING A FOLK ART PIECE ALONG RAINY STREET.

WHAT THIS SHOWS IS A MURAL THAT'S ON THE BASE OF THE STAIRS, WHERE WHAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE A BASE WALL, REALLY INCORPORATING THAT PART IN PUBLIC PLACES.

AND ONE OF THE MOST VISUAL, UM, AND SEEING THE PIECES OF THE PROJECT, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, OUTLINED IN THAT PURPLE BOX, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO DURING THE WORKING GROUP MEETING, THERE WERE CONCERNS REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF THE PEDESTRIAN, WHERE THE BUILDING MEETS THE STREET.

UM, WE ARE ADDRESSING THIS WITH A MULTITUDE OF WAYS WITH CHANGING SOME OF THE PAVERS WHERE THE ALLEY MEETS THE ROADWAY.

AND IN ADDITION, WE HAVE ADDED ADDITIONAL, UM, TREATMENTS FROM A PLANNING PERSPECTIVE.

SO IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I'M GOING TO LET CAMERON REALLY WALK THROUGH HOW THE, HOW THE PEDESTRIAN HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE GREAT STREETS, UM, COMPONENT OF THIS WITH, UM, WITH PLANTINGS AND OTHER ITEMS. SO, CAMERON, DO YOU WANT TO, YES, I'D LIKE TO WALK YOU THROUGH, UH, ALL OF THE THREE STREETS THAT IN OUR FACE, UM, WITH THIS PROJECT STARTING WITH EAST AVENUE, WE'VE GOT ESSENTIALLY A TXDOT STREET, NORTH SOUTH DIRECTION.

WE HAVE TWO STREET TREES AND A, UM, PLANTING BED THAT ENGAGES IN THE PORTION WHERE WE DON'T HAVE THE CURB CUT TO ACCESS.

UM, THE SPEED RAMP GOING UP TO THE GARAGE, UM, REALLY FOCUSING ON RIVER STREET AND RAINEY STREET IS THE PRIMARY PEDESTRIAN, UM, CONNECTIONS.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, ALONG RIVER STREET, WE'VE GOT, UM, A SERIES OF CEDAR ELM TREES THAT SPAN AND LAND WITH WITHIN, UH, SEVEN, EIGHT FOOT WIDE PLANTERS THAT CREATE A VERY NICE PEDESTRIAN

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BUFFER FROM THE STREET, UM, A 10 FOOT WIDE SIDEWALKS ZONE THAT WILL BE A SPECIALTY PAVING.

UM, WE'RE LOOKING INTO SOCKET AND SANDBLASTED CONCRETE THAT DIFFERENTIATES, UM, A ZONE WHERE PEDESTRIANS CAN WALK ACROSS EACH OF THE DRIVEWAY, HER CUT AND APRONS.

UM, SO IT BASICALLY TAKING THAT CONTINUOUS PAVING ACROSS TO, UM, PROVIDE, UM, REALLY FAVORED THE PEDESTRIAN OVER THE VEHICLES, CROSSING OVER THAT ZONE.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A TWO FOOT WIDE PLANTING ZONE, UM, THAT IS ACROSS THE FACADE OR FACE OF THE BUILDING TO KIND OF CREATE PLANTING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE.

WE'RE ALSO NOTCHING OUT AND CREATING MOMENTS FOR THE STREET FURNISHING ZONE.

AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE, UM, BENCHES AND BIKE RACKS PER THE GREAT STREETS ON RIVER RIVER STREET.

AND WE'VE GOT FOUR OR FOUR BENCHES, EIGHT BIKE RACKS THERE, AND THEN WRAPPING THE CORNER AS GREG AND DAVID HAD MENTIONED HOW THAT CORNER REALLY ERODES AWAY, OPENS UP TO CAFE STYLE SEATING THAT IS ESSENTIALLY EXTENDS ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE MURAL, UM, FACADE THAT'S ON THE NORTH WESTERN PORTION OF RAINY.

WE ALSO HAVE STREET TREES THERE, RED OAKS THAT WRAP THAT PORTION.

WE HAVE TWO BENCHES FOR BIKE CRACKS, AND THEN ALSO THE STADIUM AT THAT AREA THAT THEN TRANSITIONS TO THE EXISTING TREES ON THE ADJACENT PROPERTY.

UM, I THINK WE'VE GOT STREET LIGHTS AND, UH, YOU KNOW, THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE WE THINK WILL BE VERY NICE AND SHADED, UM, FROM THAT SOUTH AND WESTERN EXPOSURE.

I THINK THAT'S, UM, ABOUT IT ON THE SITE PLAN HERE.

WE WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND AMANDA, I'LL LET YOU TAKE IT OVER FROM HERE.

I WOULD JUST POINT OUT ONE ADDITIONAL THING ON THE SITE PLAN IS THAT WE HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH TXDOT AS WELL.

WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE MEETINGS THAT HAVE INCLUDED THE URBAN DESIGN TEAM, AS WELL AS OUR DESIGN TEAM AND TECHSTOP TO ENSURE THAT WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING ALONG EAST AVENUE IS ACCEPTABLE TO ALL PARTIES.

WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WAS ADDRESSED AT THIS POINT, KNOWING THAT USED TO HAVE A NEW VISTEX TECH START RIGHT AWAY AND WE DON'T GET AS MUCH LIBERTY IS AS YOU DO ALONG THE OTHER ROADWAYS.

SO, UM, GOING ONTO THIS FIVE, THAT'S CURRENTLY UP, UH, SO PS4 CONTEMPLATES AGAIN, THE REINFORCEMENT OF PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY, AND WE WERE ENCOURAGED BY THE WORKING GROUP TO, UM, AND THEY WORK IN GOOD MEETING TO ADDRESS THE PROJECT PINCH POINTS THAT GREG TALKED ABOUT, WHERE THE COLUMNS ARE, WHERE THERE WERE ADDITIONAL COLUMNS AND SOME CONCERNS ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY AT THE CORNERS.

AND SO WE, WE LOOKED INTO THOSE AND THEN, UM, WE ALSO REALLY WERE ENCOURAGED TO FOCUS ON THAT CORNER OF RIVER IN RAINY STREETS.

IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT REALLY WHAT CAMERON AND GREG HAVE ALREADY TALKED TO YOU ABOUT, AND AT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE COMMISSIONERS, WE'VE WORKED TO INCLUDE, UH, ADDITIONAL, UM, ADDITIONAL PLANTINGS, BOTH UNDER THE STREET TREES AND ALONG THE BUILDING, AS WELL AS VERTICALLY, AND THEN ELIMINATED SOME OF THE CLUTTER, BUT FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD THAT WAS SHOWING ON THE SITE PLAN THAT'S IN THAT CORNER AND REALLY INCORPORATED THE OUTDOOR SEATING AREA ALONG THE HARD CORNER OF RIVER AND RAINY STREET.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, PS SIX IS VERY SIMILAR TO PS4 THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.

WE WERE ASKED TO LOOK AGAIN, IF THERE WERE ANY STREETSCAPE ENHANCEMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE GREAT STREETS THAT WE CAN INCORPORATE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND IN, UH, ADDITIONALLY AGAIN, ADDITIONALLY HAVE ADDED THE PLANTINGS AS WELL AS THE OUTDOOR SEATING FOR THE CAFE THAT IS AT THE HARD CORNER.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AGAIN, AS PART OF THE WORKING GROUP PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY MATERIALS, UM, WE WERE ASKED TO LOOK AT, UM, IN ADDITION TO THE GREEN PLANTINGS ON THE BUILDING, WHAT, WHAT MATERIALS WERE INCORPORATED ALONG THAT AREA.

AND SO I'M GOING TO LET GREG TALK THROUGH THE RENDERINGS AND EXPLAIN TO YOU, AGAIN, SOME OF THE THOUGHTS THAT WERE BEHIND AND SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT WERE MADE TO WHAT THAT PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE FROM A MATERIALITY STANDPOINT IS ALONG THE DIFFERENT FRONTAGES.

SO FROM GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, GREG, I'M GONNA TOSS IT TO YOU AGAIN.

SURE, SURE, SURE.

I'M HEARING AN ECHO.

HOPEFULLY IT'S NOT ON, IT'S ONLY ON MY END HERE.

UM, AND THEN, UH, DAVID'S STILL ON, SO WE'LL, WE'LL PITCH AND CATCH A LITTLE HERE, BUT A LOT OF WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE HERE NOW IS NUMBER ONE, WE'RE EXPRESSING KIND OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE TOWER COMING DOWN TO TWO GRADE WITH THE NATURAL CONCRETE.

UH, SO THERE IS KIND OF A STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN WHAT'S ABOVE AND ADD GRADE.

THEN THERE'S AN INTRODUCTION OF, UH, OF, UH, KIND OF A VARIEGATED, UH, GLASS WALL THAT UTILIZES KIND OF A DARKER MALIAN.

UH, ALMOST LIKE A DARK BRONZE IS A MALIAN SYSTEM.

UM,

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AND WHAT WE DID IS TRY TO INCORPORATE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF WIDTHS INTO THAT.

SO THERE'S A LOT MORE ENERGY INTO IT INSTEAD OF JUST A PURE GLASS, UM, YOU KNOW, PLAIN WALL.

UM, AND SO THAT KIND OF ACTS LIKE A RIBBON TRACKING AROUND AT THE BASE OF THE BUILDING ALL THE WAY AROUND, UM, ALL THE WAY AROUND THE PROJECT.

THERE'S THE INCLUSION OF THESE, UH, KIND OF WARMER MATERIALS WE'RE SHOWING.

IT WOULD LIKE MATERIAL IN THE CEILING UP AT THAT LEVEL TO, UH, TO DRAW YOUR EYE UP AND KIND OF CREATE OUTDOOR ROOM, UH, OUT OF, OUT OF THAT CORNER SPACE.

AND THEN ALSO AS WE GO ALONG, THERE'S LIKE A FACIA, WHICH IS OF THAT SAME DARK METAL AS IT GOES ALONG.

AND THEN, UH, CAMERON MENTIONED THE PLANTING ALONG THE BASE OF THE GLASS WALL.

WE'RE NOT NECESSARILY ENTERING THE BUILDING, BUT IT SOFTENS IT UP AND DRAWS YOUR EYES BACK INTO THOSE INDOOR SPACES.

DAVID, AM I MISSING ANY MATERIAL IN THIS OR ANY UPDATES THAT WAS NOT, UH, THAT BASED ON THE COMMENTS WE GOT, KEEP GOING, OH, KEEP GOING.

OKAY.

NEXT LINE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE, AND THEN IT KIND OF SHOWS HOW THAT TRACKS AROUND ONE THING, YOU'LL NOTE HERE UP ON LEVEL TWO, KIND OF OVERLOOKING THE STREET.

UH, THERE IS SOME, UM, YOU KNOW, SORT OF PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY GOING UP THERE, BUT ALSO IT CREATES SORT OF A, A SENSE OF A DATUM LINE ALONG THAT LOWER LEVEL WHERE IT'S PULLED BACK FIVE FEET.

SO YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF COVERING ABOVE AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF THAT STREET SPACE.

SO, AND THEN IT REPEATS, BUT MORE WITH A GREEN, A GREEN PLANTS, A TRAY THAT COMES OUT OVER THE ALLEY AND THEN THAT BRIDGES ACROSS TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE SITE.

SO THERE'S A KIND OF A CONTINUITY AND SORT OF HIGHLIGHTED AREAS OF ENTRY AND INTEREST WHERE WE'VE INCORPORATED PLANTING INTO THOSE ZONES.

SO THIS IS WHERE, UH, WE'RE ADHERING TO THE 35 FEET VERTICAL HEIGHT SETTING BACK TO THE GREAT STREETS PROGRAM.

IT'S ALSO WHERE, UH, THANKS TO THE HKS AND GREG'S LEADERSHIP.

WE REMOVE THOSE A SUCCESSION OF COLUMNS, WHICH WERE REALLY PRETTY INVASIVE, THE SIDEWALK THEY ARE CREATING FAIRLY NARROW CLOSES.

AND NOW I THINK WITH AS STRONG A 35 FOOT HEIGHT PODIUM THAT IS EXPRESSED AS A EFFECTIVELY A TWO-STORY BASE TO THE BUILDING, IT'S ANOTHER WAY OF BREAKING UP THE PODIUM INTO A SUCCESSION OF LEVELS, RIGHT? I THINK THESE ARE, AGAIN, JUST RESPONSES OF PLANTING ALONG THE BASE OF THE GLASS WALLS.

UM, AN INTRODUCTION OF THE SORT OF PATTERNING PERHAPS ON THE GLASS AND THE MOINES THAT RATES OF VISUAL INTEREST ALONG THE STREET EDGE.

UH, EVEN THOUGH THAT IS THE RESIDENTIAL LOBBY BEYOND, UM, AND THEN ALSO THE PLANTING ALONG THE COLUMN BASIS AND THE, AND THE PUBLIC ALLEY ENTRANCE REALLY KIND OF CREATING ALMOST A GATEWAY EFFECT.

THANK YOU, GREG.

AND THEN GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE WRAP UP WITH THE, WITH THE PLAZA COMMENTS AND ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE A TRUE PUBLIC CLOSET, WE REALLY WANTED TO SEE WHAT OF THESE WE COULD INCORPORATE INTO OUR PROJECT.

AND SO THE PZ FIVE, THE PROJECT DOES HAVE ALL THE CONSENT, ALTHOUGH NOT A TRUE PUBLIC THOUGHTS OF THE PROJECT DOES HAVE THREE OPEN DECKS THAT ARE ABOVE GRADE THAT INCORPORATE GREENERY AS WELL AS, UM, PLANTINGS THAT TRAIL VERTICALLY UP THE BUILDING.

SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE LOWER AMENITY DECK AT THE 14TH LEVEL THAT HAS THE GREEN PLANTINGS AND THE NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS THE SMALLEST, THE MIDDLE MINUTE DECK OF THE SMALLEST OUTDOOR AREA.

THAT'S ON THE 26TH FLOOR THAT HAS AN OUTDOOR AREA THAT WRAPS THROUGH THE LIBRARY.

AND THEN ON THE NEXT SIDE IS THE ROOFTOP DECK THAT GREG TALKED ABOUT THAT WILL ALSO HAVE OUTDOOR PLANTINGS IN THE, SO ALL THREE OF THE AREAS WILL HAVE OUTDOOR GREEN PLANTINGS ON THE ROOFTOP AREAS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE AGAIN, WHILE NOT HAVING AN ACTUAL PLAZA IN THE WORKING GROUP MEETING, UM, WE WERE ENCOURAGED TO ADD ADDITIONAL PLANTINGS ALONG THE GROUND FLOOR TO ENLIVEN THE SPACE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, I THINK WE'VE SAID THIS SEVERAL TIMES, SO I WON'T, I WON'T HIT IT AGAIN, BUT WE REALLY, WE REALLY WORKED HARD TO REALLY INCORPORATE AS MUCH ADDITIONAL GREEN SPACE AS WE COULD ALONG THE, ALONG THE GREAT STREETS AREA.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THESE ARE JUST REPEAT IMAGES AND ONE MORE.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND SO FINALLY FOR PZ 14, THIS ENCOURAGED THE PROVISION OF FOOD SERVICE FOR PLAZA PARTICIPANTS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND,

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UM, AGAIN, WHILE IT'S NOT A FULL PLAZA, WE WERE EXCITED TO INCORPORATE THAT CAFE AREA TO REALLY PROVIDE NOT JUST A, YOU KNOW, EIGHT TO FIVE, ONLY OPEN FOR ONE MEAL A DAY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, BUT TO PROVIDE SOMETHING THAT CAN PROVIDE FOOD SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, UH, IN THIS AREA.

AND SO WITH THAT, I AM GOING, GONNA STOP AND WE ARE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVEN'T REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT THIS PROJECT FOR YOUR REVIEW.

THE C THING.

THANK YOU, AMANDA.

UM, ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

I MISSED THE, UH, WORKING GROUP.

THAT'S USUALLY WHERE I ASK THE QUESTIONS, RIGHT? AND THIS IS RAINY STREETS.

SO MY MAIN CONCERN ABOUT RAINEY STREET IS THE TRANSPORTATION THAT YOU'RE THERE.

AND I JUST WANTED TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, HOW THE PARKING SITUATION IS.

Y'ALL, DIDN'T MENTION HOW MANY SPACES YOU'RE PROVIDING, IT'S A RAMBLE.

SO ARE WE ASSUMING THAT EACH PERSON THAT RENTS A UNIT GETS A APARTMENT SPACE, OR CAN YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER THAT? CAN WE INCENTIVIZE STRESS PARKING OR MAYBE LOWERING THE RATES? AND THEN THE LAST THING I WANT TO KNOW IS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AFFORDABLE UNITS.

CAN YOU TELL ME THE PERMITS WORKPLACE, WHAT YOU ANTICIPATE AS THE UNIT TYPES THAT, YOU KNOW, RANGE REALLY, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ENCOURAGED FAMILY OCCUPANCY.

IT'S GOING TO BE MAINLY, YOU KNOW, LIKE, LIKE SINGLE GUY, SINGLE PEOPLE AND ALL THAT.

SO CAN YOU KIND OF EXTRAPOLATE ON THAT AND THE PARKING, UH, ISSUES THAT ARE BROUGHT UP? YES, SIR.

LET ME HIT THEM BACKWARDS.

I'LL HIT THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FIRST AND THEN I'LL HIT PART OF THE PARKING AND, UM, AND LET MATTEO, UH, HIT THE SECONDARY PART OF IT.

SO FROM AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PERSPECTIVE, THE SQUARE FOOTAGE IS A LITTLE OVER 15,000 SQUARE FEET.

THAT'LL BE PROVIDED ONSITE AND THAT'S REALLY SPLIT INTO TWO BUCKETS.

THE FIRST BUCKET WILL PROVIDE AN, UH, PROPORTIONATE UNIT MIX.

SO THIS PROJECT IS ANTICIPATED TO BE STUDIOS, ONE BEDROOMS, TWO BEDROOMS, AND THREE BEDROOMS. AND SO FOR THAT FIRST PORTION OF IT, THERE WILL BE A PROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF A PROPORTIONATE UNIT MIX.

SO THERE WILL BE STUDIO ONE, TWO AND THREE AT THE AFFORDABLE LEVEL.

AND THEN THE REMAINDER THAT, YOU KNOW, IT HASN'T REALLY BEEN DETERMINED YET AS FAR AS WHERE THAT SITS, BUT THE AVERAGE UNIT SIZE OF THE PROJECT IS ABOUT A THOUSAND SQUARE FEET.

SO WE WOULD ASSUME IT'S A MINIMUM OF 15 UNITS, UM, LIKELY MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE IT HASN'T FULLY DETERMINED YET, BUT THE FIRST PART WILL BE PROPORTIONATE TO HAVE ONES, TWOS AND THREES IN THE SECOND PART HASN'T BEEN DETERMINED YET.

AND THEN TO ADDRESS THE PARKING QUESTION.

SO ALL ACCESS TO THE PARKING IS OFF OF EAST AVENUE AND IS IN TO THAT SINGULAR POINT OF ACCESS AND MATEO, I'LL LET YOU HANDLE HOW, UM, HOW PARKING IS HANDLED FOR THE PROJECT.

THANKS EVERYONE.

CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME? OKAY.

OKAY, PERFECT.

SO, UM, JUST REGARDING PARKING, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S REALLY GREAT ABOUT THIS SITE IS JUST THE ACCESS AND THE ABILITY TO BIFURCATE RAINY THROUGH EAST AVENUE, WHETHER YOU'RE COMING FROM SOUTHBOUND OR NORTHBOUND 35.

AND SO KIND OF TRYING TO KEEP EVERYTHING TO USE TO AVENUE AND DISCOURAGE PARKING, YOU KNOW, THROUGH THE ALLEY OR THROUGH THE RAINY SIDE WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US KNOWING THE CONGESTION.

THE SECOND PIECE IS JUST AN OPERATIONAL STRATEGY ON HOW WE DISCOURAGE PARKING, GIVEN THE CONSTRAINTS ON A SKINNY SITE, UH, AND THE WAY WE DO THAT AS BIKING, COUPLING, YOU KNOW, SO, SO UNITS ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH A PARKING SPOT.

ALL OF THE PARKING, UH, IS, UH, DECOUPLED AS AN ADDITIONAL, UH, RENTAL ITEM FOR THAT, UH, THAT WORKS REALLY WELL IN THAT, YOU KNOW, DISCOURAGES THE AVERAGE PERSON THAT PERHAPS WORKS DOWNTOWN OR USES ALTERNATE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION FROM HAVING THAT KIND OF BAKED INTO THE PRICE.

UH, AND WE FOUND THAT WORKS REALLY WELL.

SO OVERALL, UM, IN CONJUNCTION WITH, UH, HWA, OUR PARKING CONSULTANT, WE'RE TARGETING 0.85 PER BEDROOM, UH, WHICH IS, UH, UH, QUITE A LOW RATIO, UH, COMPARED TO, UH, MOST OF THE OTHER PRODUCT THAT HAS BUILT IN, IN DOWNTOWN WHERE YOU SEE RATIOS, UH, CERTAINLY NORTH OF ONE OF OUR BEDROOMS. SO WE CONTINUE TO PUSH THAT, THAT LIMIT AND, AND TRY TO USE OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT CAN MAKE, UH, AS LITTLE PARKING AS POSSIBLE THAT THAT STILL ALLOWS A FUNCTIONING BUILDING.

OKAY.

SO, UH, OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE ANSWERS, BUT, UH, AMANDA, I WOULD ENCOURAGE US TO KEEP THOSE UNITS.

I MEAN, YOU SAID THEY'RE GOING TO VARY IN SIZE, BUT I THINK WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO FOCUS ON IS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE AFFORDABLE UNITS IS, IS A MISSING MIDDLE, WHICH WOULD BE ABOUT A THOUSAND SQUARE FEET.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T, I DON'T THINK ANY FAMILIES WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE OVER THERE AND RAINY STREET.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO KIND OF LIMITED ONE OR TWO BEDROOMS

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OR MANY STUDIOS WHERE THAT KIND OF FULFILLS THE MISSING MIDDLE, UH, UH, WHAT WE BE HERE.

DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND COMMISSIONER THAT, LIKE THE FIRST PART, WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF SAY ON THAT'S PER CODE.

UM, BUT THE SECOND PART, WE DEFINITELY, UM, HEAR AND UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHAT, WHAT IS DRIVING IN THIS AREA.

OKAY.

AND THEN I'D LIKE TO SAY IT IN A LONG TIME.

I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T CATCH THAT PART.

I THINK SOMEONE WAS TALKING OVER YOU.

OH, I'D LIKE TO SAY HI TO DAVID LAKE.

I HAVEN'T SEEN, HEY, EVAN, YOU'RE, YOU'RE LOOKING VERY SMART, UNLIKE ME, WHICH I WAS GOING TO TURN MY, BUT GREAT.

YOU AND, UH, I THINK IT'S REALLY AMAZING.

THE COMMISSIONER PUT ALL THIS TIME.

I DO WANT TO COMMEND THE COMMISSIONERS FOR MAKING THE CITY BETTER.

IT'S NOT A, I'VE BEEN ON THE SAN ANTONIO PLANNING, UH, EFFORT AND SPENT MANY, MANY HOURS LIKE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S EFFORT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS, DAVID.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS CHAIR? I HAVE A QUESTION.

YEAH, GO AHEAD.

UH, SO FIRST I WANTED TO JUST THANK, UM, THE PROJECT TEAM FOR PRIORITIZING, UH, MORE ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WE KNOW, UM, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT WITH DOING ABOVE THE 5% AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE SEEING THOSE EFFORTS.

UM, MY QUESTION IS, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT MAY NOT BE CHANGED CHANGEABLE AT THIS POINT, BUT WHEN I LOOKED AT THE RETAIL SPACE, UM, AND THE PROPORTION OF SQUARE FOOTAGE THAT THE RETAIL SPACE, SINCE THERE'S ONLY ONE RETAIL SPACE ON THIS, UM, DOUBLE LOT THAT YOU'RE TAKING UP AND IT SEEMS TO BE PRETTY SQUEEZED DOWN.

I'M CONCERNED THAT THE CAFE OR WHATEVER MAY END UP BEING THERE.

UM, IT'S JUST TOO SMALL.

I'M THE, I SEE THE LOBBIES IS VERY GENEROUS AND IT'S GONNA BE BEAUTIFUL.

I KNOW WALKING THROUGH AND SEEING LIKE THE, UH, ALL THE GLASS INTO THE LOBBY WITH THESE LITTLE MILKS, BUT I'LL JUST, I SEE SO MANY LOBBIES IN THESE HIGH RISES, WHETHER THEY'RE OFFICES OR APARTMENTS, AND THEY JUST END UP BEING THESE EMPTY DEAD SPACES.

LIKE YOU THINK PEOPLE WANT TO SIT THERE.

UM, BUT THEN THE RETAIL SPACES OR THE CAFE RESTAURANTS SPACES ARE THE THINGS THAT ACTUALLY GET ACTIVATED BY MORE PEOPLE.

SO I'M JUST WONDERING, UM, WHAT THE THOUGHT WAS KIND OF SQUEEZING DOWN.

YOU'RE BASICALLY KIND OF TRADING OFF THE PERCEPTION OF A GRANDIOSE LOBBY SPACE.

THAT'S GOING TO BE NOT VERY MUCH OCCUPIED IN MOST CASES WITH A REALLY SQUEEZING DOWN ON THE RETAIL SPACE.

SO I'M JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S WHAT THE THOUGHT WAS THERE AND IF THERE'S ANY WAY TO MAKE THAT RETAIL SPACE LARGER BECAUSE YEAH, I PRETTY MUCH SAID EVERYTHING.

NO, THAT'S IT.

THAT'S A GREAT, GREAT QUESTION.

UM, MR. AND I SEE THE OTHER HEADS NODDING, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THIS HAS BEEN A REALLY, UM, IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE HAD INTERNALLY AS A TEAM BASED ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE MARKET AND MATEO, I'M GOING TO LET YOU ADDRESS IT, BUT I, WE DO, UH, DO TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE HEARD IT AND I DID SEE ALL OF YOUR HEADS NODDING.

NO, IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UM, AMANDA, IS IT POSSIBLE TO PUT THE, UH, THE SITE PLAN BACK UP JUST SO WE CAN LOOK AT IT? UH, YES, SIR.

UM, AUDIENCE TO ASK IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO GO BACK TO SLIDE NUMBER, UM, SEVEN, LET'S GO WITH A DIFFERENT ONE, ACTUALLY.

UM, FIVE NUMBER NINE OF THE PRESENTATION, PLEASE.

THE SOONEST ONE I COULD FIND.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU GUYS.

UM, YEAH, LET ME, LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHY RIGHT NOW ON THE RETAIL, UH, AND, AND KIND OF THE APPROACH FOR THE GROUND FLOOR.

UM, HERE, YOU KNOW, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I THINK FOR US, YOU KNOW, WE VIEW AS RETAIL AS ESSENTIAL, AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF OUR COMPETITORS OR OTHER DEVELOPERS HERE, YOU KNOW, TRY TO SIMPLIFY AND AVOID RETAIL IN GENERAL.

WE, WE FOUND THAT, YOU KNOW, REALLY SUCCESSFUL, WE KALE, UH, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF OUR BUILDINGS, UH, IT'S JUST ESSENTIAL AND KIND OF CREATING THE DESTINATION AND REALLY BEING THAT PUBLIC COMPONENT THAT KIND OF BRINGS THE BUILDING ON THE MAP.

UM, YOU KNOW, BUT I THINK THERE'S ALSO A LOT OF IMPORTANT LESSONS LEARNED.

UM, A LOT OF IT, YOU KNOW, W WITH OUR GREEN WATER PROJECTS ON SECOND STREET, JUST TRYING TO FIND WHAT THE RIGHT SCALE IS.

AND A LOT OF THAT, UH, TENDS TO KIND OF FLUCTUATE BASED ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE RETAIL ENVIRONMENT.

OBVIOUSLY RIGHT NOW, IT'S, IT'S REALLY CHALLENGING.

UH, AND WHILE WE, WHILE WE ARE BIG BELIEVERS THAT, YOU KNOW, I THINK RETAIL IS GOING TO GET BETTER.

UM, ONE THING WE'RE HEARING A LOT RIGHT NOW IS JUST, IT'S JUST THE SCALE OF THE RETAIL IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.

SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT KIND

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OF MOST OF WHAT WE'VE DONE, WHICH HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, FOOD AND BEVERAGE, UH, WE THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT, UH, USE HERE IN RAINY, PROBABLY THE HIGHEST LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS.

UM, BUT THE CHALLENGE WITH THE MORE TRADITIONAL KIND OF 4,000 FOOT RESTAURANT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE ONES THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL RIGHT NOW TEND TO ONLY OPERATE, UH, AT NIGHT, UH, THEY RELY HEAVILY ON ALCOHOL SALES, UH, IN ORDER TO AFFORD THE 4,000 SQUARE FOOT SPACE, UM, YOU KNOW, IN DOWNTOWN OR, OR IN RATE.

UH, AND THE CHALLENGE FOR US THERE WITHIN A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT IS WE REALLY WANTED SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO BE OPEN FOR LUNCH, WAS GOING TO BE OPEN FOR BREAKFAST.

WE FOUND THAT WHAT REALLY DRAWS RESIDENTS DOWN THERE IS JUST THE OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF COUNT ON IT, UH, INTO WHEN WE'RE TALKING MORE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, USE LIKE A CAFE, UH, SCALE REALLY IS IMPORTANT.

AND, AND MOST OF THE ONES THAT WE SEE YOU DOWNTOWN ARE OPERATING BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, 15,000, 1500 AND 2000 SQUARE FEET.

UH, AND SO WE ARE DESIGNING, UH, FOR, UH, USE, UH, IN ORDER TO FIND THE RIGHT SIZE THAT CAN MAKE THEM BE SUCCESSFUL.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THAT USE IS REALLY DRIVEN BY A DESIRE TO FIND SOMETHING THAT CAN BE OPEN, YOU KNOW, ALL DAY AND REALLY BE A SUCCESSFUL, UH, DESTINATION FOR, YOU KNOW, A MORE RESIDENTIAL FOCUS DISTRICT, UH, VERSUS, UH, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT, THAT MIGHT WORK IN MORE OF A CVD TRADITIONAL KIND OF OFFICE SETTING.

UM, THE ONLY OTHER COMMENT THAT I WOULD MAKE IS IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, AS YOU LOOK AT THE GROUND FOR THE, THE CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE SEEING WITH A PROJECT OF THIS SIZE IS, UH, PACKAGES AND MAIL AND ALL OF THOSE REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE TO GO ON THE GROUND LEVEL, UH, OR ARE GROWING, UH, ESPECIALLY POST COVID, AS YOU THINK ABOUT HOW MANY AMAZON BOXES I'M SURE MANY OF THE FOLKS ON THE CALL HAVE GOTTEN, UH, THOSE ROOMS ARE, ARE, ARE GETTING BIGGER AND COMPETING FOR SOME SPACE.

UH, AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK IF, IF THE DESIRE WAS TO MOVE, YOU KNOW, CLOSER TO 2000 FEET, YOU KNOW, I THINK, UH, THERE'D BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY PERHAPS TO DO THAT BY RESHUFFLING SOME THINGS.

UM, BUT WE THINK IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE CHALLENGING TO PROGRAM A LARGER RESTAURANT SPACE, GIVEN THE MARKET DYNAMIC, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT FOR RAINY, UH, WE THINK CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN RATING.

I, I APPRECIATE THE RESPONSE AND I, UM, THE ONLY THING I WOULD COUNTER IS, UH, I UNDERSTAND WITH IT BEING, YOU KNOW, THE 1500 TO 2000 SQUARE FEET, BUT I WOULD JUST WONDER THAT DOES IT FOR ME, I WOULD SAY, OH, IS THERE A WAY TO GET TO 1500 TO 2000 SQUARE FEET, UM, SPACES IN HERE? AND I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY WITH AUSTIN ENERGY'S TRANSFORMER FAULTS AND ALL THE OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE NEEDED ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

I THINK WE'VE SEEN SOME PROJECTS IN THE PAST THAT HAVE, UM, TRIED TO PUT LIKE, UH, SOME PACKAGE DELIVERY OR A NON USBS SERVICE DELIVERY, LIKE THROUGH THE GARAGE SO THAT YOU CAN PUT IT ON LIKE THE SECOND LEVEL OR THE GARAGE LEVEL.

I KNOW THERE'S SOME COORDINATION ISSUES AND IT'S PROBABLY TOO FAR TO CHANGE THIS.

IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT I POINT OUT.

AND I JUST THINK OF, YOU KNOW, SO MANY OTHER GREAT PUBLIC SPACES, UM, ESPECIALLY IN OLDER CITIES THAT REALLY ACTIVATE THE GROUND LEVEL WITH RETAIL SPACES.

UM, AND I JUST THINK IT'S, I THINK IT'S AN ISSUE THAT OUR CITY, AS A WHOLE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AUSTIN FACES, AND IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE SOLVED WITH THIS PROJECT, BUT, UM, I JUST, I TRY, I TRY TO BRING IT UP WHENEVER I SEE PROJECTS LIKE THIS WITH ONLY ONE RETAIL SPACE THAT'S TAKING OVER SPACES THAT COULD HAVE USED TO HAVE TWO OR THREE ON THEM.

UM, AND THEY'RE GETTING LIKE, YOU KNOW, MILLIONS OF MORE OR THOUSANDS OF MORE SQUARE FEET INTO IT.

UM, BUT YEAH, I APPRECIATE YOUR, YOUR THOUGHT INTO, YOU KNOW, HOW YOU PUT SOMETHING THERE.

I JUST HOPE OUR CITY CAN DO BETTER WITH ACTIVATING THESE GROUND LEVELS AND BEAUTIFUL BUILDING.

GREAT JOB.

ANYONE ELSE? YUP.

YUP.

COMMISSIONER CARROLL.

YES.

GO AHEAD.

VICE CHAIR.

UH, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR, UM, FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

JUST A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS.

THE VICINITY PLAN WITH THE LANDSCAPE PLAZA THAT'S DIRECTLY TO THE WEST OF THIS BUILDING IS THAT, UM, ISN'T THAT REAL GREG, YOU WANT TO, UH, MELISSA YOU COMMISSIONER, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LIKE THE, THE RENDER AND THE RENDERING THAT HAS THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF IT.

YES.

THE BUILDING IN FRONT OF IT.

YES.

OKAY.

THE, THE MAIN BEER, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE OVERALL MAIN, MAIN VIEW OF THE PROJECT? I'M SORRY, I'M TRYING TO, IT'S A RENDERING AND IT'S REFERRED TO AS VICINITY PLAN.

SHE'S TALKING ABOUT THE REDESIGN OF THE ROUNDABOUT AND SORT OF THE MAC.

OKAY.

OH, OKAY.

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YEAH, I THINK WE, YOU KNOW, WE TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF, UM, UH, I GUESS, YOU KNOW, LIBERTIES WITH SOME OF THE CONTENT, UM, OFF OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT WAS AVAILABLE OF WHAT'S PLANNED.

SO WE JUST, YOU KNOW, ADDED THAT TO SOME OF OUR INITIAL RESEARCH, BUT I THINK YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ONE THAT'S ZOOMED OUT.

IS THAT RIGHT? THE, I DON'T HAVE AN IMAGE ON THE SCREEN.

I'M SORRY.

I JUST IT'S SLIDE TWO.

SHE'S TALKING ABOUT, I THINK YOU MAY BE TALKING ABOUT THE AREA JUST SOUTH OF 70 REIGN EIGHT, IS THAT CORRECT? IT'S SLIDE TWO.

YES.

YEAH.

THAT, UH, THAT'S IN THE MAC REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AND IT'S ALSO, WE FOUND THAT IN, UM, LIKE WALLER CREEK PLAN AS WELL.

WE BELIEVE THAT CITY PROPERTY AND WE BELIEVE THAT'S STILL THE PLAN THERE.

OKAY.

SO MY, JUST MY QUESTION IS, CAUSE I'M LOOKING AT THIS, UH, I SEE THIS, THIS INTERSECTION WITH RAINEY AND RIVER STREET ALMOST AS THIS, THE SOUTH GATEWAY OF RAINEY STREET, AND REALLY HOPEFULLY ENCOURAGING A LOT MORE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS.

AND MY QUESTION IS THE BIKE LANE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE LABELED IN THE PLAN IS THAT EXISTING OR PROPOSED BIKE LANE ON RIVER STREET? I AM NOT 100% CERTAIN ON THAT ANSWER, JOHN OR MATEO.

DO YOU KNOW IF THAT IS EXISTING OR PROPOSED? UH, THERE CURRENTLY IS NOT A BIKE LANE ON RIVER STREET.

UM, I, I DO NOT KNOW IF ONE IS PROPOSED, SO THERE'S ONE LABELED ON YOUR S YOUR GROUND FLOOR WHEN THAT SAYS BIKE PLAN.

SO OUR BIKE LANE, SORRY, I'M THE GROUND FLOOR PLAN.

OKAY.

MAYBE WE CAN SWITCH TO A SLIDE THAT SHOWS THAT PLAN.

YOU CAN GO TO SLIDE NINE IT'S ON THERE.

COMMISSIONER, YOU'RE SPEAKING TO WHAT'S EXACTLY WHAT RIGHT.

WHAT'S LABELED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC ALLEY.

YES, YES, YES.

IS THAT PROPOSED TO THEM? I BELIEVE SO.

I'M NOT 100% CERTAIN.

IS THERE ANYONE ON THE DESIGN TEAM THAT IS 100% CERTAIN ON THAT? MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT IT WOULD, IN ORDER TO GET TO THAT KIND OF GREAT STREET CLASSIFICATION ALONG RIVER, WE WOULD NEED TO INCLUDE THE BIKE LANE.

OKAY.

AND SO THEN WITH THAT, IF THAT IS INCLUDED, I WAS JUST CURIOUS, THE TWO PARKING SPOTS, THERE ARE THOSE WHERE YOU HAVE THERE, THE PAID VISITOR SPOTS.

NO, MA'AM, THEY'RE MORE INTENDED TO BE KIND OF LIKE A DROP-OFF SPOT.

WE HAD WORKED WITH THE URBAN DESIGN GROUP ON THAT, SO THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE PAID PARKING SPOT.

OKAY.

SO, AND THEN I WAS JUST CURIOUS FOR FEEDBACK AND I LOAD THE PARKING QUESTIONS AND THEN I'M DONE IS IF ONE OF THOSE SPOTS COULD BE USED AND I'M READY FOR THE ANSWER FOR THIS AS A MULTIMODAL SCOOTER, HOW LONG WHEELS PARKING SPACE AND WHAT I, I MEAN, NOT IN A NICE WAY, BUT I ADORE YOUR STREET SCAPE IS, HAS THE SEATING AND HAS THE BIKE RACKS AND SO FORTH.

BUT GOING BACK TO WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT THIS IS ALMOST LIKE A GATEWAY TO THAT SOUTH RAINY INSURANCE THAT SCOOTERS ARE, AND I KNOW YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER THIS, BUT THEY'RE LEFT.

THEY'RE JUST LITTERED EVERYWHERE IN THE SIDEWALKS AND SO FORTH.

AND SO JUST DUE TO THIS BEING RAINY STREET, I'M JUST CURIOUS IF ONE PARKING SPACE COULD BE MORE OF A MULTIMODAL SPACE THAT MAY JUST MAKE THAT SAFER.

THAT'S GOING TO BE A SCARY STREET RIVER STREET COMING OFF OF FIVE 35.

AND, UM, HOPEFULLY WITH A BIKE LANE, IT'S GOING TO HELP SLOW IT DOWN, BUT JUST READING WHAT THAT, TRYING TO GET THAT PEDESTRIAN LANGUAGE THERE WITH THAT GESTURE IS MY ONLY REAL COMMENT THERE, LET ME TO BUILD ON WHAT GREG SAID, ACTUALLY WE'RE DESIROUS OF THIS PROFILE, BUT IN ORDER TO GET THIS PROFILE AND WE'RE SHOWN, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE CLEAR, UH, COLLABORATION WITH OWNERS ON BOTH SIDES OF RAINY OR THE RIGHT OF WAY IMPROVEMENT ZONE.

AND SO WE ARE DESIROUS OF THIS PROFILE, BUT IS IT'S NOT A GIFT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF, OF RIVER STREET IN THE IMPROVEMENTS RAINY RIVER.

I WOULD SAY, GIVEN THE NATURE AND THE DENSITY OF

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THIS TOWER, WE REALLY NEED A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DROP-OFF.

SO WE, YOU KNOW, WE IMAGINE THE TWO SPACES, MORE UBER, LYFT, UH, THINGS.

SO HARD-PRESSED RIDE SHARING.

WE'D BE HARD PRESSED TO GET OFF ONE OF THESE TWO, UH, SCOOTERS, BUT WE'RE OBVIOUSLY, UH, PERHAPS THERE'S A WAY WORKING WITH CAMERON, LOOK AT THE RIGHT AWAY, WE OWN ON THE SIDEWALK AND PERHAPS ADDRESS THESE VILLAINS, THESE URBAN VILLAINS WE CALL, WE NEED A CORRAL.

YEAH.

OR EVEN IF IT'S JUST, AND I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THAT.

IT'S GREAT THAT YOU GUYS HAVE ADDITIONAL PARKING IN THE PUBLIC ALLEY.

UM, BUT JUST AS SOMEONE THAT'S AROUND THE SPACE, QUITE A BIT ON MY BIKE, THAT'S VERY MUCH A BOOTS ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCE.

SO, UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? SORRY YOU GO AHEAD.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

SO FIRST I REALLY APPRECIATE THE, UM, DESIGN.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

THE EARTH TO SKY, UH, DESIGN FOR THE SKIN IS, IS STUNNING.

UM, I LOVE THE, THE ACTIVITY AS WELL TO LOOKING OVER THE STREET.

AND I WAS WONDERING IF WE COULD HAVE A LOOK AT THAT PLAN, UM, ON THE SCREEN, JUST TO REMIND MYSELF OF WHAT THE PROGRAMMING WAS THERE.

AND, UM, I GUESS MY KEY QUESTION, COULD SOMEBODY SCROLL TO THAT PLAN? I FEEL, I FORGET WHAT, WHICH SLIDE IT IS.

UM, MY QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU ACCESS THAT IF IT IS PUBLIC LIKE A BAR OR RESTAURANT OR ANYTHING, UM, WHAT, UH, HOW DO YOU ACCESS IT AND HOW DO PEOPLE ON THE STREET KNOW HOW TO GET UP THERE AND HOW TO ACCESS IT? UM, AND THEN WHILE WE'RE FINDING IT, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE IS THE, THE SHADE ON THE STREET AND THE FRONT FROM THE OBERHEIM SKIN STRATEGY AND THE PACKING AS WELL AS REALLY APPRECIATE THAT COMMISSIONER.

THIS IS AMANDA SWART.

ARE YOU SPEAKING TO THE ROOFTOP AREAS? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING TO SEE WHILE THERE THERE'S, THERE'S THESE BALCONIES LOOKING OVER, RIGHT.

SO LET'S GO TO WHAT'S ACTIVATING THOSE.

I CAN FIND IT THAT, SO SLIDE 24 WOULD BE BENEFICIAL, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, AMANDA.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE IDEA THAT WE'VE GOT THESE LEVELS OF ACTIVITY ON THE STREET.

UM, AND JUST BUILDING ON, UH, COMMISSIONER FRAILS POINT THAT THIS IS, UH, A PROJECT THAT'S SORT OF REMOVING SOME P NIGHTLIFE FROM THEIR OWN DISTRICT AND PERHAPS REPLACING IT WITH A CAFE THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUPER ACTIVATED, UM, AT NIGHT AND AS, UH, A BIT SQUEEZED, JUST BECAUSE OF THE, THE OTHER NEEDS OF THE, OF THE PROJECT ON THAT GROUND LEVEL.

UM, IS THERE, IS THERE A PLAN? YEAH, I CAN, I CAN ANSWER THAT THOUGH.

I THINK JESSICA, UM, THE SPACES THAT YOU'RE SEEING THERE ON THE SECOND FLOOR ARE RESIDENT SPACES.

AND SO THE IDEA WAS TO KIND OF CREATE WHAT WE CALL KIND OF A HAPPY HOUR LOUNGE FOR WHATEVER, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

UM, DEFINITELY WE'RE AT LEVEL TWO, SO THAT THERE WOULD BE ACTIVATION HAPPENING WHILE WE DIDN'T HAVE IT.

UM, MAYBE TO THE EXTENT, UH, UH, THAT BO WAS ASKING ABOUT ON THE GROUND LEVEL, THERE WAS ENOUGH GOING UP ON LEVEL TWO ON A DAILY BASIS OR ON THE WEEKENDS WHERE RESIDENTS WOULD FEEL MORE COMPELLED OR INTERESTED TO ENGAGE WITH THE STREET AT THAT KIND OF OVERLOOK A LITTLE BIT NEW ORLEANS, I SUPPOSE, RIGHT.

UH, OF THAT UPPER FLOOR ACTION THAT'S GOING ON.

SO THE IDEA THERE WAS REALLY, UH, TO, UH, CREATE THAT, THAT LOGIA AND THAT OVERLOOK, UH, FOR THE RESIDENTS ON THAT SECOND FLOOR.

UM, AND, UM, THE GREENERY THAT YOU'RE ALSO SEEING HERE WAS AN INTEREST AS RESIDENTS WERE COMING UP, THAT THEY CONSTANTLY ARE EXPOSED TO SOME SENSE OF GREEN OR THE OUTS OUTSIDE.

AND SO WHEN YOU PULL THE CAR UP, YOU'RE KIND OF SEEING THIS TRAY OF PLANTING KNOCKED OFF, AND THEN YOU WALK INTO THAT LOUNGE, BUT THERE'S GREENERY IN DIFFERENT PLACES.

SO THAT'S WHAT THAT SPACE IS.

IT'S NOT A PUBLIC, UH, KIND OF, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, RENTED SPACE FOR A RESTAURANT OR A BAR OWNER.

HMM.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THE GREENERY.

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IT'S, IT'S, IT'S STUNNING.

UM, MY CONCERN IS SIMILAR TO COMMISSIONER FRAILS IN THAT SENSE THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF PROGRAMMING, UM, DEDICATED TO LOBBY SPACE, RESIDENT LOUNGE, SPACE, RESIDENT, RESIDENT SPACE, AND AS SOMEBODY WHO'S LIVED IN, UM, ONE OF OUR REALLY NICE, UH, APARTMENT COMPLEXES HERE IN AUSTIN, UM, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT THOSE SPACES ARE NEVER USED.

UM, I LOVE MY UNION.

I LIVED IN LAMAR UNION, BUT THE BEAUTIFUL LOUNGE WAS ALWAYS EMPTY.

UM, AND SO I GUESS MY QUESTION IS HOW CAN WE COOK? COULD YOU CONSIDER, UM, PROGRAMMING THAT WITH SOMETHING PUBLIC OR, UM, YOU KNOW, WHILE THE, THE RETAIL STRATEGY ON THE GROUND FLOOR MIGHT, YOU KNOW, THE MARKET MIGHT SAY THAT IT NEEDS TO BE THAT SIZE, BUT PERHAPS THERE COULD BE SOME ABILITY TO FLEXIBLY FLEXIBLY EXPAND THAT, UM, OVER TIME.

SO PERHAPS THE DESIGN COULD BE SUCH THAT THAT CORNER THAT'S CURRENTLY DEDICATED TO LOBBY COULD BE TAKEN OVER BY CAFE AS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, SHOWS THAT IT IS WOULD, WOULD WORK WELL.

UM, SO, SO I'VE GOT ANOTHER QUICK QUESTION.

I THINK, UH, I WONDER ABOUT THE LANDSCAPING PLANT.

THE PLANT IS THEY COULD, UM, THIS IS A QUESTION FOR CAMERON.

I'M WONDERING IF THEY PRESENTED A NICE OPPORTUNITY TO DO STORM WATER QUALITY OR, UM, OR, UH, I'M NOT A LANDSCAPE EXPERT, SO THAT'S MORE JUST WONDERING, UM, AND YEAH, YEAH, I MEAN, OVERALL, I THINK IT'S A REALLY BEAUTIFUL DESIGN.

SO JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT.

UM, PRESIDENT THE RESTAURANT, UH, YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THE RESTAURANT.

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE DESIGN, THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM HAS COMMITTED TO MAKING A VERY ACTIVE RESTAURANT.

SO THAT MEANS, ESPECIALLY ON RAINY, YOU WOULD NEVER CHOOSE AN OPERATOR WHO WOULD SHUT DOWN AT SIX.

I MEAN, THE INTENTION IS THAT IT'S COFFEE IN THE MORNING BREAKFAST, THEN LUNCH THEN DINNER THEN.

AND IT WAS REALLY SEEN AS, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, A SEVEN TO 10 OR SEVEN TO 12 OR WHATEVER USE.

AND IT WOULD OPEN TO THE, TOWARD THE CORNER AND TOWARD RAINY WITH MORE TABLES AND CHAIRS, SO THAT YOU WOULD BE ANIMATING THIS, THE, THE SIDEWALK WITH, UH, PATRONS FROM THE RESTAURANT, SO THAT WE ARE EFFECTIVELY PICKING UP MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE.

THAT'S JUST NOT CONDITIONED SQUARE FOOTAGE JANUARY.

WE'RE LEVERAGING THE OVERHANG, UH, THAT WE HAVE, UH, TO, TO SHELTER FAIRS AND PATRONS COMMISSIONER.

THIS IS AMANDA SWORE AGAIN, I COULD MAYBE ADDRESS A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR QUESTION AND I LIKE YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS.

SO THE, LIKE I SAID, THE DESIGN TEAM SPENT A LOT OF TIME FIGURING OUT HOW TO ADDRESS THE, THAT GROUND FLOOR.

AND RIGHT NOW IT'S DESIGNED SO THAT THAT CAFE CAN REALLY CONNECT INTO THE LOBBY AREA, BUT DEFINITELY IN THE FUTURE, AS YOU KNOW, AS MARKETS CHANGE, THERE WOULD BE NOTHING THAT WOULD PROHIBIT SOME OF THAT AREA FROM GOING TO SOMETHING ELSE.

UM, IT, IT WOULD BE THERE ISN'T A DESIGN COMPONENT OF THE BUILDING THAT WOULD PROHIBIT IT FROM TRANSITIONING IN THE FUTURE.

BUT AS IT'S DESIGNED TODAY, IT'S DESIGNED SO THAT THAT CAFE CAN HELP ACTIVATE THE SPACE GIVEN WHERE WE ARE IN THE CURRENT MARKET.

GREAT.

THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING MY QUESTIONS AND COMMISSIONER.

THIS IS CAMERON.

UH, THE STORMWATER ASPECT OF THE PLANTING BEDS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, UM, ON THIS PROJECT IN PARTICULAR.

AND I, I THINK MOST OF THE STRATEGIES IN THIS PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY ZONE, WHERE IT'S THINKING IN OUR MORE KIND OF LID, PASSIVE STRATEGIES, ADDRESSING SHEEP FLOW, UM, DRAINING INTO SOME OF THESE PLANTERS, BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE VERTICAL GARDENS AND GREEN GREEN ROOFS, UM, THAT IS GOING TO HELP ALSO WITH THE WATER INFILTRATING OFF THE FACADES OF THE ARCHITECTURE.

SO WE THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY NICE WAY TO KIND OF COLLECT AND STORE THE WATER THAT WOULD SLOW IT DOWN BEFORE IT MAKES ITS WAY ULTIMATELY INTO WALNUT CREEK AND LADY BIRD LAKE.

SO, UM, WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO MAXIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF VEGETATION WE'RE THINKING NATIVE, NEWLY GRASSES AND SEDGES, UM, REALLY BUFFERING IN AND PROVIDING ALSO LARGER, UM, SOIL VOLUME FOR THESE TREES TO REALLY GROW OUT.

UM, AND THOSE PLANTING BED CHANNELS VERSUS THE STANDARD TREE GRADE APPROACH, WHICH IS A PER, UH, GREAT STREETS

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IS SIX FOOT BY SIX FOOT.

SO WE'RE REALLY GOING, UM, KIND OF ABOVE THE STANDARD HERE TO MAXIMIZE VEGETATION, INFILTRATION, ET CETERA.

I LOVE THAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER MINERS.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? I HAVE A COMMENT AND THE COMMENT THAT I HAVE, IT'S ACTUALLY THE SAME COMMENTARY THAT I GAVE ANOTHER PROJECT ON RAINEY STREET THAT SOUGHT TO REPLACE TWO EXISTING BARS THAT ARE QUITE SUCCESSFUL WITH A SIMILAR STRUCTURE.

UM, GRANTED I THINK THE DESIGN ON THIS ONE IS SUPERIOR.

UM, THAT BEING SAID, I JUST FELT WITHIN MY GUT THAT THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN, PEOPLE WHO COME TO VISIT AUSTIN, WE'RE GOING TO HATE THE FACT THAT TWO OF THEIR BELOVED, WHAT THEY SEE AS INSTITUTIONS WERE BEING TAKEN AWAY FOR A LIFELESS BUILDING.

AND I CAN SAY, EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, RAINY STREET HAS OBVIOUSLY CHANGED IN ZONING AND IT WASN'T EVEN ZONED FOR CBD UNTIL A LITTLE OVER A DECADE AGO.

UM, THE MOMENT THAT LESTER PRO WENT IN AND ALL THESE OTHER BARS WENT IN, PEOPLE SEE IT AS A BONAFIDE NIGHTLIFE DISTRICT, THEY SEE IT AS SOMETHING SPECIAL.

THEY SEE IT AS A PLACE THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLACES IN AUSTIN.

THEY SEE IT AS A PLACE THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLACES IN THE U S I THINK THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A VERY LARGE CONTINGENT OF THIS CITY THAT WILL SEE THIS PROJECT AS ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF RAINEY STREET.

AND I HAVE VERY STRONG, UH, THOUGHTS THAT, UM, PART OF