Metropolis Council final Thursday postponed rezoning the historic Delta Kappa Gamma headquarters at 416 W. twelfth St., yielding to a request from a property proprietor on the identical block.
Delta Kappa Gamma, a corporation that helps ladies educators worldwide, seeks Downtown Combined-Use (DMU) zoning to permit Stratus Properties to switch the circa-1959, midcentury-modern constructing, which is on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations, with a residential tower. Preliminary plans name for a 375-foot-tall constructing with 280 items.
The Planning Fee voted 11-0-1 to approve the requested DMU zoning. Metropolis staffers really helpful that the location be zoned historic and with a conditional overlay limiting peak to 60 ft. The Historic Landmark Fee voted to zone the location historic to ban redevelopment, however couldn’t attain the supermajority wanted to power Council to vote on the historic zoning.
If the rezoning passes at Council’s subsequent assembly on March 25, the developer will apply for a Downtown Density Bonus to exceed the DMU zoning’s 120-foot peak restrict. The bonus permits extra peak in alternate for compliance with streetscape, design and inexperienced constructing requirements, along with both on-site reasonably priced housing or a fee-in-lieu for reasonably priced housing elsewhere.
Chinna Natesan, who owns the vacant tract at 1200 Guadalupe St. on the identical block, mentioned he wanted extra time to evaluate how the rezoning would have an effect on his property. Council sometimes grants one postponement request from a neighbor or neighborhood affiliation.
Michael Whellan, DKG’s representative, urged Council to proceed, because the postponement request, he emphasised, got here from a single property proprietor. The Previous Austin Neighborhood Affiliation requested Council to approve the rezoning immediately.
Natesan mentioned he was caught unawares when the developer knowledgeable him of plans to additionally purchase the historic A.O. Watson Home, which is sandwiched between Natesan’s property and the Delta Kappa Gamma website. These plans are unconfirmed. Natesan frightened over the destiny of the home, although it can’t be altered as a property zoned historic by town.
Whellan provided his personal clarification for Natesan’s postponement request: “They don’t need different close by properties to additionally be capable of construct up and probably block their views to the west.”
“We don’t assume that it’s good coverage to restrict housing on one website in order that one other website can have a greater view,” he mentioned.
Whellan additionally mentioned that the unconfirmed negotiations over the A.O. Watson usually are not related. “They wish to delay the zoning case as a result of they’re in dialog with Delta Kappa Gamma’s purchaser – not with the applicant, Delta Kappa Gamma – over a very separate property that Delta Kappa Gamma has completely no stake in or management over.”
Council Member Leslie Pool motioned to postpone. “I’d wish to have slightly extra time to dig into the case and the entitlements which might be being sought,” she mentioned.
Council Member Ann Kitchen mentioned she was “very involved about affordability,” and wished extra info on how a lot the proposed items would price. She additionally mentioned an estimated $500,000 fee-in-lieu that the mission would generate with a density bonus “doesn’t sound like a lot in any respect.”
Regardless of Pool’s and Kitchen’s issues, each mentioned they supported density within the transit-rich space. The DKG mission is half a block from Venture Join’s future Orange and Blue traces.
The mayor and 5 Council members voted to postpone, and Council members Greg Casar and Paige Ellis voted towards. Council Member Pio Renteria abstained, and Mayor Professional-Tem Natasha Harper Madison and Council Member Kathie Tovo have been off the dais.
The case will come again to Council on March 25.
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