Metropolis Council has granted preliminary approval for Downtown Blended-Use zoning for the Delta Kappa Gamma home at twelfth and San Antonio streets, permitting building of a 375-foot residential tower. The movement to approve DMU on the requested peak acquired solely six votes eventually week’s assembly, not the seven wanted for all three readings, so legal professional Michael Whellan and his staff must come again for second and third studying.
Council Member Alison Alter abstained from the vote, saying she wanted extra info. Council Member Kathie Tovo didn’t take part, as a result of she had recused herself. And on account of a “severe household emergency,” Mayor Professional Tem Natasha Harper-Madison didn’t return to the digital dais after the dinner break, in keeping with Mayor Steve Adler.
Whellan identified that a part of the DKG website is already zoned for Downtown Blended-Use with no peak restrict. Including the remainder of the positioning to that class would make the positioning eligible for the downtown density bonus program and performance as a transit-supported challenge sooner or later, he stated. As well as, he identified that the Planning Fee has agreed to the applicant’s request.
The midcentury-modern constructing is on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations and serves because the headquarters for the tutorial nonprofit Delta Kappa Gamma Worldwide. The Historic Landmark Fee couldn’t muster sufficient votes to advocate it for historic standing. Members of DKG say they will now not keep within the constructing due to elevated upkeep prices and hope to promote the property and relocate.
If Council determined to not grant the DMU zoning and peak requested by the developer, Stratus Properties, town would lose out on funding for everlasting supportive housing and the challenge would now not have a Nice Streets requirement. Along with the $500,000 Stratus would pay if it obtained the requested peak, Whellan promised the corporate would additionally donate $200,000 to town to assist alleviate homelessness.
Though neighbors had initially signed a legitimate petition objecting to the zoning, a number of had withdrawn their names by Thursday, making the petition irrelevant to the vote. Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning Jerry Rusthoven advised Council that staffers had advisable a 60-foot peak restrict in accordance with the Downtown Austin plan. Whellan identified that new metropolis insurance policies are in contradiction to the heights set forth within the plan.
Rusthoven advised Council that the applicant and the neighborhood had additionally reached an settlement on some further restrictions within the conditional overlay, together with prohibitions on liquor gross sales, bail bond companies, pawn store companies and out of doors leisure, and to restrict cocktail lounge to not more than 25 toes.
Blake Tollett, who owns property at 601 and 603 West twelfth Avenue, urged Council to grant DMU zoning however restrict the peak to 60 toes. Builders plan to construct a five-story parking storage, he stated, which is unlikely to encourage residents to make use of the close by mass transit. Tollett additionally indicated that he was involved concerning the precedent the high-rise zoning may set for properties additional north throughout San Antonio Avenue which are at present advisable for DMU at 60 toes, quite than increased.
Adler and Council members Ann Kitchen, Paige Ellis, Vanessa Fuentes, Pio Renteria, and Greg Casar indicated that they have been able to vote for the DMU zoning on all three readings. Nonetheless, Council Member Leslie Pool was solely ready to vote for the change on first studying, leaving the case one vote shy of the votes wanted for ultimate passage. So the case will return.
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