Metropolis Council voted 10-0 final week to grant deliberate unit improvement zoning on the previous website of the East Austin tank farm at 1011 and 1017 Springdale Highway. Council Member Pio Renteria made the movement to approve rezoning for the positioning, which sits in his district. Council Member Mackenzie Kelly was off the digital dais.
With Council’s motion, developer Jay Paul Firm now faces the problem of turning the property, used for many years to retailer tanks stuffed with poisonous chemical substances, into an office complex, and on the identical time present $8 million value of neighborhood advantages.
After the vote, the corporate praised Council’s motion in a information launch. COO Janette D’Elia stated, “This website has had a difficult historical past – however it’s a problem we’re able to tackle. We’re happy with all of the work that everybody has put in to assist transfer the Springdale Inexperienced imaginative and prescient ahead, together with the neighbors, metropolis employees, the Environmental Fee, the Planning Fee, and particularly, Metropolis Council. By approving this rezoning, Council has led the best way on charting a brand new future for this website. I admire the vote of confidence, and sit up for bringing the Springdale Inexperienced imaginative and prescient to life.”
With its historical past of storing poisonous chemical substances, the positioning has been deemed unsuitable for residential or agricultural makes use of. However it’s nonetheless an applicable place for the deliberate workplace tower. Legal professional Michael Whellan, who represents the developer, has defined that the 93-foot top will enable the corporate to cut back the positioning’s impervious cowl from what would have been allowed beneath the earlier zoning class, GR.
Whellan instructed Council, “at its core (the case) boils right down to a single coverage query: Whether or not to leverage a rise in top in return for higher outcomes on environmental restoration, sustainability and housing and neighborhood advantages. Or in different phrases, whether or not to leverage the flexibility to do two extra tales – that’s a 15 p.c improve in sq. footage, that’s all we’re asking for with the intention to get hold of an $8 million worth in advantages, each greenback of which is above and past what can be required beneath the present zoning GR.”
Whereas the PUD plan had its detractors due to the peak, neighbors residing subsequent to the positioning on Saucedo Avenue have been anxious to see the undertaking accredited. In a letter to Council, 12 neighbors stated they supported the rezoning, together with the 93-foot top, due to the advantages the developer was providing. They stated the developer would tackle the flooding they face regularly.
“The applicant has dedicated to in search of an interbasin switch and coordinating with Springdale Basic (a close-by improvement) to permit Springdale Inexperienced’s detention facility to obtain stormwater from north of their website. This could assist immediately tackle our flooding points.” As well as, they wrote that the applicant had agreed to not use Saucedo Avenue as an entrance to Springdale Inexperienced as soon as the undertaking is full.
General, the developer has promised to spend $8 million on neighborhood advantages, which features a $700,000 fee to town for inexpensive housing beneath the density bonus program. As a part of their vote on the PUD zoning, Council members accredited spending that cash in District 3. Jerry Rusthoven with the Housing and Planning Division instructed Council that the cash can be restricted to District 3 for seven years, however no matter has not been spent on the finish of that point would revert again to town’s basic housing belief fund.
The corporate has additionally made a dedication to contribute $475,000 to the Guadalupe Neighborhood Improvement Company so it may construct “4 properties which might be inside a 15-minute stroll of the positioning. All of these are possession alternatives,” Whellan stated. Two of the properties might be on Tillery Avenue and two might be on Father Joe Znotas Avenue.
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