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Urban Renewal Plan gets Council endorsement
Monday, March 10, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
CityCouncil approved a series of interlocking motions recently that set in motion the redevelopment of property along
Both streets are part of the city’s Urban Renewal Plan, which is being administered by the Austin Revitalization Authority. While
This also stands as one of
For some, like Wilton Harris, redevelopment on
“I couldn’t get people to buy it, deals fell through three times this past year,”
To encourage the sale and redevelopment of the property required a couple of motion. First, the Council had to pass the overarching Urban Renewal Plan. Then the Council had to approve the Neighborhood Conservation Combining District, which provided some consistent controls of the area for development. And then the Council had to approve the re-zoning of the majority of the properties to various new zoning categories, according to the plan that has been approved by the stakeholders and Council.
Not everyone was happy with the plan. One property owner, represented by an agent, groused about the differences in requirements between free-standing and attached property garages. And
Hilgers refuted Gladstone’s interpretation of the ordinance, saying that each block carried its own tear sheet of approved changes and that a “mandatory” designation of mixed-use would require the property to go through a new vetting process with stakeholders. He also noted that the tri-party agreement requires ARA to act on the city’s behalf in terms of property negotiations.
Two properties were pulled from the sheet of zoning motions, which encompassed about 18 properties on the north and south sides of
At one time,
Under the Urban Renewal Plan, Mays could maintain his current use but if he ever rebuilt on this site, he would have to give up his current zoning. Council Member Mike Martinez, who took up Mays’ cause, asked that an exception be made for the property. That eventually was added to the motion as a continuing conditional use.
A second property also was up for additional scrutiny, at
The final motion the Council approved was to waive certain city fees on the property. As Hilgers noted, the waiver of fees simply follows the precedent set by Council when it approved the portion of the Urban Renewal Plan that applied to
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