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Neighbors, planners seek postponement
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Jo Clifton
The owner of 200 S. Congress, a 0.57-acre property on the southwest side of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, is seeking some changes to zoning that will allow indoor entertainment and a restaurant in the building. But owners of the Statesman property across the street as well as the Yeti building next door have filed a valid petition against the changes. Apparently, the major reason for their objection is that the smaller tract’s owners want to remove access restrictions to their building that require them to use the driveway of the adjacent Hyatt Regency. The Transportation Department has requested a postponement from this week’s agenda in order to consult with the applicant, who is represented by Leah Bojo of the Drenner Group. Richard Suttle, who represents both the Statesman and Yeti properties, requested a postponement when the matter was scheduled on an earlier agenda, and that was granted. A staff report says that removal of the access restrictions could increase traffic to Barton Springs Road and might interfere with a plan to develop Nightwing Plaza, the spot with the bat sculpture. It is possible that the parties will work this out before Thursday, but it seems more likely that the matter will be postponed once more.
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