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Zoning cases spark dissent

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Today’s Council agenda includes two contentious zoning cases that have sparked valid petitions from their respective residents. The developer of the Overlook at Spicewood Springs wants to build an 18,000 square foot building, but neighbors are seeking to cut that down to about 10,000 square feet. There is also a disagreement over how close the building will be to the front of the property. It’s possible there could be a compromise or a last-minute postponement, but it’s unlikely the developer will want to roll the dice on such a large project … White Lodging, represented by Armbrust & Brown attorney Richard Suttle, is seeking a zoning change from CBD to CBD-CURE at 619 Congress Ave. The company, which is currently building a JW Marriott hotel a few blocks south of this location, is attempting to get approval for the change despite a total lack of parking. The owner of the property next door, which houses the Hideout Theater, is concerned the construction will put her tenant out of business. It’s possible Council will instruct the parties to go away and come back when they have reached an agreement.

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