Feature Photo: A street view of the proposed site for the office/warehouse development. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — The Austin office of a commercial real estate firm had their environmental variance request approved for a manufacturing development, at last week’s Zoning and Platting Commission meeting.
The variances will allow the project to stray from the city’s cut-and-fill land development code by allowing a cut of up to 14.3 feet and the fill of up to 16.5 feet.
Due to the natural topography and the size of the buildings, 14.3 feet of cut is necessary to maintain level finish floor elevations, level truck courts, and truck lanes with grades less than 4%.
The request was approved with the condition that the landscape plan meet city zoning requirements, the wetland critical environmental feature be setback from 150 feet to 200 feet and that the development provide structural containment of the cut with retaining walls.
Impervious cover on this 47.88-acre project site is proposed to be 1,230,116 square feet or 58.97%. The land is undeveloped and located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction at 8400 E. Parmer Lane.
The name of the development is the Crossroads Logistics Center and it’s being proposed as three office/warehouse buildings totaling 483,840 square feet, which includes two water quality and detention ponds, one rain garden and all associated grading, paving, water, wastewater and drainage improvements.
Building One would be 120,960 square feet, and Buildings Two and Three would be 181,440 square feet each.
HPI Real Estate Services and Investments are the developers and have brought Austin-based Jamison Civil Engineering, the engineering and consulting firm ECS Southwest, LLP and Canyon Lake-based landscape architects MHB on board the project team.