Austin: 90K-Square-Foot Storage Condominium Coming to Lake Travis Area
Featured Illustration (above): Users of the XSpace storage condominium and their guests will have access to a fourth-floor lounge that will offer views of Lake Travis. Image: Fuse Architecture Studio
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–A $20 million project will result in a 90,000-square-foot, four-level building where patrons can buy a customizable condominium unit for storage, business or personal use.
The city’s Zoning and Platting Commission on Feb. 18 unanimously agreed to grant XSpace a variance request to advance the project at a 5.4-acre site at 4229 N. Farm Road 620.
A conceptual rendering of the exterior of an XSpace storage condominium. Image: Fuse Architecture Studio
The building will include 106 units, with area sizes starting at 300 square feet. One entire floor is being reserved for client customizable spaces.
Overall, the project will contain height clearances of up to 17.5 feet, wiring for high-speed Internet access, phones and lighting, remote-controlled pressure-sensitive unit doors, a drive-aisle width of more than 25 feet, showers on two levels, and a kitchenette on every floor.
The structure will also have a fully furnished owner’s lounge on the fourth floor, a 3,000-square-foot space that can serve as a meeting and event area featuring high-end electronics and a commercial-grade kitchen.
Houston-based KDW is the design/build firm for the project. Austin firm Garrett-Ihnen is the civil engineer, and another local company, Fuse Architecture Studio, is the structural design architect.
The variances granted by the commission permit the developers to build a driveway on slopes in excess of 15% gradient, and to perform the cut-and-fill in excess of four feet to level the foundation.
Other site improvements include stone retaining walls, detention ponds and a natural buffer area. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-17E4.
The XSpace storage condominium will have units that can provide a range of functions. Image: Fuse Architecture Studio
Australian entrepreneurs Tim Manson and Byron Smith are behind XSpace, which is marketing its products at individuals who want high-end storage space for cars, artwork, RV’s or special collections.
Manson and Smith’s business model succeeded in Australia and they are confident it will work in growing cities such as Austin, where extra storage space is at a premium.
“Through our innovative space solution and 106 units in sizes starting at 300 square feet, XSpace enables individuals buying condos in our Lake Travis developments to pursue their life passions — whether it’s a passion for collecting vintage cars or artwork, engaging in a hobby, running a business or as a real estate investor,” Smith said in a company press release.
“XSpace will certainly be one of the most innovative projects in our portfolio,” Keith Dalton, president of KDW, said in the release.
“We’re looking forward to taking it from concept to reality.”
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.