Austin: Austin Developer Plans Senior Living Facility for Northern Portion of City
Feature Image: An aerial view of the site that will be developed into the senior living facility, Allegro Parmer. Image: Google/VBX graphic
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — The anticipated approval of a variance request to allow construction of a 142-unit senior living facility had to be postponed by the Austin Zoning and Platting Commission last week due to the severe weather, however details of the project were released.
The variance request concerns the land development code as it pertains to construction in a critical water quality zone (CWQZ).
The development, Allegro Parmer, will sit on 3.97 acres at 4001 West Parmer Lane in the northern section of the city.
The site is currently developed with an underutilized parking lot that was once part of a larger development. The lot will need to be removed before construction takes place.
Austin developer Ellis Winstanley purchased the parking lot in order for the redevelopment of the senior living facility through his entity 4001 Creative Relative Offices, LLC.
The proposed site development includes constructing a 50.5-foot, five-story building with an area of 169,818 square feet, a parking garage, as well as water quality and natural vegetative improvements.
The design improvements will provide greater overall environmental protection than is achievable without the variance.
The Austin office of Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. provided the following specs:
Five studio units
94 one-bedroom units
25 one-bedroom + den units
18 two-bedroom units
135 parking spaces
Six bicycle parking spaces
Building one (35,978 SF)
Building two (34,243 SF)
Buildings three, four (33, 672 SF)
Building five (32,253 SF)
54.36% impervious cover (2.158-acres)
Overall site plan.
The proposed development will also provide a new subsurface water quality pond designed to the current city code and will be located under the building and outside of the ½ CWQZ.
A natural earthen soft trail will also be added around the existing water pond to create natural open space to help enhance the natural features of the land.
In addition, the proposed conditions for the site will not increase the overall impervious cover and they will not increase impervious cover within the CWQZ. The development will have no adverse impact to the 100-year floodplain, according to the developer’s civil engineer.
One of the major site constraints for the development involves the existing wastewater utilities and easements on the north side of the property that serve the adjacent lots to the north, east and west, according to documents submitted to the commission.
The utilities and easements are carried through the property and Winstanley will need to maintain the utilities and easements to allow for adequate service for the adjacent properties.
The Austin-based law firm Metcalfe Wolff Stuart and Williams, LLP is representing the project to the commission and Norris Design are also on board the project team.
The Environmental Board voted in favor of the variance request on Jan. 20. Documents state that staff is recommending approval of the project.
The commission’s next scheduled meeting is on March 2.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.