Austin: City OKs Houston Developer’s Request for Balconies on Mixed-Use Project
Feature Illustration: An artist rendering of Austin Modern Lofts in the city’s Mueller Town District by Country Lane GP, LLC.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — The city entered into a development agreement with a Houston-based developer that will allow for balconies on a mixed-use project, at a recent city council meeting.
The agreement allowing permanent aerial encroachments onto public right-of-way affects approximately 494 square feet above the frontage of Mueller Boulevard and E. 51st St.
The project, Austin Modern Lofts, is a mix of multifamily with ground floor retail in the city’s Mueller Town District, a transit-oriented community.
The 0.97 acre (42,427 square foot) property is undeveloped and located at 5025 Mueller Boulevard at the intersection of Mueller Boulevard and East 51st Street.
Street view of the site.
Of the 31 residential units, two will be available at 80% of the median family income, as per the Mueller PUD requirements. This project is providing the long-anticipated wrap for the AISD Performing Arts Center parking garage.
The encroachments will accommodate balconies on the residential floors two, three and four of the building. The balconies will be deep enough to provide viable outdoor living space for the units.
There will be no encroachment at the street level.
Country Lane GP, LLC owns the property through the entity Austin Modern Lofts, LLC.
Doucet & Associates, out of Austin, are on board the project.
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.