Austin: Dallas Developer Proposes Multi-Story Apartment Building in Northwest Side
Feature Photo (above): Entrance to the retail strip center at 7113 Burnet Road. A Dallas developer proposes razing the site to construct an apartment midrise. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Austin (Travis County) — A Dallas-based developer of market rate apartment communities is proposing a 360-unit, multi-story structure on the northwest side, near Beverly Sheffield Northwest District Park.
The Planning Commission will hear a case this evening regarding a land use amendment application to change a 4.4-acre site at 7113 Burnet Road from commercial to multifamily. There is also a zoning change application pending.
Development Services Department staff is recommending approval.
A community meeting was held for neighbors on March 3, wherein those attending were able to ask questions to an agent of the developer. The agent, Michael Gaudini, spoke with the Crestview Neighborhood Plan Contact Team and Crestview Neighborhood Association.
The proposed project site has been home to the Dallas Night Club and other small businesses. There would be no retail component in the new project.
Gaudini said the land is not viable as a commercial strip because it is a long, narrow lot with very little frontage, not conducive to retail traffic. He noted that the property is currently 40% vacant.
The current zoning limits building heights to 60 feet, but under the proposed zoning of MF-6 the maximum height rises to 90 feet. However, Gaudini said the developer intends to limit the height on the rear end of the property, where it abuts single family residences, to 65 feet or less.
“We don’t want the 90 feet that would be allowed,” Gaudini said. “We maybe need 60-75 feet, with five to six floors.”
Gaudini added that to go to 90 feet, it’s difficult to build with wood, thus suggesting the structure would be of podium construction.
The developer, Stillwater Capital Investments, is complying with an affordability requirement that is enshrined in the city’s new development code. Stillwater proposes that 10% of the units (36 apartments) be affordable at the 60% Median Family Income level.
“The affordable units would be, I think, for a family of four with a MFI of $46,000, the rents cannot exceed 30% of their income. For the market rate, there would be 324 units. The small one-bedroom to two-bedroom would be about $1,100 – $2,400 a month.”
The property is two blocks east of the Beverly Sheffield Northwest District Park. This is VBX Project ID 2020-5388.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.