Austin: Local Land Developer Proposes 85-Foot High Office Building in East Cesar Chavez
Feature Illustration: An artist rendering of the proposed vertical office development by Austin Fairchild Management Company.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — The Zoning & Platting Commission decided to forward an amendment to a land designation request for an 85-foot vertical office development to the City Council without recommendation, during Tuesday’s meeting.
The move was due in large part because commissioners could not come to a consensus about the project and only eight commissioners were in attendance.
The measure would have required that seven commissioners approve of the request.
The 0.874-acre property is located on the north side of East 5th Street, between Medina Street and Waller Street, and generally located at 1100 E 5th Street in the city’s East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.
The property comprises 11 small lots that extend from East 5th Street to an alley on the north.
Currently occupying the site is the 16,616 square-foot Fair Market warehouse building, an indoor/outdoor entertainment venue and associated offices.
The working title of the project takes its lead from the current site, as well, Fair Market.
Dennis McDaniel, founder of the real estate development company Austin Fairchild Management Company, LLC, is proposing the construction of a six-story office building, with ground floor retail and five levels of underground parking.
McDaniel is requesting to increase the development’s building height from the current cap of 60 feet to 85 feet, a proposal that would add one additional floor to the building, along with paying the fee-in-lieu of providing affordable units at the development.
Artist rendering of the building elevations located east and west of the site.
McDaniel is also requesting to change a condition of zoning in the transit-oriented development (TOD) to allow for the requested building height.
If the request is approved by City Council, the change will be amended in the Plaza Saltillo Station Area TOD Plan document, which allows for increased density at the location.
Commission staff was in favor of both requests, according to submitted documents.
Richard T. Suttle, Jr. with the local law firm Armburst and Brown, PLLC, represented the project to the commission.
Cullen Powell currently owns the property through the entity Montwalk Holdings, Ltd.
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.