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Austin: Local Real Estate Agency to Build Apartment Development on 35.7-Acres

Feature Illustration: An aerial view of the proposed site for the Amarra Multifamily development. Image: Google/VBX Graphic

Posted: 2-22-2021

by Art Benavidez

Austin (Travis County) — The anticipated approval of a proposed 182-unit apartment complex had to be postponed by the Austin Zoning and Platting Commission last week due to the severe weather that affected the city, however details of the project were released.  

The 35.79-acre development is going under the name, Amarra Multifamily, and it will be located northeast of the intersection of Southwest Parkway and Barton Creek Boulevard, and it will have traffic access to both streets. Its address is 5231 Barton Creek Blvd. This is just east of the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve in far west Austin.

Amarra Multifamily is a phase of the Barton Creek development by Stratus.

The requested zoning change was to transition from Low Intensity Zone to multifamily residential. Development Services staff recommended approval, provided the site plan comply with all Hill Country Roadway development regulations and requirements of the Land Development Code.

The majority of the land is currently undeveloped, however, there is one house on site.  The development will have exterior site improvements.

The Austin office of LJA Engineering, Inc. released the following specs for the 10-building project with residential building heights of 40 feet (four stories):

  • Building 1 (939 finished floor elevation)
  • Building 2 (956.77 FF)
  • Building 3 (940 FF)
  • Building 4 (928 FF)
  • Building 5 (928.06)
  • Building 8 (926 FF)
  • Buildings 6-7, 9-10 (929.50 FF)
  • A Pool (924 FF)
  • A Clubhouse (938 FF)

Per the approved Preliminary Plan and Final Plat mentioned above, Lot 1, Block A has a Net Site Area of 26.65 acres, and an allowable impervious cover of 5.335 acres, or about 20% impervious cover.

Overall site plan for the Amarra Multifamily at Barton Creek.

The Austin-based real estate developers Stratus Properties Operating Company, LP owns the land.  The Austin office of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is the construction manager for the development.  

Commission staff is recommending approval of the project, according to documents submitted to the commission. The commission’s next scheduled meeting is on March 2.

VBX Project ID: 2021-063B


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About the Author:

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.

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