Austin: Proposed 215-Unit Multifamily Tower Postponed by Neighborhood Request
Feature Photo: Street view of the current Barton Springs Apartments. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — A local real estate investor agreed to yet another postponement on a rezoning request intended to construct a high-rise, 215-unit multifamily tower, during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting.
The Oct. 12 review of this case resulted in its fifth postponement since it first appeared on the commission’s agenda on July 13.
The owner, 1725 Toomey LLC, acquiesced to requests by neighbors opposed to the project to the postponement.
The owner of the 0.90-acre property wants to convert it from general services to MF-6, which is the highest density multifamily zoning.
The site is adjacent to Zilker Municipal Park, located at the southeast corner of the Sterzing Street and Toomey Road intersection at 1725 Toomey Road. The working title for the proposed multifamily development is linked to its address, 1725 Toomey.
Aerial view of the proposed site by the City of Austin.
There is currently a 28,200 square-foot affordable housing complex on site. Barton Springs Apartments is a 40-unit structure and its residents have voiced opposition to the project that would demolish the building for a tower, along with David Pipe, secretary with the Zilker Neighborhood Association.
Pipe submitted a letter to the commission opposing a building above the 60-foot height limit.
“Toomey is, in essence, a ‘park road,’ providing essential park access while providing safe pedestrian and bike travel, away from Barton Springs Road and Lamar,” Pipe wrote. “Toomey traffic and parking is already problematic. The city should not be making land use decisions that increase auto traffic on Toomey and Sterzing.”
Under MF-6 zoning, parkland dedication will be required for the new residential units proposed at the time of subdivision or site plan.
The property was purchased by 1725 Toomey LLC, a domestic limited liability corporation that was formed in June 2020. Its managers are Greg Smith, a real estate agent and investor with First Austin Properties, and Wolfgang Maasberg.
Amanda Swor with the land law firm Drenner Group represented the project to the commission.
The commission is now expected to vote on the item at its Oct. 26 meeting.
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.