Fredericksburg: Austin Developer Bringing Mixed-Use PUD to City
Feature Photo: Concept renderings of what the proposed PUD will look like courtesy of JHP Architecture/Urban Design.
by Art Benavidez
Fredericksburg (Gillespie County) — An Austin developer received new zoning and land use approvals for a mixed-use project on 32 acres, at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Wednesday meeting.
The developer, John Needham with Seco Enterprises LLC, sought three changes on land that has had a combination of residential zonings for medium density and rural residential. The tracts under consideration will convert as follows:
From mixed use residential to Planned Unit Development for 27.5 acres located at the southwest corner of Friendship Lane and South Eagle Street.
Future land use change from medium density residential to mixed use corridor for the same 27.5 acres.
Future land use change from rural residential to mixed use corridor for 5 acres to the west side of South Eagle Street, approximately 1,000 feet south of the southwest corner of Friendship and Eagle.
The project is moving through the review process under the working title of Fredericksburg MF/MU. It’s located in the southeastern portion of the city.
Commissioners approved the rezoning with an amendment that the MF-1 and MF-2 apartment buildings on the western edge of the development will be limited to two floors and that Seco Enterprises LLC can retain the density that they are seeking for the project in the single family zoning portion of their development.
While roughly 27-acres are located in the city limits, about 5 acres is not; City Council will annex the parcel in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction when they take up the zoning and land use case on March 15.
The breakdown of this mixed use concept involves 421 residential units of which 366 are multifamily and 55 are single family, with a unit mix of 50% one bedroom, 40% two bedrooms and 10% three bedrooms; a 14,000-square-foot leasing/amenity building; 10,000 square feet of retail; and 8,000 square feet of office/live work space.
The development will be built in three phases. The following tentative specifications were provided prior to the commission’s amendment.
Phase 1: Lot A and Lot B with 108 multifamily units, 20 single family structures and the 8,000 SF leasing/amenity building, 10,000 SF retail facilities and 8,000 SF of office/live work facilities.
Phase 2: Lot C: 108 multifamily units, 22 single family structures, 3,000 SF amenity.
Phase 3: Lot D: 150 multifamily units, 13 single family structures, 3,000 SF amenity.
Dallas-based JHP Architecture/Urban Design provided a site plan with the following specs:
An approximately 7-acre drainage area
Private dog park
A second dog park
835 parking spaces
The maximum impervious cover allowed for the base mixed use corridor zoning is 75%.
The property owner for the approximately 27-acres is Fredericksburg resident Kevin Eckhardt and High Falls, New York resident Robert Eckhardt owns the 5-acres that are currently in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, East 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 UTRGV.