Leander: Council Advances Proposal for 320-Apartment Complex, New Park
Featured Photo (above): A preliminary plan for Parkside Village calls for 14 multi-story apartment buildings and a new public park. Image: Leander 30 LP
By Edmond Ortiz
Leander (Travis County)–A developer has pitched building 320 apartments and turning land zoned for single-family lots into a park on a 29-acre tract fronting Toll U.S. 183A.
Leander 30 LP owns the land in question immediately west of Toll 183A and south of Ranch Road 2243. The developer has proposed establishing a 6.1-acre park and a short trail as a buffer between the new apartments and neighboring single-family homes.
Kimley-Horn & Associates is the project engineer. Parkside Village is the tentative name for the planned development.
The City Council voted Feb. 6 to amend the city’s comprehensive plan to change the property from residential and mixed-use to activity center zoning. The latter category allows a wider range of development.
The council will return Feb. 20 for a public hearing on a proposal to amend the code of zoning ordinances. If approved, that amendment would ensure general commercial use on part of the 29-acre parcel that fronts the road.
Parkside Villages would position commercial zoning along Toll 183A and give the immediate area some new retail and office space opportunities. Image: City of Leander
A preliminary plan presented at the council meeting shows 14 multi-story apartment buildings, but two of the southernmost buildings on the site will be limited two stories. The tree-lined trail will reduce views between apartment residents and those in the adjacent single-family houses.
The plan also shows two stormwater detention ponds, and a 40-foot-wide right-of-way along the northern boundary of the property.
Developer representatives said the right-of-way could become a road to link 183 with any future development on vacant land north/northwest of Parkside Village. No estimated construction timeline, cost or delivery method is available yet.
The rezoning and land use changes are the result of a compromise reached by Leander 30 LP, the city and residents living in the aforementioned nearby neighborhood. The segment of the property fronting 183A, measuring 5.6 acres, will now remain zoned for commercial; 17.3 acres are zoned multifamily.
Most of the neighboring residents addressed the council Feb. 6 in support of the zoning and land use changes. City leaders thankedthe developer for agreeing to convert land for single-family homes into public park space.
“This is an example of how to get things done,” Councilmember Kathryn Pantalion-Parker said.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.