Leander: Austin Developer Bringing 38,000 Square Feet Commercial PUD to City
Feature Photo: The concept site plan by Stantec for the proposed PUD.
by Art Benavidez
Leander (Williamson County) — An Austin developer received approval of a concept site plan for an 8.5-acre commercial planned unit development (PUD), at last week’s City Council meeting.
Vertical construction will consist of several buildings that total about 38,000 square feet. The property was also converted from urban core (T6) to PUD, with a base zoning of general commercial (GC).
The undeveloped project site is located northeast of the Hero Way and U.S. Highway 183 intersection.
Street view of the site. Image: Google Streets.
Lance Hughes is proposing to develop the PUD, Leander Marketplace, through the entity Transit Village Investment, LTD.
Tonya Swartzendruver, urban planner with the Austin office of Stantec, represented the project and said that Hughes is proposing to divide the project site into five parcels.
“Those lots will be improved with a 15,000 sf commercial tenant, one multi-tenant shop building and three free standing buildings projected to be occupied by food, financial, retail and/or service businesses,” she stated in a letter submitted to the city.
Stantec released a concept site plan with the following specs:
Lot A (2.3 acres) 7,900 SF, 82 parking spaces
Lot B (2 acres) 15,000 SF building, 148 parking spaces
Lot C (1.7 acres) 8,300 SF building, 97 parking spaces
Lot D (1.2 acres) 3,500 SF building, 36 parking spaces
Lot E (1.3 acres) 3,500 SF building, 40 parking spaces
Landscape buffer along the eastern property line
Proposed pylon signage
Stantec is also utilizing its San Antonio office for the project. The PUD does require 90% masonry buildings.
The development is currently holding tenant discussions with Hat Creek, Sherwin Williams, Torchy’s, Pluckers/Walk On’s and Specs among others.
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.