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Pflugerville: Council Finalizes Rezoning for 3.8M-Square-Foot Distribution/Logistics Complex

Featured Illustration (above): City documents regarding “Project Charm” contain a conceptual of the 3.8-million-square-foot distribution and logistics facility planned in Pflugerville. Image: City of Pflugerville

Posted: 2-4-20

By Edmond Ortiz

Pflugerville (Travis County)–City Council has approved rezoning for 94 acres at 2000 E. Pecan St. to accommodate a 3.8-million-square-foot logistics and distribution facility.

The rezoning designates the property west of Texas Highway 130 a planned unit development. While city officials continuously decline to identify the project owner, speculation and reports point to Amazon Inc. based on how the retail has developed similar buildings around the country.

Preliminary plans on file with the city call for 780,552 square feet of warehouse space, 3 million square feet for mezzanine level robotics operations, 43,000 square feet of office space, and 1,706 parking spaces.

The main structure is to stand 96 feet tall. It’s to be composed from three building materials, according to now-finalized development standards: a base of insulated concrete tilt panels, a body of insulated metal panels and a cap of color-accented insulated metal panels.

As part of the planned unit development, the project will include infrastructure improvements, such as extending Pfennig Lane along the property’s western boundary from the intersection of Pfennig and Pecan Avenue to the property’s northern boundary.

Preliminary site development and land use plan for the Project Charm distribution and logistics center planned for construction at East Pecan Street near Texas 130. Image: Jones|Carter

There also will be an 8-foot pre-cast screening wall and enhanced landscape buffers to conceal the loading docks and overhead doors. The facility will have four main points of entry from Pecan Street, with traffic signals at two intersections–one at Pecan and Pfennig, and another to a private serve drive at Pecan on the eastern edge.

The project will provide more than 1.6 million square feet of landscaped area. Dallas-based Seefried Industrial Properties is developing the overall acreage. Austin firm Jones|Carter is the civil engineer, and CESO Inc. of Akron, Ohio is the architect.

Kansas City-based Dialectic Engineering is the MEP engineer, and Harrington Group from Duluth, Georgia is handling fire protection engineering. SMBH, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the structural engineer.

Neither a construction schedule, cost nor delivery method is currently available. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-0F5B.

Several residents at the Jan. 28 council meeting restated concerns about the so-called “Project Charm,” and its potential negative impacts on nearby neighborhoods such as traffic, noise and safety.

The Bohls Neighborhood Association gathered more than 300 signatures for a petition opposing the project.

“This project will affect the Bohls residents’ quality of life and property values,” resident Christine East told the council.

Jonathan Stites with Seefried Industrial Properties promised he would work with the project owner, the city and surrounding neighborhoods to ensure the neighbors there’d be minimal negative impacts.

“This is going to benefit our city in the future, especially with the growth we’re faced with,” Councilman Jim McDonald said.

Preliminary elevations for the “Project Charm” distribution and logistics facility in Pflugerville. Image: CESO


edmond@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

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.

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