Cedar Park - Leander | July 2020

REAL ESTATE 2020EDITION

DEVELOPMENT

1 GROCERY STORE 25 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE 180 SINGLEFAMILY LOTS 250 SENIOR LIVINGUNITS 650 HOTEL ROOMS 2,050 MULTIFAMILYUNITS

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This rendering shows the proposed District 2243 in Leander. (Rendering Courtesy Gensler)

290-acre, mixed-use project called District 2243 proposed in Leander

This rendering was included in the entertainment presentation for District 2243. (Courtesy Gensler)

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

A new live-work-play community is on the table in Leander, and Leander City Council has split views. District 2243, a proposed planned unit development, was presented to City Council at its July 2 meeting. The project would be located at the southwest corner of Hero Way and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, which is between the old and new RR 2243 to the north and south, respectively. In discussion, council members learned they could not immediately approve the 289.9-acre rezoning, so the rst reading of the zoning change request was postponed to the July 16 council meeting, which was sched- uled after this edition went to press. A rst and second reading is needed before approval. Four districts would make up the proposed project, including an urban core, a neighborhood district, a highway district, and a health and wellness district, according to Barry Hand, a principal at Gensler Dallas who presented the project to council. The urban core would be a mixed- use community with retail, dining and amenities along Ronald Reagan. The neighborhood district would include single-family houses and possibly a self-storage facility. The health and wellness district would center on a hospital, medical oces and a hotel. The highway district would span the north border with Hero Way with 1.75 million square

feet of oce space. The proposed project includes a total of 3 million square feet of oce space, which exceeds the amount of oce space in The Domain, North- line and other similar developments in Texas, according to the proposed plan. The proposed master plan features outdoor entertainment, an upscale grocery, urban gardens, diverse housing options, intimate gathering spaces and an active retail street, according to the project presentation. Instead of a large central park, the project will feature a trail network into the Brushy Creek Trail. A greenbelt would connect the four noncontiguous districts together, Hand said. If the zoning request to accommo- date the master plan is approved, the city will next consider a developer agreement, according to city spokes- person Mike Neu. Council members had split views on the details of the proposed project. Some council members expressed excitement over what could be the city’s largest mixed- use development. Others were concerned about the necessity of a 140,000-square-foot self-storage facility, planned phases, retail space and multifamily units. Mayor Troy Hill was concerned about the number of multifamily

Proposed District 2243 master plan

HEROWAY

The proposed District 2243 is a 290-acre mixed-use project southwest of the Hero Way and Ronald Reagan Boulevard intersection in Leander.

OFFICE SPACE RETAILGROCERY HOTELENTERTAINMENT HOSPITALMEDICAL OFFICE SPACE

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SINGLEFAMILY HOUSING MULTIFAMILY HOUSING SELFSTORAGE

Stephenson said the project is well- thought-out and will attract younger people to Leander. “I love the plan,” Stephenson said. “I love what it’s going to bring to Leander.” Council Member Marci Cannon was also concerned about the possibility of “unlimited” apartments in the project. She said the city has experienced prob- lems with buying into the renderings. “We love all these [renderings]. We just want to see these [renderings] reected in the legal document,” Cannon said.

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units. He said there should be a cap on the number of units in District 2243. “It’s not exciting to see a request for 1,800 units,” Hill said. Council Member Jason Shaw said he believed this is the area where multifamily units should be built. Shaw said he did not think 1,800 units were too many considering other apartments approved across the city. Council Member Michelle

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