As you may have seen in the Statesman, or in neighborhood listserv e-mails, the State of Texas is entertaining proposals to develop the vacant State Cemetery land, and the TxDOT facility located on the east side of Bull Creek Rd and south of 45th St. A group from all the close-by neighborhoods has been meeting since late June to understand and affect the development.
Developer: Stratus Properties
Proposal: Mixed Use – two
apartment buildings the size of the new Post Apts on Bull Creek –
750 units. Two 3-story office buildings, an HEB with gas station, an
Alamo or similar movie theatre, other retail.
Schedule: six to nine months to
a final deal with Texas Facility Commission, two years of plan and
design, two years to build
Contract: a 75 year ground
lease under the new Public Private Partnership law through the Texas
Size: approximately 75 acres of
land in the two tracts
Allandale Neighborhood Association
has formed a Special Committee to work on issues for residents. It
welcomes neighbors to help.
Those of us working on this since
late June see four areas of risk and problem:
1] Traffic – We have obtained from
CAMPO the most recent traffic counts for area intersections, and some
are close to capacity. The development will seemingly strangle
2] Lights & Noise – Street
and building lights, traffic, trucks, dumpsters, and music patios are
all concerns. Hours of operation are unknown. This will affect those
close to the project.
3] Open Space, Green Belt, &
Heritage Trees – Destruction of a natural area seems likely.
4] Flooding – about half of the 75
acres of the tracts is said to be developed with roof or pavement.
The folks downstream on Shoal Creek, in Ridgelea and Brykerwoods,
will be most affected.
The ANA Special Committee is organizing a neighborhood meeting to
discuss the threats and issues of the development. Monday,
September 17 at the Northwest Rec Center, 6:30 pm.
Contact the committee at –
anacommittee [Email address: anacommittee #AT# gmail.com - replace #AT# with @ ]