City Council set to vote on controversial The Grove at Shoal Creek

The Grove at Shoal Creek rendering (The Grove Photo)
The Grove at Shoal Creek rendering (The Grove Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After months of debate, dialogue and discussions, “The Grove at Shoal Creek,” a controversial planned unit development (PUD) project, has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Department. However, it still has to be put to a City Council vote.

The Grove at Shoal Creek
City staff and the Zoning and Platting Commission have recommended council members grant PUD district zoning. Controversy has swirled over what the 75-acre PUD should look like and how much affordable housing it should contribute to central Austin. Not to mention traffic concerns and the scope of the project. Development plans include various types of housing, including affordable housing, dedicated parkland, hike and bike trails, stores and restaurants on land the state used to own.

A total of 179 people signed up to speak about the development.

Here’s a quickupdate on another item we told you about:

Austin Shelter for Women and Children – Passed
Council is expected to authorize a $5.3 million agreement with a local company for the expansion and renovation of the Austin Shelter for Women and Children. According to city staff, the shelter is in need of renovations to better serve the existing population. The expansion will serve an additional 32-34 clients.

The agenda indicates renovations must include a fire suppression system, dining room expansion, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and code compliant kitchen ceiling and site improvements, including irrigation, site drainage, tree rehabilitation and planting, new drive for emergency vehicle access and a safe walking path. The facility will remain occupied during renovations. Construction is expected to begin in mid-November and wrap up in February.

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