The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

The latest version of the RMMA Redevelopment and Reuse Master Plan's "Regulating Plan" -- the zoning map, in effect -- contains the same sorts of buildings as in past drafts, but in different proportions and orientations. Here's a guide to the key features of ROMA's plan, and some local and far flung examples of what they have in mind:


Town Center

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

This is the mixed-use heart of the village -- retail or commercial below, office or residential above, facing the street, three to five stories tall, parking in the back. The southernmost part of the town center -- adjacent to the lake -- is required to have "street-oriented" retail, so that it will be a pleasant place to walk, shop, hang out, and do other urban stuff.

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

La Jolla, Calif.'s answer to a Town Center


Urban Campus

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

This is the New Urbanist version of an office or industrial park -- the plazas and courtyards have to be publicly accessible and walkable from the Town Center. A job-training facility has already been proposed for this area. Having big employers up here in the corner -- with easy access to I-35 -- would do no good to traffic on 51st or the interstate, but it would keep thousands of people from driving around Mueller's narrow streets.

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

One example of an urban campus can be found at Levi Plaza in San Francisco.


Apartment Houses

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

The plan calls for the multifamily buildings -- again, three to five stories, or about 40 units/acre -- to have "townhouse treatment" along the street edge, so they won't look like apartment complexes.

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

The Gables on 38th Street is Representative of what designers have in mind for Mueller.


Shop House/Row House

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

These are real townhouses, though they may also be walk-up flats over stores or offices, or self-contained "live/work" units, where you could live over your own store or office, just like in the old days.

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

These row houses are in the Lion's Gate community in Seattle.


Yard Houses

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

These are single-family houses, but on lots with a maximum of 4,500 square feet, as opposed to the 5,750 feet typically required of a legal lot in Austin. They have detached garages, with apartments on top if you'd like, alleys and service lanes in the back, and are two stories.

The Lay of the Land: Mueller Reuse and Redevelopment Master Plan

An Austin example of yard houses can be found on West Ave., between 11th and 12th.


Amenities & Infrastructure

The plan also includes:

  • 74 acres of green space;

  • Three proposed transit stops (even though light rail, if it happens at all, is currently not expected to reach Mueller for many years);

  • An elementary school; and sites for:

  • The new multijurisdictional emergency command center, and

  • The Austin Film Society's proposed soundstage complex.

  • The only four-lane road is the central spine extending south from Berkman Drive; all others are two lanes.
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