Eastside Development: A community dialogue

Meetings encourage community input on Urban Renewal Plan

This photo by John Langmore is on display through April 27, as part of the Mexican American Cultural Center’s exhibit “Fault Line: A Portrait of East Austin.”
This photo by John Langmore is on display through April 27, as part of the Mexican American Cultural Center’s exhibit “Fault Line: A Portrait of East Austin.”

On Saturday, April 26, Central East Austin neighborhood residents, East End property owners, and all interested citizens are invited to a second consensus-building meeting concerning proposed developments in the East End. The meeting – organized by the Austin Revitalization Authority, in partnership with the city of Austin – will address changes to the East 11th and 12th streets Urban Renew­al Plan. The ARA has taken a good deal of heat in the community for its weak execution of the plan to date, as well as for other problems – thus the need for dialogue.

The purpose of the Urban Renewal Plan is to encourage positive new development that has "a thriving mix of uses." As a guide to development on East 11th and 12th, it describes, block by block, the details of desired height, density, and parking. The April 26 session will be the second in a series of three; the final session will be on Saturday, May 17. The outcome is expected to change the city's Neigh­borhood Conservation Combining District, which provides incentives for development.

Call 469-1705 or visit www.austinrev.org for meeting materials, summaries, and more information. Both sessions start with refreshments and a social at 9am. Meetings run 9:30am-noon, at Street-Jones Building, Room 400-A, 1000 E. 11th.

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