At last night’s WCCAC meeting:
1) We learned that the City is negotiating the purchase of three contiguous lots located along southbound frontage road and bounded by 4th and 5th Streets. This area hosts the east bank of Waller Creek between 4th and 5th and is currently used as a surface parking lot. The land acquisition will be purchased with funds from the Waller Creek Tunnel Project, and will likely become a temporary staging ground for the construction of the tunnel. Ironically [to me at least] these lots are not on FEMA’s 100 year flood maps, and therefore wouldn’t directly benefit from the tunnel improvements designed to remove land from the 100 year flood plain. The lots are encumbered by Capitol View Corridors, though. You can see the lots under “Kuykendall Addn”.
2) The WCCAC made an official recommendation to City Council that the Strategy 1 improvements identified by ROMA’s Waller Creek District Master Plan be included in the items for the 2010 Transportation Bond. The bond is limited to issues of mobility, including pedestrian uses such as the conversion of Sabine Street into a promenade.
3) Perry Lorenz provided citizen communication that the 21c project is moving forward and the development team is flying to Austin from Louisville with updates in the first week of December. In addition to getting a more comprehensive project status, we should receive a better idea of the amount and types of consideration the project is paying towards Waller Creek improvements adjacent to the property.
4) The I-35 Makeover project is going to be complete in 2010 and will be funded from the parking fees collected underneath I-35. No word yet on improvements to the 4th Street overpass, but WCCAC requested to be included as a stakeholder should that discussion commence.
5) Matt Knifton of the Texas Rowing Center provided citizen communication about TRC’s bid for the boathouse. Notably, last year TRC donated roughly $30,000 in community outreach in the form of education and classes for minority children and those with disabilities. Matt estimated that as a PARD concessionaire since 1999, the TRC has returned over $400,000 to the city;moreover, throughout a 20 year lease of the new boathouse, there is potential to generate nearly $3MM in concession revenue for the city. The TRC would have the opportunity to further increase their community outreach programs, making the lake more accessible to more Austinites.
In summary, it’s nice to see action and momentum!