In a rare move, it seems the Austin Neighborhood Council has blessed a new residential tower at West Lynn and 12th. Sources indicate that the “Anawo” tower will replace Nau’s Enfield Drug store, and will be the first of it’s kind for Clarksville. A spokesperson for the California based builder, OMG, says: “The neighbors are our partners.”
The proposed tower is part of a category of buildings often called “parking farms” because of the extreme parking density. A site plan submitted to city staff indicates the 12 story tower will consist of 10 levels of parking garage capped with 2 levels of office condos. “The entire structure is designed with mobility in mind – a parking ratio of one space for every one-hundred feet of office space is a testament to our commitment to include the feedback we received from stakeholders. You’re going to be able to park your Prius next to your neighbor’s Prius next to their neighbor’s Prius, and so on.”
Anawo tower will require a variance to achieve the desired height of 120 feet, however ANC’s support is expected to find sympathetic ears on the City of Austin Planning Commission which will hear from OMG next Tuesday.
Demolition work on Nau’s could be complete by July.