A lot has happened since we saw you last. As you might remember, the Colony Park Project began with a 3-year planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Challenge and culminated with the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan by Austin City Council in December of 2014. The Master Plan outlines a focused community vision for the Colony Park neighborhood, one which sees,
"....a healthy, safe, and active community where families and neighbors enjoy an ever-improving quality of life supported and sustained through education; cultural enrichment; job growth and business opportunities; shared prosperity; mobility choices; neighborhood amenities and recreation."
- Colony Park Community Vision
On November 4, 2016, this vision was recognized by the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter, with a Project Planning award. This award recognizes individuals, organizations, and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in the State of Texas. The Colony Park community, City staff, and consultant team were on hand in San Antonio to accept the award. Recognition from APA-TX was followed by Council Member Ora Houston, who honored Urban Design Group, PC for this achievement and Mayor Steve Adler, who proclaimed December 10, 2016, as Colony Park Sustainable Communities Day.
Above: The CPSCI Team receives a Project Planning Award from the American Planning Association - Texas Chapter
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Below: The CPSCI Team receives a Proclamation from the City of Austin
Transitioning to Implementation:
In the fall of 2015, the Colony Park Project transitioned from Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) to the Redevelopment Division of the Economic Development Department (EDD) for implementation. The Redevelopment Division is tasked with implementing Council adopted policies, which promote community identity and strengthen the local economy by leveraging socially beneficial development with public investment and private sector partnerships. Successful redevelopment projects have included the Seaholm Power Plant District, 2nd Street District, and Mueller Redevelopment.
Since the transition, the EDD has been hard at work setting the base for the solicitation of a master developer partner to realize the Colony Park Master Plan vision. This includes securing a multi-disciplined consultant team of experienced practitioners in public finance, real estate economics, law, engineering, and community engagement, while working closely with the Colony Park community and City of Austin staff to craft a solicitation process which can continue to honor the unique and inclusive community engagement process set forth in the Master Planning Phase of the project. This solicitation process continues to be influenced through robust community engagement. Moving forward, the project will be entering a two-step solicitation process to search for a master developer.
Follow our blog and watch for future posts as we progress through implementation of the Master Plan. If you have any questions or comments about this exciting project, please contact Martin Barrera, Redevelopment Project Manager at email@example.com 512-974-3394.