Mar 30, 2018 - 03:25 pm CDT

After receiving a $3 million federal planning grant, Colony Park has been working on exciting plans for upcoming neighborhood development. With a better, more livable community initiative, the city hopes to gather feedback from the community and begin implementing the Master Plan.

There are two phases when it comes to starting a new community development.  In Phase I, the city adopts a Master Plan with design guidelines and community vision catered to the needs of the area.  The next step is to approve the developer who will execute the Master Plan.  So, in Phase II the search for a developer begins with a Request for Qualifications process.  After searching through candidates, the City of Austin has narrowed down to one finalist, Catellus Development Corporation, LLC.

The selection process isn't finalized quite yet, though. A Request for Proposal is now in motion as Catellus Development Corporation prepares to present their development plans to the community. In upcoming public meetings, the community will have a chance to give input and share their vote that will contribute to the final decision on the Colony Park Sustainable Community development partner.

One event we highly encourage attending is the Your Community, Your Voice meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30-8:00pm (Click Here for information). This event is a great opportunity to let the city know what your thoughts are on the new development. There will be free food, games, a photo exhibition, and more that will bring the community together for family fun. In addition, an exclusive screening from Catellus will be shown to all who attend. Come out to learn all about exciting city plans moving forward in 2018!

Oct 25, 2017 - 04:02 pm CDT

City seeks partner to create a transformative pedestrian-oriented, mixed-income, sustainable community.

The City of Austin launches its search for a Master Developer for the Colony Park Sustainable Community. The Economic Development Department released a Request for Qualifications (RFQS) on October 23, 2017, for 208-acres of publically-owned land in Northeast Austin. This solicitation marks a significant milestone for a project that has involved extensive community engagement and planning resulting in the Council-adopted Colony Park Master Plan and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district.

The City seeks a master development partner to create a transformative pedestrian-oriented, mixed-income, sustainable community that includes single-family, multifamily, commercial, and mixed-uses. The City also envisions facilities for education, job training, healthcare, and other public services that will be compatible with existing adjacent neighborhoods.    

The RFQS provides an opportunity for qualified respondents to demonstrate their experience in developing large scale, master planned communities through public-private partnerships utilizing development characteristics and entitlements similar to those detailed in the Colony Park Master Plan.  The Master Developer will be selected through a Two-step Process.  In Step One, the City will evaluate RFQS submissions and identify a shortlist of qualified Master Developers for further consideration.  In Step Two, the City will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the shortlisted Master Developers who will have an opportunity to submit a proposal including a development concept and business plan.  An evaluation panel with community representation will select a preferred Master Developer for recommendation to City Council in summer, 2018.

Colony Park is located roughly seven miles from Downtown, near the intersection of Decker and Loyola Lane, and in a rapidly growing area for new development.

For more information, visit us at www.AustinTexas.gov/ColonyParkRFQ.

About the City of Austin, Economic Development Department:
The City’s Economic Development Department (EDD) develops and leads innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austin’s citizens, our businesses, and our diverse neighborhoods. www.austintexas.gov/edd

Jul 07, 2017 - 09:43 am CDT

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

(Click on photo thumbnails to enlarge)

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 martin.barrera@austintexas.gov 512-974-3394.

Oct 25, 2017 - 04:02 pm CDT

City seeks partner to create a transformative pedestrian-oriented, mixed-income, sustainable community.

The City of Austin launches its search for a Master Developer for the Colony Park Sustainable Community. The Economic Development Department released a Request for Qualifications (RFQS) on October 23, 2017, for 208-acres of publically-owned land in Northeast Austin. This solicitation marks a significant milestone for a project that has involved extensive community engagement and planning resulting in the Council-adopted Colony Park Master Plan and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district.

The City seeks a master development partner to create a transformative pedestrian-oriented, mixed-income, sustainable community that includes single-family, multifamily, commercial, and mixed-uses. The City also envisions facilities for education, job training, healthcare, and other public services that will be compatible with existing adjacent neighborhoods.    

The RFQS provides an opportunity for qualified respondents to demonstrate their experience in developing large scale, master planned communities through public-private partnerships utilizing development characteristics and entitlements similar to those detailed in the Colony Park Master Plan.  The Master Developer will be selected through a Two-step Process.  In Step One, the City will evaluate RFQS submissions and identify a shortlist of qualified Master Developers for further consideration.  In Step Two, the City will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the shortlisted Master Developers who will have an opportunity to submit a proposal including a development concept and business plan.  An evaluation panel with community representation will select a preferred Master Developer for recommendation to City Council in summer, 2018.

Colony Park is located roughly seven miles from Downtown, near the intersection of Decker and Loyola Lane, and in a rapidly growing area for new development.

For more information, visit us at www.AustinTexas.gov/ColonyParkRFQ.

About the City of Austin, Economic Development Department:
The City’s Economic Development Department (EDD) develops and leads innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austin’s citizens, our businesses, and our diverse neighborhoods. www.austintexas.gov/edd

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Jul 07, 2017 - 09:43 am CDT

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

(Click on photo thumbnails to enlarge)

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 martin.barrera@austintexas.gov 512-974-3394.

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