The City has made progress on the vision of East 11th Street as a visitor-oriented destination consisting of three to five story buildings that provide entertainment, retail and office uses that attract people to this metropolitan area.
The vision of East 12th Street as a mixed-use area with combined office, retail and residential uses, which serves the immediate area, has been partially achieved. Through historic preservation of culturally significant structures and several small businesses receiving façade improvement grants dramatically improve the look of the corridor. The City completed a 14-space parking facility, which serves the overall community accessing local businesses.
The City through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, has contracted with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to prepare an East 11th and 12th Street Development Strategy. EPS will work with the City and area stakeholders to prepare a plan that responds to the considerable opportunities and challenges facing development within these two corridors.
The East 11th and 12th Streets Development Strategy will provide a framework for the development of a mixture of commercial, retail and residential component in central east Austin. The assessment of both the current market demand and projections of future demand are critical to developing short-term and long-term strategies.
The first stakeholder meeting was held Wed., Sept. 21 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 1617 IH-35 North. This informal open house was intended to introduce the process and consulting team and begin to solicit input from the community. Over the next five months, additional meetings will be held to present interim findings and solicit further feedback. The dates and location of the meetings will be announced as determined.