Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Proposal for the Marshall Tract

In a discussion on April 22, 2015 with me and two representatives from the Lost Creek MUD and three representatives from the Lost Creek Neighborhood Association, the land owners, Dan Marshall, representing himself and his co-owner sister Wren, the architect, L. M. (Mac) Holder, and the property manager, Victor Russo revealed their plans for the historically, environmentally and neighborhood significant Marshall Tract.

Under the current plan, not all of the 37.71 acre site will be developed. They will request the zoning be changed to LO (Limited Office), with no code exemptions or variances, meaning at most 40% impervious cover.  The two buildings, parking garage, parking lot and access drive(s) will be built on this small portion of the property.  The Marshalls will create a county designated minimum 20 acre wildlife management area from the remaining area primarily on the Lost Creek (South) side of the property and wrapping around to the East and West.  The wildlife management area will remain undisturbed during and after construction for the benefit of the birds and wildlife.

A perspective from above the development is shown below.

All  the trees and other characteristics of perspective are representations of the actual land and trees. The buildings are drawings of what the buildings might look like. The Eanes/Marshall historical family cemetery is nestled at the South East corner of the parking garage and Western edge of the building closest to Loop 360. The perspective is from the East with Quaker Ridge in the foreground, Lost Creek Blvd. to the right, and Loop 360 just below the top edge of the perspective.

The development, presently called Point West at Marshall Ranch, is planned with the following characteristics:

  • Approximately 350,000 square feet of Class A office space
  • All buildings 3 or 4 story above ground
  • Designed to fit into the topography of the land
  • The closest distance from Quaker Ridge to an office building is 500 feet.
  • Underground utilities
  • Energy conscious design and environmentally compatible architecture
  • Entrance and exit directly on Loop 360
  • No variances to City zoning, hill country roadway or environmental ordinances
  • Minimal destruction of vegetation on the land and no blasting during construction
  • Meets “Dark Sky” requirements
  • Xeriscaping of developed land.
  • Walking trails and picnic grounds on developed land, and trails possibly connected to Boulder Creek Park and Loop 360.
  • Low visibility from Lost Creek
  • Permanent protection of undeveloped portions of land.
  • Professional on-site property management and leasing.

Below is a perspective of the development from near Quaker Ridge and Lost Creek Blvd.

All the vegetation are the right size and in the actual location being derived from a series of photographs of the Marshall Tract.

The view below is from Lost Creek Blvd, just past the condos.

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