Land Use Compatibility:
The subject site is located on a triangular tract bordered by three rights-of-way: North
Akard Street, McKinney Avenue, and North Saint Paul Street. The request proposes a
2,300-square-foot restaurant use, a hotel with a maximum of 270 units which may be
converted to a multiple family use at a later date. The request is unique because the
proposed hotel use will provide full kitchens to assist with the intended conversions but
will not house reception staff, room service, or meeting spaces. Services such as bulk
laundry will be provided off-site.
For consideration of the requested bonuses seeking a maximum height of 316 feet, a
maximum dwelling unit and hotel room density of 270 units, and a floor area ratio of
16.5:1, staff considered incorporation of enhanced landscape requirements and the
proposed development providing all off-street parking below ground. Staff has
considered the enhanced landscape requirements and enhanced pedestrian amenities
as adequate to substantiate some additional development rights. However, staff has
recommended alternate development standards that are more suitable to the existing
built environment. Overall, staff supports the request to redevelop the site with a hotel
and restaurant use, subject to staff’s recommendations on the proposed development
will not house reception staff, room service, or meeting spaces.
Developer Rastegar Property Co. says its McKinney Avenue high-rise will have the tallest living wall of plants in North America.
The Austin-based company plans to cover the balconies of the 26-story 1899 McKinney tower with panels of more than 40,000 plants.
Rastegar still hopes to start work on the building later this year.
R1070 wrote:The project is delayed according to a DBJ article. It sounds like they could be redesigning it.
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