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Milam studio/luxury condos (corrected from apartments) push intensifies - REVISED

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Rendering of developed Backyard area

 

Chris Milam, the developer of the Super Nature Studios project, has now canceled a Q&A session for the local community on April 22nd at The Backyard. In it's place will be a town-hall style meeting on Monday, April 21st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a presentation and question/answer session. The meeting will be posted so City Council can attend and listen to presentation/ questions/ answers.(Council will not be allowed to make any comments - because of open meeting rules.)

 

Milam's proposals have attracted criticism associated with the proposal to set a Property Tax funded Development district to help underwrite the infrastructure develpment needed. The so called PID has met with much negative commentary.

 

Studio complex planned for Bee Cave Parkway opposite Dillards

 

Luxury  condos (not apartments - corrected) slated for the ridge behind the studio overlooking the preserved basin

 

Said Bee Cave Councilwoman Kara King on social media - "I encourage all who are curious about this project to attend as this is a great way for all of us to learn more and then communicate to your council about how you feel about this project for Bee Cave." Milam is known to have been meeting individually with council members to put forward his case.

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Please no more apartments. The city is already above the 2:1 ratio. Fifty foot parking garages! Bee Cave cannot handle
the increased traffic this will bring. We are a suburb of Austin and 90% of the people who live here work in Austin. Put this
somewhere else.
VOTES:12
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Love the Studios concept. But, LOSE the Apartments! No more Apartments in Bee Cave, ever!
VOTES:10
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Please no more apartments…our property values will decrease if apartments are allowed.
VOTES:-6
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Ha ha "property values decreasing" is what they used to say in the old days. It was to be code for "no ethnic minorities wanted" by the racists in the 70's!
VOTES:17
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Property values decrease? Seriously? That is the best argument you have against apartments? How about traffic, water, and school overcrowding?
VOTES:29
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Studio yes, Apartment no.
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The face of the city counsel will change in a month. please
find out the views of each candidate. There are 3 of them
that never miss a counsel meeting. Please vote!!!!!!
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The Council will certainly be changing next month. I am one of those running for a two year term seat. It is hard to gauge community sentiment with the "Anonymous" postings but I encourage all who have feedback to email me directly to exchange thoughts and ideas. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . And I absolutely agree with the previous posts sentiment that you should ask us all any questions you like to get our positions and then vote accordingly.
VOTES:6
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Seriously, ignorant comments are not needed against other comments. Please be respectful. I was making a point and yes, property values will most definitely go down and obviously traffic, noise pollution, crime, and blight will go UP. Not to mention the night sky will disappear because of all the bright lights. The lights last Saturday were already obnoxious and the eff bombs from the band on Saturday is something we can do without.
VOTES:-11
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First property values, now "crime and blight"... All from the million dollar apartments? Perhaps YOU need to think a bit more about your posted comments before letting loose on the keyboard. What's next? Are you worried a fried chicken joint will come to serve all the folks on welfare in the million dollar condos?
VOTES:7
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I really hope the prior meetings between King and Milam do not now pose a threat in continuing with this project, at least as far as the movie studio project is concerned. I don't think adding a a large section of apartments/LUXURY or NOT, to the mix is a good idea, but the main project itself, especially in revitalizing The Backyard are IMHO a much needed development in Bee Cave. I really hope King has not done anything wrong here to sway public perception. I think the council needs to be informed and do their homework, but probably NOT behind closed doors.
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Please understand that mostly only the disgruntled are showing up (both on line here, on facebook, and in meetings) to try and stop the movie studio proposal. If you support, please go to council meetings! This would be the time to put your opinions (like such as the above about not wanting to have apartments) - but that support still exists for studio project. If the studio ends up saying that Bee Cave is too difficult to work with, we will all be losers. To think that land won't get developed is short sighted. I would rather have this business, albeit without such dense housing - than another strip center of nail salons and pizza places that turn over constantly. :x
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I think they're wanting to build condos, not apartments. I never heard apartment mentioned unless I missed something. And yes, we need to be concerned about traffic, water, etc., but the 50' building heights are hard to imagine, UNLESS they put 2 floors underground, which would be perfect for sound stages. I've heard this project referred to as a list of variances. I'd suggest council be very careful about granting variances, they tend to cause other problems later.
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the headline states "luxury apartments"
VOTES:-11
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How did that get a thumbs down? It wasn't even an opinion.
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People are givng facts a thumbs down? Bee Cave is doomed...
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I hate this project. More apartments/condos is not what we signed up for when we moved out here. Bee Cave is a community that should be geared towards families and a sense of community... not industrialization, which this project is! Why can't this project be done where there is already an abundance of crime, apartments, and density (ie, the East side). I can understand the Backyard wanting to make updates and improvements, but a freaking movie studio?? That is just ridiculous. I'm all for projects that add value to our community, but this is not one of them.
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iIhave tried to comment here in support of the overall movie studio project, but none of my comments are showing up? However, other new ones from others are being published. If this gets posted, let it be known that not everyone wants these apartments, but we do want the studio over some random shopping that turns over often!
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This seems to be the consensus I am hearing. Yes to the studio and no on the apartments/condos. Granted, not a unanimous one. I have a similar position with some possible tweaks regarding use of solar, water and lighting questions. I agree that the 5 story parking garages need to be revisited as well but I am hearing here and other places the reality that someone will develop there at some point and is this better then other possible options down the road. Hopefully everyone shows up for the public hearing in a a couple weeks to discuss.
VOTES:8
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Carrell Killebrew Thursday, 10 April 2014
I think we all need a little patience in this matter. Bee Cave is a very attractive place to develop, and this is one of the most valuable locations in Bee Cave, so much so that strip malls and nail salons won’t be able to afford to locate here. There is no reason for a stampede or any sense of desperation to accept Mr. Milam’s current proposal. Personally I am a bit skeptical when a developer starts a dialog by asking for a host of variances or public supported financing of any type as a precondition. Mr. Milam needs to sharpen his pencil some more and come back with a better proposal, particularly if he wants re-zoning (he wants that too!).
VOTES:1
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I have noticed that Mr. Matzen is usually absent from most of
the council meetings. Mr. Killebrew and Mr. Coleman do not.
In my opinion, you can't run for office on the Bee!
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Mr. Anonymous, I have actually attended every Council Meeting for the last several months and the LCRA meeting a few weeks back at which I was the only attendee of those running for Council. If you are concerned about the my knowledge of the issues I invite you to reach out or show up at the forum Sunday and ask your questions. Bee Cave needs leadership, vision, and keen legal awareness as we enter this next 2 year cycle of development. If your sole criteria for casting a vote is who attended the most meetings over the past two years,that is your choice.
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Apartments no. Condos/townhomes with garage yes. TO BUY, NOT RENTALS. Homeowners will take better care of their property.
VOTES:5
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As many of you, I am interested in Bee Cave's industry, economical growth, and commercial offerings. However, Bee Cave has been such a desirable place to live in part because it is not "affordable." If we make it more affordable by offering lower-income housing options, it loses its appeal and quality. We have more than enough apartment/condo offerings. If apartments and less-expensive homes are sought, there are many wonderful options around Austin. Let's keep Bee Cave's charm as strong as what brought us all here in the first place!
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They are Condos ! This project NEVER proposed Apartments ! The Bee is making up that information. They are extremely expensive upscale Condos currently not offered in Bee Cave, a supposedly full life-cycle community according to our comprehensive plan goals. Typical target market is single and married professionals, and retirees of financial means who want low maintenance and social condo living. Please be accurate and informed first or you're doing a disservice to the community with misinformation.
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The project as a whole is debatably OK for the area. However, having more high density housing in the area is not a good idea partially for the reasons already mentioned. If there must be more high density, then forget about apartments. But, has most everyone forgotten about water-supply and other environmental issues. Please see the Senator blasts the LCRA article in this issue of the Bee. If you want to be concerned about something, then you might consider the bigger picture.
VOTES:8
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Will this be accesdible from 71?
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Time to widen bee cave parkway
VOTES:-3
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This will be accessible on Bee Cave Parkway between 620 and 2244.
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It seems that the majority of those commenting on this topic, although 98% are "anonymous", favor the SuperNature Studios project, which will consist of two locations, the one where The Backyard is now, and the one on the NE corner of Hwy 620 and Bee Cave Parkway. Tom Matzen's comment about 5 story parking garages is accurate, but there will also be five, yes, 5, 5 story sound stages. Both can't be built without variances because BC limits building heights to either 30 or 35' (sorry, don't remember which). My objection is primarily tied to the variances for the entire project. One councilman called this project "one long list of variances". I am not saying I am opposed to the project as a whole, but 5 story buildings to the immediate west of Central Park, rising up and dwarfing Bee Cave Parkway (and the park), don't fit the skyline I was buying into when I came to BC. If they can dig down and put 2 stories below ground, which they ARE proposing to do with the luxury condos for their parking garages, then that may be another story. But they also project 5,000 people will be at the project locations, either working or visiting, once completed. That doubles the population of BC. Water? Traffic? Noise? And, my last point, there is a history of projects like this getting public support, tax abatements, etc., then filing for bankruptcy within 5 years. Then what? I like what candidate Killebrew noted earlier when it comes to this. Milam needs more skin in the game, AND we don't need 5 story buildings towering over our skyline. There is no necessity in BC growing in this way, so it needs to be of vital interest to BC's future or I'd vote to reject the project.
VOTES:3
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If Milam wants to invest his own money to bring the studio project here, then fine. Placing a tax burden on the citizens of Bee Cave to make it happen is not. And let's be clear, because of the Robin Hood school finance scheme, the School District suffers every new housing development regardless of the density. New roof-tops do NOT bring enough school tax revenue to off-set the cost of new students when you send 40 cents of every dollar to the state.
VOTES:4
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I would love to see an Environmental Impact Report before I further comment on this proposed development. What about the environment? That seems to be more important than anything. Digging down two stories could be a nightmare for the residents of Bee Cave. How high is the water table in that area? These are questions that cannot be answered with a study. An impact report could address what we already know to be true, there is irreversible damage being done to our exceptionally fragile natural resources.
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Sitting in on the meeting last night I was awed how Mr. Milan thought that his 4 tennis courts and his kiddy splash pad would have such an impact on the community. Lake Travis school district was reclassified as a 5A back in 2012 and the high school to this day does not have a swim facility. I think Mr. Milam needs to rethink what the community needs are and a city pool facility would be the way to go. You would not only have the high school team using it for practice and holding swim meets, but also everyone in the community from kids, adults to tri-athletes would take advantage of this facility. I know there are many swim parents both past and present that have always thought that we need more pool space and having belonged to many club teams in the area I have repeatedly heard how Austin is lacking swim facilities. This should definitely be a big consideration for the city and the developer!
VOTES:3
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Now THIS is a great idea. This is EXACTLY what we need.
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We knew this area didn't have a community pool when we all moved here, yes even way back when. With this drought not being taken seriously, it is no wonder how some people are still asking for a community pool. Seriously? Shaking my Head....Since when is a developer responsible for giving the city it's own pool? Is he also supposed to give up his first born? You are asking for a training pool for athletes? Joining a private swim club seems like a reasonable idea.
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Milan is supposed to now go into the athletic swimming pool business? GIVE ME A BREAK.
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