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Old Posted Apr 23, 2017, 6:15 AM
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2017, 1:19 PM
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I pretty much followed the suggestion from a previous post, 5 above ground parking, 20 floors office. The height in this modification is exactly the same, and from this angle, this isn't half bad, except now the parking garage looks puny.

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I pretty much followed the suggestion from a previous post, 5 above ground parking, 20 floors office. The height in this modification is exactly the same, and from this angle, this isn't half bad, except now the parking garage looks puny.
I could live with that, even if the bottom half wasn't covered in glass which would look pretty good as well but it fits better with the parking podium reduced. The tower part is proportionally more visually appealing than it's current design.
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I pretty much followed the suggestion from a previous post, 5 above ground parking, 20 floors office. The height in this modification is exactly the same, and from this angle, this isn't half bad, except now the parking garage looks puny.
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I pretty much followed the suggestion from a previous post, 5 above ground parking, 20 floors office. The height in this modification is exactly the same, and from this angle, this isn't half bad, except now the parking garage looks puny.
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I just re sculptured a turd, that's all...
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Old Posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:32 AM
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The Design Commission voted unanimously at the 04/24 meeting to not recommend the density bonus needed to build this project as it currently stands. So it's still a work in progress.

The amount of parking was the issue with the commissioners. Public parking garages are part of Brandywine's business, so incorporating more parking than normal for such a project was done on purpose to allow for significant public use of the parking garage.

The Downtown Alliance spoke in support of the project because of the amount of parking. They see a lack of downtown parking as a serious issue.

The sky lobby (and glass elevators) is planned as a public space.

Here are some fuzzy screen captures from the Design Commission presentation.

There it is peeking up above one of the Silicon Labs buildings next to the W.



Here are some street level shots presented by the landscaping architect.





Design Commission Meeting Video, Item 3A:
http://austintx.swagit.com/play/04242017-1214
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Old Posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:58 AM
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The guy on the bench looks like such a creep, just staring at the hot chick on the phone.

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Old Posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:03 AM
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I don't know. Even with the strange design and a large amount of parking, it at least appears to contribute nicely to the street level. Besides, if this thing has a public observation deck I'll be happy with whatever it looks like while I'm looking out the windows at everything else.
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I don't know. Even with the strange design and a large amount of parking, it at least appears to contribute nicely to the street level. Besides, if this thing has a public observation deck I'll be happy with whatever it looks like while I'm looking out the windows at everything else.
The Sky Lobby being public is a very cool development in all this. The street interaction looks great as well. I still love the upper part of this design. I actually don't mind the aesthetic of the parking podium - I just wish it were smaller. Will this not be able to go forward until a significant design change? Without it, seems like there's no bonus. We're going to end up with Fifth and Colorado 2.0 aren't we? Not sure the negative podium outweighs all the other positives. I'm behind this one.
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My frustration with this isn't the amount of parking but it's the inefficient use of space for the parking. Like someone mentioned before, just put a few levels underground, or make the garage valet - it could be 1/3 the size and still fit the same number of cars. Is it really still profitable to have levels of public garage rather than office space?? In this city??
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Old Posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:31 PM
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So the Downtown Austin Alliance thinks that there is a lack of parking? in what universe?

There was plenty of parking during SXSW. The garage that I parked at just about daily never got filled up. There isn't a lack of parking by any means. If there's an issue, it's that people may not know that there are many garages that are open in the evenings and weekends.

The only other thing that I can think of that the DAA may be pushing for is increasing weekday public parking since there are fewer parking garages available for public use during office working hours. The parking garages available can fill up sometimes in which case your wandering around trying to find street parking and that can be a hassle. I don't have too much of a problem finding street parking but I don't mind walking distances either. Not everyone is inclined or able to walk 5+ blocks from where they park.

I agree with lovethecity that it's more an issue with inefficient use of parking. There's parking space available but it's closed off to public use during the day.
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The design commission is meeting on this one on May 22.

http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=277064
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