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icemonkeyharvest
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by icemonkeyharvest on October 16th, 2009

Just heard on KUT (sorry, I can't find the story) that AE is looking to put a Sub Station in Mueller or Winsor Park. Anyone else with info on this?
 
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icemonkeyharvest
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by icemonkeyharvest on October 16th, 2009

Here is the story about yesterday's meeting.

http://kut.org/items/show/18491
 
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Ashley
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by Ashley on October 16th, 2009

It has been known for many years that the Mueller redevelopment would require a new substation.

The PIAC has been discussing this issue for a while now - here is the letter that the PIAC submitted to Austin City Council back in March of this year.

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icemonkeyharvest
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by icemonkeyharvest on October 16th, 2009

The problem I'm having is that, if AE knew they'd need a substation in Mueller, why was there never a plan for one? According to the story, the city may have to pay Catellus to put one in.
 
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by danx111 on October 16th, 2009

this was subject of a lot of discussion at June 9, 2009 PIAC meeting. There may be a recording or minutes available.
 
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by Darla H. on November 10th, 2009

I'm in Windsor Park and there was a lot of discussion about the substation and the history of why it now a problem. There was a development meeting which Jim Walker explained the history. It was supposed to go on the site owned by the General Land Office where the emergency preparedness center (CTAC), and also where Troublemaker Studios rents for $100/year.

So as I understood Troublemaker Studios nixed it on their site, and the General Land Office doesn't want to defy them. They do say that Troublemaker studios spend 90 million annually, but it seems really uncool of them. Not very neighborly.

Also, the alternate as I understand it is behind the Islamic Community Center at 51 and Manor. The thing that sticks to me is that the city made the Islamic Center sell them part of their land under eminent domain. The leaders of the center were told at the time that it was for flood prevention project.

It sounds like a misuse of eminent domain. How could AE even consider putting a substation right next to a school?

Windsor Park is going to fight this on November 19 City Council Meeting, where AE is asking for a zoning change on the site.

Let me ask you, do you know much about the Pecan Street Project? Mueller is supposed to be a "smart grid" project.
 
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by dje7 on November 10th, 2009

I think AE performed fairly well at responding to neighborhood desires/concerns with the design for the substation in the Fiesta parking lot.

If I recall there was quite a bit of neighborhood participation from Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, and we were instrumental in getting it to look significantly different than your typical substation.

I think it did end up being significantly larger vertically than the neighborhood envisioned, and don't think they ever delivered on the idea for there to be artwork on the side panels.

I do also remember some feelings of being sold a bill of goods that was not delivered upon when we saw the MASSIVE/HUGE/GINORMOUS towers go up alongside the other strung power lines.

Now only if they could make them look like real trees. :)

Definitely something to encourage neighborhood involvement in. If it's got to be done, we can make sure they have as much neighborhood input as possible.
 
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Darla H.
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by Darla H. on November 10th, 2009

Thats good information. I appreciate you giving some background details on your process in Cherrywood.
 
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by danx111 on November 18th, 2009

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Just heard on KUT (sorry, I can't find the story) that AE is looking to put a Sub Station in Mueller or Winsor Park. Anyone else with info on this?


This item is on the Nov 19 City Council agenda:
2:00 PM -- Zoning and Neighborhood Plan Amendments (Public Hearings and Possible Action)
86 PH . C14-2008-0242 - Mueller Austin Energy Substation - Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending Chapter 25-2 of the Austin City Code by rezoning property locally known as 2403 East 51st Street (Tannehill Branch Watershed) from community commercial-neighborhood plan (GR-NP) combining district zoning to public-neighborhood plan (P-NP) combining district zoning. Staff Recommendation: To grant public-neighborhood plan (P-NP) combining district zoning. Planning Commission Recommendation: To deny public (P) district zoning. Applicant: Austin Energy (Dorothy Kester). Agent: Stanley Consultants, Inc. (Charles Steinman). City Staff: Joi Harden, 974-2122.
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