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Transportation Committee Meeting notes 25 Feb 2015
posted by Betsy on February 27th, 2015 5:19 PM
-Aldrich roundabout - plans have been completed a long time (by Catellus) and we’re waiting on the City. Apparently the project is on hold while City identifies needed funding (thought it was in bond package???)-First part of the SE Greenway (orchard) will be finished in the next few weeks-Next park/pool (John Gaines park) with late summer opening-Catellus will deliver the next group of lots to builders next week (up to Zach Scott)-Zach Scott will be paved next week-Northbound side of Berkman will be opened up to Zach Scott in early April-Catellus has the permit to extend Berkman to Philomena and they’re working on the permit for next phase of lots (Section 9). Those lots should be delivered to builders late 2015 or early 2016.-Catellus is working on road extensions in Town Center in phases. Philomena and Robert Browning extensions to Mueller Blvd will start in July and complete early next year. Aldrich should be completed up to Robert Browning in July.-Mueller is currently served by routes 37 and 320 (and 20). Old CR shuttle discontinued-Minor mods to 320 to serve market district have been successful. About 50 boarding at this location.-Future changes to routes to utilize Berkman have to wait until Berkman is completed because they can’t traverse the interim changes from one side to the other. Potential changes to route 20 may be proposed for June 2016 changes, but public involvement will be critical as changes would impact 3 stops on Manor, including the stop at Lovell that has good ridership.-June changes - Route 37 will be extended to HEB/Barbara Jordan. Public outreach is underway. Go to capmetro.org in middle of homepage to provide input and get more information. Public open houses are planned on March 9 and 10-Most used stops in Mueller are BJ/Berkman, Lancaster/BJ, Mosaic-CapMetro is conducting random origin/destination surveys on board-Mr. Deeter didn’t have ridership data on the #20 route with him-Catellus appears to be pursuing creation of a working group to discuss Berkman issues in more detail-The City has deployed their dynamic speed sign twice-Catellus has worked with APD community patrol re: directed patrols for enforcement-They’re planning to restripe Berkman from ZS to Robert Browning to visually narrow the roadway-Catellus says that roundabouts could still be added later if determined to be necessary, without major rework of infrastructure. (Traffic control would be an issue) Girard Kinney expressed a desire not to preclude possibility of rail in the future.-PTMD ordinance passed to set up pilot district in Mueller (Feb 2014)-Doesn’t officially include parking lot at Lake Park since our POA controls the parking lot. That will be handled separately, probably through a contract with the city so all meters can be managed by the city. -PTMD yields 51% of revenue to district. In parking lot owned by POA, 100% of proceeds after expenses go to the district-Ordinance 12-7-2(b) - proceeds go to projects that aid in the management of flow of traffic within the district. ROW improvements help with pedestrian flow as well as vehicular or bike traffic (pedestrian wayfinding, etc.) and these types of projects were included in the Mueller application which was approved by Council.-RPP meetings have been held (2 meetings - general and shop house owners). FAQs are being developed.-HDR completed another parking occupation study (Scales to Garcia) on a Thursday and a Saturday in February and turned data over to the City for consideration in setting up the initial RPP area.-Dee gave highlights of changes to improve access to/from Mueller (highlighted at TxDOT’s 2/24 meeting for MNA)-Cherrywood will oppose NB exit to 38th (would take property abutting I-35 from Edgewood to 38 1/2). They might reconsider if they had good modeling to show the impacts to their streets with and without this exit.-Philomena was built as a possible HOV entry/exit and TxDOT and Catellus are evaluating connecting Philomena through to the northbound frontage road
HOLIDAY TREAT Talented Mueller neighbor seeks project work thru January 3, 2015
posted by D W on December 27th, 2014 1:26 PM
Need a REAL holiday break? Need to start AND finish a project? Talented Mueller neighbor seeks project work thru January 3, 2015 I am wanting to earn extra dollars while on holiday break. Am in my early 50s, journalism degree and MFA in art & design; currently a professional in marketing/communications; responsible, deadline-oriented, forward-thinker for efficiency and organization. I like to get the job done so we can move on to the next task. I am interested in the following: – Administrative: Creating databases, writing, editing, proofreading (Microsoft or Mac programs) – Computer: PC or Mac – Creative: Experienced graphic designer (Adobe Suite); or assistance with a crafts project – Downsizing: Do you really need all that stuff? I am not interested in your stuff but since I downsized car, clothes and equipment several months ago, I now see a clearer road ahead and happy to help you make your load lighter for the new year! Currently on a brief hiatus from these client projects: Light admin/billing for an Austin attorney/judge; database creation for UT and a foster-care counselor in Dallas; also am co-creating children’s books and products (publishing, marketing/PR). I can work at home (Mueller District) or at your place. $25/hour, 8a-6p. Personable, friendly, good listener. Contact me at identify_@hotmail.com Thanks neighbors.
New building at market place district
posted by Mateo Barnstone on June 4th, 2014 9:20 PM
Best guess:http://nec24.com/austin-emergency-centerhttp://www.liveoak.com/content/files/MuellerMarketDistrict_flyer88.pdf
Looking for PT Wellness Coordinator to work at Mueller area chiropractic office
posted by Angela Sparks on April 22nd, 2014 10:22 AM
My husband and I are opening The Joint...the chiropractic place next to the new HEB and wanted to open up the Wellness Coordinator position to Mueller area residents. Information is below and please let me know if you have any questions. If you know of anyone who would be a great fit, please pass along! The Joint brings affordable and convenient chiropractic care to patients through locally owned and operated clinics nationwide. With dedicated and experienced chiropractors, each of our locations offers exceptional chiropractic maintenance care, making quality healthcare easily accessible for all those who seek to live healthier lives. The Joint...the chiropractic place is looking for a personable part time Wellness Coordinator at our new clinic in the Mueller / Market District (next to the HEB). High volume chic clinic focusing on customer service in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. The Wellness Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Clinic Physician in the overall operation of the clinic, including maintaining high standards in member services and operations, and maximizing member/guest services. The ideal candidate will have exceptional phone skills and the ability to clearly explain the purpose, mission, and offerings that The Joint has to offer. DUTIES • Warmly greet all members and guests • Educate members and guests about Chiropractic services (we will train) • Present wellness plans and packages • Maintain accurate patient accounts and clean/ organized work environment • Open and close the clinic • Answer phone calls, check voice mail, and make follow up/reminder phone calls • Conduct weekly and daily maintenance as scheduled QUALIFICATIONS • Must have a strong ability to retain product knowledge • Authorization to work in the United States • Minimum of 2 years customer service experience preferably in Dental, Medical, Customer Service or Spa services • Must have professional telephone etiquette • Confident in presenting and selling service offerings • Excellent social and personal skills • Proficient in MS Excel,Word and Social Media • Must have reliable transportation and be able to work some weekends • Professional appearance, attention to detail and great attitude REQUIRED Part time hours: Approximately 25 hours/week with occasional additional hours at our Southpark Meadows location. If you fit these requirements, please send your resume with a cover letter to dustin.sparks@thejoint.com. No walk-in applications or phone calls please. Learn more about The Joint at http://southparkmeadows.thejoint.com/
Transportation Committee meeting notes 17 Dec 2013
posted by Betsy on December 17th, 2013 6:38 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes17 December 2013 (Dee) - TxDOT’s long-range plan through Austin under development-- Public outreach underway - get on their mailing list. Can sign up by section of interest and get e-blast updates-- Major work at intersections (51st, Airport) and ramp revisions-- Some proposals have major impacts to access to Mueller-- Access road changes (superstreet concept) -- Catellus and their engineers (HDR) met with TxDOT engineers to convey concerns-- Mueller residents also have a meeting set up with TxDOT to discuss their concerns (barrier to crossing I-35, loss of ramps to/from Airport, etc)-- Project Connect team - Council adopted Highland Mall corridor as recommended by the team. Alignment doesn’t come to Mueller but is at least on the East side. Exact route for 1st investment will be determined between now and May. Many public involvement meetings will be held - encourage everyone to get involved in routing conversations.-- City will continue to do planning work on other corridors so they’ll be prepared to take advantage of any funding opportunities that may materialize-- City also looking (with some encouragement from Mueller) at circulator service that would connect to urban rail-- Catellus can hold off on making any final decisions on the property earmarked for the maintenance facility for a while until routing decisions are made.-- Route west of I-35 increases the need for good biking/walking connections across I-35 (Carl)-- Finished northern 60 lots on west side of Berkman. Builders start in next 2 months-- Under construction Section 7, Phase 1 East of Wildflower Terrace. Phase 2 starts in a year and includes the full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.-- In design on Section 9 (Zach Scott to Philomena) which will include full buildout of Berkman last stretch (late 2015 delivery)-- In design on SE greenway-- Next pool anticipated opening summer 2015 but could slip to 2016-- Residence Inn opening next couple of weeks-- Regional retail and market district finishing up (City of Austin)-- Signal at Airport/Zach Scott - soon but no firm date given by the City-- Signal warrants met at 51st and Mueller - no date for installation... will likely be some months-- Turns (no left out of driveway and no through from Wells Fargo to Home Depot) will be restricted at Barbara Jordan and Home Depot. Signal (privately funded) will go in later and then all movements will be restored.-- Roundabout - Plans at City for review. Comments to engineers by mid-January. No date set for construction. (Tom Wald)Cycle Track brochure - hand out at MNA and link online. Very nice production!Catellus will set up separate meeting with Berkman owners in mid-late January. Interim and ultimate solutions need to be discussed. Catellus recently collected speed/volume data which needs to be processed by their engineers. Possible short-term solution includes installing signs that show the actual speed above/below the speed limit. Berkman won’t be completed (both sides) until late 2015.
Boneheads--Adds beer and wine to menu
posted by Jo Lyons on October 20th, 2013 5:25 PM
Boneheads, a new eatery located in the Mueller Market District at the corner of Barbara Jordan and Lancaster, now has beer and wine. The month-old restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite for lunch with its healthy options and fast/casual service. If your office orders more than $50, the runner eats free! Also, check your mail this week--a flyer with great coupons is on its way!
Urban Rail at Mueller
posted by schnauzerhouse2 on June 23rd, 2013 2:25 PM
To those interested in Urban Rail at Mueller: The urban rail discussion has been ongoing for years with close Catellus and MNA interest/involvement so there’s a long history that some of you may not be aware of. I’d like to fill you in on some details so that we’re all on the same page before next week’s Project Connect workshops. I have served on the MNA Steering Committee the past 2 ½ years and have represented Mueller at various TWG/urban rail meetings. I am no longer serving on the MNA Steering Committee, but still have a great interest in bringing urban rail to Mueller. Janeka Rector and I both attended the TWG meeting on June 7, 2013. Janeka is our representative currently serving on the MNA Steering Committee and is continuing the MNA’s outreach/efforts to bring urban rail to Mueller. Project Connect is a long-range plan for transit in Central Texas. At the TGW meeting earlier this month, the North Corridor was defined as the area north of the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake) (southern boundary), Texas 130 (eastern boundary), Georgetown (northern boundary), and MoPac (western boundary). (Note that the North Corridor does not include transit options to ABIA, San Marcos or San Antonio). Project Connect includes multiple modes of transportation: urban rail, commuter/regional rail, rapid bus, additional express lanes on MoPac and I-35 (maybe). The only one of these modes that will have a direct effect on Mueller is urban rail. Each of these modes is in various stages of implementation, i.e. Rapid Buses have already been purchased using a federal grant and will soon be put in service along the Lamar/Guadalupe corridor. Urban rail and commuter/regional rail is awaiting voter approval (hopefully next year for urban rail), will take years to build and projections show completed urban rail coming to Mueller in the early 2020’s, and that assumes that the bond issue is approved or other funding (i.e. leasing ABIA) is obtained next year AND that Mueller is included in Phase 1. (You have probably already heard that certain Austin residents are behind a proposal to move the Guadalupe/Lamar/Pickle Lab/Domain route to Phase 1 and Mueller/Hancock to a later phase.) One of the main reasons that Mueller would likely stay in Phase I is that in late 2011 the Mueller Neighborhood Association with Catellus’ backing voted in FAVOR of having the urban rail maintenance facility located on Mueller grounds. This action was well-received by the TWG and most City Council members, including Mayor Leffingwell. Catellus is to meet with City officials later this month or early next month regarding acreage and exact site of this facility. My understanding from PIAC and Let’s Talk presentations by City officials and Dee Desjardin/Greg Weaver from Catellus was that the maintenance facility was likely to be located near the Market District (HEB) at the end of Philomena Street and that it would be between 2 and 5 acres in size, but that nothing has been finalized. Earlier this month (June 7, 2013) the TWG approved moving forward with the Project Connect plan with three alternative proposals that include all modes of transportation including urban rail, but also other modes of transit in the North Corridor. Route maps which illustrated these alternatives were flashed on the screen very quickly so I was not able to identify whether any or all of the alternatives included urban rail to Mueller. Mayor Leffingwell, chair of the TWG, said that these three alternatives would be presented to the public for review at the meetings scheduled for next week, that the alternatives would be narrowed to ONE by the end of the year (2013) based on public input, and that he hoped it would be placed on the ballot for voter approval in May or November 2014. Janeka, Kathy Sokolic and I plan to attend the Project Connect meeting at Dobie scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Janeka and I are leaving Mueller for the meeting about 4:45 p.m. if anyone else would like to ride with us. It’s really great to be part of a community like Mueller where so many residents are actively engaged in making this an even better place to live. Thank you for your interest and involvement in urban rail and I look forward to meeting you and working with you in promoting urban rail’s coming to Mueller. If we work together, we can make this happen! Don Dozier Dozier3d@hotmail.com
Transportation Committee meeting notes
posted by Rick Krivoniak on April 28th, 2013 1:19 PM
Berkman Drive should be open to traffic sometime in May.By "trolley," I'm assuming we're talking about the proposed City of Austin urban rail line to link downtown, the Capitol Complex, UT and Mueller. All talk so far leads to street cars - meaning that most of the rail will be laid in existing streets, so they will share lanes with traffic. Much of Berkman Dr. within Mueller has a "transit median," the remains of an abandoned concept to loop the commuter train from Airport at 51st St. through Mueller to Manor Rd. and back across Airport Blvd. to reconnect to the existing tracks. No current proposals show a route running near Wildflower Terrace. The latest proposed route has tracks entering Mueller at Airport and Aldrich, then going up Mueller Blvd. to Philomena, then east to Berkman, where it would essentially end at a maintenance facility located somewhere south of the Market District/HEB.A vote on urban rail is anticipated in either May or November 2014. Very recently, the idea arose of leasing Bergrstrom Airport to a private operator, which could provide full funding for the project without a bond election, but much vetting remains to be done on that concept.
Transportation Committee meeting notes
posted by Rick Krivoniak on April 28th, 2013 1:19 PM
Berkman Drive should be open to traffic sometime in May.By "trolley," I'm assuming we're talking about the proposed City of Austin urban rail line to link downtown, the Capitol Complex, UT and Mueller. All talk so far leads to street cars - meaning that most of the rail will be laid in existing streets, so they will share lanes with traffic. Much of Berkman Dr. within Mueller has a "transit median," the remains of an abandoned concept to loop the commuter train from Airport at 51st St. through Mueller to Manor Rd. and back across Airport Blvd. to reconnect to the existing tracks. No current proposals show a route running near Wildflower Terrace. The latest proposed route has tracks entering Mueller at Airport and Aldrich, then going up Mueller Blvd. to Philomena, then east to Berkman, where it would essentially end at a maintenance facility located somewhere south of the Market District/HEB.A vote on urban rail is anticipated in either May or November 2014. Very recently, the idea arose of leasing Bergrstrom Airport to a private operator, which could provide full funding for the project without a bond election, but much vetting remains to be done on that concept.
Transportation Committee meeting notes
posted by Betsy on February 27th, 2013 8:39 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes27 February 2013----- Aldrich/McBee - open in 1 month or so--- Section 6b has been turned over to the builders for home construction--- Berkman extension - should pave in next week. Open about April 1.--- Work at 51st/Berkman continues--- Mueller Blvd. full width construction is underway south to Barbara Jordan, and will include cycle tracks.--- Closing with AISD in next week and they should start construction within 60 days on the Performing Arts Center--- AMLI construction starts about 60 days (permits pending)--- Paggi Sq complete next 60 days. Opening party in planning stages.--- Residential (66 lots) north of 6b - start const in May--- Section 7 (277 lots) behind WFT - start July/Aug construction on infrastructure--- Elements at Mueller (Mosaic 2) - preleasing in March--- 1st town Center parking garage started - complete mid-Nov.... 560 spots (4 stories) - across McBee from Children’s Museum--- HEB planning to open June 21--- Berkman/51st intersection will include Accessible Pedestrian Signals (audible). Several visually impaired residents in Windsor Park have asked for these to assist them with crossing 51st to shop at the HEB.--- City recognizes the problem but it’s not highest safety priority and they have no plans to install turn lanes.--- Airport Blvd - curve for northbound traffic in front of Mosaic... concern about speeding/hydroplaning vehicles jumping the curve and hitting pedestrians. City will look to see if curve warning signs are warranted. Also discussed whether 3 lanes are needed north of Manor, until you get to I-35.--- Signal at Zach Scott will be installed late this year.--- Urban Rail and maintenance facility - City updated PIAC this month. Consultants still defining need, and alternative designs. Asking for 2.5 - 5.0 acre site for long-term needs of full system buildout. Early commitment from City/Catellus was to provide 2.5 acre site. Talking with Catellus about potential for mixed-use site. City plans further outreach in future (April-May).--- Aldrich roundabout - Still in design. Reviewing with City in next few weeks. Turn plans over to City in April. City has contractor on board and project is funded, so it should proceed quickly.--- Trail connections to surrounding neighborhoods, esp. at east end of Bartholomew Park. Details not determined yet. Connection is still planned.--- City thinks signal at 51st/Old Manor will remain (was going to be temporary).--- Candlesticks at Barbara Jordan - Crashes are continuing and the City is reviewing options.--- Catellus aware of concerns about cut-through traffic and potential speeding on Berkman. They are going to step-up off-duty patrols to issue citations, and looking at educational materials. City will do before/after traffic counts. Suggestion to Catellus to consider installing the speed limit signs with the live, electronic speed measurement/display. City says they aren’t that effective in reducing speed.--- Driveway - HEB gas station to 51st. Questions from Windsor Park residents about how Market District driveways will align with Bartholomew Park driveways and how turning movements will work together. Jessica will try to get updated plan layout to distribute.--- City looking to install road diet (reduce 4 lanes to 3 lanes plus bike lanes, like on Manor Rd.) on 51st from Berkman to Manor, later this summer.--- JJ Seabrook - Parks Dept. working with neighborhood on plan to reduce Pershing to 2-lane roadway, and convert existing southbound lanes into bike/hike trail down to MLK.--- Tree trimming needed to restore sign visibility - report sign obstructions to 311. City responsibility if no homeowner is responsible (adjacent to parks, etc.)--- Status of NO PARKING sign removal - City will look at in next 1-2 months--- Parking near mailboxes - City will look at painting curb red in front of mailbox clusters.Next meeting is May 29.
re: forum, from Catellus
posted by mrs aaron on January 30th, 2013 6:49 PM
Mueller Residents – Wow! What an extraordinary show of support at the AISD Board of Trustees’ Bond Hearing last night – about 100 neighbors came to support a Northeast school on the site available at Mueller – true community in action! Thank you to everyone who was there and a special “bravo” for everyone who spoke – your comments were both wise and heartfelt. I was asked to share what happened in the meeting after the public comment period ended. Superintendent Carstarphen asked the Facilities group and the Citizen’s Bond Advisory Committee representatives to remark on the items that were raised - whether they were addressed in the proposal or if they would be further researched, etc. The Trustees were also given the opportunity to ask questions. In the list of items to cover, Superintendent Carstarphen asked the staff to “speak to the Mueller community and the undesignated schools”. Lawrence Fryer, COO for AISD, noted that Mueller and the Northeast were an area of growth shown on their attendance zone mapping. He noted that the current bond proposal includes two undesignated elementary schools (note follows), that this allowed flexibility and that the Mueller site as a Northeast school may be an option. (Note: The bond proposal shows a total of 4 new elementary schools as follows “ (2) New ESs based on Population Growth; New (1) Southeast and (1) South ES”) Including a Northeast school and the Mueller site in this public discussion is real progress for the issue - progress won through your efforts including speaking at the CBAC hearing in October, letters to Trustees about the support of our public schools (acknowledged recently by our district Trustee) and our presence at the meeting last night. The next step would be for the District to specify a designated Northeast elementary school on the site available at Mueller in the final bond proposal. We will continue to pursue this critical designation as the need is clear – there is time to make further impact. The Trustees will meet on February 11th for a work session to finalize the bond. You can still send comments to them at trustees@austinisd.org . You can also provide comments to the CBAC at http://www.austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/cbac/comments or attend the CBAC meeting tomorrow night at AISD at 6PM where a short time is designated near the beginning of the meeting for citizen input. Thanks again to all who have participated – your efforts make the difference! Dee Deanne DesjardinMueller Marketing & Communications
NYT 12/25/12 re Stapleton/Mueller airport development
posted by Ani Colt on December 29th, 2012 8:52 AM
While in Denver for Christmas my son and I drove around the Stapleton development. Dee Desjardin our Marketing Director at Catellus had told me it was much bigger and the business district was far different than that planned for Mueller. My overall reactions was that it was indeed huge and somehow did not seem nearly as much a community as ours. And the business area was totally big chain stores which made it look very plain and uninviting. Granted it was a cold, somewhat gray day in Denver, but I feel we have something much more neighborly and appealing...not to speak of all the great landscaping here. And yes, their Tower is bigger than ours. :)
New Retail at Mueller - What's Happening?
posted by Rick Krivoniak on December 15th, 2012 2:23 PM
The Boneheads' website does say they're coming to the Market District, which IS the area anchored by the H-E-B, so it seems they'll be on the corner of Berkman and 51st. I'm pretty sure I was told it was a Bone Daddy's barbeque restaurant coming to Mueller, but I'm glad it's not. (See their website.) It has also been pointed out to me that it's not a drive-through bank coming to the Market District, but a branch bank with a drive-through, a minor distinction in my mind, since drive-throughs basically define auto-dependency. Mueller's Sustainability Goal states that "reduced auto dependency" is to be promoted.
New Retail at Mueller - What's Happening?
posted by Mateo Barnstone on December 14th, 2012 11:30 PM
Thanks for the clarification. There website lists a coming location in the Mueller Market District (which I had assumed meant where the HEB is).http://www.eatboneheads.com/locations.html
Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
posted by Betsy on May 31st, 2012 9:55 PM
Mueller Transportation CommitteeMeeting notes - May 30, 2012 (Carl Paulson) - Section 6 progress - 1st phase complete in 6 weeks. Builders start in August. - Will start 2nd phase of Section 6 in December - Have started on infrastructure for Section 7b (Market district and PAC - Berkman and Barbara Jordan extensions) - expected completion is Dec. (including opening of Berkman) - Received permit for 1st phase of town center (section 2b) - Aldrich extension a little further north, and McBee St. (serves Children’s Museum and Playhouse). Start construction in next month. - Mosaic II and Residence Inn under construction - finance and route updates given to Council. Recommend starting with route from Mueller through UT/downtown to convention center. Work sessions underway. Council will decide by early-mid August whether to include on Fall 2012 bond referendum. - Maintenance facility at Mueller - nothing decided on location. Likely up near Market district to allow future extension up Berkman. Will go around roundabout with traffic. - - Girard Kinney gave background on project, coordination with adjacent neighborhoods and churches. - Speed limit on 51st will be lowered to 35 mph. - Cross-section includes raised median with pedestrian refuge, cycle tracks (dedicated bike facilities), sidewalk, street trees and 4 vehicular lanes (2 each direction). - City council unanimously adopted the Vision and instructed City Manager to recommend ways to implement the plan. Catellus sharing in funding. - Final bond recommendation reduced funding to $1 Million - Catellus moving forward with designing adjacent building projects to align with the Vision. - City had asked Catellus to consider roundabout at this location. Catellus engaged consultant from WI with roundabout expertise. Consultant determined that a multilane roundabout would be needed to accommodate traffic at 51st & Berkman. Sufficient space is not available so a roundabout alternative at this intersection is not being pursued. Signalized intersection will remain as originally planned. Catellus will continue to look for opportunities to incorporate roundabouts at other future intersections. Discussion about possibility of Berkman at Zach Scott (may not be possible at this point). - Catellus handling design and engaged the WI consultant for the conceptual design work. Will get feedback from City on the concepts. Public input will be sought. Catellus and City will work to develop schedule over the coming months. City will fund construction of improvements. Also, City just opened 2-lane left turn onto Airport at median near Home Depot and regional retail - seem to be helping. City will evaluate crash data after 6 months and evaluate the need for further improvements, which might include the prohibition of straight through movements between parking lots. - No resurfacing on City’s yearly schedule. Striping would be done after resurfacing. - collected counts 2nd week of May. Will do signal warrant study and give to signals dept. The City will update us on her findings. Signal is already paid for... just waiting to meet warrants. City discussing with new signals engineer.... could be cut through in Airport median with clear path for bikes. Nathan Wilkes and Tom Wald coordinated on a sketch. - Tom Wald commented that all 4 crosswalks should be accommodated at intersections, not just three crosswalks as has been done at some intersections.Also discussed what could be done to improve safety around the parks for children crossing into the parks. City so far has nothing to offer. They will not install Children At Play signs.
Property taxes and affordable housing
posted by Q Public on May 24th, 2012 11:15 AM
Well, Anne, according to the homestead agreement, the county has the right to raise the appraised value of your home by no more than 10% every year for 10 years, unless the actual value is below the appraised value. Is the actual value of your home below the appraised value for taxes? No? I didn't think so. At the end of ten years, the county can do whatever they want, and you will have the right to protest. That is the letter of the law. Presumably, you agreed to this and were thankful to have the homestead 10% cap to help slow down increases in hikes to the appraised value of your home for taxation purposes. If you are not happy, perhaps you should opt out of your homestead protection, and instead pay taxes on an appraisal based on the comparable properties appraised closer to market value, approximately $300,000 for a 3/2 home. I'm guessing that your appraisal now is about 60% of that, but if you truly want to be treated "fairly" and pay what your neighbors are paying, go ahead. You may also want to keep in mind that well over half of property taxes go to the local public school district. Do you have children? If so, then that money you pay in property taxes benefits you directly. Those neighbors without children? They are subsidizing schooling for those in the neighborhood with children. Is that fair? Not really. Maybe we should cut that 50% or so out of the property taxes and put that burden squarely on the shoulders of parents with children under 21. In the meantime, hopefully those with children recognize this fact and temper their complaints about taxes, bearing in mind how much others pay for their benefit.In the end, there's really no reason anyone in an affordable home with two capable adults should not be able to meet the financial burden of living here, unless they are working minimum wage jobs. Frankly, I'd wager that more than half of the married couples in affordable homes gamed the system by waiting until after closing to get married or by otherwise manipulating how their income was recorded so that they met the parameters to qualify, even though they exceed those income limits. Furthermore, there certainly is no reason for anyone with children in such a situation to be grousing about property taxes, especially when they are now receiving a discounted rate from the county and childless households pick up much of the tab for their children's eduction.If you don't like the status quo, sell your house and move to a neighborhood where you can buy a home for $150,000 and pay the commensurate taxes. Keep heading east or take a drive around the St. John's neighborhood and then come back and explain how unfair and difficult your life is here in Mueller.
Property taxes and affordable housing
posted by Q Public on May 24th, 2012 11:15 AM
Well, Anne, according to the homestead agreement, the county has the right to raise the appraised value of your home by no more than 10% every year for 10 years, unless the actual value is below the appraised value. Is the actual value of your home below the appraised value for taxes? No? I didn't think so. At the end of ten years, the county can do whatever they want, and you will have the right to protest. That is the letter of the law. Presumably, you agreed to this and were thankful to have the homestead 10% cap to help slow down increases in hikes to the appraised value of your home for taxation purposes. If you are not happy, perhaps you should opt out of your homestead protection, and instead pay taxes on an appraisal based on the comparable properties appraised closer to market value, approximately $300,000 for a 3/2 home. I'm guessing that your appraisal now is about 60% of that, but if you truly want to be treated "fairly" and pay what your neighbors are paying, go ahead. You may also want to keep in mind that well over half of property taxes go to the local public school district. Do you have children? If so, then that money you pay in property taxes benefits you directly. Those neighbors without children? They are subsidizing schooling for those in the neighborhood with children. Is that fair? Not really. Maybe we should cut that 50% or so out of the property taxes and put that burden squarely on the shoulders of parents with children under 21. In the meantime, hopefully those with children recognize this fact and temper their complaints about taxes, bearing in mind how much others pay for their benefit.In the end, there's really no reason anyone in an affordable home with two capable adults should not be able to meet the financial burden of living here, unless they are working minimum wage jobs. Frankly, I'd wager that more than half of the married couples in affordable homes gamed the system by waiting until after closing to get married or by otherwise manipulating how their income was recorded so that they met the parameters to qualify, even though they exceed those income limits. Furthermore, there certainly is no reason for anyone with children in such a situation to be grousing about property taxes, especially when they are now receiving a discounted rate from the county and childless households pick up much of the tab for their children's eduction.If you don't like the status quo, sell your house and move to a neighborhood where you can buy a home for $150,000 and pay the commensurate taxes. Keep heading east or take a drive around the St. John's neighborhood and then come back and explain how unfair and difficult your life is here in Mueller.
Property taxes and affordable housing
posted by dubaydavid on May 23rd, 2012 2:35 PM
I'm ressurecting this thread to remind homeowners, especially those of you in affordable homes, that next week is your last week to file protests for property taxes.One very important thing that I discovered in doing my research is that TCAD is not treating all affordable homes the same. Some of you may have different Total Market Values and Appraised Values. For some of you these numbers may be the same. Those of you who have different numbers should definitely protest because having the full market value represented on the tax forms gives the appraisal district reason to raise you the full 10% every year. They want to value my home $20,000 over similar homes because the Total Market Value is so different from the taxable.I've called the PeopleTrust/Fund (whoever they are now) about this and they're poking around, but it is taking a long time. If you look at your tax bill and have different numbers, I'd encourage you to give Michelle a call (512.472.8788 x112) and explain that you're in Mueller and you've got two different tax values listed for your property.Good luck navigating the bureaucracy-Ann
Changes to Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet deal?
posted by Brandon Kraft on May 2nd, 2012 10:27 AM
Do e-mail Jennifer to get on the list. I'm not sure if I got on through direct contact with her or registering with the "official" neighborhood website of muelleraustinonline.com/" rel="nofollow">http://muelleraustinonline.com/ She sends out info weekly (give/take) about the events going on in Mueller, upcoming public meetings (e.g. HEB, Market District, etc), reminders about rules we might forget (6-ft clearance above sidewalks for our trees), etc.
Is it time to find a new HOA for Mueller?
posted by Brandon Kraft on April 29th, 2012 10:36 AM
Good point - bigger picture than us with Alliance and TWC.It's called a POA vs a HOA moreso because businesses are also part of the organizations--not just homes. Catellus doesn't have control because of ownership, but because of the covenants themselves. The City retains ownership of all land until Catellus is ready to develop it, e.g. the new Section VI tract should have been the city's until just recently. There are three governing bodies for Mueller. The Master Association (over everyone), the EC/TC Association (roughly covering all of the retail, the apartment, etc area near Dell Children's, including where Austin Children's Museum, the playhouse, etc will be and the Market District) and the Mixed-Use Association (roughly everything else, including all free-standing homes, it appears all row houses, the Tower District, the senior community, etc).The Board of the Master Association is made up of members elected by the boards of the other two (half and half with one odd position elected in alternating years by each sub-association board).Of the Mixed-Use board, which represents everyone living in Mueller currently (except Mosaic and the condos by Seton & the NW Greenway), the make-up is determined by the covenants until the development is fully complete. I've attached the chart from the covenants. Until 25% of all planned units for the entire Mixed-Use area have been issued occupancy certificates, we have no representation with Catellus naming two positions outright and a third by Catellus with city approval.At 25%, the owner's get one vote, with Catellus getting 4 (1 needing City's approval). At 50%, we get two, Catellus gets 3 (no city approval). At 75%, Catellus gets 4 (no city), we get 3. At 90%, we get 6, Catellus gets 1. End of development, we get all 7.I honestly don't know where we stand on occupancy. Seeing the area that the mixed-use is to cover, I could see us not being at 25% yet.
Mueller Market District Community Forum Wednesday
posted by Lori B on April 26th, 2012 9:16 AM
We were not able to attend but would like to know more. Is the presentation available, or can someone post some of the details about the changes? THanks!!
Mueller Market District Community Forum Wednesday
posted by Rahm McDaniel on April 26th, 2012 7:04 AM
Thanks so much to HEB and Catellus for putting on a really good event and incorporating so much of the input from the last forum. Hopefully that will continue, as what we saw last night was greatly improved from previous drafts. I'm very much looking forward to the development of the market district and I think they are in a position to deliver something very nice.
Mueller Market District Community Forum Wednesday
posted by bdolezal on April 24th, 2012 9:08 PM
Everyone wants to learn the latest about "my H-E-B," right? A friendly reminder: the Mueller Market District and H-E-B community forum is this Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 6 PM at Our Lady's Maronite Church, located at 1320 E. 51st Street between Lancaster and Mueller streets. FYI, parking is available behind the building and overflow parking is available in the grassy area immediately behind the paved parking. See you there, The Mueller Team
HEB Site Plan
posted by bdolezal on March 16th, 2012 6:05 PM
The most recent site plan for H-E-B and the Mueller Market District is posted on a new thread called "Market District Update." (sorry, I didn't see this when I posted it). Thanks.
HEB Site Plan
posted by Betsy on March 16th, 2012 5:19 PM
As MNA chair, I receive notifications from the City for permits filed in or near Mueller. I received notification yesterday that Catellus has filed for site plan approval of the Market District. There are no graphics that I could find in the online documents. If you want to look at the filing, go to https://www.ci.austin.tx.us/devreview/a_queryfolder_permits.jsp and enter: SP-2012-0024C in the field for Case Number.
MNA meeting March 17 at Wildflower Terrace!
posted by Betsy on March 10th, 2012 10:36 AM
Join your neighbors on March 17 for our first meeting of the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) at the awesome, new Wildflower Terrace on Berkman at Tom Miller. We'll meet in their community room and look forward to meeting new residents and welcoming them to Mueller! Some snacks will be provided. Here's the agenda for the meeting..... > Welcome/introduction of new residents > Bylaws revision (refer to mueller/index.php?module=Forums&op=posts&NetworkID=1&ForumID=25&TopicID=7338" rel="nofollow">http://www.citicite.com/mueller/index.php?module=Forums&op=posts&NetworkID=1&ForumID=25&TopicID=7338) > Schools update > HEB/Market District update > PIAC update > FPF announcement > Next meeting - April 21 > Adjourn
Transportation Committee meeting notes 29 Feb 2012
posted by Betsy on February 29th, 2012 6:55 PM
Mueller Transportation CommitteeMeeting notes - Feb. 29, 2012 (Carl Paulson)- Berkman extension (1/2 width)--- Simond to Robert Browning by June for Section VI homes.--- Robert Browning to Philomena should be completed by December- Contract has been awarded for the infrastructure at the Market District including Berkman from Philomena to 51st. Work should be completed by October 2012.- Design work has started on the next residential phases - north of Section VI and also east of Berkman.- IH-35/51st St design - prelim design now. City doesn’t expect construction for 2-3 years. Studies underway. Roundabout being considered at 51st St. intersection with the southbound frontage road.- Striping on IH-35 northbound frontage road into Mueller retail area needs improvement.- Barbara Jordan issues near Home Depot. Medians were extended with paint but still having crashes with driveway. Next City will install candlesticks to better define the intersection space. (Should occur in next month or so.) If crashes are still problematic after 6-month review, permanent changes may be made prohibit the movement across Barbara Jordan between the shopping centers on each side. (Rick K)- Command Center (CTEC) - discussion about need to reduce speed limit on 51st. Road diet planned for 51st east of Berkman - possibly next year when the road is resurfaced. Hopefully that will result in speed reduction.- Construction planned on CTEC entrance to replace the bridgeSpeed limit on 51st at Berkman is now 40mph. City asked whether they could reduce speed to 35mph. After 51st Vision is built, speeds should slow due to the design and then it could be restudied and speeds lowered based on the 85% speeds.- 51st & Berkman - City would like to build roundabout. Catellus’ current plan has a signalized intersection but Catellus is now working with City to look at a roundabout option. That decision may not be made before the market district infrastructure is started. City recognizes that a lot of coordination would be needed to convince stakeholders that pedestrian crossings of 51st would be safe at a multilane roundabout.- Status of 51st St Vision - Jim Adams will likely present at next Transportation Committee meeting (May 30). Jessica will post link to info on muelleraustinonline.com. Bond development task force has been briefed on the vision. (Renee Orr)- Speeding mitigation only - Cut-through mitigation may be added next year- Requestor must live on the street- Not intended for major arterials- Speed & volume counts will be taken - if speeds >3mph over speed limit, then street qualifies and will be included in ranking of requests. Ranking considers crash data, frequency of speakers, presence of sidewalks, whether street is bike route, neighborhood support for proposed solutions, etc. Will fund requests until money runs out. Old unfunded requests automatically re-considered each 6 months as new funds are allocated, until request expires after two years. - Submittals received from Mueller for Berkman, Antone and Zach Scott. Catellus thinks the other 1/2 of Berkman may be completed in 2 years.- Results of speed studies in Mueller. Speeds shown are the 85% speeds, meaning that 15% of traffic exceeds these speeds:---Berkman - NB 34.3, SB 34.9 => qualifies for further study---Zach Scott - WB 32.9, EB 33.8 => qualifies for further study---Antone - WB 31.9, SB 31 => doesn’t qualify for further study- City will develop speeding mitigation concept plan and coordinate with City services (fire, EMS, trash, etc.) Then plan goes to requestor for coordination and statement of neighbor support for proposed action.- Data will be shared with APD for their use in planning enforcement.- Urban rail update - no update and no Council action has been taken to prioritize segments and alignment is not defined. Manor Rd. and Airport Blvd alignments both being evaluated as part of the environmental impact study.- Signal at Zach Scott - City reviewing and warrants not yet met. City will get wtih signals department to see if interim improvement for bike/ped access across airport could be provided. Alan Hughes (Airport corridor PM) was suggested as a speaker at our meeting May 30.- Roundabout improvement still being design. No schedule for construction. City & Catellus resistant to interim improvements, preferring to focus efforts on the ultimate solution. Concerns should be reported to 311. - Bike/ped access on interim Berkman (1/2 width) up to Market District - a temporary trail will be provided outside the roadway so we’ll be able to ride our bikes to the grocery!- Bike Boxes or ‘2 stage turn queue’ will be used at some intersections- City working on educational materials- City looking at removing the oversaturation of No Parking signs
HEB Site Plan
posted by Rick Krivoniak on February 28th, 2012 12:44 PM
HEB/Catellus indicated they'll have a Market District public input session sometime before the end of March. I agree that while the building itself may be architecturally spectacular and use 50% less energy than usual (all frozen food is behind doors!), the site planning and HEB's insistence on having a fuel station are pretty typically suburban. The only other central Austin HEB to have fuel pumps is the E. Riverside store, where they purchased an existing station. There are 10 existing gas stations within 1 mile of the Berkman/51st intersection, NOT including the expanding Speedy Stop across the street.Windsor Park has objected to the fuel pumps in general, but especially in their being located on 51st Street. Moving them away from 51st would show some respect for Bartholomew Park and help address other issues that 51st is facing, where the majority of Mueller's existing and future access points are concentrated.It will take some VERY STRONG community reaction from beyond WP to change the direction that the Market District is headed.
Transportation Committee meeting notes - Oct. 26, 2011
posted by Betsy on October 26th, 2011 4:58 PM
Mueller Transportation CommitteeMeeting notes - Oct. 26, 2011Development update (Carl Paulson)- Section 6 - out to bid now, will start const in Dec. Deliver lots to builders in June 2012.- Infrastructure to serve market district - out to bid in Dec. - discussion of interim bike/ped access to the grocery. Catellus’ plan is to construct the ultimate cycle tracks for southbound (SB) Berkman, and put shared lane markings in the vehicle lane for northbound (NB) traffic until other side of roadway built (several years). Sharing the NB lane will be difficult for those with trailers, etc and with slight uphill grade. Carl says widening pavement is not an option, but they’ll look more at an off-site trail.- Electric substation work should be done in Nov. 2011.Cycle Tracks proposed on Mueller and on Berkman. Reviewed preliminary layouts.Cap Metro plans bus stops on Berkman at Antone, Simond & Barbara Jordan. Catellus wasn’t sure what bus route the stops will serve.51st & IH 35 update - Draft revised layout from TxDOT circulated. Bike lanes will be created on 51st St. bridge over IH 35. Still a few years out.... maybe 2013.IH 35 frontage striping south of Barbara Jordan - striping very faded and now a free-for-all. Jessica will follow up with adjacent neighborhood to see if revised striping helped and how it should be restriped (i.e. keep as is or revert to original plan with 3rd lane).U-turn for SB Airport - interest from Cherrywood in u-turn option between Manor and Delwood II. Would like to allow U-turn for SB Airport at 38 1/2 (or between 38 1/2 & Scheiffer) to come back NB. City will check on allowing at 38 1/2 light, or at crossover at Dollar General.Loading at Barbara Jordan & Lancaster - near Tino’s, etc., 18-wheelers stop on eastbound Barbara Jordan to unload supplies. They are blocking through lane. Jessica will have property manager advise tenants that this is not permitted.Roundabout update - design underway - City hopes to complete within a couple of months. City still monitoring signal timing at Airport and Aldrich.Betsy
Key Travel Corridors need citizen input for future development
posted by Betsy on September 23rd, 2011 11:27 PM
On a related topic, I attended a meeting yesterday regarding the development of a vision for 51st St. from IH 35 to Old Manor Rd. Catellus pulled together this meeting of neighbors. Jim Adams and Girard Kinney are the lead consultants on this effort.Attendees included:Janette Swenson - Windsor Park (WP) Neighborhood Assoc chairRick Krivoniak -WP NA and PIACPromiseland Church - pastor Shules HershAustin film society/studiosPam Hefner - City of Austin economic developmentMartha Cook-Ward - Ridgetop NAFlo Rice - AISD PAC proj mgrStephanie ? - Pecan Springs repGreg Montes - WP resident and transportation committee memberStafford Gunning - WP transportation committeeGordon Derr - City of Austin Transportation Department, Assistant DirectorMonsignor Sawyer - Our Lady's Maronite Catholic ChurchJimmy ? - attorney and member of Our Lady's Maronite Catholic ChurchGreg Weaver - CatellusIntro by Dee Desjardin with Catellus - Intent of today’s meetings is to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm vision for 51st.Jim Adams with McCann Adams Studio - Goal is establishing vision that will guide public and private investment along corridor. Want to bring neighborhoods together, promote economic investment, and vibrant multimodal boulevard.Project Schedule- Had focus group sessions in August - one with transportation agencies (COA, TxDOT, CAMPO, Capitol Metro), another with Windsor Park contact team regarding their neighborhood plan- Today is Working Group Session #1- Sept - Oct - draft recommendations and strategies- late Oct - work group meeting #2- November - present to PIAC. they could take to council to influence neighborhood plans, guide investment, etc.Girard Kinney gave an overview of the existing conditions along 51st Street.- Functional classification is a minor arterial - no plan to change- Reviewed existing land use and zoning. Windsor Park/University Hills neighborhood plan emphasizes mixed use, pedestrian oriented development with businesses that support neighborhoods on both sides of 51st.- 51st also designated as a Core Transit CorridorJim Adams gave an overview of the Mueller plan- Lancaster East to Berkman, 75% of frontage should be street facing building with ground level uses/activity- At Berkman - Gateway via Market Districtworking with HEB to make gas station more attractive than the norm and screened by landscaping when the trees mature. Preserving trees east of Berkman and nestle gas station in.- East of Berkman - Businesses set back further to transition to more parkway design- Traffic volumes about 22,300 vehicles per day (vpd) near IH 35 and 13,500 east of Berkman (peak hour LOS)- Traffic Impact Analysis based on Mueller full building indicates there could be 38,600 near IH 35 and 28,300 east of Berkman- For comparison, there are 15,000 vpd on 45th at Ave G, 25,000 on 38th at Cedar, and 35,000 on Airport at Wilshire.- 51st will have to carry significant traffic- Lancaster, Mueller and Berkman all ultimately signalized (or maybe a roundabout at Berkman)- Ideas collected from the transportation forum:----TxDOT interchange improvement at IH 35 - jughandle fix and bike lanes on 51st----Road diet (City of Austin) east of Berkman to Old Manor (3 lanes with bike lanes)----City - possible roundabout at 51st & Berkman (mitigate intersection congestion when Mueller is built out)----Urban Rail up Red River, to Hancock Center, then to Mueller on Airport Blvd to Aldrich, up Mueller Blvd, then Philomena to Berkman to market district.----Catellus and city exploring idea of cycle tracks on Berkman Dr. and Mueller Blvd (1-way tracks proposed)Discussion regarding priorities for representatives at the meeting.- Mueller plan shows 90’ existing ROW on 51st - 5 lanes with bike lanes on each side and sidewalk. On Mueller side, the plan calls for urban reserve of 60’ in anticipation of rail corridor (light rail needing exclusive ROW). A frontage road (1-way) could be added in this space between 51st and the buildings on Mueller side. Gordon Derr with the City mentioned that the reserve was included with the idea that any rail would require it’s own right of way (like the Red Line). The City now thinks on-street urban rail will be more appropriate technology for inner city rail lines.- Discussion of Priorities (options for getting input) from various perspectives represented at the meeting----Width of 51st (median transit, frontage roads, or narrower regular street)----Type of bike facilities (on-street bike lanes, separate path, cycle tracks)----What kind of sidewalks (hike/bike trail, urban sidewalk, both depending on East or West of Berkman)----What would make 51st beautiful? (greenery and set back buildings or urban buildings?)----Should on-street parking be provided? What type (parallel, back-in, on separated frontage road?)----How should buildings contribute to street (residential, work, both)?----Which reflects strongest priority for the corridor?--------traffic flow--------traffic calming--------introduce activities--------lots of trees and greenery--------reduce width to make easier to crossThere was general consensus on desire for activity on the corridor (restaurants, etc.), safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, need to accommodate traffic (to avoid incentive to cut through neighborhoods), and a nice transition between the sections East and West of Berkman.Rick Krivoniak asked whether Imagine Austin has plans for 51st? The team will have to find out.
Grocery Store Announcement on Wednesday - traditional HEB
posted by langhugh on September 1st, 2011 11:12 AM
Lastly, a review of the Grocery Town Hall of April, 2010...a lot of great material here that will be instructive as we progress with Market District design discussions...

Mueller Market District Community Meeting from Russ Rhea on Vimeo.

Grocery Store Announcement on Wednesday - traditional HEB
posted by langhugh on September 1st, 2011 10:56 AM
Further media coverage:Video:KVUE (highlights bike/ped access): Mueller-development-in-Central-East-Austin-128845608.html" name="flashvars"/> Mueller-development-in-Central-East-Austin-128845608.html" bgcolor="#000000" quality="true"> Hi-Def Video from announcement:Print:Statesman (highlights broader community focus of market district design):http://www.statesman.com/business/h-e-b-plans-first-of-its-kind-1809258.htmlAustin Business Journal:http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2011/08/31/heb-opening-at-mueller-in-2013.htmlCommunity Impact:http://impactnews.com/central-austin/293-recent-news/14547-mueller-development-soon-to-welcome-grocery-store-chainChris Bradford's Blog (as Mike pointed out, Chris suggests green building features are nice but good urban design can be greener): http://www.austincontrarian.com/austincontrarian/2011/08/dont-substitute-green-design-for-good-urban-design.html#comments
Grocery Store Announcement on Wednesday
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on August 29th, 2011 5:23 PM
In case anyone didn't get the email from Catellus: We've Got Some Juicy News to Share Please join Catellus Development, master developer of Mueller, for a fruit-filled celebration as we unveil the grocer that will anchor the upcoming Mueller Market District at 51st Street and Berkman Drive. The brief announcement will take place on the patio of Mueller Central overlooking beautiful Lake Park. Hope to see you there! Date Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Time 10:30 a.m. sharp Location Mueller Central 4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, TX 78723
Transportation Committee - July 27 meeting notes
posted by Betsy on July 30th, 2011 3:51 PM
Mueller Transportation CommitteeMeeting notes - July 27, 2011- Carl Paulson, Catellus’ VP responsible for the infrastructure construction, will now chair this committee. Carl worked on Mueller starting back in 2003, and has been in California for the past few years. He recently returned to the Mueller project and is responsible for the construction of future infrastructure.- The City’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office will be meeting next week with Catellus and City transportation staff to discuss implementation of improvements to the Mueller roundabout.- Alley operations - like other issues such is parking, we recognize we’re unlikely to have unanimous agreement on 1-way vs. 2-way. Catellus still plans to try 2-way operation in the Section 6 alleys when constructed, and will then consider converting the Sections 4 & 5 (Phases I and II) alleys to 2-way. With low volumes and low speeds appropriate for an alley, problems aren’t anticipated. However, their engineers will look at sight distance concerns expressed on CitiCite, especially at tee intersections (alley to alley intersections).- Striping/signing - City was asked to look at the residual striping on Berkman between Manor and Tom Miller to see if it could be removed more completely to avoid driver confusion, especially at night and in poor weather. City was also asked to look at the consistency of sign placement for NO PARKING in conjunction with the striping where parking spaces are striped. - Representatives from the AISD Performing Arts Center project came to answer questions and discuss the project. Highlights as follows:---Their site plan is under development and they hope to send it to the Mueller New Construction Council (NCC) for review soon. Their plan is for the PAC to face Barbara Jordan. ---They plan to present their plan to the RMMA-PIAC in August or September. ---The same engineering consultant that does work for Catellus is doing the traffic study for AISD with regard to the PAC. ---Questions were asked about the impact on the Barbara Jordan intersection with Berkman, and impacts to both Mueller and Windsor Park residents. AISD mentioned possibly routing traffic exiting the PAC and wanting to head northbound on IH35, back to Airport Blvd via Mueller Blvd and the roundabout, as the most convenient way to get to a northbound entrance ramp on IH 35. ---AISD proposes to hold about 180 events a year. Events will vary considerably in size, and therefore traffic. ---Tom Wald (Cherrywood NA) suggested providing bicycle parking in an amount figured as 10% of vehicle spaces, to encourage bicycle travel to AISD events and to ensure adequate bike parking is available.---Mueller and Cherrywood neighborhood associations would both like AISD to present information on the PAC and their meetings once the site plan is further along and the traffic study has been performed.---The PAC Outreach presentation and summary is posted on Catellus’ Mueller Austin site, as well as links to AISD and the comment forms for the PAC. Please go to -  http://www.muelleraustin.com/journal/entry/community-input-on-future-aisd-performing-arts-center-at-mueller- Changes to IH 35 & 51st St interchange - no specifics were discussed because those working this issue weren’t present. Councilmember Chris Riley’s office convened a meeting about a month ago where good input was received. Bicycle access across IH 35 is a key consideration to any project in this area. - Catellus is working with the City at the possibility of installing Cycle Tracks, instead of regular bike lanes, on Berkman and Mueller Blvd. They are evaluating whether these can fit within the same overall pavement width that was shown in the design guidelines for Mueller. These would be one-way running with traffic, but with some separation from the vehicular lanes. Look at http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/cycle-tracks/protected-cycle-track/ for some conceptual information.- The City is going to try to improve the channelization some on Barbara Jordan in the Home Depot/Best Buy area. - The City is monitoring the signal timing at Airport and Aldrich and trying to make improvements to keep traffic from backing up in the roundabout. It’s hard to tell during the summer but let the City (or me) know if backups are still routinely happening.- Cameron Road will be resurfaced and then put on a ‘road diet’ and re-striped as a 3-lane section (two way left turn lane with one through lane in each direction), similar to Manor Rd. Bike lanes will be added as part of this work.- The need for interim bike/pedestrian access to the Market District was emphasized. Since only half of the ultimate Berkman Dr. will be built initially, and developers generally build the sidewalks, Catellus was asked to ensure that good bicycle and pedestrian access was available for residents traveling to the grocery, PAC, etc. from Day 1.Next meeting - October 26. Let me know if you have issues you’d like me to take to the group.
Neighborhood planning map
posted by henningspruth on June 12th, 2011 11:38 PM
When I was at Mueller Central yesterday, I picked up a new "Illustrative Plan" dated April 21, 2011. I had not previously seen this version before, and thought it might be of general interest. The version on is dated February 3, 2009. Differences are minor, e.g. in the market district and between Camacho and Zach Scott east of Berkman. Henning
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by langhugh on May 3rd, 2011 3:39 PM
Per my recollection of the last communications regarding grocery opportunities at Mueller, there may be some potential of a secondary specialty grocer in town center.Market District: 75,000-80,000 sqft grocer was envisioned. it is understood that Catellus is in negotiations with a single grocer. Stumbling blocks may include placement of a gas station, and a sort of "exclusivity" agreement where the grocer wants to be sure that other, presumably near-sized, competitors are not located within Mueller.Town Center: 5,000-10,000 sqft specialty grocer envisioned...seems to fit a Trader Joe's footprint in Trader Joe's kind of place.??? I wonder about the Market District grocers non-compete list.Tower District: 2,000-3,000 sqft corner/convenience/pharmacy envisioned.
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by danx111 on May 3rd, 2011 3:12 PM
All that being said, we really need a grocery here, or really a small grocery and a supermarket. Obviously that's not a new topic, but "they were supposed to announce something last month/this month/next month" has been the stock answer for a couple of years at least. It's hard to be walkable and transit oriented without places to walk to and transit. Hopefully Catellus can take time from being acquired or otherwise changing hands long enough to close on a grocer and move dirt on both the market District and Town Center soon. Maybe next month...[/quote] Great time to bring this up with Catellus is tomorrow: Wednesday, May 4th, 6:00pm-7:00pm at Mueller Central Informal POA meeting with a Question and Answer session for the members of the Mueller Community Associations.
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Alexa Manza on May 3rd, 2011 9:31 AM
Yea! So exciting! Maybe they'll think our Mueller market district is as cool as they are and set up camp here. Thanks for posting this info. Yea again!
Temporary Committee meeting notes
posted by Betsy on April 30th, 2011 10:17 AM
I attended a meeting of Catellus' Transportation Committee on Wednesday, April 27. The committee includes members of surrounding communities to discuss areas of mutual interest. Rather than take up their time to listen to issues internal to Mueller (i.e. those that don't affect surrounding 'hoods), I met with Catellus and City staff before the larger meeting began. I appreciate the City taking extra time from their schedule to do this. Here are my notes. Our next meeting is in late July so let me know if you have issues you'd like me to bring forward as the Mueller rep. Thanks.- Catellus is developing a FAQ they can post at muelleraustinonline.com. This will address some of the questions they receive most. I’ve posted the status of some of these as part of my meeting notes.- Signal at Airport & Zach Scott - Infrastructure is there but intersection doesn’t yet meet signal warrants contained in the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD), the legal authority on signing, signals and pavement markings. City is re-evaluating the intersection every 6 months. Once the signal is installed, the queue exiting Mueller may at times back up across the Tom Miller intersection but Catellus’ engineers don’t believe that will happen very often. Pedestrian crossing signals will be installed when the traffic signal is installed.- Roundabout improvements were included in the last bond election. Plans are being developed with construction anticipated in 2012. Construction will narrow the approaches and the inner circle to make it clearly one-lane on all approaches. Construction will also create the necessary deflections to help encourage lower operating speeds.- Alley operations - No one seems positive why our alleys were designed as one-way, which necessitates the extra signage and encourages higher speeds. The next residential phase is Section 6, north of Simond. When that section is developed, they plan to make those alleys 2-way and also reduce the No Parking signage. That will serve as a pilot project. If things work well there, they will come back and make similar changes to the existing areas (Sections 4 & 5 I believe). I also mentioned the issue, as relayed to me, of kids popping out from the sidewalks between row houses without looking for cars. - Berkman will be extended to 51st Street to support the grocery store (when announced) and Section 6 residential construction. It will only be the 1/2 width of Berkman, similar to what’s installed now along the row homes. Since the 1/2 section doesn’t include bike lanes, Catellus plans to install some sort of temporary bike/ped facility for travel from the residential areas to the market district by walking or biking.- Catellus plans to make some minor improvements in the trailer eatery area within the next few months. These will include access to the trails from the eatery parking lot, without crossing all those large rocks.The City agreed to study the following internal issues and develop potential solutions:- Speed control and pedestrian crossing safety at Zach Scott & Camacho, and at the corners surrounding Ella Wooten Park.- Pedestrian crossing safety across Airport Blvd.- Installation of a NO U-Turn sign for Northbound traffic on Airport at Zach Scott. I believe they're going to review all median openings from 38th to IH 35 to see where U-turns are appropriate.- Bike lanes on 51st from Berkman to Manor to complete the gap.- Review parking stripes & signs to ensure consistency with State law. We have some striped spaces that are too close to intersections, and several signs are not in the correct location.- Tom Wald (Cherrywood rep & executive director of the League of Bicycling Voters) offered to help Catellus work through bicycle access to major development areas and the logical placement (and quantity) of bike racks for parking.- Scott Gross, the City’s project manager for the Urban Rail study, provided an update on that project and the recent public meetings. While the Red River option alarmed some, he said they are very committed to serving Mueller, including coming well into Mueller, regardless of how they get here. They started looking at Red River as a better way of connecting to the Red line commuter train. With the station at MLK, it's a bit far to make the connection from Manor between the two. The Red River line would mean they could build a new station at Hancock Center that would serve both the Red line and the urban rail line. People from further out could get off the red line there and have a good connection to UT and Capitol complex via the urban rail. They might also have a park and ride area at Hancock Center. The neighborhood south of Manor has expressed concern about the line being on Manor Road. Red River actually has more density, and more possibility of future density, than Manor Rd. A Red River line would also serve St. David's hospital and come reasonably close to the development at the former Concordia site (if that development restarts). It sounded like this line of thought came up rather late and they just haven't had time to figure out exactly how to get from Hancock Center up to, and into, Mueller. They talked about several possibilities - IH35 frontage to Airport and then Aldrich, IH 35 to Philomena, or IH 35 to 51st. Rick Krivoniak noted that there is some ROW reserved on the south side of 51st that could be used for a rail corridor. The City is currently in discussions with TxDOT on the use of part of the IH 35 right of way to see what options are possible. They hope to have some better maps in a few months after further study and consideration of public comments. A 3-phase buildout is envisioned over a 15-20 year time period.- Berkman extension - As mentioned above, this is tied to the market district. Leo said (again) they are VERY close to an announcement. Berkman should be under construction next year and open by mid-2013 at the latest.- City was asked about signal timing adjustments at Aldrich & Airport, and opening up the striped out middle lane for a dual left turn onto Airport, as was the ultimate plan. This would help alleviate the pm rush hour backups in the roundabout. Hopefully these improvements can be made without waiting for the roundabout construction.- City is working with TxDOT and neighborhoods on improvements to the ‘jughandle’ at IH 35 & 51st Street. The goal is to provide a way for northbound frontage road traffic to access Windsor Park without going through the Mueller retail area. Public outreach will be conducted.
RMMA PIAC Meeting tonight - Agenda sounds interesting!
posted by MuellerFan on March 8th, 2011 7:32 AM
posted here, copied below: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=148837ROBERT MUELLER MUNICIPAL AIRPORTPLAN IMPLEMENTATION ADVISORY COMMISSION 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 City Hall Staff Bullpen (Main Floor) 301 W. 2nd St., Austin, Texas 78701 See parking instructions below. AGENDA 1. Call to Order 6:00 2. Citizen Communications: General Speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed three minutes to address the Commission regarding items not posted on the agenda. 3. Approval of Minutes from 01/11/11 6:05 4. Items from Staff: 6:15  Updated Commission Bylaws 5. Austin Energy Substation Bid Process Update (Sonny Poole, Austin Energy) 6:30 6. Items from Commission Members 7:00  AISD Performing Arts Center Status: Ashley Fisher/Jim Walker 7. Catellus Updates 7:15  Development and Marketing  Market District Discussion Group  Transportation Committee 8. Citizen Communication: General 7:45 Speakers signed up will each be allowed three minutes to address the Commission regarding items not posted on the agenda. 9. Next Meeting: April 12, 2011 (Regular Meeting)ADJOURN 8:00 City Hall Parking Instructions: Parking is available in the City Hall garage (enter traveling north from Lavaca, exit onto Guadalupe). Bring your parking ticket with you and staff will validate your ticket. If tickets are not issued at the entrance, then parking is free that evening.
MNA General Meeting Minutes for Sept. 18, 2010
posted by Drew on September 21st, 2010 12:36 AM
MNA meetings are held at 10:00 AM on the 3rd Saturdays of month, usually in Wooten Park. We are working on getting the hanger for meetings. Dennis Mick opened the meeting. Kerry Fisher provided an MNA budget report. Neighborhood Night Out on October 5: Kat Malcom spoke about plans for the National Neighborhood Night Out on Tuesday, October 5. Catellus will be sponsoring events (and providing ice cream) in Ella Wooten park from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Then from 7:00PM to 9:00PM the individual blocks will have their own potluck style Meet & Greet. Boomer’s Progressive Dinner on October 9: Kat Malcom also spoke about the Mueller Boomer’s “progressive dinner” that will be held on Saturday, October at four different houses. Front Porch Flyer Newsletter: Drew Harris made a call for submissions of articles and photos to the newsletter, as well as a call for volunteers to help put the newsletter together. Mueller Education Action Team: Rob Clinchard spoke about the MEAT group’s current focus. Rob spoke about the option of having a “flex” middle school that could offer grades between 3-8th grade, depending on the need. Rob also mention that they were seeking to learn from the Stapleton Development in Denver, which now has 3 schools. Guest Speaker Jim Walker’s Question & Answer: Jim Walker, who has been involved with the Mueller development for 15 years and has served as the former chair of the RMMA PIAC, was the guest speaker. He spoke briefly about lessons learned from the first few years of Mueller’s development (mainly that “persistence is required”), and then opened to questions from attending MNA members. Highlights included:
  • Nothing was currently limiting development east of Berkman other than Catellus’ phasing plans
  • Broader use of the hanger and a grocery store in the Market District is still “imminent”
  • A discussion of pedestrian traffic crossing Airport Blvd.
  • A discussion of making sure that people moving to Mueller know about the basic principles behind Mueller
  • A discussion of structured parking vs. the current surface parking in the current employment center around Dell Children’s hospital
  • Austin Film Studios is now more or less a permanent neighbor, and they are still trying to figure out how to incorporate a walled-off film studio into a pedestrian friendly Mueller development
  • There are still no further details regarding the district-wide school performing arts center that might be located.
  • The meeting ended at approximately 11:00 am.
    Transportation Committee meeting notes 9Sept2010
    posted by Betsy on September 9th, 2010 9:45 PM
    The transportation committee met today. Since the committee mostly includes representatives of surrounding neighborhoods, we're now going to deal with more global issues during these meetings, and then I'll stay for a smaller meeting with Catellus and the City to discuss issues that are internal to Mueller. Here are my notes: - It sounds like this will happen at some point. Catellus has determined that it is feasible from an engineering standpoint but the City reported that it doesn't yet meet the warrants for a signal. The City will re-evaluate whether signal warrants are met on roughly a 6-month interval. Catellus' consultant has done an operational analysis for the full buildout condition and the intersection should operate well with a signal. They were asked to provide information on anticipated queuing lengths on both ZS and Airport for the full buildout condition, and compare these to the space available between Airport and Tom Miller, and the length of the left turn bay on Airport. – Included in the November bond package. The City is looking at low-cost immediate improvements including signing, edge markings where approach vehicles enter the roundabout, and adjusting the timing of the signal at Airport and Aldrich to minimize traffic backups. They were not planning to do any striping from 2 lanes to a single lane now but were asked to reconsider that option to improve safety. – The City is re-evaluating the consistency of signing and striping for parking, as well as the need for one-way operations in the alleyways. – Windsor Park representative stressed the importance of making this crossing of 51st St. safe for bicyclists and pedestrians, since many from across 51st will want to walk to the market district. The current proposal doesn't include any pedestrian improvements on 51st for this crossing traffic. There's also a desire to extend the bike lane from the west all the way to Berkman, and install more visible crosswalk markings (ladder or continental style). Catellus was asked to provide the committee with a copy of the layout currently under consideration. – The median on 51st is non-existent due to multiple layers of asphalt on the roadway. Concern was expressed for the safety of pedestrians who use this as median refuge to wait for traffic to clear. The City plans to take a look at this area. – The connection on 53rd St. from Cameron to the northbound IH 35 frontage road is very congested. The Windsor Park representative suggested that signs could be installed for eastbound and westbound traffic on 51st routing them through the regional retail area to access the northbound frontage road. This might relieve some of the burden on 53rd. The City said they would take it under consideration. – General complaints were brought forward about the striping out of the right lane in this area. Many people drive over the stripe and they are losing their visibility. Catellus' consultant will discuss this issue with TxDOT. – Discussion about possibly eliminating the exit near 53rd St., forcing exiting traffic to use the ramp just north of Airport. It was noted that this ramp can be difficult to access from the lower level of IH 35. If that exit were closed, the entrance ramp could be moved forward north near 53rd, serving Mueller regional retail traffic better and lengthening the weave for merging/diverging traffic. The committee will look at this further to determine whether there is a recommendation we want to make to TxDOT in this regard. – Wilshire Woods and Cherrywood neighbors across Airport Blvd. Generally support keeping these features in place to avoid cut-through traffic in their neighborhoods. – Several mentioned that this issue remains a concern. Crossing at Zach Scott will be easier once a signal is installed. Bicyclists can cross as pedestrians but are legally required to dismount their bicycles and cross as pedestrians. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that there are no approved crossing signals specifically for bicyclists. The City mentioned that Washington, DC is experimenting with a bicycle signal and the City was asked to investigate whether we could do likewise. – There was discussion about TxDOT's long term plans for IH 35. There have been previous studies but funding is very limited. For information about ongoing studies and upcoming meetings, go to http://www.my35.org. – The need for a stop of the #350 bus on Airport at Zach Scott was discussed. Wilshire Woods and Cherrywood would support an additional stop. Current northbound stops are at Anchor and north of the fire station. The City explained that Capital Metro has given those requesting this stop some misinformation that they are working to clarify. A sidewalk along Airport is part of the Mueller plan but due to the high speeds, absence of curb on Airport, and drainage ditch, the trail along Tom Miller was developed as an alternative sidewalk. The City and Catellus will discuss this issue further with Capital Metro, and see what sidewalk connections would be necessary to support a bus stop here. – Funding for studying improvements to better serve Windsor Park are included in the November bond package. – Catellus will plan these after meetings to discuss issues specific to Mueller residents. They are also looking at other ways to better communicate with residents on transportation issues. – In some areas, parking signs and/or stripes appear to allow parking in locations prohibited by state law, such as within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, or 30 feet upon the approach to a stop sign. Catellus will get with the City to conduct a review and implement changes as needed. – Catellus and the City are discussing the possibility of converting the alleys to 2-way operation. This would eliminate a lot of signs and would be expected to lower operating speeds since people would anticipate meeting another vehicle. – Catellus is reviewing the operations at several driveways where sight distance is limited and/or speeding on the street is a problem. – Speeds on these long, straight streets were discussed along with potential solutions such as a 4-way stop on Zach Scott at Camacho, at the entrance to Lake Park. Catellus will seek input from the City on what solutions they might consider. Catellus will also explore the possibility of installing signs such as 'children at play' and emphasize to residents our responsibility to drive with consideration for others. Lowering the speed limit to 25 mph was also discussed as a possibility but no decisions were made. I think that's about it.... many of these things will take a lot of coordination and many more discussions to resolve. I'm happy to continue collecting input on these issues. Our next meeting will be in late October so I'll need to forward my agenda items to Catellus mid-October.Betsy
    Community Update Meeting Wed. 9/1
    posted by jzimm on September 4th, 2010 11:17 AM
    That's Wildflower Terrace, the affordable senior housing. Diana McGyver, the developer, gave 45 minutes worth of presentation and Q&A. In a nutshell: they've closed on the land, will close mid-October on financing. Catellus is doing site clearing and infrastructure Right Now, and Wildflower groundbreaking will take place mid-October. First units will come online in November 2011, with all of them up for rent by end of February 2012. There will be several levels of income qualification, and a limited (roughly 30 out of 200 total) number of market rate units. The units will be divided into 1/1 and 2/2 units, are expected to house no more than two people, and the head of household for each unit must be 55 or older. There will be a number of facilities oriented toward the residents, such as art studio and small movie theatre. Some of these should also be available for community use, such as a community hall that sounds like it would be big enough for MNA meetings and the like. The place is envisioned as being for active seniors, so there are no on-site medical facilities. Parking is four levels inside the main four-level structure.There will indeed be some retail on the first floor, none specific as yet, but they are fairly certain they want to include some kind of coffee shop. ========================================Other stuff, as long as I'm doing this core dump:Garden homes and Mueller Homes on track.They're in discussion on putting in a hotel--no names mentioned, but something oriented toward extended stays--at Lancaster and 51st, to share parking with Home Depot.Strong interest on the part of several parties has been expressed in the pad next to Frost Bank, for use as a restaurant. Still early days.Greenway Lofts, expected to be complete roughly 45 days from now, is 50% sold.Children's Museum is in fundraising mode, and it's going well.No word from AISD on Performing Arts Center--we're still on the short list.No word from AISD on a school, but Catellus reminds us all to fill out the annual AISD population survey when it comes round in a month or two.On the grocery front, there is a grocer, they're still not saying who it is, and things have become more complex because said grocer, having decided to do something "totally unique" and spectacular (which nobody will say what that is either) have gone into design/planning mode in a major way, which isn't exactly making things keep to any previously announced timelines. Other than Wildflower Terrace, the next projected phase of residential development, whenever it happens, will be toward the north, along and to the west of Berkman, to take advantage of the infrastructure that will have to happen anyway when the grocery/Market District happens.Hangar area: they're working diligently to get in more trailers, but want the right mix. Initially looking for a total of 4, but if it all works out might work up to 6.
    RMMA PIAC Meeting notes 08.10.10
    posted by Robyn on August 23rd, 2010 1:35 PM
    some additional detail from Rick Krivoniak and Windsor Park's listserve (thanks to one of my employees who shared it with me).I thought that the info on the Market District and the additional info on the owls in the Tower were particularly interesting. and....congrats Ashley! Robyn****************************************************September 2010 Mueller Update – Rick Krivoniak At August’s RMMAPIAC (Mueller Commission) meeting, Greg Weaver of Catellus reported that the Market District may be delayed some as the grocer negotiations continue. They are also talking to retailers and restaurateurs for the Market District. Any delay will also move back the Berkman extension into Mueller. Recent construction activity in the area is related to the reclaimed water line.A subcommittee of the Commission has worked with Catellus and the City to allow more community use of the historic Browning Hangar on Airport Boulevard. It’s hoped that details on this issue will be worked out within the next two months. Information will be posted as it is available. And after ten years as Chair of the Commission, Jim Walker stepped aside. I want to personally thank him for his amazing leadership on the Commission, and in all things Mueller over that time period and beyond. Thankfully, Jim will remain on the Commission for another year. Mueller resident Ashley Fisher was elected Chair, and yours truly was elected Vice-Chair. My term will expire in July 2012, after which I will be ineligible to serve for at least two years. Windsor Park needs representation on this Commission. Anyone interested should begin attending future Commission meetings and submit an application to the City Clerk's office (which can be done online at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/cityclerk/). Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.Austin Energy will be presenting an update on the Mueller Electric Substation at Morris Williams Golf Course at the September 14th Mueller Commisison meeting, 6 PM, Waller Creek Center, Room 105, 625 E. 10th Street. Free parking is available on the street or in the adjacent parking garage. Anyone wishing to speak on this agenda item must sign-in and will be given three minutes.Windsor Park resident Adrian Johnson and son regularly walk by the old Mueller control tower at dusk to watch the barn owls fly in and out. Back in mid-June, as work began on the tower’s renovation, he began asking about the fate of the owls that have been nesting in it for the past few years. Fortunately, Catellus VP – Project Manager Leo Lopez had also noticed the nesting owls, and had recent experience with saving a family of screech owls on his own property. Leo halted demo of the top level ceiling where the owls nest was located, and called in Jake McCumber, a wildlife biologist for the State of Texas, and Wynn Estes, who owns Wildlife Structures LLC. Both are also members of the Travis Audubon Conservation Committee. The three came up with a design they hope will encourage the owls to return to the same nest site for years to come. Wildlife Structures built and donated an “owl box,” and Catellus is allowing access to it in the tower to remain open. Leo sees it as a plus for Mueller and larger community. They also hope to install a video feed of the nest going straight to Dell Chirdren’s Hospital. There’s no guarantee the owls will stay or return, but many thanks to all involved for such a great cooperative venture at Mueller.
    Transportation Issues
    posted by Betsy on June 30th, 2010 8:46 PM
    Meeting notes by Betsy HiltonMueller Transportation Committee meeting on June 30, 2010The committee is chaired by Leo Lopez at Catellus. Representatives from several adjacent neighborhoods (Cherrywood, Windsor Park & JJ Seabrook) were in attendance, along with staff from Catellus’ consultant, HDR, and the City of Austin.Agenda Items that we had time to discuss:- Leo welcomed everyone and gave an update on upcoming major activities in Mueller - basically the same info that Greg presented at the developer update. Infrastructure construction for garden homes at Hermalinda/Antone/Tom Miller should start about July 9. - Update on traffic counts - City presented numbers to PIAC a month or two ago. No huge increases were observed but they hadn’t compared the actual numbers to the volumes predicted in the Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) prepared when the development was being planned. The City seemed to think that might be a worthwhile comparison to review.- Traffic Signal at Zach Scott & Airport - Plans are complete, including the work necessary to deal with the Spring causing water issues in the ground boxes for the signal. Catellus will pay for the signal but the City will do the installation. There was some discussion about combining it with the funds transfer for the next phase of residential housing but Catellus agreed that it could be separated so as not to delay the signal installation. The City staff present were not positive the signal had met the necessary traffic warrants to be installed, so they will check. We also talked about the failure of some motorists coming from Airport (esp. left turners) to yield to pedestrians crossing on the trail near Tom Miller. The crosswalk already has high visibility markings and a pedestrian crossing warning sign so we’re not sure what else can be done. City will review whether a NO U-TURN sign is present for the difficult northbound to southbound movement.- Parking signage/striping review - In areas where parking spaces are marked, they are not always marked and signed consistent with State Law (prohibited 15’ from fire hydrant, 20’ from crosswalk, and 30’ on approach to a Stop Sign). Also discussed whether alley connections to streets are legally defined as ‘intersections’ requiring these same parking restrictions. State law [Transportation Code 541.303 appears to exclude alleys.] There was also general discussion about the many signs in the neighborhood. City philosophy may be changing and some believe many of these signs could be removed, where they are redundant with state law (which all drivers are supposed to be familiar with). [See Chapter 7, Texas Drivers Handbook, available at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/InternetForms/Forms/DL-7.pdf. HDR and City staff will review the placement of signs/stripes and the need for such.- Roundabout improvements - City’s new Assistant Director for Traffic Engineering, Gary Schatz, has some roundabout experience and has recommended physical changes to our roundabout to narrow the two lane approaches to one-lane prior to entering the roundabout. A ‘truck apron’ would also be installed, concentric to the center island, to further clarify that this is a one-lane roundabout. These improvements should significantly improve traffic operations and safety, especially as volumes continue to increase. The City plans to include this work in an upcoming bond package, with construction likely in 2011. Traffic already backs up into the roundabout during the afternoon rush, so they are also looking at improvements at the signal, including potentially a 2 lane left turn movement onto Airport Blvd. We also discussed the possibility of installing higher visibility crosswalk markings to help encourage drivers to stop for the signal before blocking the crosswalk. The City will look into this.- Bike movements to cross Airport - Cherrywood representative Girard Kinney mentioned that bicyclists crossing Airport tend to make an illegal maneuver to cross the road (due to the Longhorn configuration) and asked whether a bike path could be marked parallel to the crosswalk. There was discussion about whether a bicyclist legally must dismount to use the crosswalk as a pedestrian, or whether it’s legal for them to use the crosswalk while riding the bicycle. The City will look into this. A similar issue is also present at all crossing of Airport Blvd, where people want to get across in the crosswalk as quickly as possible.- Dan Daniels from JJ Seabrook discussed their effort to look at issues with cut-through traffic on Tillery and safety on Pershing. He suggested that when looking at current traffic volumes, the baseline should not be what existed when the airport was still open. They also have issues with sidewalks on FM 969 being right next to the road, and issues with the Airport/MLK intersection. Speeds and volumes on FM 969 are very high. JJ Seabrook will reach out to this committee to coordinate as needed.- Windsor Park representative, Rick Krivoniak, discussed concerns about the 51st and Berkman intersection, esp. that it will be huge once rebuilt as part of the Market District (based on what he sees at the Berkman/Manor intersection). Also, the eastbound bike lane on 51st just stops before it gets to Berkman. Some additional street width is needed, or a connection to the Mueller trails/sidewalk.We were running over our allotted time so we quickly discussed the following:- Schedule another meeting before September so we can keep things moving- Invite Cap Metro to a future meeting to discuss transit service to the neighborhood- Bike lane improvements - City plans to install on Manor from Airport to 51st street when they resurface the street under the next bond program (maybe 2011). City will look at whether interim lanes could be installed on Mueller Blvd. up to 51st.- Street repairs at Threadgill & McCloskey - supposed to begin ‘1st week of July’ but we should get an update from the City via Catellus.- Pavement cracking around manholes, esp in Phase II. Phase II had a different road contractor (Rodman) than Phase I (J C Evans). Manholes are very fixed (concrete, deep, etc), whereas asphalt pavement is called ‘flexible pavement’ for a reason, and does move. Some cracking is to be expected and Catellus says the folks they’ve checked with at the City don’t anticipate large-scale problems around every manhole.We didn’t get to talk about:- Airport Blvd. makeover and bike lanes up to Lamar- Sight distance for vehicles pulling onto Zach Scott from side streets- Update on options to fix the jughandle issues (at IH 35/Cameron/51st) that impact Windsor Park neighborsEV charging stationsLet me know if you have additional or continuing concerns and I’ll do my best to bring them forward at future meetings.Thanks,Betsy
    2010 Property Taxes
    posted by MuellerRealtor on May 5th, 2010 11:32 AM
    I’m a Realtor and live in Mueller and can hopefully shed some light on the situation although, how and where the tax office gets their information is often-times a mystery. Ezra is correct that Texas is a non-disclosure state, meaning sales prices are not listed for just anyone to see. This is the reason why I am not able to publish a list for our neighbors of what folks have paid for their homes. City employees do not have access to the MLS unless they also happen to be a dues-paying Realtor. As an aside, we have to take information from Zillow with a grain of salt and any city-wide averages, for that matter. A big reason why the average sales price dipped slightly in the past year had to do with the tax incentive to get first-time homebuyers out there. And, frankly first-timers were more willing to get out there, not only because of the incentive but also because they tend to be younger and haven’t had the experience of getting burned when the stock market fell and didn’t have to worry about selling another home. All that being said, many more homes were being sold at the lower price point, bringing down the average but is not necessarily a true reflection of the health of our housing market. In regards to witnessing significant increases in market value, it is very difficult to make any blanket statements for how Mueller is doing in terms of appreciation as a whole. A lot also depends on when you bought. For those who purchased in the first round or two, they are benefitting from the “introductory” pricing they bought at and, in some cases, are experiencing rather generous appreciation for the short time frame. But a lot is dependent on the price point/size/style of your home. For example, the current inventory is low for one-story, single family homes under the $375K mark so theoretically, with less competition they are more likely to be able to get more for their homes were they to sell them today versus one year ago. We could go through a variety of examples of how the market value differs for each home/builder/style/price point. But this brings me back to the point of this topic: how does the tax appraisal district come up with their numbers, particularly if they don’t have access to sales information? They gather base pricing from builders (off websites and from model homes). They have also been known to contact sales offices and ask for them for sales information directly (whether that’s provided by some is another story). I’ve also heard that they send very official postcards (they’re from the CofA tax appraisal district, after all) to new homeowners after closing directly asking for the final sales price on their home. And finally, they use the HUD-1 statements and other similar documentation that folks bring in to protest to help base their future valuations. While we are all very aware that there are big differences between the builders in terms of pricing, quality, location etc. etc. they likely don’t pay as much attention to that so, they may be referencing numbers of different builders for any one of our homes, skewing the actual value of it. It’s useful to compare notes on what experiences others are having in the neighborhood and the information gathered may be very helpful when putting together your protest, but as Ezra suggested, if you want specific answers on how they came to numbers for your property, it’s best to ask them for the comparables they used and see how they back it up. Hilary Herrin
    Property taxes and affordable housing
    posted by langhugh on May 3rd, 2010 11:52 PM
    Mueller Market District Community Meeting Tues., Apr. 6 at 7 PM
    posted by Betsy on April 7th, 2010 8:24 PM
    Most of the discussion I heard was along these lines....1. We don't need/want a gas station at the grocery. There are plenty of gas stations around already and it's not compatible with our bike/ped/transit focus.2. A desire to re-orient the site plan so that the store is closer to 51st (it's currently set back with a huge expanse of parking abutting 51st St.) and with pedestrian/bike access that is separated from the major vehicular movements.3. A desire to move the loading area for the grocer to along Vaughan Ave, opposite the Film Studio, so residents to the South don't hear idling 18-wheelers all night long.4. A desire for a grocer that carries a lot of fresh, local and/or organic foods and doesn't carry a lot of other stuff like T-shirts, cookware, etc.5. Several folks said they'd rather not have a grocery for a while longer, than have a style of development that the community doesn't support.I certainly wasn't at all the tables so that's just my perspective of what I heard. For those interested, the 'current' site plan presented last night is the same as Catellus shows on their interactive map at .
    Mueller Market District Community Meeting Tues., Apr. 6 at 7 PM
    posted by mrs aaron on April 7th, 2010 2:06 PM
    thanks, that was my main concern, so i'm glad it was discussed.
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