Community Update – Jan. 12, 2017

Community Update Summary

Responses to Questions Submitted Online During Livestream

Question: Teresa Perez-Wiseley: Not being familiar with the Blackwell Services and now with the fact that they will be moving to the SE HUB, just what are they? Who will be eligible to use them?

Response: The Blackstock Family Health Center is located within the Professional Office Building on the Brackenridge Campus. Our plans are to relocate the services from the clinic to the renovated and remodeled CommUnityCare Rosewood-Zaragosa Health Center. This service relocation will probably occur in late 2017 or early 2018, depending on the permitting and construction timeline of Rosewood-Zaragosa Health Center, which will undergo renovations in 2017.

Blackstock employs doctors in training and physician faculty from the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin’s family residency program. Services include family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, maternity care, behavioral health psychology and nutrition services. The services at Blackstock are open to anyone with an appointment. To inquire about scheduling an appointment, please contact CommUnityCare’s Patient Navigation Center at 512-978-9015.

Question: Teresa Perez-Wiseley: How many miles out is the vicinity area of the new medical complex?

Response: We are contacting all neighborhood associations and neighborhood planning contact teams that are located within close proximity (1,000 feet) of the Brackenridge Campus to discuss the development and request to make presentations and solicit feedback from their membership, including: Blackshear-Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, C.A.N.A. (Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association), Chestnut Neighborhood Plan Contact Team, D.A.N.A. (Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association), Davis-Thompson Neighborhood Association, Friends of Chestnut Neighborhood Plan Contact Team, Guadalupe Neighborhood Association, OCEAN (Organization of Central East Austin Neighborhoods), Robertson Hill, Rosewood-Glen Oaks Neighborhood Association, and Swede Hill Neighborhood Association. Additionally, it is important to note that the process in which we created the Brackenridge Campus Master Plan included input from the Travis County community at large, not just those in closest proximity to the site. In that process, we made over 32 presentations about the Master Plan and we engaged over 8,000 individuals to provide feedback. You can review highlights of Central Health’s community engagement at All of this feedback was reviewed and considered by us and shaped the resulting Master Plan adopted in 2016. Lastly, our list of community groups and neighborhood associations is in no way intended to be an exhaustive list, so we welcome the opportunity to provide information to, and gather feedback from, any individual or group that is interested as we move forward with the Brackenridge redevelopment.

Question: Gwen Jewiss (for Nikelle Meade): Why unlimited FAR? Why does this property need more than the adjacent CBD? Thx!

Response: The primary purpose of redeveloping the Central Health Brackenridge Campus is to support our mission—funding health care and improving health outcomes for low-income and uninsured Travis County residents. Central Health requires an adequate long-term funding stream from the redevelopment of the campus to continue providing health care services at current levels while facing a growing population of low-income residents in Travis County.

Our goal is to have this site developed comprehensively under a development agreement with the city, where all of the entitlements—and the community benefits that will be provided—are negotiated and decided upfront rather than piece-by-piece as the property is developed over the years. Central Business District Floor to Area Ratio (C.B.D. F.A.R.) begins at 8:1 but can be increased to 15:1 with density bonus participation and to any number higher than that with city council approval. We are not asking for anything different than what could be achieved under a C.B.D. designation for any development. Our request is to put an agreement in place now when all parties can consider the development as a unified whole.

Question: Teresa Perez-Wiseley: Will the new market/community space be made available to civic groups or neighborhood groups? Meeting room space that, will it cost?

Response: This has been a common inquiry in previous community engagement sessions. Central Health envisions the public market as a place of inclusivity for all, including offering meeting spaces for community groups. It is too early in the planning to offer specifics around the type of space that will be available or associated prices, but knowing the market is being designed for the community’s benefit, we will do our best to ensure price is not a barrier for groups interested in using the space.

Question: Teresa Perez-Wiseley: Explain how the medical complex is open to the east side? It would seem they see what the west side sees many very large buildings surrounded by beautiful green space.

Response: The design parameters set forth in the Brackenridge Campus Master Plan call for the taller portions of all buildings to be set back at least 60 feet from the Central Plaza to create a visual opening of the entire campus to the neighborhoods east of the campus. Additionally, along the I-35 frontage road, no building walls above 90 feet in height will be permitted to be more than 135 feet in length. The graphic on Page 38 of the Master Plan, also shown below, depicts these requirements, and such requirements are proposed to be incorporated in the zoning overlay.

Question: Teresa Perez-Wiseley: Once we lose the P zoning, will we (the citizens) ever be able to gain that status again, if in the future we come to the belief that we don’t like what is present on these 14 acres?

Response: Our proposal is that we retain P (Public) zoning, which is why an overlay (which layers on top of the P zoning) is being requested. We also want to maintain the P zoning status of the property in case the uses change in the future and P-uses are once again desired. Since Central Health will maintain ownership of the land, we intend to retain the P zoning in perpetuity.


Meeting Materials

CH Illustrative Plan for Full Build-out of Master Plan (reduced pdf)CH_ROWexhibit_2016.08 11x17CH Phasing Exhibit 2016.06.10