Published on December 23rd, 2015 | by Kate Harrington
Plaza Saltillo Development Moving Forward
More details about the Plaza Saltillo transit oriented development (TOD) are beginning to emerge.
Austin Towers reports that the team Capital Metro chose to head the development, led by Endeavor Real Estate Group and Columbus Realty Partners, filed site plans before Thanksgiving. Included in those plans are a new office building, about 800 apartment units (including 100 for seniors), a 55,000-square foot grocery store, 73,000 square feet of restaurant space, and about 11,000 square feet of additional retail.
Endeavor’s initial proposal had included plans for the grocery store and apartment units, as well as dedicated affordable apartments and senior housing. The big new addition that shows up in the new site plans is a 120,000 square foot office building.
Endeavor was competing against finalist Saltillo Collaborative, which included Austin’s Constructive Ventures and Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. Endeavor’s design team includes Torti-Gallas as the master planner and conceptual architect and Michael Hsu as the local design architect.
According to Capital Metro, the Endeavor project could bring between 7,500 and 16,000 new riders for its rail system annually. Capital Metro has said the acre on which the Plaza Saltillo rail stop sits will be unchanged.
The Saltillo land runs between East 5th and East 4th Streets from Comal Street to I-35.
Even since Capital Metro made the announcement two years ago that it would issue a request for proposals from developers for the TOD tract, the area has seen a surge of development. Argyle Residential’s vertical mixed use (VMU) development Corazon was one of the first large VMUs to take shape there; now apartments and mixed use space including Eastside Station, Eastside Village, and Fourth & are bringing hundreds more residential units to the area around Plaza Saltillo.