Leander City Council approved the first zoning reading for a proposed development called Leander Marketplace on July 15 in a 5-2 vote; Council Members Becki Ross and Jason Shaw voted against approval. Council asked to include added prohibited uses within the development, which will be heard in a second reading scheduled for Aug. 5.
The 8.5-acre development south of Capital Metro's Leander Station would include restaurants, retail and potentially office space. The project will also include parking, an outdoor playground, outdoor seating and a trail connection. Development plans show East Street extended north of Hero Way.
Tonya Swartzendruber, who represents the developer, said tenant discussions are underway with Hat Creek Burger Co., Torchy’s, Spec’s, Pluckers, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Sherwin-Williams, Raising Cane’s, Cabo Bob’s and several more businesses. There are three one-tenant buildings and likely two multitenant buildings, though one tenant could fill one of the buildings.
The proposed development differs from the identically named Leander Marketplace flea market located on 183A Toll.
The proposed zoning would change the property to a planned unit development, or PUD, with a base zoning district of general commercial. The property would also be removed from the Leander Transit Oriented Development District. Concept plans and a preliminary plat are also part of the proposed PUD.
The planning and zoning commission recommended denial of the zoning request in May with a 3-2 vote.