3M employees to relocate to Parmer development in 2019

3M Co. announced it agreed to sell its Four Points campus to the World Class Capital Group on June 28.

3M Co. announced it agreed to sell its Four Points campus to the World Class Capital Group on June 28.

When 3M Co. employees leave the company’s Four Points campus in 2019, they will move to a new building on leased property in the Parmer development in Austin, 3M Global Media Manager Lori Anderson said July 11.

Parmer houses companies including General Motors Co.; Allergan, a pharmaceutical company; and Marco Fine Arts, according to the development’s website. It is located east of I-35, northeast of the intersection of E. Parmer Lane and McCallen Pass.

3M announced it was investing in a new building on leased property in North Austin on June 28. The company makes notepaper, tape, computer accessories, laminating systems and packaging products.

Approximately 800 employees currently work at the Four Points campus—6801 River Place Blvd., Austin—and Anderson previously said all are scheduled to move to the new Parmer location. They are expected to begin transitioning to the Parmer building in April 2019, Anderson said.

Until then, 3M will lease its current campus from World Class Capital Group, which has entered an agreement to purchase the property from 3M. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, Anderson said.

In the past, Leander ISD worked with 3M to create plans for a second access road to Four Points Middle School and Vandegrift High School. The new road would address traffic safety concerns and provide another exit in the case of an emergency, as the schools can currently only be reached from RM 2222 off McNeil Drive, according to LISD documents.

The proposed roadway would run through land on the 3M campus as well as through preserve land for federally endangered species, said Jimmy Disler, LISD chief facilities and operations officer.

“We do need this piece of property for the road to be built,” said Pamela Waggoner, vice president of the school board and founder of the Four Points Traffic Committee. “We would still need an easement agreement with the new owners.”

Waggoner said LISD will talk to 3M and World Class Capital Group about how to move forward with gaining easement for the road.

Over the past two months, area residents petitioned Texas representatives in Washington, D.C., to ask that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service work with the district, she said. Since the proposed access road will go through endangered species preserve land, LISD must work with the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan and the local USFWS office to use the property.

Waggoner said the USFWS has been more willing to work with LISD after being contacted by officials from the nation’s capital. LISD and the local Fish and Wildlife Service are scheduled to meet to talk about the road in late August, she said.

Learn more at www.leanderisd.org and on the Four Points Traffic Committee’s Facebook page.
By Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.


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