Two more public meetings scheduled as Great Hills Market zoning case gets postponed to Dec. 7 council meeting

A developer is seeking to build 372 apartments, restaurants and retail space on the site of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant and the Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills in the Great Hills Market.

A developer is seeking to build 372 apartments, restaurants and retail space on the site of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant and the Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills in the Great Hills Market.

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Great Hills Market
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Northwest Austin residents will have two more opportunities to provide input on the proposed redevelopment of the Great Hills Market before the case is set to head before Austin City Council on Dec. 7.

District 10 Council Member Alison Alter arranged to two meetings with the community Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. Both meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin. Residents are being asked to RSVP to District 10 Policy Adviser Kurt Cadena-Mitchell at [email protected].

A developer is proposing to transform the 154,886-square-foot Great Hills Market retail center into a mixed-use center with 372 apartment units, restaurants and retail on the sites of the Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills movie theater and Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant. Phase 1 would not begin until Manuel’s lease expires. Phase 2 would transform the existing retail building at a later date.

The city’s zoning and platting commission gave unanimous approval Oct. 17 to recommend approval of the zoning change request. The current use is general retail and limited office zoning, and the developer is requesting general commercial services-mixed use with a vertical mixed-use overlay that would allow for residential use in a vertical building.

Alter’s office has already hosted one meeting with residents Nov. 1. Many of the more than 75 residents at that meeting expressed concern over potential how future residents of a mixed-used development could increase to rush hour traffic in the area nearby the shopping center. Others are concerned about losing the Regal Arbor 8 cinema.

Amanda Swor of the Drenner Group, which is representing the developer, said the center is likely to be redeveloped even if the zoning case is not approved.

Residents can join an email list here to receive updates on the project.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.