Baylor Scott & White proposes 50-bed hospital in Oak Hill area in Southwest Austin

A 50-bed hospital is proposed on an 11-acre property currently occupied by Oak Hill Driving Range, according to documents on the city of Austin permitting database.

Zoning permit applications were submitted for a project called Barton Creek Medical at 5423 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, by architectural and engineering firm Page Southerland Page Inc. for a hospital use.

According to Brian Reis, a member of the Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team, a representative from Baylor Scott & White met with his team at a Feb. 22 meeting to discuss the project's details.

Baylor Scott & White, which has more than 20 clinics and four hospitals in Travis and Williamson counties, confirmed involvement in the project but stressed no plans have been finalized.

"We are currently exploring an opportunity in Southwest Austin on a piece of property located within seven miles of our newest clinics in Circle C and downtown," Baylor Scott & White said in a statement. "We are having discussions with local neighborhood residents and participating in the entitlement process with the city. Our project was well received by the members of the Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Team, and we thank the group for their time and thoughtful discussion. Since the project is not final, we’d prefer to share additional details at a later date. We will certainly announce specifics as our plans are confirmed."

Robert Tobiansky, secretary of the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods, or OHAN, said the full-service hospital, which he called the "Austin Medical Center," will be four stories tall and will include an emergency wing.

A letter written by the project's engineer Denny Kumm indicated the hospital will be 86,666 square feet in size. According to city documents, a development assessment was held Nov. 3 by city staff to begin the rezoning process.

An offsite parking permit is also being pursued as part of the application in the parking garage of the Regency Park Office Building, which would provide 110 spaces for exclusive use by the hospital. This follows the Texas Department of Health requirements for off-site parking and exceeds the city of Austin's requirement of 43 spaces.

A traffic impact analysis is not required, according to city documents, as traffic caused by the proposed project would not exceed regulated thresholds.

According to the Planning and Zoning Department, the city is waiting for the applicant to submit an update to its site plan.

More details will be released March 8 at an Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods meeting, during which attorney Henry Gilmore of DuBois, Bryant & Campbell will discuss information, on behalf of his client, about the proposed full-service hospital.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.