SAN ANTONIO — The big challenges facing Austin’s new urban renewal initiative — the long list of challenges it faces — are not new.
But they are a reflection of a city that is increasingly dependent on its suburban residents to help support the growth and expansion of the city.
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That’s the gist of the Austin Planning Department’s proposal to build a new urban village, a neighborhood-style community on the southwest corner of Interstate 35 and North Lamar Boulevard.
The project will create about 1,000 new jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the city, and will also help provide some of the fastest-growing jobs in Texas.
The plan includes a mix of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
It will include retail, offices, a new park and other green space.
Among the major changes are: The proposed plan includes an 11-acre community garden that will be used by community members and visitors to create a new outdoor outdoor gathering space and green space; a new recreation center; and a new pedestrian bridge connecting the riverfront to the river and existing pedestrian walkway.
An outdoor recreation center, which would be part of the plan, will have a swimming pool, a volleyball court and a water slide, along with a volleyball and basketball court.
Another new building will be a green space for the park, and there will be an outdoor amphitheater with a pavilion and a large plaza that will serve as an entertainment area.
The park is expected to be complete by 2035.
The development is part of an ambitious plan to revitalize the southwest quadrant of Austin, which is already undergoing major redevelopment and redevelopment projects.
Austin has had to face a growing problem of homelessness, unemployment and lack of affordable housing, which has created a challenge for city leaders to find affordable housing.
There’s been a shift in the area’s demographics, and that has prompted a need for a more urban design for the area, said John J. Cottrell, president of Austin Planning, in a news release.
“The Austin Riverfront, as the river itself, has become more of an urban park,” Cottrill said.
“The design for that park needs to reflect that.
While Austin City Council has recently approved a plan to create the first of its kind urban village on the river, the development of the new village will be one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the city of Austin.
A plan for the development has been in the works for several years, but was delayed in 2014, and in March 2016 was finally approved.
Planning officials say the project is expected start in 2018 and take three to four years to complete.
If approved, the plan will provide an affordable and diverse neighborhood for Austin, and the creation of a green community will provide a way to attract and retain people who are looking to live and work in the Austin area, Cottill said.
This is the first time that Austin has been able to do an urban village with an existing residential community, Cotrell said.
The new development will include mixed-use and retail buildings, as well as a park and community center.
The project is part, of course, of the revitalization of the southwest region of Austin and surrounding areas, and is also part of a larger plan that was approved by the City Council in February.
Under the plan approved by City Council, the city is expected grow from its current population of about 3 million to about 7.8 million by 2032.
Cottrell said the city expects the new development to create about 400 jobs.
More than 400,000 people live in Austin.
Of that number, about 500,000 are residents of the City of Austin; the remaining 700,000 reside in the surrounding communities of Midland, Alamo Heights and Wylie.