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Brackenridge Tract Listening Session Set for June 25

AUSTIN – The master planning firm selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents will hold the first of several public input sessions on Wednesday, June 25 to hear comments concerning the creation of master plans for possible future development of university-owned land in West Austin known as the Brackenridge Tract.

The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place at the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd

The UT System Board of Regents in March selected New York-based Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP, to develop a minimum of two conceptual master plans for the potential redevelopment of the land.  As part of the master planning process, the Cooper Robertson team will conduct a series of public meetings to provide opportunities for interested groups and individuals to give input with respect to development options and strategies for the tract.

Additional meetings will follow, including an informational session on Tuesday, August 12, at which the master planners will share their preliminary data analysis and findings and will provide a summary of visions, values and concerns voiced at the June 25th meeting, and a weeklong workshop for the public to participate in hands-on visioning of the Brackenridge Tract, scheduled for November 3 - 7.

More information about Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP and the project team may be found online

The land along Lady Bird Lake was donated in 1910 by George W. Brackenridge, who was then a UT System regent from San Antonio, for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin. Since that time, some acreage was conveyed for streets and similar public purposes and for residential development. Today, the tract consists of approximately 346 acres of undeveloped and developed land that includes a municipal golf course, UT Austin student housing, a biological field laboratory for the campus, a youth sports complex and various commercial buildings and enterprises on property leased from the board.

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