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Master Planners to Unveil Brackenridge Tract Draft Design Principles at Weeklong Workshop

AUSTIN –The master planning firm selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents will hold public workshops Monday (Nov. 3) through Friday (Nov. 7) to offer a first look at design principles for the proposed redevelopment of the Brackenridge Tract.

Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP will be hosting public presentations at the LCRA Hancock Building Board Room (3700 Lake Austin Blvd.) during this week. At the various public events, the master planning team, which includes expertise from seven Austin-based subcontractors, will present preliminary findings and draft design principles, engage the public in an exploration of potential development scenarios for the Brackenridge Tract and refine development scenario diagrams for future discussion.

Public events will be held on Monday evening, Wednesday morning and evening, and on Friday evening. To view the November workshop schedule and to register for the public work sessions, please visit the dedicated Web site for the master planning process at  www.utbracktract.com.

In addition to the four public events during the week, the public is invited to visit a viewing gallery at the LCRA Colorado Room (formally Lakeview Lodge) to see the design principles.  A member of the master planning team will greet visitors daily. Gallery hours are noted on the Web site.

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 redevelopment of the land. As part of the master planning process, the Cooper Robertson team is conducting a series of public meetings to share information and to provide opportunities for interested groups and individuals to give input with respect to development options and strategies for the tract.

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 345 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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