The Brodie Oaks Shopping Center and CodeNEXT ; redevelopment that is equitable, economical, and environmentally sustainable
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The Brodie Oaks Shopping Center in South Central Austin was once a prime site for both retailers and shoppers. When built in 1982, it reflected the times of Austin; a car dominated, sprawling city with big box successes of Sears, Mervyns, Toys R Us and more. Brodie Oaks stood as a retail landmark to the entire Austin community, with 300,000 square feet of prime commercial space, 80,000 square feet of retail space, natural oak trees, department stores, and a professional plaza. However, with the rapid growth of Austin (both population and businesses) and the shift of preferences away from big box retailers to more intimate and pedestrian friendly communities such as the Domain, the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center has quickly faded away as an area that people wanted to shop at. With more businesses relocating to Austin, there is an opportunity to bring in new jobs and more residents. In addition, the redevelopment of the South Lamar corridor is rapidly approaching the end of the corridor at the Brodie Oaks Center. With the redevelopment of the corridor and the City’s adoption of a new land use development code (CodeNEXT), this presents the perfect opportunity for the Brodie Oaks shopping center to rebrand itself with redevelopment. In this report, I present one possibility for a master plan that reflects the proposed rezoning of CodeNEXT’s third draft. My idea behind this site was to keep the three E’s of sustainability in mind; Economics, Environment, and Equity. By following these three values, this new redevelopment could be a space for all Austin residents to enjoy and live in. When CodeNEXT is adopted and Lionstone Investments is able to purchase the remaining parcel of land owned by Toys R Us, developers of this site could provide some of the housing and affordability still missing in the Central Austin Area.