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MUELLER AUSTIN HEB/MARKET DISTRICT SITE PLAN

In addition to the 221 new homes coming to Mueller Austin in the upcoming section, there’s also quite a bit of commercial product in the works – probably the most highly anticipated of which is the HEB. So, drum roll, please…. Initial renderings of the HEB/Market District Site Plan at Mueller Austin have been released.  I have attached the document here for your reference.  Jim Adams of McCann Adams Studio & HEB presented at our Neighborhood Association Meeting on Saturday with lots of juicy information.  Here are the down & dirty details:

Market District Details

  • A restaurant is slated to sit on a terraced corner at 51st & Berkman in an effort to reach out to the surrounding community and bring folks to Mueller.
  • Pocket park at the existing Oak tree grove along Berkman.  The goal is a park-like setting as you drive down 51st street.
  • Gas station will be a part of HEB.  It will sit 40’ off of 51st (all development is required to sit at least 40’ back).  The gas station is a rather contentious issue – those opposing feel as though there are already plenty of gas stations in the area and we don’t need another one in a pedestrian-focused community.  Those in support are looking forward to the convenience of having one very close by.  The station will only have four pumps, whereas most other HEB stations have between 6 – 8 pumps.
  • Looking at the possibility of creating a median along 51st street that would also act as a sort of ‘pedestrian refuge’ for crossing foot traffic
  • Shops & restaurants that are part of the Market District will be slated to open at the same time HEB does.

HEB Details

  • The timeline: they’re looking at breaking ground Fall 2012 with an opening in the summer of 2013!  
  • The store will be 80,000 square feet, not including outdoor space associated with the store (smaller than the Hancock HEB, which is around 100,00 sq. ft.)
  • Employ around 300 partners
  • HEB is employing nationally renowned Lake Flato Architects to design the store
  • It will be the most environmentally sustainable store, which will act as a Green Building Lab
      • Minimum LEED Silver rating
      • Energy usage will be cut in HALF of other stores
      • Incorporate daylight harvesting
      • Reclaim H2O
      • Recycling
      • Composting in rear
      • Reuse of air condensate
      • Native landscaping
  • Food Options
      • Mix of products with an emphasis on natural & organic food and everyday low prices
      • Produce section will be the largest department at the store
      • Central Market favorites
      • In-store dining with seating inside & out
  • Other Features of Note
      • Aviation theme for store front with an all-glass front
      • Community gathering room (upstairs)
      • Cooking, nutrition and food education classes
      • Public art
      • Creatively-styled bike racks
      • Larger family restrooms with baby-changing stations
      • 3 “sneak” entrances into the store from the south side

Please note that there will be a Market District Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 25th at 6 PM at Our Lady’s Maronite Church on 51st street.  Please come give your feedback on the plans so our voices can be heard before all the details are set in stone.

Want to chat Mueller Austin? Trying to decide if it’s the right place for you to call home? Feel free to call/text/email anytime Hilary Herrin, 512.913.8642, hilary@muellersilentmarket.com

3 Responses to “MUELLER AUSTIN HEB/MARKET DISTRICT SITE PLAN”

  1. Mueller Schmueller February 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    There’s already an HEB in the Hancock center — is there really a need for another HEB? Why did we not try to get a Central Market or Whole Foods or even Sprouts?

    • hilary February 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Ross,

      Thanks for reading my blog.
      The question you have is a common one. HEB Hancock Center is just 1/2 mile away. It’s also the busiest HEB store – I don’t say that solely from experience; that’s what the HEB folks tell us. Even with the building of the new location, they won’t be closing any other HEB locations.

      I know there’s a lot of interest in stores like Central Market and Whole Foods, as there is increasing desire for organic and local foods etc. My understanding is the reason Mueller pursued HEB instead is to maintain affordability. There simply aren’t as many people who can afford to shop at those stores on a regular basis. HEB plans to incorporate BOTH the organic and local foods alongside more traditionally affordable HEB products. It sounds like a great mix to me and means that I won’t necessarily have to make two stops anymore.

  2. Mrs. Butler March 28, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I just found this post and I really appreciate all the detail! My husband and I are just a few months away from moving into Windsor Park — my parents have owned a home there since the 70s, and the changes we’ve seen have been equal parts exciting and disconcerting. Mueller is certainly shiny and new but the neighborhoods surrounding it aren’t completely gentrified (thankfully) — there is a good mix of ethnicities, incomes and ages. HEB carries affordable items that are recognizable to everyone, but their move to bring in items from Central Market is a really good way to introduce organic products to new demographics.

    It’s also a hell of a lot better than the Food Mart/El Ranchero at Cameron and 290.

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