De­vel­oper’s Main Street plans un­veiled

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Fran Hunter Smithville Times con­tribut­ing writer

Sid Millspaugh, who is plan­ning to de­velop three projects in Smithville, reached out to a lo­cal com­mu­nity group this month to dis­cuss his pro­pos­als for Main Street.

Millspaugh pre­sented pre­lim­i­nary draw­ings with ba­sic spec­i­fi­ca­tions and col­ored ren­di­tions of the build­ings as they would ap­pear on Main Street, which he also pre­sented to the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion at its meet­ing Tues­day.

Millspaugh is seek­ing two height vari­ances for his projects. The com­mis­sion will for­ward its rec­om­men­da­tion to the City Coun­cil, which will de­cide to ap­prove or deny the vari­ance Mon­day.

If Millspaugh builds out his three pro­posed projects, they would add 14 con­do­mini­ums, 16 apart­ments, 36 ho­tel rooms, a café, about 14,600 square feet of re­tail space and more than 100 park­ing spa­ces in three park­ing garages.

To build as shown in his pre­lim­i­nary draw­ings, he will need a height vari­ance for two of the build­ings. At­ten­dees at the pre­sen­ta­tion ex­pressed mixed feel­ings about the size of the con­struc­tion, in terms of both height and lot cov­er­age.

With his plans for four-story build­ings at both cor­ners of First and Main streets, Millspaugh will be seek­ing a height vari­ance al­low­ing up to 47 feet for the prop­erty at 100 Main St.

City or­di­nance caps build­ing height at 35 feet.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Millspaugh said that he would prob­a­bly need to build 43 feet high, but would ask for ex­tra feet in case con­struc­tion safety needs re­quire more height.

The fourth-floor con­do­mini­ums, set back from the street so they wouldn’t be vis­i­ble, would have rooftop pa­tios. The build­ing will also in­clude 6,000 square feet of re­tail space on the lower floor and a park­ing garage to the rear with a cen­tral court­yard, ac­cord­ing to the plans.

The build­ing would be cov­ered in red brick on both the Main and First streets sides per city or­di­nance and would in­clude his­toric details to match other build­ings on Main Street.

En­trance to the park­ing garage is planned to be through the al­ley.

Millspaugh said that though the pre­lim­i­nary draw­ings don’t re­flect it, the build­ing fa­cades would be dif­fer­ent ev­ery 27 feet, keep­ing the look and feel of the build­ings on Main Street.

The other cor­ner at 100 Main Street is for a 35-room bou­tique ho­tel and café, also to be cov­ered in red-brick ma­sonry. It would have about 8,000 square feet of re­tail space and house 22 in­side park­ing spa­ces. He would also con­struct 35 park­ing spots across the street at 100 Main St.

The four-story build­ing’s top two floors would be re­cessed so they wouldn’t be seen from be­low. It’s pro­posed to be built in the fu­ture and Millspaugh is not yet seek­ing any vari­ances.

The third project is a seven-con­do­minium build­ing with re­tail on the ground floor at 210 Main St., at the for­mer Maney Opera House. That build­ing would be three sto­ries and about the same height as the opera house, and of­fer around 1,600 square feet of re­tail space.

Millspaugh said he wasn’t in­ter­ested in more restau­rants; in­stead he hopes to at­tract busi­nesses such as cloth­ing stores and other ser­vices not well rep­re­sented in town.

At­ten­dees at the pre­sen­ta­tion said they were pleased with Millspaugh’s knowl­edge of the town and the his­tory of the lo­ca­tions. In dis­cus­sions af­ter­ward, they said they also liked the his­tor­i­cal look of the con­struc­tion.

How­ever, sev­eral peo­ple ex­pressed doubts about the size of the struc­tures. Oth­ers voiced con­cerns about the po­ten­tial for flood­ing in the area, since the new build­ings would cover the en­tire area.

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