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Re: Sept. 2 article, “Could planned project set off MoPac development boom?”
The oversized Austin Oaks PUD submission is alarming, as we already have traffic congestion and speed issues in the area that have not been addressed by the city.
Most of our children bike or walk at great risk to and from school, and with the estimated additional 21,000-plus car trips per day in the area, this would be unimaginable. Beautiful old oaks mask two- and three-story buildings currently on the site while the proposed high-rise buildings will tower over nearby homes, remove irreplaceable trees and be highly visible across town. The added traffic to MoPac and Loop 360 will be a greater problem without a solution.
The PUD wants nearly four times the square footage and to include retail and residential living, which will take business from nearby shopping centers, burden our overcrowded schools and not support the community need of parks and school property. Redeveloping under existing zoning is reasonable, but allowing overbuilding in an area without infrastructure is irresponsible.
PAMELA SNELL, AUSTIN