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Grove at Shoal Creek development sees progress, kind of

Mayor proposes tentative approval

The Grove at Shoal Creek, a controversial mixed-use development near MoPac and 45th Streets that has met neighborhood opposition and regulatory roadblocks over traffic, affordability, and parkland, among other things, might be moving just a tiny bit closer to approval at this Thursday’s City Council meeting, according to a Ken Novak story in Wednesday’s Austin American-Statesman.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler floated the idea of a “cease-fire” on Tuesday, according to Novak, which had support from both developers and neighbors and could lead to tentative zoning approval for the plan at Thursday’s council meting.

If passed, however, the proposal would not be the last word on the 75-acre project; developer ARG Bull Creek would still have to work out details with the council before beginning construction on the proposed development of 1,700 residences and 360,000 square feet of retail and office space on the land.

The protracted controversy has had an impact on the city’s upcoming council races, with some incumbents facing possible ousters; the “tentative approval” strategy would delay further action on the project until after the elections.

Adler offers cease-fire in fight over the Grove at Shoal Creek [AAS]