Brodie Oaks Mall Redesign Heads to Austin City Council

Patrick Oles, Jr. and Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido of Barshop & Oles Company, and a rendering of the planned redesign of Austin’s Broadie Oaks mall (Getty, Barshop & Oles Company, Center for Community Investment)

A redesign of Austin’s Brodie Oaks Mall is underway at City Hall.

Austin-based developer Barshop & Oles Company and Houston-based real estate investment firm Lionstone Investments spent about three years planning the project, representing about a decade of Barshop & Oles’ acquisitions.

The Austin City Council will hear the first of several readings for their Brodie Oaks plans on Dec. 1, according to the Austin Business Journal.

A parking lot and olive garden make up 90% of the 365,000 square foot mall on South Lamar Boulevard and Loop 360, just south of Barton Creek. Developers plan to demolish the existing mall to build a planned 38-acre community with high-rise buildings and 14 acres of open space.

About 1,700 residential units and a 200-room hotel would accompany 1.3 million square feet of office space and 140,000 feet of retail space, including a potential grocery store.

The tallest of the nine planned structures would rise to 25 stories.

Brodie Oaks’ plan was passed by the Austin Planning Commission on November 15, but did not receive unanimous approval. As city staff voice concerns about the height of the buildings, commission member Carmen Llanes Pulido said “no” in an 8-1 vote.

The project has already been reviewed by the Parks & Recreation Board in September and the Environmental Commission in November, where applicants accepted 22 of the board’s 24 recommendations.

-Maddy Sperling