Brooks Resources held a required pre-application public meeting on Feb. 25th to present plans for two new office buildings. Shevlin Crossing will be located at the southeast corner of the roundabout at Shevlin Park Rd. and Crossing Drive. The following is a summary of the meeting:
Two office buildings are proposed on the 2.74-acre site, to be built in phases. The second building would be built if market demand is sufficient, within the five year limit for construction under the pending permit (i.e., by 2026).
The initial site concept was for a larger, three story building, but that has been revised to two two story buildings with a height of 36'. This is below the zoning limit of 55' feet for this CL (commercial limited) zone. The building style can be described as mid-century modern, with mass timber, glue laminated beams, and lots of glass. Based on the renderings, the designs looked quite attractive and at scale with the surroundings.
The buildings are designed to be public facing, oriented toward the roundabout and linked to crosswalks and walking paths. The buildings will include a coffee cafe accessible to the public and some outdoor seating space associated with the cafe.
Parking will exceed code requirements, but the developer is trying to balance parking needs with tree preservation. Preliminary plans show about eleven mature Ponderosas being preserved within the parking lot. As the site is below grade, the opportunity to preserve some trees, given planned final grade, has some limitations.
Two access points are planned, which was the City's preference, which requires them to stay away from the apex of the curve of Labiche Lane. Peak traffic from the project is projected to be 53 PM trips, mostly out, with 80% going to Shevlin Park Road and 9% to Crossing Drive. Traffic load analysis was conducted as part of the NWX master plan and no additional traffic mitigation is required.
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