Cowboys Slims is still anticipated to be redeveloped into a six-story, retail/restaurant/apartment building. The 92 unit building will also have 23,800 square feet of retail/restaurant space along with 212 parking stalls. The project is located between Lagoon Avenue and Lake Street on the east side of Girard Avenue.
Clark Gassen is now working with BKV Group on the designs of the project, now named City Walk. Their team presented to the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Zoning & Planning Committee and Board tonight.
The building will feature 92 units on five floors and include a mixture of efficiencies to three bedroom units. Some units will be two levels. That is a slight increase in units compared with previous renditions (80 units) and a slightly different unit mix.
The plans still include removing the parking lane on Girard Avenue and replacing it with a linear plaza with landscaping, seating, and art. The restaurants would cap each corner at Lagoon as well as at Lake. In between will be retail space facing Girard. Each restaurant will be recessed into the building at the corner to create “large porches.”
Ingress to the site will be off of both Lagoon and Lake towards the center of the block. Egress will be onto Lagoon. The 212 parking stalls will require a parking variance for the commercial uses, as they are required 18 for the retail and 142 for the restaurants, while only 105 is being allocated to the commercial uses. That was a source of discussion at the neighborhood meeting, as some committee members were concerned about the long term impact if parking variances are granted at this time because it’s believed that enough public parking is available but later on is not.
The neighborhood group committee and board voted to support the project.