Urgent Call for Action in the Fight for Northcross

As you might have heard, Lincoln Properties is planning to build a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart at Northcross Mall, and concerned Austinites have joined together to oppose this 220,000 ft. big box store and promote community involvement in the Northcross redevelopment. Demolition is scheduled to begin on January 8, but the only city council meeting before that date is this Thursday, December 14, and the issue is not on the agenda for that meeting. If you are concerned about this issue, regardless of whether you live in an affected neighborhood, please call city council members on Monday to request the issue be put back on the agenda for the meeting this Thursday, December 14. The issue is to suspend approval of the Northcross site plan, which was approved by city staffers without neighborhood or city council notification or input.

9 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

    Let’s get this straight:

    The same neighborhoods which cost the city a million bucks for the Shoal Creek Debacle now expect the city to sign up for a costly lawsuit – a bill for which, like that Shoal Creek thing, all Austin taxpayers will be liable?

    There’s a reason the city’s afraid of this lawsuit: they don’t have a leg to stand on here, and they know it. You’d be far better served negotiating a better physical layout with Lincoln Properties than trying to force your panderers on the City Council to re-enact Custer’s Last Stand.

  2. chip (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    The fact of the matter is that the process by which Lincoln was awarded their approval may have been defective. Neighbors did not receive required notifications. The city should suspend the permit and do an audit to find out what happened.

  3. M1EK (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve not seen anything which has convinced me that any required notification wasn’t sent. The ends don’t justify the means; I hate Wal-Mart too, but the tactics being used against this project are making me sick (from the racist and classist arguments on the allandale group and others to the bogus claim that Wal-Marts should be on freeways, and not on major arterials, to the claim that now all of the sudden these neighborhoods are ready to support a dense urban mixed-use development at Northcross when they opposed all such efforts before).

  4. native austinite (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm


    Please don’t revive a flailing commercial center in a deteriorating neighborhood. It would be fantastic for my property values.

  5. D S Gardner (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    M1EK–If you hate Wal-Mart so much, why don’t you start offering some constructive alternatives for the redevelopment of Northcross, instead of your constant whining about the evils of the surrounding neighborhoods? For someone who’s so repelled by the “racist and classist” arguments of the neighborhood associations, you display a great deal of prejudice against the residents of the areas surrounding Northcross. What a hypocrite! Excuse me for not wanting my neighborhood to become a traffic-clogged nightmare for our residents.

  6. M1EK (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 10:55 am


    Holding a neighborhood accountable for what they’ve actually DONE in the past isn’t really “prejudice”. Again, Shoal Creek and light rail were both the critical issues of the next 20 years for transportation in the center-city, and your neighborhoods screwed up both for everybody else.

    As for “if you hate Wal-Mart, why don’t you XXX”, Wal-Mart has the right to go there; and Lincoln has the right to rent to whomever they choose. My helpful suggestion would be that you immediately signal a desire to drastically increase residential density, not just ON the Northcross site itself, but in surrounding areas, so that more attractive retail establishments can be profitably built. You can’t expect the market to provide high-density urban retail in the middle of low-density suburban residential development; if you’re lucky, you might get an urban Wal-Mart instead of the standard model, as we’re now seeing.

  7. native austinite (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    The City Council is “taking up the issue” so you suckers will continue to vote for them. There is nothing, legally, they can do to stop this development, nor should there be.

  8. Rich (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    Why in the world are so many people that don’t live in Crestview and are unaffected by this decision piping in so loudly? You were wrong on light rail, and we will pay billions for lines that don’t serve key population centers at all while ruining our neighborhood. You are now wrong on Wal-Mart, we will have traffic jams and shopping carts and devalued property. Butt out already, while we still have some semblance of our old neighborhood left.

  9. Jason (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    Any of you who favor the Wal-Mart are not understanding the true destruction that this development will bring. Consider these facts just concerning the issue of traffic:
    1. Wal-Mart says the development will add 10-11,000 more cars on Anderson Lane per day.
    2. Wal-Mart says the development will add 200-300 18-wheeler trucks hauling goods down Anderson Lane per day.
    3. The city says the number of additional cars is likely to be at least 22,000 and as much as 28,000, because that’s how much two comparable — but smaller — Wal-Marts in town currently pull.
    4. Traffic will exist 24-hours a day.

    Where will all the traffic filter-off? Where will it go when the main thoroughfares can’t handle it–as the traffic experts say?

    Through our neighborhoods. Down Shoal Creek, Rockwood Justin Lane, Woodrow, etc. Through Crestview, Allandale, Wooten, Brentwood, etc. Through school zones, past homes, past churches. All day. All night.

    It’s not racist or classist to see plainly that this development does not belong within a city. Running virtual highways through our neighborhoods is not an issue of race or economic class. It is just lazy to claim such a thing.

    Clearly, when you look at any or all of the facts, it is better for Austin if a 24-Hour 220,000 sq. ft. Wal-Mart Supercenter is built on a main highway.

    If it’s so great for a neighborhood, let’s add one in other areas of Austin. Why not in Clarksville? Why not on the site of the Lion’s golf course on Lake Austin Blvd. in Tarrytown? How about in Hyde Park? It’s unconscionable.

    In fact, according to Wal-Mart, they have NEVER built such a facility in a city before, so there’s no way to gauge the actual impact.

    At RG4N.org, they are getting ready to propose a better vision which will better revitalize Northcross, create a mixed-use development, and make Lincoln property tons of money.

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