Blog of Axel Lane

There are 22 blog entries within the category of Axel Lane

Property Clearing
December 20th, 2010 | View Post
This is definitely something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. It wasn’t cheap, but Fig & Co. Builders hired a company to come out to the property, install a silt-fence (as the city requires), and finally level the ground as it was intended to be. There were several dumptruck loads of trash that needed to be removed. Also included was brush, some construction debris, a few knocked down trees, and a bunch of rock.

We also went ahead and had them install a construction entrance at the northwest corner of the property (right where the existing gate is). A construction entrance is what future contractor trucks and heavy machinery will use to enter and exit the property. I’m told it’s not really about traction or anything like that, but rather serves as somewhat of a front-door ‘wipe your feet off’ mat. Basically it helps to remove all of the mud and dirt from the tires of vehicles exiting the property before it gets tracked all over the public street.

Water and Sewer Hookups
December 6th, 2010 | View Post
One of the many issues I’ve long since known we’d have to deal with is with respect to water and sewage taps. Unfortunately the City of Austin does not permit commercial sites to utilize septic systems, so that is already ruled out. We had Rick Selin from the City of Austin run the specs on the property just to get an idea of where the hookups are and how difficult they would be to access.

He was pretty nice and promptly wrote us back with the following:

There is an 8” DI water main infront of the property, however there does not appear to be an existing water service to the property. There is no wastewater main infront of the property. The nearest service points appear to be roughly 185’ north of the north property line near the intersection of Axel & Jackie Robinson or roughly 252’ south of the south property line near the intersection of Axel and Wilcab. To get water service, an engineered tap plan will need to be submitted for review and approval by AWU. To get wastewater service, an engineered plan to extend the wastewater main to the property will need to be submitted for review and approval by AWU. You can speak with Seyed Miri @ 972-0202 to explore the option of an SER for the wastewater portion.

He also provided us with this image of the water lines for the area:

The water lines from the city's GIS data

Join us on Tues Nov 25th at City Hall
November 20th, 2008 | View Post
The result of last month's planning commission hearing was to postpone for another month. The motion passed by the commission was for the zoning department to figure out a way to make this property residential without affecting the setback rights of the vacant property to the east.

In addition to all of this, Misty Lansford has recently appeared on Fox7 trying to get the county to fix the Travis County International Cemetery, something I have been talking about in all of my presentations. If you can make it to planning commission on the 25th to voice your concern either for the industrial use, or for the cemetery, we'd love your support!
Stop Industrial Development in our Neighborhood!
October 14th, 2008 | View Post

Please come to city hall and support downgrading 3617 Axel Lane from industrial to residential.
Let's build houses next to our schools, not industrial factories!

The front side of my campaign postcard.

The back side of my campaign postcard.

Dear Fellow Resident,

We have spent the past 14 months working hard to downgrade property on Axel Lane from Industrial to Single Family Residential and now we need your help.

Despite our neighborhood association, M.E.T.S.A., openly supporting this change, the planning and zoning boards refuse to acknowledge the problem and would prefer that an industrial area remain adjacent to our elementary school.

Please support our neighborhood by showing up to city hall in favor of downgrading Axel Lane. Parking in the city hall garage is free.

Kevin Ludlow