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Office, Parking Projects will Take the Hutto Co-Op District to New Heights

By Austin Business Journal

The Hutto Co-Op District is growing up — literally.

Work is underway on a four-story, 64,000-square-foot class A office building and a six-story, 450-spot parking structure at the entertainment district along Highway 79, Co-Op developer MA Partners announced on Feb. 21.

The projects add unprecedented density to the 35-acre, mixed-use development, which is already home to Hutto City Hall, the Hutto Public Library, local-grown restaurants like Top Notch Hamburgers and Southside Market BBQ and weekly farmers markets. The walkable design is slated to be connected to the city’s historic downtown by way of upgrades to Live Oak Street.

A year ago, the city of Hutto updated a development agreement that called for the construction of parking garages on site, as well as tightened deadlines on the delivery of the project and strengthened penalties. Other revisions included putting MA Partners in charge the district’s splash pad, amphitheater and green space, according to Community Impact.

Developers this month broke ground on the office building, which includes retail offerings on the ground floor and offices with floor-to-ceiling glass. There will also be opportunities for 10-foot ceiling heights or greater for tenants that prefer a lofted aesthetic, according to the announcement. Architectural details include wood soffits, decorative steel panels and an elevated pedestrian experience. It was designed by Hip.Hop.Design Studio, led by architect James Cornetet and interior designer Nicole Cornetet.

A representative for the project said they are in the “paperwork stages” of discussions with tenants. There is no estimate on a delivery of the building.

The office building is adjacent to the parking garage, which is designed by Walker Consultants and built by John King Construction. The six-story garage will accommodate 450 vehicles. It’s the city’s first parking garage and is being built using precast concrete, with each piece produced at Coreslab Structures in nearby Cedar Park and then transported to the construction site in Hutto and maneuvered into place, according to the city.

The parking structure will ultimately service Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is expected to break ground on its long-anticipated location in the Co-Op District within the next 60 days. Both the restaurant and structure are expected to simultaneously open by the end of 2024.

The Co-Op District will de-facto serve as an extended downtown in the city of Hutto, which has a population of about 37,000 people and is about 30 miles northeast of Austin. The city has become a magnet for large-scale development, including at the nearby megasite, where tens of billions of dollars of investment is planned to yield industrial space, data centers and more.

“The bar has been set very high at The Co-Op, in terms of quality, craftsmanship and design aesthetic, and we want to ensure that from the moment you arrive on site, to your parking experience, to your visit to a restaurant, shop or office space, the experience is not only favorable, but also memorable,” MA Partners partner Bob Wunsch said in a statement.

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Southside Market & Barbeque Begins Construction on Hutto Location, Anticipates Summer 2020 Opening

By Austin Business Journal

Hutto residents will soon have a new restaurant in town, following the start of construction on Southside Market & Barbeque’s upcoming location in Hutto’s Co-Op District. MA Partners, the developer behind the Co-Op District, and Southside Market announced construction had begun on the site in a Feb. 11 company news release, adding its anticipated opening date is slated for late summer 2020.

Southside Market first opened in Elgin in 1882 and has since added locations in Bastrop and North Austin, according to the release. Its Hutto location will comprise 7,000 square feet of space and employ approximately 50 workers when it opens for business, per the release.

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Hutto’s Co-Op District lands Top Notch Hamburgers

By Austin Business Journal

Hutto’s Co-Op District has landed another tenant and this one comes with some history.

For its second location, Top Notch Hamburgers will open a store at the 35-acre mixed-use project in the Williamson County suburb. Founded in 1971, Top Notch has been selling burgers and fried chicken for nearly four decades from its location on Burnet Road and is regarded by many as an Austin institution.

The Co-Op District has also landed Southside Market barbecue restaurantand Flix Brewhouse movie theater as retail tenants.

Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, developer of The Co-Op District, said it took about eight or nine months to secure Top Notch’s commitment.

“One of our visions was to bring iconic Austin-area businesses to Hutto,” Wunsch said. “I think we fulfilled that promise.”

Top Notch is one of those small businesses many credit for bolstering Austin’s overall economy. The techies at Sailpoint Technologies love the brand so much, when it came time to donate food cans to the food bank as part of a contest they arranged them to look like the burger joint’s iconic sign.

Kelly Chappell, who is part of an ownership group that bought Top Notch in 2010, said they wanted to be on the “ground level” of Hutto’s growth.

“After all these years, we feel like [Hutto] has the small community feel that Austin did when I was growing up,” he said. “We feel like we picked the right project.”

Meanwhile, the 35-are Co-Op District continues to develop as one of the major projects for Hutto leaders. City staff are moving into the new City Hall building at the Co-Op on Monday. The mixed-use development is expected to have stores, offices and residential development, built a round a repurposed cotton gin on State Highway 79, about a mile west of downtown Hutto.

Wunsch said they’ve also gotten approval from the Texas Department of Transportation for work on Highway 79.

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