Mixed Use Building Will Soon Replace Vacant Lot on Baltimore Ave.

A longtime vacant lot along the 4800 block of Baltimore Avenue in Cedar Park will soon be home to a four-story mixed-use property with ground-floor retail and five new apartments. We first told you about the project at 4812 Baltimore Ave. in February. At the time, developers from Diversified Realty Ventures appeared at a Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) community meeting to seek community input about their plans, which required a height variance for a building that would crawl four-feet above the limit permitted by law.

The lot

At the time of the meeting, neighbors raised concerns about the design of the facade, which some folks described as being out of context with the Victorian flavor of Baltimore Avenue. As a result, the developers took the community’s concerns into consideration and changed the design of the windows to be smaller than original plans and changed the materials of the bay windows to wood from metal. They also added a kneel wall to the commercial space window to carry through commercial window height that exists along avenue. According Shawn Markovich, a CPN’s point person for this issue, the changes allowed developers to construct as-of-right and their application was approved without a second community meeting.

Revised design from Harman Deutsch

“I think that many people wanted to see the lot developed,” said Markovich. “We’re happy to see the changes.”

We’ll be interested to find out what sort of business will occupy this location. Just about right next door is the Mariposa coop market, which moved to this space last spring and marked a new chapter of development and neighborhood character in Cedar Park. On the 4900 block, Little Baby’s Ice Cream opened in April and The Marvelous moved here last year. Continuing to the 5000 block, there are plans for two new restaurants, Babylon Bistro and a coffee and juice bar.  Perhaps it’s a good sign that we feel we’re repeating ourselves when we tell you about the good stuff happening in Cedar Park these days. The neighborhood and its commercial corridor seem to be thriving.

–Lou Mancinelli