Austin Officials Schedule Mexican American Cultural Center Open House

AUSTIN, TX — Mexican American Cultural Center officials will stage an open house on Saturday intended to offer public review and selection of master plan design concepts, city officials said.

Some background: In May of 2017, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department began working with the community and CasaBella Architects to develop a new vision and Master Plan for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Thousands of comments were received during the first phase of public input that has helped the architects design solutions and balance priorities for the future of the Mexican American Cultural Center.

On Saturday, October 7, the city will stage a public open house meeting for the community to review and provide input on design concepts that reflect that feedback. The event will include a gallery viewing of proposed design options and a formal presentation by the CasaBella Architects. The public feedback received during this meeting will help CasaBella prioritize elements of the design and prepare a final recommendation to be presented during the third and final public open house meeting in December 2017, officials said.

Architects will prepare a design presentation for the city’s boards and commissions in early 2018.

Free parking will be offered for open house attendees, along with breakfast taco (while supplies last) and activities for children. A presentation from CasaBella Architects will provide an overview of the design concepts and invite public input for the selection and refinement of a final plan.

Participants will have an opportunity to tour the complex and learn more about the vision for the plan. Interested parties not able to attend will be encouraged to provide input online in English and Spanish by completing the questionnaire that will be distributed after the event.

The open house at the MACC, 600 River St., will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with the formal presentation at 10:30 a.m.

At the official public launch of ESB-MACC Master Plan update on June 17, participants talked one-on-one with members of the architectural team at three information and visioning stations that detailed six specific elements of the Master Plan Update, officials said. Those discussed elements were:

Buildings and ProgrammingLa Plaza (El Zocalo)CirculationWaterfrontLandscapingLa Gran Entrada (The Grand Entrance)

Organizers also have hosted a series of small group discussions to gain input from individuals and groups such as the ESB-MACC Advisory Board, MACC/PARD Boards, former MACC board members, East Austin or former Rainey Street residents, and arts and cultural groups that provide programming at the Mexican American Cultural Center, as well as partners such as the Waller Creek Conservancy, Waller Creek Local Government Corp., and the Trail Foundation. Public input on the project was supported by an online and print survey that invited comments on each of the six key elements listed above.

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