'Don't Austin our Georgetown': City Council says no to a plan to build a mixed-use building

One developer's plan to revitalize historic Georgetown isn't going over so well with some. The plan is for a mixed-use building on Eighth and Church streets.

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS - A proposal to build a new building in Georgetown was voted against 6 to 1 Tuesday night shortly after an outcry from the public at council chambers.

Eric Visser the developer wants to build a mixed-use building at Eighth and Church streets. 

The proposal calls for a building that's four stories tall, which is much taller than most of the buildings in the area. People are also concerned that the builder hasn't planned for enough parking spots. 

It's also just a few blocks from the historic downtown, and critics like Rachel Cummings, owner of Sweet Lemon Kitchen, said the building won't fit in or reflect the culture.

The city's Historical and Architectural Review Commission in December already rejected Visser's proposal saying it's not appropriate.

But Visser disagrees and was seeking an exemption from city council.

KVUE did reach out to Eric Visser, who was also at the meeting Tuesday night. Visser said he wants to wait until all public comments are made before he makes a statement. It's unclear if Visser will submit another proposal to the city.

Nearly 700 people have already signed a petition against the building. Some residents against the proposal have said “Don’t Austin our Georgetown” and “Don’t mess up a beautiful thing.”

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