Board members praised the plans, which were unanimously approved, and said it was designed with pedestrians, not just residents and tenants, in mind.
The project formerly known as Union Row was renamed The Walk on Union and later The Walk as a nod to the developer's intent to have it be walkable and enhance the Downtown pedestrian experience.
Building G will be bounded by Union on the north, Danny Thomas on the east, Gayoso on the south, and a new street to the west (referred to as Fifth Street) and will have a bus rapid transit stop on the side of the building fronting Union.
The new parking garage will front Danny Thomas. The retail spaces will front Fifth while a two-story restaurant space at the northwest corner of the building will face Union.
Landscaping and streetscaping include street trees and planters along public streets, public seating and bike racks. The project also has three outdoor spaces in the first phase, intended to be used by residents and pedestrians.
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