Commons catalyze change
Georgetown, Texas is home to the oldest college in the state, a renowned swimming hole, and the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas (proudly proclaimed on their city website!) And located just 25 miles north of Austin, immediately off I-35, the city is also growing like crazy. Partners Real Estate scooped up a 14.7-acre parcel where a school previously sat. They’re developing The Commons at Rivery, a mixed-use development intended to draw locals and visitors alike.
Partners joined forces with Novak Brothers, who is developing a 300-unit low-rise apartment complex within The Commons. Method Architecture is designing the retail buildings and Pacheco Koch, a Westwood Company, is the civil engineer for the site. PRISM produced two marketing renderings used for project promotion and pre-leasing.
The new center is located at a prominent point within a larger masterplan for the area, the Williams Drive Gateway Plan. City officials see The Commons at Rivery as a catalyst for development in the surrounding area. As such, Partners wanted a distinctive aesthetic for The Commons, something that would achieve an urban feel and draw people in, yet still preserve the old town charm Georgetown is known for. Partners responded with a contemporary look for the retail buildings, wide pedestrian-friendly setbacks, and a large public plaza. Phase I includes three buildings that have already been partially leased and are expected to open in mid-2024. Phase II will add two more buildings to the development. A new garage across from The Commons at Rivery will have 650-700 parking spaces.