Preview of Corazon, a new Transit Oriented Development on East 6th Street in Austin, Texas

February 4, 2012 by Will Schnier P.E.

Representing the largest project to date in the ambitious Plaza Saltillo Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district of east Austin, Corazon is a ±260-unit, 17,000-SF commercial retail vertical mixed use project located at 1000 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702.


Rendering of the northwest corner of the preojct, provdied by GFF.


The project is being designed by Dallas-based Good Fulton and Farrell and our friends at DWG are the landscape architects for the project.

BIG RED DOG is responsible for the civil engineering design and site development permitting for this project, which is expected to break ground in Spring 2012.


Rendering of project at the southeast corner, provdied by GFF.


Corazon is both a Transit Oriented Development, and a Vertical Mixed Use (VMU) project. Vertical Mixed Use generally refers to residential uses located above retail, commercial, or office uses. The added building height, density, and diversity of uses encourages pedestrian activity and provides housing choices close to goods and services for neighborhood residents.


Corazon - Conceptual Annotated Site Plan


In the case of the Corazon project, ground floor active uses will be provided for the continuous frontage of East 5th Street and East 6th Street, with living units above and behind. The project will also feature a full pedestrian streetscape sidewalk design – including trees, benches, and bike racks. In order to provide the streetscape improvements, a License Agreement is typically necessary.

For more information on License Agreements in the City of Austin, please download this complimentary white paper, “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin“, that we co-authored with the landscape architect for the Corazon project, DWG. This white paper was prepared as part of the 19th Annual Austin Bar Association Land Development Seminar.


Corazon - Conceptual Site Plan


As part of the project, the development team is proposing to design and construct Velasquez Park, in honor of Roy and Matias Velasquez. The park will be a City of Austin park and will be a “Key Stop” on the Tejano Music Legend’s Trail.


Rendering of Proposed Velasquez Park, Provided by DWG.


BIG RED DOG is a central Texas-based civil engineering firm specializing in land development engineering, permitting, and land use consulting.

Our team of professional civil engineers and certified land planners has over 100-years of combined experience in the Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas market. Our land development project experience includes multi-family, mixed-use, office, industrial, retail, and single-family subdivision development projects throughout central and south Texas.




Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.