The Oasis on Burbank proposed....
Recreation-centered townhomes proposed
A local developer plans to turn a 10-acre parcel on Burbank Drive into a recreation-centered town home complex, featuring volleyball courts, a sports cafe with a large outdoor deck and sports- and health-oriented retail. Chris Shaheen, of Shaheen Real Estate Development, said he has wanted to build a residential development with an outdoor cafe and a heavy emphasis on casual sports such as golf and volleyball since his days managing a health club in Las Vegas in the early 1990s.
His zoning change request for The Oasis
, on Burbank across from South Kenilworth Parkway, will go before the city-parish Planning Commission on June 18. The plans call for 16 medium-density lots on 1 acre, about 20,000 square feet of commercial development on half-an-acre, then 4 acres of semipublic space. A large, partially covered deck would adjoin a 5,000-square-foot sports-theme restaurant and retail spaces of 9,000, 4,000 and 1,500 square feet.
Shaheen said he is in talks with some restaurant owners and a golf retailer, and could bring in a hair salon, a coffee shop or yoga studio. He said activities such as virtual golf, a putting green, batting cages and sand volleyball would serve as amenities for residents and visitors. While the initial plans show 10 sand volleyball courts and a championship court, he said he’s also considering using some space for something such as kickball or soccer, a use inspired by a restaurant in Austin that had a small field in which children could play while their parents ate. Clinics, camps, leagues and tournaments related to the facilities there are also possibilities, he said.
Shaheen estimated The Oasis
could cost about $10 million to develop, with the town homes estimated at roughly $190,000 each, the sports cafe at $3.5 million and about $1.4 million in retail build-out. Shaheen, who is also a broker with Saurage Commercial Real Estate, said he could end up joining partners with someone else to build it out fully.
He said the parcel is zoned residential but is surrounded by commercial lots. If it gets the necessary approvals, construction could start at the end of the year and The Oasis could open in the summer of 2013.http://theadvocate.c...nhomes-proposed