With more than 20,000 units in five states, Trinsic Residential Group has planted its flag all over, but the developers just keep coming back to the Oak Lawn region — home to a number of its earliest deals.
Since the company’s founding in 2011, Trinsic’s built the 190-unit Aura McKinney in Uptown, the 334-unit Aura Wycliff on Congress Avenue, and the 399-unit Aura Cedar Springs.
The company now has its sights set on the Knox-Henderson neighborhood just north of Uptown. Last July, the Chateau Condominium Owners Association, working with Trinsic, submitted an application to the city to rezone a 1-acre tract at 4805 McKinney Avenue to create a subdistrict within the Oak Lawn Special Purpose District.
Trinsic plans to build about 125 luxury units in a five-story, wood-frame building above a concrete podium, with a two-level, below-grade concrete parking garage. There is also some ground level parking below the apartment units, with additional ground level units that wrap around two sides of the surface parking lot. Trinsic is departing from its Aura brand and calling this project The Hudson.
Coincidentally, StreetLights Residential unveiled a 22-story luxury tower project in 2015 that is located just one block north of Trinsic’s project. This tower also goes by a single name—The McKenzie. Construction started on The McKenzie in 2016 and it’s scheduled to open in early 2018.
An occupied two-story 32-unit complex built in 1972 existed on the Hudson site when Trinsic and the owners association initiated the zoning change request. The City Plan Commission approved the request in November, and the demolition is pending. Trinsic’s project architect, GFF, estimates construction could begin by August, according to state records. The firm projects a completion date in December 2019.
Becoming a subdistrict of the Oak Lawn Special Purpose District requires Trinsic to meet certain redevelopment goals, including designing with a more urban form, including an attractive street-level pedestrian environment, and building sufficient off-street parking with limited surface parking. The Hudson meets the urban form objective by providing ground-level units with direct access to the sidewalk. Units must have direct access through private stoops or open space.
“In order to promote a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly development, (Trinsic) is proposing sidewalks along McKinney Avenue with a minimum width of six feet and a minimum five-foot tree planting zone between the back of curb and the sidewalk,” the zoning application said. “The sidewalk will be enhanced with a minimum of two pedestrian amenities for every 300 feet of street frontage.”