Inspire Development embarks on massive mixed-use Pearson Ranch project in northwest Austin

When fully constructed, Pearson Ranch will span 156 acres and provide office, retail, dining, housing and hotels. (Courtesy of Inspire Development)

Inspire Development has paved the way on Pearson Ranch, a 156-acre mixed-use project that aims to bring office space, retail, hotels, housing and parks to an area called the “open tech corridor.” development” of Williamson County.

Located on the northeast corner of SH 45 N and West Parmer Lane, the development is 2 miles from Apple’s new billion dollar campus. Pearson Ranch will include 2.6 million square feet of Class A office space; 200,000 square feet of retail, dining and community space; two hotels, thousands of multi-family dwellings; and 30 acres of parkland, according to a Jan. 31 release from Inspire Development.

In the release, Pearson Ranch developers said the community is designed to attract local restaurants and retailers and provide access to parks, public spaces, and hiking and biking trails. The site is also located west of Capital Metro’s Lakeline station, which provides access to the MetroRail red line as well as bus service.

“This property has such inherited natural beauty and rich heritage, but is juxtaposed with an incredible proximity to major employers and technology workers who are defining the future in so many ways,” said Inspire’s chief executive, Brett Ames, in the release. “We worked closely with our team to create a plan that tightly ties the past, present and future into the most compelling plot plan possible.”

The plan for Pearson Ranch includes a mix of public and private spaces focused on sustainability, vitality and a community-oriented lifestyle, according to the release. Additionally, the Pearson Ranch Land Plan dedicates 48 acres to a corporate campus.

“Located in the premier new center for major technology companies, Pearson Ranch will provide needed access to office space for employers, generating new jobs and providing on-site access to retail, housing and parks. for central Texas,” said Williamson County Judge Bill. Gravell said in the statement.

The project, which is expected to take 10 to 15 years to fully build, will have an estimated value of more than $2 billion, according to the statement.

The first phase of the project includes 600,000 square feet of office space, three apartment communities and a few retail outlets, spanning 41 acres.

“As a native Austinite…I remember when Austin had no toll roads, when Anderson Mill Road didn’t go all the way to Parmer Lane, and when [RM] 620 and [US] 183 was just a four-way stop,” Austin District 6 Councilman Mackenzie Kelly said in the statement. “Times are changing, and with that, our city needs well thought out plans to change and grow.”

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