A Connecticut company's plan for a mixed-use development in South Austin’s St. Elmo area (technically in the East Congress neighborhood) is making headway in the city approval process. The Austin Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning for Leifer Properties' proposed 4.3-acre project at its Tuesday meeting.

If approved by the City Council, the properties at 506 and 600 Industrial Boulevard and 4138 1/2 Terry O Lane will be changed from limited industrial services to a neighborhood plan, allowing the owner to increase the site’s maximum building height from 85 feet to 125 feet and the number of allowed dwelling units from 400 units to 600.

If all of that goes well, the firm has bigger redevelopment plans for the area, where it owns 11 acres of property, including the parcels that received the rezoning recommendation. Leifer also owns several other properties in South Austin and in the general vicinity of St. Elmo — formerly a light-industrial area that is seeing an influx of mixed-use projects oriented toward multifamily housing and entertainment.