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Los Angeles hospitality development firm BLVD745 plans to build a 128-room, four-story location of its boutique Roadhouse Hotel and Junction brand in Southeast Austin at 2500 Willow Hill Drive, a 2.73-acre site currently occupied by a carwash located near the corner of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.  This will be the second development in the area to...
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Hey, you folks wanna hear about some stuff going on downtown? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. We got the big news out of the way this week already, but there’s always something worth talking about, so here we go: Trail Bridge at Congress Avenue The Trail Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of its new bridge under Congress Avenue...
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Q: Since last month, there’s been a bunch of work taking place at the Austonian. I see what looks like scaffolding and some other equipment up there. What’s going on? A: It might look like window washing, but it turns out what’s taking place at the Austonian  is of a slightly more critical nature — it’s...
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Listen, we’re not trying to cause any trouble here. But we also have eyes, so it’s hard not to notice the subtext of today’s  Austin Business Journal  first look at the design of the office tower now known as The Republic, headed to  308 Guadalupe Street — namely, that the building looks extremely similar to  Block 71, the downtown office tower planned only a few blocks...
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Do you ever think about Lake Walter E. Long? That’s not a trick question, really — in my experience, many people just don’t think about the lake or the massive swaths of city parkland surrounding it, even though it’s only a short drive east from downtown. Unless you enjoy fishing, that is, in which case you’re probably already...
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Do you ever think about Lake Walter E. Long? That’s not a trick question, really — in my experience, many people just don’t think about the lake or the massive swaths of city parkland surrounding it, even though it’s only a short drive east from downtown. Unless you enjoy fishing, that is, in which case you’re probably already...
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Y’all probably already know me as Austin’s preeminent lobbyist for the rights of evil highways  and endless gridlock everywhere, so I’m not gonna front — my strong preference is for all modes of transportation that don’t work on MoPac to be critically shunned like a new Maroon 5 record. But the dockless urban scooter is a special...
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City of Austin Principal Planner Alan Holt recently gave the Design Commission an update on the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan , with an eye toward how to implement the document. This is the document that City Council approved the summer of 2016, but Holt made clear that its success requires a governing board that does not yet exist. City...
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Despite the current breakneck pace of development in Austin, the city’s original tower boom took place in the 1980s, with at least 12 different buildings over 15 stories tall completed in downtown over the course of the decade. In fact, other than the Capitol and a few trailblazing outliers like the Austin National Bank tower, what many locals...
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It’s been 15 years since the Trail Foundation took over the upkeep and improvement of Austin’s iconic Hike-and-Bike trail, and to celebrate, the nonprofit recently announced 15 planned improvement projects to be completed along the 10-mile path over the next five years. Two of the projects are general improvements for the entire thing — updated signage for better wayfinding and environmental restoration intended...
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