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Only twenty scant acres smaller than Zilker Park, the 330-acre tract of former ranchland at the edge of District 1 now known as John Treviño Jr. Metro Park is perhaps the second most underutilized park space in far East Austin. The first, of course, is Walter E. Long Metro Park, but the almost bizarrely ambitious $800 million master plan for that enormous potential...
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Ever heard of the downtown Austin “Panhandle?” We’ve used this charmingly western-tinged name from time to time for the weird little peninsula of the 78701 ZIP code between I-35 and Lady Bird Lake south of Cesar Chavez Street, most of which is occupied by the Rainey Street District. Look, it’s a little panhandle!  This minor geographic...
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Remember the plans for a South Austin condo or apartment building at the southeast corner of South Lamar Boulevard and West Riverside Drive? This long-awaited and occasionally controversial project, first announced in 2013 as a 175-unit residential community, recently returned in the form of a 107-room hotel, also sporting 25 condo units and retail space to boot. (Hotel demand in Austin is seemingly...
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Remember the Hotel ZaZa and Gables Republic Square project at 401 Guadalupe Street? First announced nearly seven years ago, the timeline of this 24-story hotel and apartment project one block east from Republic Square Park has been fairly long by Austin standards, but we’re expecting its opening relatively soon. Representatives of the project have slyly told us it’s expected to open sometime during football...
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The long-discussed plan for the improvement of East Austin’s enormous tracts of parkland on the north shores of Lady Bird Lake near the former Holly Power Plant is finally taking its first small steps, nearly a decade after City Council approved the development of a vision for upgrading the area in 2009. Generally referred to...
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Last year, TOWERS profiled the ongoing growth of Chestnut Plaza and the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Alexander Avenue, located in East Austin at the MLK Jr. Station of Capital Metro’s Red Line. Nearly 10 years after the rail station first opened, the area around it still has plenty of empty space waiting for growth, but...
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First announced a few months ago as a downtown Austin condo tower and now seemingly planned as apartments, the residential project bound for the corner of West 17th and Guadalupe Streets has taken a bit more distinct of a shape since the appearance of its first rendering from local architects Rhode Partners last month.  The development, a...
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Groundbreaking is expected later this summer on Austin Energy’s new headquarters within the Mueller neighborhood, and the city’s trying something a little different for the estimated $150 million project — letting someone else build it for them. The current state of the location of the Austin Energy office project site, located at the northeast corner of...
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A roughly 30-story tower project could soon rise from a historic Masonic lodge building in downtown Austin, according to a collection of planning documents filed in preparation for tonight’s meeting of the city’s Historic Landmark Commission. The documents, part of a certificate of appropriateness application filed with the commission by local architects Brett Rhode of...
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We’ve already gotten one peek at what’s planned for the Travis, a mixed-use project building two towers at 80 Red River Street in downtown’s Rainey Street District, which could break ground as early as later this year — but remember, the project’s developers, Dallas-based Genesis Real Estate Group, say they’re building this thing in phases. We saw the Phase...
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