Downtown Austin Emerging Projects

Projects under construction or being planned in the lower part of Downtown Austin

1. 7th & Lamar (North Block, Phase II) (C2g)

Planned

Demolition was completed summer 2012 on the former KASE/KVET radio studio building, preparing for the construction of a new 15,000 s.f. retail building.

2. Sixth + Lamar East Block (Shoal Creek Walk) (C2c)

Planned

Whole Foods is planning a substantial expansion of its corporate offices downtown. The larger of two structures would be about 375,000 square feet and 15 stories tall; a second, smaller building would be five stories and 100,000 square feet.

3. 3 Eleven Bowie (R85)

Under Construction

Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group has plans for a 350,000+ s.f. high rise mixed use project with 358 apartments, office and retail.

4. 4th & Lamar (Austin Market District, South Block Ph. III) (C2h)

Under Contruction

On 3rd Street and Lamar Boulevard, Schlosser Development is constructing a 25,000-square-foot, three-story retail and office project that will be called Fourth & Lamar. The site is adjacent to the Office Max retail complex and west of the Spring Condominiums. The three-story building will consist of 16,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 8,500 square feet of office space.

5. Gables Park Plaza Tower (R82)

Under Construction

The 18-story tower will have up to 185 residential units, class A office space, and over 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

6. Seaholm Power Plant Redevelopment (C55)

Planned

On April 28, 2005 the Austin City Council selected Seaholm Power, LLC, led by Southwest Strategies Group, to redevelop the circa 1950 Art Deco Seaholm Power Plant and adjacent property, into a high quality, mixed-use attraction. This project will feature a mix of office space, local retail shops, contemporary condos, special event space and an outdoor terrace that overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

7. Intake and Utility Buildings (A18)

Planned

The City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department wants to transform three former utility buildings located on prime land along Lady Bird Lake into public spaces. The department will seek proposals next year from companies or private groups interested in turning the buildings, which sit on the lake’s north shore, south of West Cesar Chavez Street and the old Seaholm Power Plant, into something new. Developers and parks officials envision the structures containing a lakeside caf‚, juice bar, art gallery, bike or kayak rental business or public gathering space.

8. 701-711 W. 7th (R83)

Planned

The proposal seeks to redevelop a half-acre block to build a 200-unit residential tower with 8,000 square feet of retail and 6,000 square feet of restaurant space.

9. 7th & Rio Grande (R60)

Planned

The site for a planned 221-unit apartment tower at W. 7th Street and Rio Grande, by California-based development company CWS, has been cleared and is awaiting construction. The project is being designed by local architectural firm Rhode:Partners.

10. Energy Control Center (R74)

Planned

On June 18, 2008 the Austin City Council selected a development team led by the Trammell Crow Company to redevelop the Austin Energy Control Center (ECC) and the Thomas Green Water Treatment Plant. The ECC site, as currently proposed, will have two condos towers with 482 units, and 15,000 sq. ft. of first floor retail.

11. Austin Energy Seaholm Substation (A1)

Planned

This project is the proposed reduction in size of the existing Austin Energy substation just east of the Seaholm Power Plant.

12. Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant (C56)

Planned

On May 25, 2012 the Austin City Council approved an agreement with a development team led by the Trammell Crow Company to redevelop the Thomas Green Water Treatment Plant (“Green”). The Green site will consist of several buildings up to 30 stories tall. The project will have 1.75 million square feet of development, including 826 apartments, 456,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 200 room hotel and 82,000 sq. ft. of retail (most along an extension of the 2nd Street District).

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13. New Central Library (A14)

Planned

Work by the architectural team of Lake/Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott is continuing on the design of the new central library. Lake/Flato is designing a 250,000 sq. ft. library to replace the John Henry Faulk Central Library. The new library site is on West Cesar Chavez Street, between Shoal Creek and soon-to-be-redeveloped the Seaholm Power Plant.

14. New Travis County Civil & Family Courthouse (TC2)

Planned

Travis County purchased a full block just south of Republic Square, to construct a 500,000 sq. ft. civil and family courthouse.

15. Gables Republic Park / Hotel ZaZa (R65)

Planned

Plans are in the works for a 24-story tower in downtown Austin that would have 216 luxury apartments atop a 160-room Hotel ZaZa, The project hopes to start construction in mid- to late-2013, with the expected to debut in early to mid-2015.

16. Republic Square, Phase II (A17)

Planned

The City of Austin has contracted with a design team for the next phase of improvements to the existing 1 _ acre Republic Square Park. Phase 2 is a continuation of a design process in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation. The scope of Phase 2 includes, but is not limited to, the design for site regrading, demolition and removal of pavement and obsolete water feature, tree protection and removal where recommended, pedestrian circulation and use areas, informal and flexible children’s play area, site furnishings, signage, lighting, irrigation and landscape improvements.

17. Block 52 (C47)

Planned

The developers are exploring options for the development of the site. The project will have as much as 800,000 sq. ft. of office, residential and retail.

18. IBC Bank Plaza (Block 51 Phase I) (C75)

Planned

The project, as planned would have 148,000 sq. ft. of office 17,000 sq. ft. bank and an 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant.

19. Block 51, Phase II (R45)

Planned

Plans are on hold on a condo tower on a portion of Block 51, bordered by Sixth, Nueces, Fifth and San Antonio streets.

20. Bremond (R81)

Planned

A 12-story, 70-unit condominium project is being planned at 805 Nueces St., between 8th and 9th streets downtown.

21. Travis County DA Office Building (C77)

Planned

This will be a new 127,000 sq. ft. office building for the Travis County district attorney and county attorney prosecutors.

22. 3rd and Colorado (C39)

Planned

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, with San Antonio-based Hixon Properties Inc. and Silver Ventures, are planning a 30-story, 400,000 sq. ft. office tower with street-level retail/restaurant. The site had formerly been considered for a hotel project.

23. 416 Congress (C63)

Planned

The proposed project is a 26-story boutique hotel at the site of the James H. Robertson Building, one of Congress Avenue’s oldest buildings. As currently planned, the historic facade of the existing 21,000-square-foot 1893 building would be preserved and enhanced, and a 90,000-square-foot hotel, which would include 130 guest rooms and a bar, restaurant and private dining rooms, would rise in a slender glass tower stepped back sixty feet from Congress Avenue.

24. The Austin Hotel (C68)

Planned

The project is proposed to have 210 hotel rooms, office space, restaurants, meeting space and live music venues.

25. Texas Public Policy Foundation Office Building (C78)

Planned

The project is a 33,000 sq. ft. office building for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, replacing the current 14,000 sq. ft. building on the site.

26. Mexic-Arte Museum (O7)

Planned

Conceptual plans by Mexican architect Fernando Romero show a cylindrically shaped six-story building clad in translucent material. The building’s shape is a reference to the Aztec calendar. At a proposed 54,000 square feet, about half of the building at the southeast corner of Congress Avenue and Fifth Street would be commercial office space that the museum would lease to generate income.

27. JW Marriott Hotel (C46.1)

Under Construction

White Lodging Services Corp. has broken ground on a 1,012-room JW Marriott convention hotel on the northeast corner of Congress Avenue and 2nd St

28. Hyatt Place (C60)

Under Construction

The 300 room Hyatt Place hotel, a block west of the Austin Convention Center, is expected to be completed in early 2013.

29. The Whitley (R84)

Under Construction

Riverside Resources LLC is building an 18-story apartment tower in downtown Austin at the northeast corner of Third and Brazos streets. The former Whitley Printing Co. building was razed and is being replaced with 266 multifamily units, 6,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space that could be used for office or retail, and a 3,650-square-foot restaurant.

30. Westin Austin Downtown Hotel (C76

Planned

The project is a 326-room Westin Hotel, to be developed by Indiana-based White Lodging Services, who also developed the Residence Inn / Courtyard by Marriott, and are currently developing the Hyatt Place and JW Marriott hotels downtown.

31. Firehouse Hostel (C72)

Under Construction

Review is underway on this project. Plans call for the former office space to be converted to two private suites, two private European hotel rooms and eight dorm-like hostel rooms.

32. Capital Studios (R88)

Planned

Foundation Communities, an Austin non-profit, is proposing to build a 135-unit efficiency-style apartment building at the southwest corner of 11th & Trinity. The site is currently a surface level parking lot. The units will be rented for $400 to $650 a month, utilities included, to single adults who earn less than $27,000 - roughly half of Austin’s median income

33. Waterloo Park Tower (C74)

Planned

This is a proposed office and residential tower on the site of the former Brick Oven Pizza, east of Waterloo Park and south of UMC Brackenridge.

34. Stubb’s Expansion (C48)

Planned

Stubb’s is planning to increase the capacity of the outdoor amphitheater from 2,200 to 3,500 and reorient it to the south, and expand the restaurant.

35. Episcopal Church National Archives (O16)

Planned

The Episcopal Church has bought a full downtown block, where it plans to build a facility to house its national archives, as well as space for meetings and research. The building probably will be five stories, with up to 70,000 square feet and a garage with some public spaces.

36. Waller Creek Flood Diversion Tunnel (T5)

Under Construction

The Waller Creek Tunnel Project is a stormwater bypass tunnel from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake near Waller Beach. The tunnel will be 22-feet in diameter and almost one mile long. The project will remove an estimated 1,243,000 square feet of land from the floodplain of the lower Waller Creek watershed, will allow denser development in a very desirable area of downtown, and divert floodwaters that create erosion problems and safety concerns. Construction started in 2010 and will be completed in 2014.

37. Eleven (Phase I) (R86)

Under Construction

Work continues on this 83-unit first phase of a development that will be a 257-unit mutifamily project on E. 11th Street overlooking I-35 and downtown Austin.

38. Corazon (R66)

Under Construction

Longtime East Austin landowner and developer Richard Kooris, developer of the Sixth & Brushy condos, is building Corazon, a vertical mixed-use proje

39. Fairmont Hotel (C69)

Planned

Manchester Texas Financial Group, a subsidiary of San Diego hotel developer Manchester Financial Group, has plans to build a $350 million hotel with more than 50 stories and 1,031 rooms east of the Austin Convention Center. The hotel would be built on land now used for parking at the northeast corner of Red River and Cesar Chavez streets, near Waller Creek.

40. Trinity Place (R92)

Planned

World Class Capital Group, an Austin-based investment and asset management firm, has purchased a 1-acre tract next to the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences along Lady Bird Lake. Development plans for the site have not been disclosed.

41. Rainey (R89)

Planned

The Sutton Company has plans to build two towers in the Rainey Street area. The towers, which could reach as many as 20 stories, could have 400 to 500 apartments and condominiums.

42. Hotel Van Zandt (C42)

Planned

San Diego-based JMI Realty have plans for a hotel project in the Rainey Street neighborhood near the mouth of Waller Creek. The hotel, which would have 326 rooms, is expected to be operated by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels

43. Austin Skyhouse (R87)

Under Construction

NGH-AU, a joint venture of Atlanta-based Novare Group Holdings and Andrews Urban, is building a 23-story, 320 unit apartment project in the Rainey Street neighborhood.

44. Post Riverside @ Lamar (R93)

Planned

California-based Post Investment Group is planning a six-story, 198 unit apartment project with retail. The site is currently occupied by Taco Cabana. Also on the site is the Paggi House restaurant, which will remain.

45. Town Lake Park, Phases III & IV (A16)

Planned

In June of 2011 the City Council directed the City Manager to complete (update) the park Master Plan, develop options for funding and maintenance of the park improvements, and to explore options for increasing parking in the vicinity of the venue project to support the Long Center and Palmer Events Center. The Master Plan update will take into consideration the work most recently completed by consultants (TBG) including focused studies for Children’s Garden, Auditorium Shores Parking and Trailhead, and Off-Leash Area, though scope and program elements are subject to change. Additionally the geographic scope of the project is expanded to include the area occupied by the Butler Pitch and Putt to the west. Construction funding for all of the work to be identified under the revised Master Plan has not been identified.

46. Broadstone at the Lake (aka RunTex Site) (R90)

Planned

Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co. has submitted a plan to construct a multi-use development encompassing 353,000 square feet on a 1.53-acre parcel currently housing RunTex. The project would be composed of 200,000 square feet of apartments or 212 units, 150,000 square feet of parking and 9,000 square feet of retail. The project would require a height variance from a maximum of 60 feet to 90 feet,

47. StreetLights at Barton Springs (R34)

Planned

This project is a nineteen-story building with 300 apartments, on the south shore of Town Lake. The site is in the middle of the block that includes the 17-story Hyatt Regency Austin and an office building that once housed the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. The land is now being used for parking.

48. Hyatt Ballroom and Parking Structure (C73)

Under Construction

Construction has started on a 600-space parking garage, 25,000 sq. ft. ballroom and meeting rooms on the existing south parking lot of the hotel.