Downtown Austin Emerging Projects

Towers and projects under construction or being planned in Downtown Austin, Texas.

1. Cirrus Logic Phase II (C94)

Under Construction

Cirrus Logic is starting construction of a six-story office building.

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

Planned

Schlosser Development is planning a substantial expansion of office space in the West End / Market District. 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. 5th + West (R99)

Planned

The project is a 162-unit high- rise condominium tower, being developed by Riverside Resources, developers of Crescent and Whitley.

4. The Bowie (R85)

Under Construction

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

5. Seaholm Power Plant Redevelopment (C55)

Under Construction

Seaholm Power, LLC, led by Southwest Strategies Group, is redeveloping the circa 1950 Art Deco Seaholm Power Plant and adjacent property, into a high quality, mixed-use attraction. The project will feature a mix of office space, a Trader Joe’s grocery store, local retail shops, contemporary condos, special event space and an outdoor terrace that overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

6. Intake and Utility Buildings (A18)

Planned

The City of Austin wants to transform three former utility buildings located on prime land along Lady Bird Lake into public spaces. The Parks and Recreation 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 cafe, juice bar, art gallery, bike or kayak rental business or public gathering space.

7. New Central Library (A14)

Under Construction

Work continues on the new central library, designed by the architectural team of Lake/Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott. The new 198,000 sq. ft. central library will replace the 110,000 John Henry Faulk Central Library built in 1979. The new library site is on West Cesar Chavez Street, between Shoal Creek and the redeveloping Seaholm Power Plant. The Faulk library will be used for an expansion of the Austin History Center.

8. Austin Energy Seaholm Substation (A1)

Planned

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

9. Energy Control Center (R74)

Planned

The 50+ story project, as currently proposed, will have 400 residences (condos for sale), 120,000 square feet of office space, and 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurants.

10. Cirrus Logic Research Facility (C84)

Under Construction

Construction of a 24,000 sq. ft. research facility is well underway.

11. Green Water Block 188 (C101)

Planned

Trammell Crow Company is working with hotel developer KOR, to build a boutique hotel on Block 188.

12. Green Water Block 185 (C56)

Planned

The Green Water site consists of Blocks 1, 23, 185 and 188. Block 185 fronts Cesar Chavez and Shoal Creek.

13. Green Water Block 1 (R98)

Under Construction

Construction began mid-February on the first project on the site of the former Thomas Green Water Treatment Plant. The project is a 436-unit apartment building on Block 1 that will also have 23,500 sq. ft. of office, 14,900 sq. ft. of restaurant and 13,900 sq. ft. of retail.

14. Green Water Block 23 (C99)

Planned

Construction is expected to begin late this year on this 29-story, 500,000 sq. ft. office tower that will have two ground-level restaurants.

15. 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. A bond election is expected in May 2015 for funding construction.

16. Gables Republic Park / Hotel ZaZa (R65)

Planned

Plans are 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 2014, with the expected to debut in to 2016.

17. 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 1¾ 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.

18. Block 52 (C47)

Planned

Developers are exploring options for this full-block site. The project could have as much as 800,000 sq. ft. of office, residential and retail.

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19. IBC Bank Plaza (C75)

Under Construction

Nearing completion, this 13-story project will have 148,000 sq. ft. of office 17,000 sq. ft. bank and an 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant.

20. 6th and Nueces Hotel site (C96)

Planned

IBC is looking at developing this site on W. 6th street at Nueces as a hotel.

21. 7Rio (R60)

Under Construction

Construction started in May 2013 on this 221-unit apartment tower at W. 7th Street and Rio Grande, by California-based development company CWS. The project was designed by local architectural firm Rhode:Partners, who are also designing Aspen Heights.

22. Aspen Heights Apartments (R81)

Planned

The proposed project is a 22-story, 201-unit apartment building with 5 levels of parking and 16 levels of residential space. The 213,800 sq. ft. building will be 70% one bedroom and 30% two bedroom.

23. Travis County DA Office Building (TC3)

Planned

Travis County plans to build a 133,000 sq. ft., $40 million office building near the county criminal and civil courthouses downtown, which would include courtrooms, prosecutors’ offices, retail space, a crime lab and underground tunnel connecting it to the main justice complex.

24. Texas PTA (O21)

Under Construction

This project, an 18,000 sq. ft. office building with a 2,400 sq. ft. restaurant, broke ground in early December 2013.

25. New UT System Administration Building (UT5)

Planned

The Colorado and Lavaca Buildings will be demolished to make way for the replacement office building. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015 with the demolition of the Colorado and Lavaca Buildings and the two-floor parking garage located between these buildings. Construction is scheduled to be complete early 2017. The planned building will be eleven stories above eight levels of parking and will provide more than 300,000 square feet of office space, with over 200,000 square feet for immediate use by UT System and the remaining square footage available for lease. The System space will be designed to more efficient space standards than are feasible 3 in the existing structures. The building will include a 760-car above and below ground parking garage.

26. UT System - Block 71 (UT6)

Planned

Once the new UT System Administration Building (UT5) is completed, the property housing Claudia Taylor Johnson Building and Ashbel Smith Hall will be ground leased, and therefore available for improvement or redevelopment.

27. 5th and Colorado (C87)

Planned

Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co. is planning to build an 188,000 sq. ft., 15-story office building on the southwest corner of West Fifth and Colorado streets in downtown Austin.

28. The Riley (C88)

Planned

A new restaurant and event center are planned for the site of the former 219west location. The multi-story building will offer an event space, apartment, and rooftop deck that are all available for rent on a nightly basis. The project is expected to start later this year.

29. Colorado Tower (C39)

Under Construction

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, with San Antonio-based Hixon Properties Inc. and Silver Ventures, is building a 30-story, 400,000 sq. ft. office tower with street-level retail/restaurant.

30. JW Marriott Hotel (C46.1)

Under Construction

White Lodging Services Corp. of Indiana is building a 1,012-room JW Marriott convention hotel on the northeast corner of Congress Avenue and 2nd Street.

31. 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.

32. 501 Congress (C80)

Under Construction

Stream Realty Partners is reconstructing 501 Congress Avenue, a five- story building with high-end office space that replaces the former Bank of America annex. The project will gut the existing building and give it a floor-to-ceiling makeover, including a lounge-like lobby, a central atrium to bring in additional natural light, a rooftop terrace and new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The building will also have more than 12,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.

33. 5th and Brazos (C54)

Under Construction

An existing valet parking garage has been torn down and is being replaced with an eight-story parking garage with 300 spaces. That garage structure will also include 5,500 square feet of street-level retail space.

34. Westin Austin Downtown Hotel (C76)

Under Construction

The project is a 366-room Westin Hotel, being developed by Indiana- based White Lodging Services, who also developed the Residence Inn + Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt Place and are currently developing the JW Marriott hotel downtown.

35. Downtown MetroRail Station Expansion (CM5)

Planned

The current downtown station on East Fourth Street has a single track and platform and room for one car lane in the block between Trinity and Neches streets. It could be expanded to two platforms and three tracks. The final design would be built to accommodate the proposed urban rail line that would pass by on Trinity.

36. Aloft and Element Hotels (C93)

Planned

The 7th and Congress hotels project is described as two Starwood-brand hotels, Aloft and Element, with 410 room hotel with a 5,400-square-foot restaurant, to be developed by White Lodging of Indiana. It will replace a current surface parking lot and building containing the Wholly Cow Burgers restaurant.

37. Texas Public Policy Foundation Office Building (C78)

Under Construction

Construction has started on the 33,000 sq. ft. office building for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

38. Capital Studios (R88)

Under Construction

Foundation Communities, an Austin nonprofit, is building a 135-unit efficiency-style apartment building at the southwest corner of 11th & Trinity. The units will be rented for $400 to $650 a month, utilities included, to single adults who earn less than $26,600 - roughly half of Austin’s median income. At least 5 percent will be set aside for artists and musicians.

39. Holiday Inn Express (C83)

Under Construction

Designed by Mitchell Carlson Stone Inc. in Houston, the two hotels will have separate entrances the 167-room Holiday Inn Express will be accessed on Neches Street and the 133-room Hotel Indigo s entrance will be on Ninth Street. The hotels will be operated jointly by Intercontinental Hotels Group. The projected opening is late summer 2015.

40. Hotel Indigo (C92)

Under Construction

Designed by Mitchell Carlson Stone Inc. in Houston, the two hotels will have separate entrances the 167-room Holiday Inn Express will be accessed on Neches Street and the 133-room Hotel Indigo s entrance will be on Ninth Street. The hotels will be operated jointly by Intercontinental Hotels Group. The projected opening is late summer 2015.

41. 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.

42. 8th and Embassy Multifamily (R100)

Planned

The project is a 176-unit multifamily development on E. 9th St. and the I-35 frontage road.

43. East Austin Hotel (C70)

Planned

Plans for The East Austin Hotel call for a roughly 29,000-square-foot complex with five buildings that each rise three stories. Plans also call for a swimming pool, courtyard, salon and restaurant.

44. Kline Hotel (C91)

Planned

The site has been cleared for this 42-room boutique hotel with a small, 1,700 sq. ft. cafe.

45. Corazon (R66)

Under Construction

Cypress Real Estate Advisers is building Corazon, a vertical mixed-use project that will include 256 residential units, retail, and a restaurant.

46. Saltillo District Redevelopment (CM4)

Planned

The Capital Metro Board has selected Endeavor Real Estate and Columbus Realty to redevelop the 10-acre space. The project, as proposed, will have approximately 800 residential units (200 of which will be affordable housing, and a portion of which will be set aside for senior housing), over 100,000-square-feet of retail, and a grocery store along the I-35 frontage road. There will be a 1.7-acre park and 1.8 acres of private open space.

47. Fairmont Hotel (C69)

Planned

Manchester Texas Financial Group, a subsidiary of San Diego hotel developer Manchester Financial Group, expects to break ground in 2014 on this $350 million hotel with 47 stories and 1,031 rooms east of the Austin Convention Center. The hotel will be built on land now used for parking at the northeast corner of Red River and Cesar Chavez streets, near Waller Creek. 125 of the rooms will be larger, high-end Fairmont Gold rooms with separate check-in, elevators and lounge.

48. 99 Trinity Tower (R92)

Planned

World Class Capital Group, an Austin-based investment and asset management firm, has purchased a 1-acre tract across Trinity Street from the Four Seasons Residences. The applicant is proposing to construct a 39-story, 360-unit multifamily building with a ground floor restaurant.

49. Waller Park Place (C82)

Planned

The 1.4 million square foot project, as envisioned, would have three towers with 300,000 sq. ft. of office, a 150-room hotel, 574 residential units and 60,000 sq. ft. of retail.

50. Hotel Van Zandt (C42)

Under Construction

Work continues on the hotel project San Diego-based JMI Realty is building in the Rainey Street neighborhood near the mouth of Waller Creek. The hotel, which will have 326 rooms, is expected to be operated by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels.

51. The Millennium Rainey (R89)

Under Construction

Construction has started on this development, spearheaded by the Dinerstein Group of Houston, which features 326 apartments with a ground floor restaurant, totaling about 250,000 square feet. The site is more than 2 acres bounded by Rainey and Driskill streets and the I-35 frontage road.

52. Homewood Suites at East Avenue (C97)

Planned

The project is a proposed 14-story, 150 room hotel.

53. 70 Rainey Street (R61)

Planned

The applicant is proposing to construct a 197 unit, 31-story residential tower with ground floor retail.

54. Kimber Modern Hotel (C90)

Planned

This is a proposed 35ñ room hotel in the Rainey Street neighborhood, on the I-35 frontage road. The hotel will have a small accessory restaurant.

55. 48 East (R101)

Planned

Austin developer Robert Lee is planning a $100 million, 35-story apartment complex that will be built around the corner from SkyHouse Austin in the Rainey Street District.

56. 211 Lamar (R93)

Planned

Plans are for an apartment project with retail. The site is currently occupied by Taco Cabana. Also on the site is the Paggi House restaurant, which will remain.

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

Under Construction

These are park improvements in the area bounded by Lady Bird Lake to the north, Riverside Drive to the South, the UPRR railroad on the west to South 1st street on the east, including improvements to Auditorium Shores and potentially additions of art to Phase 2 of the park.

58. 422 (Broadstone) @ the Lake (R90)

Under Construction

Construction is well underway on a multi-use development encompassing 353,000 square feet on a 1.53-acre parcel. The project will be composed of 212 apartments, 150,000 square feet of parking and 9,000 square feet of retail. The project required a zoning change to increase the height to a maximum of 79 feet.

59. The Catherine (R34)

Under Construction

Construction of this nineteen-story building with 300 apartments, on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, will wrap up this fall. The site is in the middle of the block that includes the 17-story Hyatt Regency Austin and 422 at the Lake, another apartment tower under construction.

59. The Catherine (R34)

Under Construction

Construction of this nineteen-story building with 300 apartments, on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, will wrap up this fall. The site is in the middle of the block that includes the 17-story Hyatt Regency Austin and 422 at the Lake, another apartment tower under construction.