Archives for December 2008

City of Austin v. Harry Whittington: the saga of a parking garage

17k square feet of retail held hostage by the court

17,000 square feet of empty retail space rests at the base of the Convention Center’s parking garage. This retail space has the potential to add vibrancy and day time services to the Entertainment District.  This is the only retail space within a few hundred feet of the 555, the Sabine on 5th, the Hilton, the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Convention Center.   So, why hasn’t this space been filled?

After the jump:  Part 1 of the chronology of City of Austin v. Harry Whittington
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M1EK is relentless on CapMetro

While I remain optimistic about the forthcoming Commuter Rail, M1EK makes some convincing arguments about how the system leaves room for improvement.

SOLD! Posada Del Rey #114

505 w 7th st, austin, tx 78701
list price: $200,000
sale price: $195,000
sf: 619

Downtown Austin is getting [Walton's] Fancy

by jude galligan

While West 6th would become restaurant row, the building located at 609 w 6th, 78701 has been siting idle for the past few years.  Recently, activity has been buzzing.

wine and beer only

wine and beer only

We’ve seen a construction crew slowly converting this old building into something new.  I’ve heard that the building is owned by Sandra Bullock.  This would make sense considering her successful Bess restaurant is just down the street.  Traviscad lists the property is owned by “PIETANZO VITO TRUSTEE OF THE B” and has it appraised at $624,082.  What’s more interesting to me is what will be opening.

It appears that Downtown Austin is getting a new Walton’s Fancy & Staple.  According to their website…

“Walton’s downtown will include a traditional delicatessen & bakery (for folks on the go), & sidewalk café seating. Our Grand Opening is scheduled for late 2008. We look forward to fulfilling your fanciest floral, gift-giving & event design wishes!”

Waltons Fancy & Staple

Walton's Fancy & Staple

According to Google this is the former home of Crime & Space books, KSA Communications, and Texas Terminator pest control.

609 w 6th

609 w 6th

by Jude Galligan