Archives for 2008

Lake/Flato will design new Central Library in Downtown Austin

Site of Downtown Austins new Central Libary

Site of Downtown Austin's new Central Libary

Lake Flato has been awarded the design contract for Downtown Austin’s new Central Library.  They’ve got $90MM to work with to build 250,000 square feet by 2013.

Below is an estimated timeline for the new Central Library project:

  • May 2009 ~ Citizen/Stakeholder input meetings –Co-sponsored by Library Commission and Library Foundation June 2009 ~ Design phase begins
  • Spring 2011 ~ Design development completed
  • Winter 2011 ~ Construction begins
  • Fall 2013 ~ Construction complete
  • Spring/Summer 2014-Grand Opening

The site sits partially within a capitol view corridor, so the future building can only be mid-rise and will likely only by three stories.  In that regard I like this choice of location.  Still, I think this is a poor choice of location in terms of accessibility.  I’ve seen plenty of proposed transit maps for ‘future’ Austin, and not a single one shows rail stopping near the library.  The people that would benefit the most from this new Central Library are, in my opinion, going to benefit the most from mass transit that can get them to the library!   It was an easy choice for the City because they own the land; however, the city could have used condemnation to select a better site that would be more accessible.  I expect the building will be beautiful.  I just hope it gets used.

Jude Galligan

SOLD! Penthouse Condos #305

Penthouse Condos in Downtown Austin

Penthouse Condos in Downtown Austin

LP: $119,000
SP: $109,000
SF: 420

1212 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

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Farewell Gallery Lombardi

Say farewell to Gallery Lombardi

Say farewell to Gallery Lombardi

Generally, I’ve never been the kind of person that really enjoys art shows.    But, I really like living in a neighborhood where the arts are appreciated and supported.   I like knowing that there are art shows going on.   So, it is with that sentiment that I am saddened to learn that Gallery Lombardi will be closing it’s doors next month.   From the announcement which was emailed to a friend of mine…

“Proprietor Ron Prince opened Gallery Lombard in 1996 on 3rd & Bowie, his motto has always been, ‘everyone is an artist’.  Ron Prince says “If you are a creative person, and you have an opportunity to be creative, consider yourself blessed.  The rest is window dressing.”  I have been lucky to work in this creative, supportive environment since 2000.  I just made a quick count, it seems I’ve directed and/or curated 144 group art shows at Gallery Lombardi.  wow.”


SOLD! Plaza Lofts #1208

Downtown Austins Plaza Lofts

Downtown Austin's Plaza Lofts

LP: $320,000
SP: $310,000
SF: 1,194

Top floor at Plaza Lofts for $260psf is a very good deal.  From Kumara Wilcoxen’s listing… “Top floor condo located in the most desirable location downtown. 13ft ceilings, floor-ceiling windows, polished concrete floors, granite, travertine marble baths. Walk to dining, entertainment, town lake etc.”

311 w 5th st, austin, tx 78701

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