Archives for May 2010

May 21st Bike To Work Day

May 21st Bike To Work Day

Downtown Austin Link Roundup

Car2Go launches to the public tomorrow

  1. Waller Creek Citizens Advisory Committee meets tonight.  Link to the agenda.(pdf)  Of particular interest is the update on the TIF district and its development capacity.
  2. Car2Go goes public tomorrow, May 21st. The public launch of car2go will be celebrated tomorrow by a free event at Republic Square Park on 4th Street and Guadalupe starting at 4:00pm and ending at 10:00pm.
  3. Development news keeps coming, though nothing imminent: Block 51, Austin Energy building on West Ave, City planning a new parking garage, State capitol considering more density.
  4. Green Water Treatment Plant decommissioning update (pdf)

Oh, Fondren

Remember La Vista On Lavaca?

Remember it was rebranded as the Fondren?

Remember when construction stopped?

Remember when it was posted for foreclosure?

Now, YOU can buy a mini-Intel-like-shell for $10.325MMGoogle Street View Map

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Cafe Crepe in Downtown Austin Now One of My Favorite Restaurants / Eateries Ever

Cafe Crepe in Downtown Austin Now One of My Favorite Restaurants / Eateries Ever

I’m gonna go ahead and file this under ” T ” for “Things I’m Really, Really Pumped About.”

The kind lady modeling/presenting in this picture has asked me to let everyone know that she is NOT a drinker, lest this picture be leaked into the wrong hands and the meaning twisted to claim otherwise.

$4.00/glass, $10/half-liter. Party.

Cafe Crepe: 200 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78701-4028, (512) 480-0084

City To Sign Development Agreement For Austin Energy Site

Located at 3rd Street and West Ave, surrounded by chain link fence, the fate of Austin Energy’s eye sore of a building is all but sealed. Constructive Ventures and Trammel Crow are partnering up to develop the site. According to the Statesman article

The lead developer, Austin-based Constructive Ventures Inc. , would build the $220 million project on a 1.7-acre site that is currently home to the Austin Energy Control Center.

The City Council is set to vote today to authorize the city manager to sign a development agreement with a partnership of Constructive Ventures and Trammell Crow Co. to buy the tract for $14.5 million.

Construction couldn’t begin until 2013, at the earliest.  Then it’s unknown if the capital markets will be there to provide viable financing terms.  In summary, this is definitely progress and a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way before we see a new building.