Downtown Austin Blog learned this past May about a project to erect a boutique hotel over what is currently Sky Lounge. Known simply as “416 Congress” we now have images and renderings from Dick Clark architecture that will be presented to the Downtown Commission. The proposal calls for 130 rooms and 26 stories. Downtown Austin rarely sees tall mid-block construction.
This could be a harbinger for more mid-block development and we hope the city supports the concept, not that it’s perfect. Expect some discussion around parking and sidewalk width. The site is not encumbered by a Capitol View Corridor, but there are setback requirements. The developer is seeking CBD-CURE zoning in order to bump the FAR from 8:1 to 13:1.
More info and pics after the jump.
From the project description:
“The existing James H. Robertson building, built in 1893 will be transformed into a 130-room boutique hotel. The project will include a restaurant, café, event space and amenities for the guest rooms. The project will restore and preserve the existing historic façade. The new vertical addition will set back from the original façade to preserve the buildings existing character.”