Downtown Austin’s Railyard District Getting A New Neighbor?

Downtown Austin’s Railyard District Getting A New Neighbor?

No, we’re not talking about the news of a rekindled T. Stacy building.  Last month it was reported that Riverside Resources was under contract to buy the Whitley Building at 301 Brazos St.  The downtown Austin development site is zoned Central Business District (CBD) with no Capitol View Corridor restrictions.  According to reporter Jacob Dirr’s Twitter feed, the local development firm is planning a 20-story residential redevelopment of the site.  Dirr’s tweet also links to a rendering of the building where we can see what is envisioned.

The design appears to front E 3rd Street, with a grand entrance mid-block.  According to a permit search, the project is planning to include the Great Streets treatment surrounding the building.  The planned building would back up to the Railyard condos, and overlook the former McGarrah Jessee office.  Back in 2007-2008, the Poe Companies were planning a $200 million project at the former paper company warehouse, but subsequently moved their 21c project closer to Waller Creek where it remains on hold.

I’m excited about the prospect of [finally] developing the Whitley Paper warehouse.  Located one block from Congress Ave, three blocks to the 6th Street Entertainment District, and a stone’s throw from an urban rail hub in the future, the Railyard District is primed for residential reinvigoration.

No reports of what the project would be called.

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  1. Any word on the number of units? 20 Stories seems pretty high for an apartment complex to me, so I’m curious how many units they might be able to fit in that sucker.

  2. It’s too short for a lot that has no height restrictions. Save buildings like this for height restricted areas and let projects that can be built taller for lots like this…

  3. Austin Healy says

    This is great! The design is a lil boring though.

    • Mike Wilen says

      Agreed. Great news, but the design is definitely not anything exciting.


      yep…. it is ashamed it is so run of the mill. Compare it to the 21C design that was to be there and you’ll really see how disappointing it is.

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