It’s been a long time coming for the $500MM Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment, situated along Cesar Chavez, bounded to the west by Shoal Creek, and to the east by Silicon Labs. We’ve stumbled upon good reason to be excited that development could begin soon.
Back in May, when a site plan application was submitted to the city, we shared with you that the first phase of the new Green Water development – a residential highrise known simply as Block 1 – was moving from possibility to reality.
But I, along with nearly everyone else, was kind of confused about what exactly was being planned and how close the Green Water vision was going to match the original vision after a tree preservation snafu at City Council. This has been resolved and the plan is to incorporate the trees into the design.
Updated elevation drawings were submitted to the city which show a building that steps back from Cesar Chavez.
We can expect that the first phase will be a 38
40-story mixed use building with a total of 446 units. Majority one-bedroom, but included efficiencies, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms, ranging from about 450 square feet to 2,000. It is anticipated these will be apartments (for rent).
At street level, we should see 14,000 square feet of retail, 15,000 square feet of restaurant space, and another 23,000 of office space.
The project is being developed by Trammell Crow and designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), an award winning architecture, interior design and planning firm with offices in Chicago and San Francisco, who has some very classy buildings all over the world.
If you spend some time perusing SCB’s design portfolio, I think you can start to feel some excited anticipation for this on the Austin skyline. No doubt, numerous tourists and passers by of what has become a fenced off lawn have wondered just what is going there.
While we can now see the profile the development, we eagerly anticipate some updated renderings.