Remember La Bare on Riverside? Yeah, you do.
If you’re new to Austin, La Bare was a “ladies club” located at 110 E Riverside Drive that advertised male dancer entertainment. From the get-go, the business was troubled due to an incompatible use with the surrounding neighborhood (even then, when it wasn’t as densely populated with residential developments like The Crescent and others) and eventually re-opened on I-35, where it commenced to unwind.
That first part of that story sounds familiar, as a strip club was recently proposed and faces opposition at 422 Congress.
Just as fascinating as its salacious past are the future possibilities for the site, which is now being listed by commercial brokers Avison Young.
The fact that it’s been vacant for yeeeeaaaaaarssss seems nuts given it’s HIGHLY desirable location (again, a familiar theme in recent news). Why? We can only speculate, but it likely had to do with figuring out how the adjacent TxDot property will develop.
With a large landowner controlling several adjacent lots in one of the most desirable areas of Austin, we expect that once the planets align we’re going to see a master plan for all of these sites.
Down the street, CWS is mid-construction on a 260-unit luxury apartment complex.