Downtown Austin Link Roundup

The news didn’t stop to take a breath this week, at least as it relates to downtown Austin.  Lots of announcements, lots of speculation.  These are the stories we’re following.

1) 219 West is moving from Warehouse district to West 6th Street, into the old Union Park space.  (link)

2) In “how will they fit it in there?” news: a proposed tower between Shoal Creek and Spring Condos, behind Tiniest Bar In Texas. (link)  UPDATE: Zoning change approved (link)

3) The White Lodging Hotel on Congress Ave isn’t the only proposed hotel.  In fact, there’s another player looking at the lot next to the Palm School, and they are not seeking any fee waivers.  (link)

4) Austin City Council delays vote on the White Lodging (“Mega Hotel”) fee waivers. (link)

5) Permanent supportive housing should not be placed near other social services (link)

6) Gables Republic Park says they won’t build soon, or at least until Travis County gets a clear vision on its new downtown courthouse site.  (link)

Monday Morning Link Roundup

Lot’s of news coming out of downtown Austin.

  1. A very nice slide show of a finished out Austonian residence.  This will no doubt become one of their model units.  Back in November, the Austonian team invited Downtown Austin Blog to take some interior pics.  You can see those hereBTW, the first Austonian closing is scheduled for June 7th. (!)
  2. Texas Facilities Commission has big plans for the Capitol complex over the next couple of decades.  They are calling for more dense development surrounding the Capitol with enough square footage to fill 13 Frost Bank towers.
  3. The re-envisioned Block 51 development is gaining new traction.  A 28 story condominium and 16 story office building could replace the surface level parking lot just west of the downtown Austin post office.
  4. It appears that Aquaterra is prepping to break ground.  Perhaps re-branded, and as an apartment building rather than a condominium.
  5. The Austin Convention Center is facing a potential cash shortage.  More downtown hotel space is needed in order to recruit more and bigger conventions.