Tag Archives: Central Business District

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

City tries to get developers to embrace ‘great urban design’

While the most often discussed aim of density bonuses has been to create affordable housing, the city also hopes to use them as a way to encourage other community benefits, including superior design.“We’re trying to shift the narrative and shift…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Central Health taps Baltimore-based firm for Brackenridge Hospital redevelopment

Central Health has selected a firm to redevelop Brackenridge Hospital.The Central Health Board of Managers announced it’s chosen Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology to revamp the hospital, which closed its doors for good in May after more than a century…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

High-rises to fill downtown Austin’s few remaining empty blocks

It’s hard to come by vacant land in downtown Austin these days, and the few empty blocks that remain are quickly being scooped up by developers. One of the area’s latest projects is at 308 Guadalupe Street.Earlier this month, Travis…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotel taxes key to ‘downtown puzzle’ to help area homeless

For all the interlinked pieces of the “downtown puzzle”-solving plan that Mayor Steve Adler unveiled Monday morning – and in a 20-minute speech he name-checked just about every relevant downtown Austin presence – the ambitious and far-reaching policy gambit boils…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Jack Craver

Can an expanded convention center solve the ‘downtown puzzle’?

After months of research, city staff has come up with a few ways that City Council can find money to begin solving the so-called “downtown puzzle,” the expression used by Mayor Steve Adler to describe a host of potential downtown…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Praise pours in for county’s downtown deal

Late Tuesday afternoon, the county formally announced its deal with Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company to ink a 99-year ground lease at 308 Guadalupe St., the empty block that was once eyed as the site for a brand…

Friday, December 2, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s high-end apartment market closes some of its vacancy gap

High-end apartments have come to dominate the rental market in downtown Austin. A few years ago, those developments saw a sharp drop in occupancy as new units flooded the market. Now the market seems to be on its way to stabilizing.These…

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Rainey Street condo developer to fund neighborhood traffic study

Yet another new high-rise condo complex could be coming to the Rainey Street neighborhood. But before it breaks ground, developers and residents are working to identify the top traffic needs in the area.The Austin-based Sutton Company wants to build new…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission votes to break Rainey Street covenant

It’s one of the most densely populated parts of the city, with nearby access to bike trails, downtown, public transit and Interstate 35, but development fights in the Rainey Street District have a familiar villain: traffic.Last week, the Planning Commission…

Friday, June 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs downtown restrooms

Downtown visitors and residents will no longer have to rely on street smarts or commerce to find relief in that area of town. On Thursday, City Council approved a resolution that will usher in the city’s first public restrooms, though…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

A census, but for downtown parking

In a city obsessed with mobility issues, even parking can be a flashpoint that excites visceral debates about whether there is too much or not enough temporary vehicular storage. Soon, however, the Downtown Austin Alliance will temper parking passions with cold…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Why would two homes cross the street? Preservation.

Though there were some initial reservations about the plan, Historic Landmark commissioners unanimously approved the relocation of two downtown homes at their last meeting.Commissioners approved the release of relocation permits for 606 and 608 E. Third St. on the condition…

Monday, February 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Corrected: Homes could thwart convention center project

On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission heard a proposal that could move three of downtown Austin’s oldest homes to make way for development surrounding its largest hotel.Doug Manchester from the Manchester Texas Financial Group presented his plan to move two,…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Palm School fate uncertain

The fate of a historic building at the southeastern gateway of downtown Austin is up in the air as Travis County continues a gradual reshuffling of its valuable real estate portfolio.The commissioners court will soon vote to start making early…

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County builds interest in courts complex development plan

The Travis County Commissioners Court has determined that a plan to let private developers build a second tower that would complement the proposed $291.6 Civil & Family Courts Complex is “extremely attractive.”According to the team steering the courts complex project,…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Concrete pouring ordinance may need more time

City staff’s proposed restrictions on notoriously loud and bright overnight concrete pouring at downtown sites may not be ready to hit the ground yet. That’s according to a discussion City Council had at its Tuesday work session ahead of a…

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