Tag Archives: Congress Avenue

Friday, October 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

More walkable Congress Avenue vision gaining traction

An innovative framework meant to help reinvigorate Congress Avenue downtown has earned the favor of the Urban Transportation Commission.The framework was developed by the Pedestrian Advisory Council in May as a way to allow experimentation with pedestrian-friendly policies through trial…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Three Congress storefronts will soon be dismantled

For over a decade, three properties at 907, 909 and 911 Congress Ave. have stood vacant as they awaited a plan to restore their original facades. In September of 2006, two of the properties were approved for dismantling, but now…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Ciclovia on hold while parking proposal creates controversy on Congress Avenue

The dream of shutting down Congress Avenue for a daylong bicycle festival is in a state of suspended animation.City Council made a step toward the idea just over a year ago when it voted on a resolution directing the city…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City planners picture fewer cars on Congress

Imagine if the main street of Texas had wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes and no pull-in parking spaces.That’s one potential outcome of the city of Austin’s Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative.Last week, the Public Works and Planning and Zoning departments…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Report spells out Congress Avenue’s potential transformation

The future of Congress Avenue leading up to the state Capitol could see bicycles claiming the middle of the road as cars pass on both sides. That is one configuration in the discussion for an eventual makeover of the street…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin launches initiative to redesign Congress Avenue

For Austin visitors, it’s hard to beat the iconic view of the Texas Capitol from Congress Avenue. But for those who live and work along the corridor, the streetscape could use some improvements.On a Friday afternoon, about a dozen customers…

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Neon wrong kind of historic for Congress Avenue

At the most recent Historic Landmark Commission meeting, commissioners faced the question of when “historic” was, exactly. One of Austin’s most celebrated new restaurants provoked the question, by proposing installation of a sign that the owners said was historic, though…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Viral news proves a mixed bag for Great Outdoors

Tom Tinguely, owner of the Great Outdoors nursery on South Congress, wants everyone to know that he is working through issues with the city’s Development Services and Code departments and that the business is fully operational.That’s important, because when the…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs alcohol for South Congress shop

City Council has approved a waiver that will allow a new business on South Congress to serve alcohol, despite its close proximity to the Texas School for the Deaf.Two Hands Brew LLC sought an alcoholic beverage waiver last week for…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Possible strip club makes museum wary of deck

With a proposed Congress Avenue strip club drawing fire from groups across the city, it might not be the right time for other tenants of 422 Congress Ave. to ask for changes.Though the owners of Shiner’s Saloon explained that they…

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Congress Avenue facade flip passes first hurdle

It’s not what usually comes to mind when one thinks of flipping houses. But last week, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission gave its tentative blessing to an undertaking that will see Congress Avenue’s Grandberry and Mitchell-Robinson Buildings flipped — brick by…

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Downtown hotel zoning shifts to code amendment

After almost a year of going through the zoning change process, including trips to four different commissions and winning initial approval from City Council, developers of the Aloft Austin & Element Hotel are now seeking an amendment to the Land…

Monday, October 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Congress hotel closer to Council approval

It has been a long, slow road, but a proposed Congress Avenue hotel passed its first official City Council hurdle in October.Council members unanimously approved a rezoning that will allow for a change to the building’s street setback on first…

Friday, September 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission nixes neon for P. Terry’s sign

(Natalie Krebs participated in the preparation of this story.)The new downtown P. Terry’s struck out for a second time at the Historic Landmark Commission on Monday night, where it became abundantly clear that the local burger stand will not be…

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