Tag Archives: East Austin

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Waiver applicant pitches restrictive covenant with themselves

The Planning Commission voted 7-4 at its Dec. 13 meeting to postpone a decision on a compatibility waiver for a new multifamily residential development called the Lofts at 12th, located at 2724 East 12th St.The waiver would accommodate the five-story…

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Survey finds a wealth of history in East Austin

At long last, the East Austin Historic Resources Survey is complete and ready for review.The survey covered the area of Austin east of Interstate 35, north of Lady Bird Lake, south of Manor Road and east of Pleasant Valley Road…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA shoots down East Austin variance cluster

At the Board of Adjustment’s most recent meeting, the specters of short-term rentals and the Jumpolin piñata store did no favors for a group seeking variances in East Austin.Chris French, who identified himself as the homeowner’s brother, explained that they…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners sue over neighbors’ rowdy parties

Tormented by loud, amplified music that lasted all night, drunken partygoers trespassing onto their property, cars blocking their driveway and “a parade of people coming to their door late at night ‘looking for the party,’” East Austin homeowners Christian Hartnett…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

New East Austin survey tells story of loss

To the uninformed, Shonda Mace looked like she was being a real creep. On a morning last March, the young woman loitered in front of a home on East 22nd Street. She eyed the house in front of her before…

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Festival hopes to begin new chapter at 12th and Chicon, with city help

Austin’s trolley cars, which retired in 1940, used to stop at East 12th and Chicon streets. It’s there that Ada Harden and her brother would hop on, pay the five-cent fee and ride with little concern about a destination.“We’d go…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin’s boom: What to do? And how to do it?

As a first, necessary step toward addressing East Austin’s growth, the Planning Commission continues to look for a way to get a handle on the conversation about that growth.Commissioner Nuria Zaragoza, who sparked the latest discussion on the subject at…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin theater at the center of code dispute

The Austin Code Department is responsible for making sure land is used for its intended purpose. So what happens when land-use rules are broken? One East Austin theater at the center of a code dispute is finding out the answer…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

No special exceptions for East Austin special exception

Angry neighbors were no match for strange coincidences at the Board of Adjustment earlier this month.Nanette DiNunzio was seeking a special exception that would allow her to retain her garage, which – because it is in the 5-foot setback –…

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan fails to impress in the wake of unapproved East Austin demolition

Almost two years later, one East Austin homeowner is back at the Board of Adjustment asking for a variance redo, with a promise to reconstruct the demolished home it had promised to preserve.At this point, owner 2100 E. 14 Ventures…

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County PID project hits yet another snag

City Council Member Ora Houston urged the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday to tap the brakes on a proposed massive project in far East Austin.Houston personally visited the court’s regular weekly voting session to tell the commissioners that she…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Seventh bar plan goes south at BoA

It appears that the dream of another east side bar may be over, after Board of Adjustment members definitively shot down a request at their last meeting for reduced parking.Currently, the building at 1309 E. Seventh St. has room for…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Small demo points to a “big issue” in East Austin

Though the Historic Landmark Commission finally had a chance to weigh in on a neighborhood demolition, that demolition will still be moving forward after members of the commission ruled that an East Austin home was not a good candidate for…

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Demolition avoided on Cesar Chavez

In a rare turnaround, a small East Austin home that has been a longtime rental in the neighborhood is now headed for preservation instead of demolition.Initially, the owners of 2205 East Cesar Chavez St. were seeking a demolition permit for…

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council backs ordinance to expand, improve Rebekah Baines Johnson Center

What would LBJ do? That was the question invoked repeatedly by both supporters and opponents of a code amendment aimed at facilitating the rehabilitation of the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, the retirement community at 21 Waller St. created by federally…

Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Grandiose” East Austin remodel stalls at BoA

Fast-paced change in Central East Austin has helped contribute a boon of cases to the city’s planning commissions, where it has become clear that prosperity has been a mixed bag.At their most recent meeting, Board of Adjustment members took up…

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Friendless” house to be demolished

Though historic zoning was initiated for the 1911 home on San Bernard Street, a depleted Historic Landmark Commission did not show enough support to move historic landmark status forward for the “house with no friends” last week.Because the homeowner opposed…

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin zoning mess fix moves forward, for now

A fix for a mistake made two years ago is headed to City Council, and nine east side properties once owned by the city hang in the balance, as does a deal struck for affordable housing as a condition of…

Friday, May 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

House, not history, derails preservation bid

In order for a building to qualify for historic landmark status in Austin, it must meet two or more of the local historic designation criteria. That process can be complicated, but there are also issues that even a layman can…

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“House with no friends” wins over commission

Only one neighborhood representative spoke against the demolition. But the home at 1175 San Bernard St. found enough allies on the Historic Landmark Commission to ensure it will stay standing for another month.Commissioners voted to initiate historic zoning on the…

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