Tag Archives: East Austin

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…

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…

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…

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin demo spurs talk of moratoriums and trust

There has been a lot of talk recently about a moratorium on demolitions in East Austin. On Monday, that talk surfaced once again, this time around a proposed demolition that will be put on hold for the time being while…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Transportation Department rolls with punches at polka-dotted intersection

A small Austin Transportation Department project that attracted worldwide headlines earlier this year has had a bumpier road than originally anticipated. The polka-dotted intersection at East Sixth and Waller streets in East Austin became a minor sensation when crews first…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA awaits better hardship for east side development

A project that could bring three-story homes to the east side may be on track for getting some of the variances it needs – but developers are going to have to strengthen their hardship claim first. At their most recent…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

One Two East gets Council preview

The battle over One Two East has been brewing on the east side for months. On Thursday, it will finally land at City Council, and this week’s Council work session offered a glimpse of what might be to come. The…

Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel pushes for preservation, despite house deficiencies

Despite concerns that the physical structure lacks historic integrity, the Historic Landmark Commission has voted to move forward with historic zoning for the home of one of East Austin’s most prominent African-Americans. Commissioners voted 6-4 to initiate historic zoning on…

Monday, April 4, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

East Austin reunion tells two tales of local preservation

Jimmy Reed, 78, stands in front of his childhood home on East Austin’s Garden Street. It has been stripped to the 1920s wooden frame, and the barely 800-square-foot home looks more condemned than livable. Reed lived here, he estimates, from…

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Massive road expansion bears down on Austin’s east side

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will officially turn the dirt next week on one of the largest locally financed infrastructure projects in the region’s history. Unlike other CTRMA projects – including the MoPac Improvement Project, MoPac South and State…

Monday, March 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Affordable housing manuever loses at City Hall

Though it earned the respect of some Planning commissioners, an attempt to leverage a site plan extension for more affordable housing on the near-east side didn’t pay off last week. At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, Nikki Hoelter, who works…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Parking and character battle at BoA case

Is a lack of parking a neighborhood characteristic? In East Austin, maybe it is. At the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment, George Rodenbusch was seeking a variance to reduce the number of required parking spaces from four…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo agreement falls short of labor advocates’ approval

The Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s board of directors on Monday approved the terms of its partnership with private developers to bring a massive urban infill project to the eastern gate of downtown Austin. At its monthly meeting, the board voted…

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

As East Austin changes, what power do neighbors have to stop it?

Recently, residents of the city’s East Cesar Chavez neighborhood asked a city of Austin committee to put in place interim controls potentially limiting the influx of new bars, restaurants and breweries. The decision was delayed – and then eventually denied.…

Friday, March 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County hears ambitious proposal for Expo Center

As South by Southwest once again tests the limits of the Austin Convention Center, Travis County Commissioners Court is considering a new proposal that could not only bring the facility some relief but also attract the attention of a major…

Friday, February 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts’ historic zoning back in play

It was far from clear what had happened after a flurry of amendments and votes. But when the dust settled, the question of historic zoning for Rosewood Courts remained open. City Council voted 8-0-3 to initiate historic zoning on Rosewood…

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts preservation fight finds new life

Anyone who thought the bid to save Austin’s Rosewood Courts was over just lost a bet. This Thursday, City Council will consider initiating historic zoning on the East Austin housing project. Council Member Ora Houston has sponsored a resolution supporting…

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