Tag Archives: East Austin

Friday, January 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Oracle: when a tech company expands in Austin

Demolition, it seems, follows Robin Wilkins.Wilkins, 54, moved into the Lakeview Apartments on South Lakeshore Boulevard after another apartment building she was living in was slated to be torn down. She stayed for five years, paying no more than $720…

Thursday, December 17, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Seniors lead East Austin trike revival

As James Maxwell tells it, the first journey nearly broke him. “I almost gave up bike riding,” he said. “These are something else.”Maxwell, 68, stares down a line of five glossy, red tricycles. While at the moment they’re idling in…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is gentrification a human rights issue in Austin?

Over the past few months, the city’s Human Rights Commission has been taking a hard look at preservation and gentrification. Though such issues might seem outside the commission’s purview, onetime City Council candidate Fred McGhee has a different opinion.McGhee’s complaints…

Friday, December 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Designed to be neighborly, porch fuels animosity

A still-pending variance request may have seemed simple enough at first glance, but on Austin’s East Side, issues of gentrification are never far away. And at the Board of Adjustment, unhappy neighbors are usually on hand as well.At the board’s…

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

STR prohibition proves popular in variance case

With new regulations for short-term rentals in the works, the topic of STRs has become subtext in any number of seemingly unrelated development cases in the city. This was certainly the case at the most recent Board of Adjustment meeting,…

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Fire official’s objection may scuttle zoning change

With the Austin Fire Department objecting to the zoning change, City Council decided to postpone a decision on downzoning a limited industrial property to allow vertical mixed-use retail and residences on an East Austin tract located next to a facility…

Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Vicky Garza

Mayor, community leaders unveil new facility for the homeless

A $14.6 million facility combining housing and services for Austin’s chronically homeless is expected to break ground in Central East Austin early next year with the support of Mayor Steve Adler, the Downtown Austin Alliance, various nonprofit organizations working to…

Friday, November 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mt. Zion rezoning finally moves on to Council

It may have taken the most circuitous route imaginable to get there, but the the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church rezoning case is moving on to City Council after bouncing around the Planning Commission since June.This time, the church had…

Friday, October 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Questions circle East Austin demolition

A skeptical Historic Landmark Commission voted to initiate historic zoning on an East Austin house this week, despite the objections of the owner, who told a story that some commissioners had trouble swallowing.In the words of Commissioner Blake Tollet, “Something’s…

Friday, October 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

East side Boys and Girls Club draws crowd at Planning Commission

City Hall was filled with children from the Boys and Girls Club of Austin – and its opponents – at the Tuesday night meeting of the Planning Commission.The students were there to support a zoning change from Single Family (SF-3)…

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin cottage relocation plan worries some

A plan to relocate four Calcasieu cottages from East Austin has stalled at the Historic Landmark Commission for the time being, with some commissioners deciding the current plan is just too risky to endorse. Built by the Calcasieu Lumber Company…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mt. Zion zoning turns a corner

After months of struggle and complications, it looks as though there may be compromise on the horizon for East Austin’s Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.The new tack will have to go through the normal approval process in the future, but…

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning commissioners explore development options for East Austin

Will there be a development moratorium on the east side? Probably not, but the Planning Commission is taking a closer look at its options for slowing development in the East Cesar Chavez corridor.Commissioners examined the tools available for dealing with…

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

In East Austin, another demolition

East Austin will soon say goodbye to yet another home built in the early 1900s.At last week’s Historic Landmark Commission meeting, commissioners voted to release a demolition permit for the house at 1613 Canterbury St. Commissioners Terri Myers, Grace McKenzie…

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pine Street Station may not be stationary for long

East Austin’s Pine Street Station may soon be on the move, with the unanimous approval of the Historic Landmark Commission.In what Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky called “an extremely unusual situation,” historic zoning was extended to the building earlier this…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission reverses Mt. Zion church decision

Confronted with new information about zoning regulations related to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., the Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reverse a decision it had made in June aimed at helping the church sell…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission’s first case reveals deeper concerns

An ideological split and a skeleton crew of a commission have left the landmark status of an East Austin home in limbo for now.Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky “wholeheartedly recommended” historic zoning for the residence at 2005 Hamilton Ave., which…

Monday, July 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mistakes add more twists to East Austin church case

Most of the Planning Commissioners were attending their first meeting last week. After initial introductions, they quickly found themselves in the deep end, when they were asked to consider the fate of East Austin’s Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.The case…

Monday, July 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Worried neighbors win over commissioners in East Austin zoning case

Last week, neighbors stayed past midnight at the Planning Commission to protest a zoning change on “Death Hill,” as it’s locally known. Their concerns about safety, traffic and gentrification in that area of East Austin resonated with commissioners, who overwhelmingly…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Chestnut house will stay put, for now

Last week, an East Austin house got a temporary stay of relocation at the Historic Landmark Commission. Though the owner would like to see the house relocated to make way for more houses, the neighborhood and commission are certain that…

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