Tag Archives: East Austin

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs mixed-use zoning on E. Fifth St.

With the blessing of the neighborhood contact team, city staff and the Planning Commission, City Council unanimously approved a request for mixed-use zoning in East Austin last week, despite a valid petition from some neighbors.The property in question is located…

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

East Cesar Chavez hotel fails at Planning Commission

Residents opposed to a proposed 65-room boutique hotel at 1207 East Cesar Chavez St. told the Planning Commission on Tuesday night that they do not want to see their neighborhood become “another Rainey Street.” At the meeting, several residents held signs…

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

New lawsuit adds to sour feelings in Swede Hill’s Patch House saga

The owners of a controversial house in East Austin’s Swede Hill neighborhood are taking their fight with the city to a Travis County district court.Last week, lawyers for Blake and Toria English filed a suit against the city of Austin…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA grants variances, effectively denies house

The Board of Adjustment granted variances for one East Austin homeowner Monday night, but that doesn’t mean he will be able to build the home he wants.William Scott Admire, who owns a house at 2012 Hamilton Ave., told the board that without…

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tricky East Austin case gets more complicated

The story of the Waller on Swede Hill project and why City Council won’t likely consider historic zoning for the Stasswender House until August is a complicated one.Early this year, in an attempt to stave off a proposed condo development…

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Economic development proposals going to task force

Mayor Steve Adler pushed for and won more time to consider an economic development plan for East Austin on Thursday. The plan will go along with consideration of an agreement to create PGA-style golf courses at Walter E. Long Metropolitan…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Houston sees disparity in treatment of parks

Unless the item gets bogged down by a requirement that a master plan for Lamar Beach be completed first, City Council is likely to approve on Thursday a 50-year agreement with the West Austin Youth Association for renovations to three…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Commissioners OK commercial zoning in East Austin

Acknowledging neighborhood support and ties to the community, Planning Commissioners last week recommended a compromised rezoning designation for an East Austin home. The switch will allow commercial use of the property.The commissioners agreed only after expressing concern that allowing one resident…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin will lose home to demolition

The Historic Landmark Commission approved a proposal at its meeting Monday to demolish an East Austin home originally built in the 1920 early 1900s.The house at 1409 Canterbury St. will be demolished to make way for new construction, despite a…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pine Street Station headed down the tracks

Though it is not what either side wanted, the Historic Landmark Commission voted Monday night in favor of a compromise at Pine Street Station.Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky explained that the owner of the land, the Capital Metro Transportation Authority,…

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed East Austin demo agitates neighbors

The Historic Landmark Commission will decide the fate of an East Austin home built in the early 1900s. The owner of the Canterbury Street home would like to demolish it, but neighbors have asked for a hold on demolitions in…

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

City fails to patch SXSW crash-pad issue

An East Austin home whose lease holders are housing musicians in exchange for promotion on social media has city officials flummoxed. Neighbors of the Waller Street property argue that it is an inappropriate use of the house, which is zoned residential.…

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Developer seeks creative class on Cameron Road

A developer is one step closer to building a median-priced apartment complex aimed at young artists on Cameron Road in Northeast Austin.At the Zoning and Platting Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change for the property at 9201…

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

No-show is a no-go at the Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment extended no favors to an East Cesar Chavez homeowner who failed to appear at its Monday night meeting. Instead, the board quickly voted against her request for a greater floor-to-area ratio than the McMansion Ordinance allows.Homeowner…

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Subcommittee seeks help for ADU changes

The Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee met Thursday to discuss amendments to a city ordinance regarding accessory dwelling units — apartments located on the same property as a house. But city staffer Ming-ru Chu could barely read through the…

Monday, February 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic gambit could derail east side condo plan

A bid to stave off an East Austin condominium development gained traction last week when a neighborhood push to save the houses on land slated for development found unanimous support at the Historic Landmark Commission.Swede Hill neighbors came forward to…

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission delays fate of Pine Street

The future of East Austin’s Pine Street Station will remain in limbo for at least another month after last week’s postponement of a grass-roots bid for historic landmark designation.Though the Historic Landmark Commission again discussed the buildings at Fifth and…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Housing, not retail, on the way for East Austin

A fight for more retail space proved unsuccessful at the Planning Commission last week, where commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit that will allow an affordable housing project to be built despite the neighborhood’s wishes.“It may not be perfect…

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Crowd pleads with HLC to save Pine Street Station

The possible demolition of East Austin’s Pine Street Station drew impassioned pleas to the Historic Landmark Commission this week.On Monday night, a crowd of Austinites implored the commission to initiate historic zoning for the buildings located at 414 Waller St.…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Urban farms battle is back at Planning Commission

The fight over urban farms reignited at the Planning Commission on Tuesday night, where a battle took place over whether East Austin’s Springdale Farm should get a zoning change that would allow it to continue to hold events.The owners of…

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