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Old July 23rd, 2006, 09:19 PM   #41
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Another interesting new loft is the 303 Urban Village. These will at 303 E. 11th street, obviously. It has a very cool design. The link I have provided will take you to the website with the renderings.

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http://www.olivegrovepartners.com/archdescrip.html
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Old July 23rd, 2006, 10:04 PM   #42
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These types of projects are going to be more numerous as the central part of the city continues to be developed with more density involved. I really like SoCo though it should be really nice. There is another development that looks like its about to get started up further south on Congress near 290/71 I fogot the name of that one but it will be on that hill near the post office. Anybody have details on that???
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^I think you might still be refering to the "SoCo" lofts. I did provide a link, it's the last post on the second page.
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Old July 24th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #44
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Isn't SoCo going to be closer to downtown?? I didn't think it was going to be as far out as near Ben White 290/71. It makes it sound as if its going to be in the center of things and it wont be if its near the 290/71 intersection. Actually it will be on that site I was talking about. Well I feel sheepish now

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It makes it sound as if its going to be in the center of things and it wont be if its near the 290/71 intersection.
I think it will be in its own little world. But then again Penn Field is right next door...
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Old August 1st, 2006, 09:07 AM   #46
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Some possible big news, hope to hear more about this in the comming weeks...

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Museum negotiating on museum-condo project

Famous architectural firm would design new home for museum.

By Shonda Novak, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Tuesday, August 01, 2006



Austin could get a second downtown building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, an internationally known architectural firm.

The Austin Museum of Art is negotiating with local developer Tom Stacy to develop a museum and adjoining condominium project to be designed by the architectural firm founded by Cesar Pelli.

The firm also is designing a 47-story, mixed-use high-rise that Stacy plans to build at Fifth Street and Congress Avenue.

In October, the museum invited more than 40 developers to become potential partners on a mixed-use development that would give the museum a permanent home downtown.

The museum narrowed the list to three. A spokesman declined to name the other top contenders because there's not yet a final agreement with Stacy.

Museum officials, however, are optimistic.
"We have total confidence in Tom," said David Wyatt, the museum's director of marketing and public relations.
Executive Director Dana Friis-Hansen said the museum is "excited about the prospect" of a deal with Stacy.

"This is just a small step forward in our strategic plan," Friis-Hansen said. "Right now we're doing our due diligence to see if a relationship is possible."

The museum has been housed since 1995 at 823 Congress Ave., which Stacy owns. Friis-Hansen said Stacy has been "a very good landlord, especially during the difficult times we had during the economic downturn."

The new project would be built on museum-owned land bounded by Third, Fourth, Guadalupe and San Antonio streets. Pelli Clarke Pelli has done some preliminary conceptual drawings, but the museum is not yet ready to release them. Wyatt said the proposed development "is going to be a unified project on the whole block."

"It's not going to be generic condos adjacent to our (museum) building," he said. "It will be a connected structure, all integrated on the ground level."

The condo building would occupy about half of the lot, Wyatt said.
The financial terms of the deal, the size of the condo part and other details have yet to be worked out.

Stacy declined to comment, saying through a spokeswoman that he preferred any comment to come from museum officials at this stage.
The project would realize a longstanding dream for the museum, which has had to cancel two previous projects — both involving top-flight architects — because of financial hurdles.

The museum has an annual budget of $3.2 million and four full-time employees. In 2005, attendance at its two locations — downtown and Laguna Gloria on Lake Austin — totaled more than 297,000.
In its initial solicitation, the museum said it was seeking space for a 75,000-square-foot facility, including gallery, educational, meeting and public spaces, Wyatt said.

For Stacy's Congress Avenue project, Pelli Clarke Pelli plans a striking glass tower, flared at the top, that could be up to 700 feet high. Stacy hopes to break ground next year.

Pelli Clarke Pelli's high-profile projects include the Petronas Towers in Malaysia; Manhattan's World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall Tower; and Reagan Washington National Airport.
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I was curious to see what affect the new buildings would have on our skyline, so I drew in the buildings attempting to place them correctly and with the right height. If all of the buildings are built, this is what Austin's skyline could look like in 5 years...





...by the way, I used different colors on each building to differentiate between them, those will not be the colors of the real buildings. (unless we prefer the psychedelic skyline)
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The City of Austin website has released an updated projects summary.

The map of all emerging projects...
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/...p_map_0706.pdf

The listing of all emerging projects...
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/..._data_0706.pdf
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Old August 7th, 2006, 10:47 AM   #49
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Some info on the Legacy Tower going up in the Waterfront District.

http://www.legacypartners.com/Legacy...c=r_dev5&div=R

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Has alot of info in the brochure section of the site including floorplans.
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Downtown high-rise will soar even higher
MetLife project, more than two years in the making, is ready to get under way.
By Shonda Novak

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A downtown residential high-rise more than two years in the making is finally ready to start construction — with eight more floors than the original plans envisioned.

MetLife and partner the Hanover Co. are building the 36-story apartment tower at 101 Colorado St., next door to MetLife's 22-story office tower at 100 Congress Ave.


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Construction barriers are in place at Second and Colorado streets for the 101 Colorado St. apartment high-rise. In 2004, plans called for 202 units in a 28-story tower, but the revised design is 36 stories, with 258 units.

Spring, a 36-story condominium tower at Third and Bowie streets, is set to begin construction in February and will hold 220 units.

"I think New York City just arrived in Austin!" said David Armbrust, a well-known real estate lawyer who works on the 13th floor of the office building.

In 2004, when the project was announced, the plans called for 202 units in a 28-story tower, with townhouses facing Congress and a curved roof.

The revised design is 36 stories, with 258 units, including three live-work units facing Cesar Chavez Street and nearly 1,000 square feet of street-level retail.

Construction barriers already are in place and demolition of the drive-in bank that now occupies the site could begin this week. The first residents could move in by fall 2008.

"Obviously, to add eight stories, that speaks volumes about their belief in the strength of the downtown Austin residential market," Armbrust said.

Cynthia Birdwell, Hanover's director of marketing, said Austin "has been interested in bringing additional residents into downtown, and this was an opportunity to support that goal."

The company did not need a variance from the city for the additional height, she said.

HKS Architects, which designed the Whole Foods Market headquarters and flagship store on North Lamar Boulevard at West Sixth Street, designed the apartment project. The development has a tower rising on the north side of the site, with a lower-profile structure facing Town Lake.

Mayor Will Wynn has said his vision for a lively downtown includes 25,000 residents by 2015 — a fivefold increase — and there is no shortage of developers ready to meet the demand.

Projects under construction or planned for downtown would add more than 3,000 living units, with more slated to be built south of downtown. Work has started on six projects, and several more are expected to break ground in early 2007.

Work should start Feb. 1 on Spring, a 36-story condominium tower at Third and Bowie streets, said Robert Barnstone, one of the project's developers.

Rafii Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia, is designing the slender tower. Austin-based Dick Clark Architects will design the interiors of the 220 units.

Just south of downtown, Crescent Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, plans to start work in early 2007 on Aquaterra, a 19-story, 173-unit condominium tower at 210 Barton Springs Road.

Crescent is advertising the project aggressively, and the campaign has generated a high level of interest, said Steven Brandt, vice president of Crescent's Texas operations.

The project will cost almost $50 million and should be finished in late 2008, Brandt said.


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Construction barriers are in place at Second and Colorado streets for the 101 Colorado St. apartment high-rise. In 2004, plans called for 202 units in a 28-story tower, but the revised design is 36 stories, with 258 units.


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Spring, a 36-story condominium tower at Third and Bowie streets, is set to begin construction in February and will hold 220 units.




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Also, the UT Hotel and Conference Center now has a crane up at it's site.
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Just for anybody that is interested there is a new Austin Forum site up and running now. Feel free to register and join up...

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Heres the rendering of 101 Colorado. wich was posted on this thread ealier.





On another subject, The shore has started full construction as of the 4th with the main ground breakinig ceremony. They had a groundbreaking ceremony already ealier this summer but i think that was just for clearing the lot. Heres the artical.

An article from the Austin Business Journal.
From the Austin Business Journal
http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin...l?surround=lfn

22-story downtown condo breaks ground

Austin Business Journal - 1:50 PM CDT Wednesday

More than 80 percent of the units in a new high-rise condominium tower on Town Lake are committed -- and the project only officially broke ground Wednesday.

High Street Residential, a Trammell Crow company, celebrated the start of construction on The Shore, a 22-story 192-unit residential complex, at the development's leasing center downtown. The project is slated for completion in January 2008.

Jamil Alam, principal with the Trammell Crow Co. in Austin, says while many developers have lauded plans to build in downtown, fewer have followed through.

"We've actually made the investment," he says. "The fact that we are 80 percent leased speaks highly to the 24/7 environment downtown Austin offers."

The Shore's location on the edge of downtown in a neighborhood known as the Rainey Street District will help improve an area that has been underdeveloped in recent years, says Downtown Austin Alliance Executive Director Charlie Betts. As the development's pre-sales figures illustrate, prime access to both downtown and Town Lake are amenities people are willing to pay, and wait, for. Now with the nearby Milago Condominiums project close to completion and construction underway on the Mexican-American Cultural Center, Betts says he expects to see more high-density residential developments in the district.

"There is definite interest here," he says.

Meanwhile, in keeping with High Street's commitment to make The Shore an Austin 'green building,' and to honor its location on Town Lake, the firm presented the Austin Parks Foundation with a check for $10,000 to improve access to the nearby hike-bike trail on the lake. The improvements will make it easier for residents of The Shore -- along with those at the Mexican-American Cultural Center and other pedestrians -- to gain access to the main trail.
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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

Hotel/condo project has an Austin attitude
Moniker of upscale Hotel Van Zandt reflects the names and notes of Texas.
By Shonda Novak

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Developers plan to start work by the end of the year on the Hotel Van Zandt, a 29-story boutique hotel with 55 luxury condominiums at Red River and Davis streets, part of an emerging wave of high-rise residential and hotel projects on downtown's eastern edge.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, based in San Francisco, will manage the hotel, a $100 million project being developed by JMI Realty LLC of San Diego.


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The Hotel Van Zandt will stretch 29 stories and include 55 luxury condominiums and 290 rooms.


The hotel will have 290 rooms, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor deck, a ballroom and a 100-seat restaurant, said Greg Clay, senior vice president of JMI. The condominiums will range in price from $500,000 for the smallest units, 1,450 square feet, to more than $2 million for 5,000-square-foot units. They'll have a separate entrance and a private pool.

Kimpton manages 40 hotels across the country, each with a local flavor.

Clay said the Austin hotel will be "more like the Four Seasons in feel and style, with the comfortable Austin vibe of the (Hotel) San José," a popular locally owned boutique hotel on South Congress Avenue.

He said the Van Zandt name reflects both Texas history and Austin's musical roots.

Isaac Van Zandt was the first ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Texas. Generations later, his great-great-great grandson, Townes Van Zandt, became a legendary singer and songwriter whose career was cut short when he died in 1997.

"The name does exactly what we want," Clay said. "It simply implies Texas — Texas history and Texas soul."

The Van Zandt will be adjacent to the Shore, a 22-story condominium project already under construction by High Street Residential, an arm of Trammell Crow Co.

Nearby, Constellation Properties plans to build a $250 million luxury condominium and hotel project on three acres at Red River and East Cesar Chavez streets.

"Downtown Austin is really heating up," said Clay, the JMI executive. "The residential market downtown is really strong, as is the hotel market. Because our project includes both of these uses, we feel really good about it."

In Dallas, Philadelphia and a few other cities, some condo projects have been shelved or postponed because of steeply rising construction costs or lackluster sales.

So far, developers of downtown Austin projects report that sales are going well, with buyers including empty-nesters and out-of-towners, as well as Austinites who like the idea of living in the center of the city. Developers of the Shore said 70 percent of the 192 units are under contract, and buyers have reserved the rest.

JMI, which is privately held, is a large company that has developed major projects such as hotels, offices and a baseball stadium in its hometown of San Diego.

"While construction costs will surely prevent many of the projects from moving forward, we are better capitalized than most developers," Clay said. "We own the land and are well into the construction documents. So, while no project is done until the grand opening event, we are driving to start construction at the end of the year."

The Van Zandt will add to downtown's supply of rooms, where two new Marriotts have added 449 rooms, and a half-dozen other projects in the pipeline are expected to add more than 2,300 rooms.


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Nothing huge, but considering it's been a few years since downtown Austin has seen any office construction, I believe it's worth noting.


Razing the standard

Larger, taller tower to go next to Capitol

Austin Business Journal - September 8, 2006
by A.J. Mistretta
ABJ Staff

EDIT: This rendering comes from the Development 2000 website. It appears to be outdated, since this depicts a 7-8 story building.


Construction will begin next month on a $20 million office building near the Capitol that will serve as the headquarters for two statewide associations.
Development 2000 Inc. is developing the nine-story building at the southwest corner of 12th and Lavaca streets with two tenant partners: the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and the Texas Hospital Association.

The building will include 68,000 square feet of office space, with the two associations together occupying roughly 48,000 square feet. The remaining space will be marketed to groups that need to be close to the Capitol, such as lawyers and lobbyists, says Jerry Reed, president of Development 2000.

The four-story office building currently on the site, which has been the home of the automobile dealers' association, will be demolished next month. Construction on the new building is expected to take 14 months.
Parking and ground-level retail space will comprise the first four floors. The next three floors will have about 20,000 square feet of space, and the top two floors will be significantly smaller so that views of the Capitol are not obstructed.

A rooftop garden is planned to make use of the extra space.
The architectural design was a joint effort between Graeber Simmons and Cowan Inc. of Austin and Bundy Young Sims and Potter Inc. of Wichita Falls, Texas. Austin-based White Construction Co. is the general contractor.

Reed says the finished building will be a premier property in downtown Austin.

"This is one block from the Capitol with fabulous views of the Capitol building," he says. "To do anything less than a Class A project would be sinful."

The vacancy rate across the Central Business District currently hovers around 20 percent, but the area immediately surrounding the Capitol is a different story, says Reed.

"If you drew an eighth-of-a-mile circle around the Capitol, you'd find that office space is 95 percent occupied. There are no vacancies around the Capitol itself, and that's the niche market that we're after," he says.

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association has temporarily relocated its offices to the 816 Congress building. The Texas Hospital Association currently works out of 35,000 square feet at 6225 U.S. Hwy. 290 and has a small amount of space in the Texas Trial Lawyers Association building at 1220 Colorado St., which it uses during legislative sessions.

"It's very appropriate and overdue for our association, being one of the largest in Austin, to have a permanent and complete Capitol presence," says Joe DeSilva, senior vice president of the hospital association, which will occupy about 40,000 square feet of the new building.

DeSilva says running two separate offices during legislative sessions is taxing on the association's resources. The new digs will consolidate operations and provide an additional 5,000 square feet for growth.
DeSilva says the retail component will add to an area of downtown that doesn't have many shops.

"We're hoping that the retail we're putting into the project will help bring more people into the Capitol area," he says. "Because of its location, this is going to be a landmark-looking building," DeSilva says.

This isn't Development 2000's first Capitol-area office project. In 2004, the company completed the four-story, 29,000-square-foot Trinity Center building at the corner of 12th and Trinity streets.

Development 2000 is also spearheading the ABC Bank headquarters project at the corner of Fifth Street and Rio Grande Avenue. That project, which includes about 40,000 square feet of office space, is nearing completion.

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Here's a better rendering for the Hotel Van Zandt

http://www.hotelvanzandt.com/
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These projects all seem pretty nice. Good for Austin.
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Article from the Austin American-Statesman about the development of Block 21:

http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...11block21.html

New "Austin City Limits" home will have 1,000 seats, year-round performances
Famous music program will be star tenant in downtown development

By Shonda Novak, Michael Corcoran
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, October 11, 2006


ANDERSSON-WISE ARCHITECTS, AUSTIN
The new 'Austin City Limits' venue, slated for Second and Lavaca streets in a rendering of the Stratus Properties Inc. mixed-use development, will include seating for 1,000, a store and VIP suites.




When the 35th season of "Austin City Limits" debuts in 2009, the acclaimed music show plans to be in new downtown quarters, with room for an audience of 1,000 people. The new venue, part of a major development on the block north of City Hall, will have other live performances year-round, not just when the famous public television show is being taped.

Many things won't change when "ACL" moves from the University of Texas to downtown: Admission and beer will be free, at least for now, and the backdrop will still show the Austin skyline.

But instead of riding a creaking elevator up to the studio, fans will enter off Second Street, beneath an electronic billboard promoting shows, and they'll be able to buy show-related products at a new store. VIP suites overlooking the studio will help KLRU raise money.

"We'll do our best to maintain the elements people have come to associate with 'Austin City Limits,' like the Austin skyline and backdrops, but the idea is to make this an 'ACL' experience, just like it has been here (at UT) for 32 years," said Bill Stotesbery, station manager for KLRU-TV, which produces the show with Capital Sports & Entertainment.

The music show will be a star tenant in a mixed-used development Stratus Properties Inc. plans for the block, bounded by Second and Third streets, Lavaca and Guadalupe. The project will include an upscale W hotel with 235 rooms, 155 condominiums, offices, shops and a new home for the Austin Children's Museum.

Stratus hopes to break ground early next year. The company has hired Andersson-Wise Architects of Austin to design a building, with a four-story element on Second Street and a tower of about 30 stories on the north side of the block. Stratus will own the music venue and will pay "ACL" for the rights to use the name on the theater.

"Austin City Limits" has been housed in the same small studio on the UT campus since it started in 1975. With just 320 seats, the studio can't begin to accommodate the number of people who want to attend tapings. The show can't even hang a sign on the building, and parking is a problem.
KLRU offices and production facilities will remain at the University of Texas. KLRU plans a formal announcement Friday at a fundraising gala on the site. The event includes a performance by Los Lonely Boys.
Only a few $500 tickets remain.

"The project is in its early stages, but we've gotten far enough to make a public announcement Friday," Stotesbery said. "We are happy that we're going to be more central to the entertainment district of the city."
In addition to the "ACL" tapings, the venue will be used for other KLRU-related activities, possibly a speaker's series, and other productions, music and otherwise, Stotesbery said.

He said details of booking and financial arrangements still are being worked out. Stratus will build the facility at no cost to KLRU, Stotesbery said. KLRU will buy equipment to create a state-of-the-art digital production facility. He said the cost is not yet known, but KLRU might raise money from a capital campaign and look for private-sector partners to donate equipment.

The "Austin City Limits" stage and children's museum would join an area of downtown already undergoing an arts revival.
A couple of blocks away, the Austin Music Hall is being revamped into a 2,800-seat venue. Direct Events, the music production company that also runs the nearby La Zona Rosa and the Backyard on Texas 71, is renovating the 11-year-old hall with help from the Novare Group and Andrews Urban, developers of the neighboring 360 Condominiums.
At San Antonio and Third streets, Ballet Austin is building its headquarters, which will have a small performance space.

Directly across Town Lake, the Long Center for the Performing Arts is rising on the old Palmer Auditorium site, with symphony, ballet and opera performances expected to begin in 2008.

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Here is another rendering of the Block 21 tower...



More renderings can be found at this link. Click on portfolio, then go to mixed use/hotel and find block 21.
http://www.bokapowell.com/swf/index2.html
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32-story condo may spring up downtown

From the Austin American-Statesman
http://www.statesman.com/business/co...0downtown.html

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN
Condo high-rise could be Katz's Deli neighbor
CLB Partners plans 32-story project downtown at West Seventh and Rio Grande.

By Shonda Novak
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Thursday, October 19, 2006

CLB Partners plans to build a 32-story condominium high-rise at West Seventh and Rio Grande streets, extending the downtown residential development boom.

Pending approvals from the city, the project could get underway next spring, with its 160 units ready for residents in late 2008, said Bobby Nail, a partner in CLB's Austin office.

The building will be designed by the Austin-based architectural firm of Rhode:Hurt. The firm also is designing CLB's six-story Bridges on the Park project, under construction at Lamar Boulevard and Riverside Drive. Brett Rhode, one of Rhode:Hurt's founding principals, also was involved in the design of CLB's Austin City Lofts on West Fifth Street.

The new project would be built at the southeast corner of West Seventh and Rio Grande, behind Katz's Deli. A one-story building with several short-term office tenants would be razed to make way for the high-rise. The project would be built around the Ranch 616 restaurant.

"I always build around my favorite restaurants," Nail said.

Bridges on the Park wraps around the former Paggi House, which is being renovated and will reopen early next year as a new high-end restaurant and wine bar.

Prices are expected to start in the low $300,000s, with the largest units topping $4 million.

Nail said the parking garage will be built in the part of the site where height is limited to protect views of the state Capitol.



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