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Downtown Development Digest: Seaholm Art Wall

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 12:27pm. 134 Views, 0 Comments.

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Seaholm Art Wall

A significant part of the overall Seaholm District Master Plan is the design of the Seaholm Substation Art Wall. This wall is an artistic approach to the downtown infrastructure. The City of Austin is excited to incorporate the presence of art and culture within the district, setting a standard in public art on a national level.

While there is an artistic approach, the structure is also being built for safety. According to the city of Austin, it “will keep the public safe, keep the substation secure, and be a sculptural response to the practical need for a wall.” The artist, Nader Tehrani, and his design team are carrying out this need to make the district safer and more aesthetically

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Downtown Development Digest: The Arnold

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 10:26am. 109 Views, 0 Comments.


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The Arnold

Transwestern Development Co. recently announced their plan to develop a mixed-use project on a 4.2-acre site at the intersection of E. 6th St. and Comal. Formerly the Arnold Oil Co. site, the land will now be occupied by two buildings cumulatively totaling 446,000 SF.

Expected to be completed by January 2016, the first building will be composed of 94,500 SF of Class A office space. Houston-based Kirksey Architecture exclusively designed the office building. 

The second building will house 346 apartments and 9,600 SF of specialty retail space. Addison-based Wilder Belshaw Architects exclusively designed the residential building “The Arnold.” Expected to be completed by July 2016, the

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Downtown Development Digest: JW Marriott Austin + Updates

Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 12:05pm. 1,057 Views, 0 Comments.


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America’s largest JW Marriott, and Austin’s largest hotel, is set to open earlier than projected! Now 75% complete, the hotel is scheduled to open in February of 2015. With it’s superb location on Congress Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street, just 15 miles from the airport, and two blocks from the convention center, in addition to an immense amount of meeting space (more than 112,000 square feet + 42 individual breakout rooms), the digs are destined to be an ideal hub for local and business travelers. 

With 1,012 rooms, including three Presidential Suites, three Hospitality Suites, and 24 Executive Suites, the hotel will definitely not be short on space.

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Downtown Development Digest: Athenahealth

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 1:56pm. 230 Views, 0 Comments.

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Only one year ago, Watertown, Massachusetts-based Athenahealth announced its intent to expand its research and development operations in Austin, Texas. The company projected a total capital investment of $13 million it its new Research & Development (R&D) Center, a 110,000 SF facility in the former Seaholm Power Plant. With this new R&D facility, Athenahealth's existing 70 Austin-based employees are forecasted to grow to 600 in the next ten years, with a significant acquisition of local talent to fill high-paying software developer roles (with an average wage of $132,085). 

Athenahealth provides cloud-based services that connect healthcare providers with information

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Downtown Development Digest: Waller Park Place

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 1:53pm. 254 Views, 0 Comments.

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Waller Park Place

Waller Park Place is a new office, hotel, apartment, and condominium tower coming to the corner of Red River and Cesar Chavez. The project is being developed by The Sutton Company in partnership with McCourt Global and Guggenheim Partners.

 Located on the North side of the property, the office tower will reach 26 stories, offering 312,000 SF of leasable office space and 35,000 SF of leasable retail space. Nestled into the middle of the property at “the point,” 339 upscale apartment units will be housed in a 45-story tower. The South end of the property is reserved for a 53-story, 200+ room hotel and condo building. Inside the third tower, another four to five stories of restaurants, bars, and

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Downtown Development Digest: The Independent

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 2:02pm. 276 Views, 0 Comments.

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The Independent

Last month brought an exciting new announcement for the Austin community. The Independent, a condo tower to be built at the intersection of 3rd and West (formerly the Energy Control Center) was announced. The new landmark in our Austin skyline is expected to be the tallest structure in Austin. A recent Austin Buisiness Journal article details the recent history of the site: “The project is part of the complicated redevelopment of several adjacent properties that had been owned by the city — the Seaholm Power Plant, Green Water Treatment Plant, and the Austin Energy site. Seaholm and Green Water are in the midst of most of the downtown building action.” (Jan Buccholz of the Austin Buisiness

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Downtown Development Digest: Block 23 Office Building

Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 6:15pm. 251 Views, 0 Comments.

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Block 23 Office Building


Speculative rumors of plans for a new office tower on Block 23 have been circulating through the Austin commercial grapevine. Trammell Crow Co. and Principal Real Estate Investors have officially purchased a plot of land at the northwest corner of Cesar Chavez and San Antonio.

Block 23 is part of the Green Water Plant redevelopment project that is set to begin construction immediately. The building at 500 W. 2nd St. will span just over 500 thousand SF and reach 29 stories. There will be plenty of room for offices, restaurants, and retail space in the new tower.

 Construction is planned to be complete by the first quarter of 2017. 

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Downtown Development Digest: Hotel Zaza

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 11:58am. 375 Views, 0 Comments.

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Hotel Zaza

Hotel Zaza is officially joining the lineup of new downtown Austin hotels. The management group, Z Resorts Management LLC, is creating a a 24-story hotel, complete with two restaurants, a bar, conference rooms, and private residences on top with rooftop pool.  Z Resorts Management is a Texas-based company that already has luxury boutique hotels in Houston and Dallas. They are coming to the Austin marketplace as a veteran of niche markets. 

“ZaZa will join other hotels under construction downtown, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott convention hotel, a Westin hotel and the Hotel Van Zandt.” Says Shonda Novak, of American Statesman. With the JW Marriot slated for a grand opening on February

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Downtown Development Digest: Westin Austin

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 1:18pm. 245 Views, 0 Comments.

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Westin Austin

While many are focused on a number of hotels popping up in the Austin skyline (namely the JW Marriot, Hotel Van Zandt, and the Fairmont Hotel), not much attention has been paid to the rise of the Westin Austin.  Entering Austin’s central business district corridor, this 17 story, 366 room, hotel is targeted to open it’s doors summer of 2015. The tide of upcoming luxury hotels in Austin is partially spurred by the rapid growth of our town, and partially due to a huge demand for short term housing during popular festivals such as SXSW and ACL.

Located at the corner of San Jacinto and 5th Street, the hotel will have 14,500 square feet of conference room and meeting space, a 4,500 square foot

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Downtown Development Digest: The Bowie Residences

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 2:34pm. 386 Views, 0 Comments.

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The Bowie Residences 

The Bowie Residences (previously 311 Apartments) was originally stalled due to the placement of a pecan tree. After solving the issue, the Bowie has been steadily creeping upward over the past several months. HKS Inc. is the Dallas-based architecture firm behind The Bowie. HKS Inc. is also responsible for The Ashton and Frost Tower. 

The building will consist of 358 luxury apartments, 42,000 square feet of office space, and 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space. Construction began at the end of 2012, with a projected completion of Q4 2014.  While The Bowie’s official website still claims the late 2014 opening, more specific dates have yet to be posted.

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