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Downtown Development Digest: 70 Rainey St.

Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 10:14am. 157 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development
70 Rainey St.

Rainey Street has witnessed dramatic change over the past five years, and the once quiet neighborhood is quickly developing into a robust downtown district. The recent announcement of a mixed-use tower at 70 Rainey will only add to its growth.

The 70 Rainey plot has seen several owners throughout the past few years, but Sackman Enterprises now stakes claim to the well situated site. Last year, Sackman purchased 70 Rainey from Riverside Resources and released plans for a condo development. 70 Rainey joins The Independent and 5th & West as downtown Austin's most recently announced condo towers.

The proposed 200 for sale residences will be housed within a 35-story tower, and projected retail and

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Downtown Development Digest: The Independent

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 2:02pm. 142 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
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 Journal)

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Downtown Development Digest: Block 23 Office Building

Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 6:15pm. 169 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
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. 261 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
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 13th

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Downtown Development Digest: Westin Austin

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 1:18pm. 189 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
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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Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle: Top 5 Weekend Picks 11.14 - 11.16

Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 3:53pm. 168 Views, 0 Comments.


Urbanspace’s Top Five Weekend Picks

November 14th - November 16th, 2014

What: FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving 2014
Where: iFly Indoor Skydiving13265 N US 183 Suite A Austin, TX 78750
When: Saturday, Nov. 15th, 2014 at 7 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2014 at 7 a.m.
Why: In the very first FAI sanctioned wind tunnel competition ever, iFly Austin will be competing in synchronized, group formation, and freestyle skydiving. This looks like it could be a very interesting morning!


What: Comedy: Moontower Comedy presents Anthony Jeselnik
Where: Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
When: Friday, Nov. 14th, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Why: Anthony Jeselnik (who you may recognize from his Comedy Central

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Downtown Development Digest: The Bowie Residences

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 2:34pm. 284 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
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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Downtown Development Digest: The Fairmont Hotel

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 1:40pm. 219 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest
The Fairmont Hotel

The new Fairmont Hotel is expected to be the second tallest building in Austin, rising almost 600 feet. This 37 story, 1066 room hotel will officially begin construction on November 3rd. The projected 1.4 million square feet space will include meeting spaces, balconies, and four floors of parking garage.

Hunt Construction Group was awarded this $270 million contract earlier this year, with most of the financial backing coming from Colony Capitol. The California based investment firm has investments in an impressive 4,300 hotels.  The project will be overseen by the Manchester Financial group, specifically, Douglas Manchester, son of the firm’s CEO.

For now, the estimated opening is set

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Downtown Development Digest: Shoal Creek Conservancy

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 1:44pm. 265 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest: 
Shoal Creek Conservancy


Shoal Creek needs your help. Over the past few months, the creek has experienced heavy erosion. Following the Memorial Day Flood of 1981, the risk of flooding along Shoal Creek has been somewhat mitigated, but not entirely eliminated. Most recently, the Pease Park segment of the creek experienced heavy flooding, leading to much of the erosion fencing torn down by the waters and fallen trees.
“Trash, particularly following major storm events, is a major concern. In addition, graffiti is an ongoing problem on the bridges, walls, signs and even the trail surface, and cleanup response is often delayed. In addition, as noted in the Downtown Austin Plan, vegetation along the trail is…

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Downtown Development Digest: 5th & West Residences

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:55pm. 446 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown Development Digest: 
5th & West Residences

The northeast corner of West 5th St. and West Ave. is slated to be the newest set of high-rise condos in downtown Austin. Named 'Fifth and West Residences', and led by Riverside Resources, the building will have 154 residences, starting in the $500,000s.

Fifth and West Residences will be the fifth tallest tower in Austin (The Austonian, 360 Condominiums, W Residences, and Frost Bank Tower taking the four previous slots). Included in this project will be a lounge, coffee bar, fitness center, yoga studio, dog park and a scenic pool deck. “This announcement is really exciting because it is the first new condo tower to break ground outside of Seaholm since 2010,” said Charles

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