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We should be getting an update about this project in the near future.  The Episcopal Church is lucky enough to own an entire Downtown block, and is looking for a development partner.  

A height limiting Capitol View Corridor runs through most of the site.  But there is just enough room in one corner of the site for a point tower.  Since this is Austin, it will most likely be a residential and/or hotel tower.  But one of the church's requirements is a significant amount of space for their archives.

These renderings came from the project's website and the architect's website.  

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Austin based Cielo Property Group was announced as the developer today, and Gensler is the architect.  Some new renderings were released today as well.  The project gained a little height, but still l

The site plan with elevations has been released.  A little estimating is needed, but the height looks to be 428'.

A formal Capitol View Corridor (CVC) height determination request for the site was filed this week.  It was already known that most of the site has height limits except for one corner where the point tower in the rendering could be built.  Hopefully this filing means a specific project is in the works.

 

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Austin based Cielo Property Group was announced as the developer today, and Gensler is the architect.  Some new renderings were released today as well.  The project gained a little height, but still looks similar to the visionary renderings in the OP.

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Additional details about this project were added to the site plan application today.  This is a true mixed use tower:  

Hotel rooms = 260
Condo units = 280
Office space = 182,328 sq. ft.
Supermarket = 27,109 sq. ft.
Restaurants x 2 = ~12,000 sq. ft.  

The super market on the east side of Downtown is needed.  The west side has Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.  There are also around six small Royal Blue urban grocery stores scattered around Downtown, but the east side doesn't have a full service grocery store.  There were plans for three:  one was dropped after NIMBYs complained about traffic (One Two East residential towers), the plans for another seemed to have vaporized (Lambie Cove residential tower), and the third is still not confirmed (Plaza Saltillo mixed use).

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This is one step closer to happening.  The Downtown Commission recommended the approval of the vacation of an alley that splits the site in half.  The entire block is a parking lot, so the alley crossing the block wasn't very noticeable.

The approval letter:  http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=282417

The Downtown Commission Presentation:  http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=282407

 

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The site plan for this project has been withdrawn meaning that the project is being re-designed.  The project's Gensler architect confirmed this in a post at SSP, but he couldn't give any details of course.  I personally believe that the residential portion is being replaced with hotel or office.  The site and surrounding area is a homeless encampment with rampant crime and drug use and across the street from homeless shelters.  Nobody is going to want to live in this area, and the City isn't doing anything to clean up the mess.

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We have some details about the project's changes via the Austin Business Journal.  The project was previously half apartments and half hotel at 436', 36-stories.  The new version is half apartments and half office at 31-stories.  But the overall height probably hasn't changed significantly due to the switch to office.

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