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Block 185 (Greenwater Tower #4) | ~900+' | ~70-Stories | Planned

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This project is the fourth and final tower to be built in Trammell-Crow's Greenwater development.  It's scheduled to get underway in 2017.  But the use and height information came from a 2012 Greenwater project overview.  So of course, the use(s) and height may change.

The first Greenwater tower was the 424', 38-story Northshore apartment tower that was completed earlier this year.  The second tower is the U/C 400', 28-story 500 W. 2nd St. (Google) office tower.  The third tower is the soon to break ground 397', 33-story Austin Proper Hotel & Residences.

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This may be the first rendering other than a placeholder massing of the Greenwater Residential #2 tower.  The rendering on the right is this tower, but it's not nearly as tall as initial plans indicated.  So we'll see if this is accurate.  It's from a promo video for the 500 W. 2nd St. office tower which is the blue tower on the left.

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This project has always been planned to be the last tower in the Greenwater development.  The site has been used as a construction staging area for the past few years during the construction of the surrounding towers.  But some news may be coming soon because a permit was filed yesterday to move the only tree on the site which is a large Live Oak.  Trees are a big deal around here, and a single tree can kill or at least alter the plans for large projects.  Here's the tree on the site as seen on Streetview this past January:  

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A rendering has shown up in a Gensler architect's portfolio.  I hope this is the real thing.  It's pushing 70-stories.  I edited the thread title with a new floor count and height and changed the name to "Block 185" from "Greenwater Residential #2" because this updated version appears to be offices. 

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I posted this AusTxDevelopment photo in the 308 Guadalupe project thread.  But I'll post it here to show where both of the new tallests are proposed.

1. Current tallest 683' Austonian is left of center

2. Next new tallest U/C 690' Independent is right of center

3. Potential future new tallest at 700' to 725'  (Travis County Block) is the surface lot near the center

4. Potential tallest of them all at ~900'  (Trammell-Crow's Block 185 Greenwater Project) is the site near the river to the right of the orange tower crane

Of course the Travis County Block and and Block 185 projects are early in the process, so plans could and probably will change.  But these two projects will be fun to watch as plans progress. 

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It's only about seven floors and/or a decent crown/short spire short of super tall status.  C'mon Trammell Crow!  Step it up just a little. :)

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The reason why this is such a skinny tower off to the side of the pedestal is because the city requires a setback on towers fronting the river (out of view in front) and along Shoal Creek (on the left).

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I hope we get more info on this soon.  The tree removal is technically site prep, but there has not been a formal announcement from Trammell-Crow.  Depending on the uses and crown, this could actually be just tall enough to reach supertall status as is.  That would be 300 meters (984').

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A Gensler Rep confirmed that the rendering discovered online over the weekend is not the final version.  No updated height info was provide, but it will be a "luxury mixed-use" project.  

 

 

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