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Block 71 | 555' | 36-Stories | Proposed

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The University of Texas owns Block 71, and they will be vacating their HQ offices there when their new U/C HQ on a neighboring block is finished.  Once they are moved into their new HQ (which is topped out) this block will be developed.  

These are the only known renderings of any potential development on the site:

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Trammell Crow was picked as the developer yesterday according to an article behind the paywall at the Austin Business Journal.  There are no building specifics yet, but it sounds like it may be two towers.  Most of the block including the 9-story building in the photo will be demolished.  We should know more soon.

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Based on new permit filings for this project, there will be two towers.  Considering the info below from the permit filing and the size of the site, we're looking at a ~30-story apartment building and a ~40-story office building.  Trammel Crow is the developer, and they get shit financed and built.  Someday this crazy development will stop or at least slow down.  But it's freaking awesome right now.

From the filing: 

"The Block 71 project will be developed on approximately 76,174 square feet (1.7487 acres) located at the property bound by Lavaca Street, Colorado Street, 6th Street and 7th Street in Austin, Travis County, Texas. The development will consist of high rise buildings with 236-unit apartment building, 665,000 square foot office building, and two (2) restaurants with on-site parking garage and utilities."

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Trammell Crow's two towers planned for the site better be awesome.  If local developer Endeavor would have been chosen instead of Trammell Crow, this Nelsen Partners designed project would have been the winner.

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This project has two site plans working through the permitting process.  One for demo and site prep, and one for the office tower.  There is no mention in the site plans about the second tower which will be residential because that one will be built after the office tower.  Based on leaky info, the office tower will be over 500'.  We're breaking through that 450' skyline plateau in a big way - at least with proposals.  Now we need to see them get built.

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The elevations for Tower #1 (office) were made public today.  It's 513' and 36-stories.  There are no renderings yet, but this could be a nice looking tower.

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Here's a drawing of the site from the site plan.  The office tower is going up on the Eastern half of the block (on the right).  A park or fancy green space of sorts will take up the NW corner of the block.  The residential tower will be going up in the SW corner of the block.

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The residential tower will be required to keep the facade of the building currently occupying the SW corner of the site as seen in these North/South elevations.   That will make for an interesting entrance to the residential tower which will probably be around 30-stories.  

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This nine-story building and connecting parking garage will be demolished for this project.  It's a former Admin building for the University of Texas System.  This building became empty in August when U.T. moved into their new HQ across the street.  A similar nine-story building was demolished for their new HQ.  

There are still quite a few surface lots and under utilized pieces of real estate downtown that are not encumbered with Capitol View Corridor height restrictions to sustain the boom for the near future.  But we are starting see more significant demolitions to make way for bigger buildings.

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The Historic Landmark Commission approved demo of  the 9-story building and parking garage along with the proposed restoration of the historic building.  This one is good to go now.  But I think the second residential tower on the site may have been cancelled in favor of the plaza/park plans and  restoration of the historic building which was originally a post office completed in 1914.  That's probably better because  Austin's proposed and U/C residential tower pipeline is ridiculously large.

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According to this Tweet from someone working in the local commercial real estate leasing business, Austin based Indeed has pre-leased 300K sq. ft. in this tower.  So it should be good to go based on that.  Indeed is booming right now, and they have leased several Austin office buildings for their corporate staff.

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New info about this project came out today in a presentation to be made to the Design Commission on Monday.  The height has increased to 555', and there is mention of the second tower which seemed to have been dropped from the plans.  A second future tower would be residential or a hotel, and it would go where the new plaza is located by the office tower.  Here are some new renderings:  

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