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3rd & Colorado Residential | 518' | 44-Stories | Proposed

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Hot off the press.  I mentioned this in the proposed projects thread a little while ago.  But now we have some details, and it's tall enough to get its own thread.  It's 40-stories - 39-stories officially as floor 39 is the highest occupied level - and 458'.  No word yet if it's condo or rental.  It's proposed for the Warehouse District.  The original warehouses that gave this area its name are going extinct. 

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The site is currently a bar, restaurant and surface parking lot.  This is being developed by the same developer as the Fifth & West condo tower, and there will be a ground floor restaurant in the tower.  Here's the site from Streetview:  

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New elevations were released today along with the new renderings.  There are several other 500'+ towers proposed or close to being announced.  But if this one gets built before any other proposal, it would be the 4th tallest all residential (as opposed to mixed use with residential) tower in Austin.  (Number 1 and number 2 on this list are also the tallest all residential towers west of the Mississippi!)  The top four would then be:  

1.  The Independent - 690'/58-stories

2.  The Austonian - 683'/56-stories

3.  360 Condos - 581'/44-stories

4.  3rd & Colorado - 518'/44-stories

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This project went to the Historic Landmark Commission as part of the approval process because the developer plans to demo an old building on the site.  The old building is not designated as historic.  But on Monday 08/28 the Commission voted to start the process to designate it as historic, and they postponed further discussion on this project for a month.  It appears they are trying to kill this awesome project. 

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The site plan was released this week.  The developers plan to start construction in December.  But I suspect that will be delayed (if it ever happens) due to the push back from the Historic Landmark Commission.

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Yay!  The Historic Landmark Commission's staff recommends that this project should move forward because the warehouse on the site has been modified too much over the years to be worth saving.  The commission votes on this Monday (09/25), and they usually follow their staff's recommendations:  

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SUMMARY STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends release of the permit upon completion of a HABS Level documentation package, consisting of drawings on mylar and a narrative history of the building, for archiving at the Austin History Center. The building, while representing a rich history of various commercial and warehouse uses, has been significantly modified over the years with new face bricks, infill, and other modifications that have compromised its historic appearance. Documentation of this building appears to be the best means of preserving the history of the building and the Warehouse District. Staff therefore cannot recommend historic landmark designation for this building.

 

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The Historic Landmark Commission approved the demo this week.  That was the last big hurdle in getting city approval.

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