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Design Tweaked For Residential High-Rise – Could Include Art Gallery and Plaza at Street Level.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL ARTICLE:

A high-rise on the northwest side of downtown has passed a hurdle it couldn't clear two months ago.

Members of the Austin Design Commission gave their blessing Aug. 26 to the proposed condo tower at 17th and Guadalupe streets, which will also have ground-floor retail and art gallery space.

Commissioners found that RHODE PARTNERS the project substantially complied with the city's urban design guidelines, a necessary step for the developers to receive a density bonus.

The development team led by West Seneca, New York-based Reger Holdings LLC hopes the 117-unit tower will be a dramatic and highly visible boost to a section of downtown between the State Capitol and the University of Texas campus.

The area as a whole is rapidly changing with Travis County's new courthouse and a new hotel already planned nearby. That raises the stakes for what gets built on the site of 17th and Guadalupe, currently occupied by the low-rise William Gammon Insurance Building and a parking lot.

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