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The City of Austin is taking proposals for the redevelopment of its downtown wastewater treatment plant site. The presentations and accompanying videos are posted on the city's website:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/seaholm/green.htm

Now all we need is for the real estate market to heat up again and make some of these proposals viable!

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The City of Austin is taking proposals for the redevelopment of its downtown wastewater treatment plant site. The presentations and accompanying videos are posted on the city's website:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/seaholm/green.htm

Now all we need is for the real estate market to heat up again and make some of these proposals viable!

dont hold your breath.

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dont hold your breath.

Last month the plant has started undergoing deconstruction. That means, the site will be prepped and ready when the time comes!

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This is the one that won. It will start construction sometime next year.

Trawmell Crow

Number of buildings: 6

Tallest tower: 55 floors

Residential use: 1,406,750 square feet.

Office use: 588,000 square feet

Hotel use: 350,000 square feet

Retail use: 175,000 square feet

Total: 2,519,750 square feet

Parking spaces: 5,200 spaces.

Renderings:

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Mithun - Architects

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Kind of bland. Very Vancouvery. And what's with all the new skyscrapers in Austin? Is there really that kind of pent-up demand for urban living there? Seems like all the outsiders who flocked to town over the last ten years are trying to transform the sleepy capitol into a mini metropolis.

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Kind of bland. Very Vancouvery. And what's with all the new skyscrapers in Austin? Is there really that kind of pent-up demand for urban living there? Seems like all the outsiders who flocked to town over the last ten years are trying to transform the sleepy capitol into a mini metropolis.

I can't imagine calling Austin in 2009 a sleepy capitol. Austin, like the other major Texas cities, is in the middle of an urban renaissance. Dallas' Uptown has seen HUGE growth in residential and even more class A office space along with half a dozen new construction condo projects and almost a dozen renovated buildings turned condos. Austin doesn't have nearly as many existing buildings for renovations, so there's more new construction then we're use to in Texas.

I agree about the Trammel Crow renderings, but I doubt we'll see anything like what was shown in the presentations to the city. If Austin did end up with what's shown today, 1/4 of the skyline will be analogous. :(

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With new safety measures in place, demolition of Green plant could resume next week

Project, stalled 3 months by concerns for workers, should not delay redevelopment, officials say

By Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Published: 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

After being stalled for nearly three months amid worker-safety violations, the dismantling of the downtown Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant could resume as soon as next week.

City officials have accepted a revised proposal from the contractor hired to perform the demolition, said Cynthia Jordan, a city official overseeing the project. The work is now scheduled to be finished by the end of summer, about six months behind schedule.

"We're treating this as a start-over," Jordan said. "The most important thing to us is and has been making sure we have a safe site."

The city hired contractor Austin Filter Systems to clear the treatment-plant site and prepare it for redevelopment. A mix of shops, condominiums, offices and shops is planned.

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At the city's insistence, Austin Filter Systems fired the two subcontractors it deemed responsible, Hunter Demolition and Benitez Construction . The city also decided late last month to set aside an additional $525,000 to extend the contract of URS Corp., a firm handling engineering and safety inspections at the site.

Jordan said the delays will probably not affect the completion date for the Green redevelopment.

Last month, Fred Evins, the city employee overseeing the redevelopment, said Trammell Crow , the company selected by the city to carry out the redevelopment, had been having difficulty securing financing and probably would not be ready to start until the economy rebounds grey_loader.gif.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...of-273770.html

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With new safety measures in place, demolition of Green plant could resume next week

Project, stalled 3 months by concerns for workers, should not delay redevelopment, officials say

By Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Published: 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

http://www.statesman....of-273770.html

i like how the very last sentence in that blurb is also the most important. like i said, this thing isn't breaking ground anytime soon.

Edited by swtsig

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Green_Aerial_432847c.jpg

Developers plan condo towers to replace Austin Energy site downtown

By Shonda Novak

AMERICAN-STATEMAN STAFF

Published: 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Developers plan to build 425 condominiums in two towers rising up to 500 feet northwest of the former Green Water Treatment Plant.

The lead developer, Austin-based Constructive Ventures Inc. , would build the $220 million project on a 1.7-acre site that is currently home to the Austin Energy Control Center.

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McCabe said the plans for that project remain as outlined in the bid proposal, which envisioned 1.9 million square feet of development. He said the soonest that construction could start would be 2012.

http://www.statesman.com/business/real-estate/developers-plan-condo-towers-to-replace-austin-energy-685584.html

Edited by Urbannizer

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The city of Austin is requiring Trammell Crow to follow some Byzantine formula to keep rents on a certain percentage of units to some percentage of the city's median income divided by pi, for forty years, or 500 years if they miss some target; and offer al least five units to people who earn below that figure; and dedicate $5 per square foot of condo or office space to some housing fund or other (don't make me actually look this up - I won't do it); and also kick in $375,000 for public art and $150,000 for music lessons, and $250,000 to tidy up adjacent Shoal Creek...

Meanwhile the city chose to completely waive the Heritage Tree Ordinance on this, its own property!

There was a little hue and cry. Now it appears that Trammell Crow may have to save eight trees. (Note to self: write ingratiating thank-you email to Council for this bit of sanity.) As you can see from the schematic, it will require an architect of no mean vision, a veritable Howard Roark, to tackle the intractable Gordian knot that is desiging a building around those live oaks:

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Thanks for allowing me to vent.

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