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Wow! Great looking building. I can see the link with the photos but when I attach it the subscription requirement shows. GRRR. They are saying it'll be the tallest residential west of the Mississippi. Shouldn't we have that?

http://m.statesman.com

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/business/seaholm-areas-rebirth-to-include-austins-tallest-t/nksBg/

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This is going to be great for Austin! Austin is definitely ahead of Houston in terms of high rise residentials in downtown. I hope Houston can eventually get something like this.

 

http://www.independentaustin.com/

 

Here's a screenshot from their video showing the building in the skyline. You can see that Austin already has a lot under construction in this area.

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Larger rendering.

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While I am personally not a fan of the design, this tower is great for Austin! Estimated start date? Did I miss it or was it not discussed in the article?

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While I am personally not a fan of the design, this tower is great for Austin! Estimated start date? Did I miss it or was it not discussed in the article?

 

It was originally planned to start in the fourth quarter of 2015. More recently, the developers of the project have said that they expect to announce a groundbreaking date and construction timeline within a few months, once financing is lined up. So we should be getting more details pretty soon.

 

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/business/seaholm-areas-rebirth-to-include-austins-tallest-t/nksBg/?ecmp=statesman_social_twitter_2014_sfp#08671b4c.3432329.735700

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Other than the shape and height, it's not impressive. Pretty run of the mill high-rise design. Take away the setbacks and it's any bland residential building in the world.

 

fkp5 - Downtown Austin is ahead of every other city in Texas for high-rise residential Downtown. A majority of their skyline is residential.

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I think the main reason that it looks like a lot of construction is because it's very open, unlike our Downtown where it's covered massive buildings. Just my opinion...

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I think the main reason that it looks like a lot of construction is because it's very open, unlike our Downtown where it's covered massive buildings. Just my opinion...

Actually the reason why it looks like a lot of construction is because it is a lot of construction. About 9 city blocks with multiple highrises are being added to DT that was once taken up by a power plant and water treatment plant. That is just one area of DT seeing massive construction. Austin is in its largest building boom in the city's history and it's not slowing down anytime soon.

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Yeah, Austin didn't have a massive boom in the 80s like Houston. I feel sorry for its residents and the traffic they'll surely have to continue enduring.

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Yeah, Austin didn't have a massive boom in the 80s like Houston. I feel sorry for its residents and the traffic they'll surely have to continue enduring.

Austin did boom in the 80s like the other Texas cities. In fact most of the office towers we had until recently were built during the 80s oil and financial boom but we didn't overbuild which in the end helped us recover much faster.

As far as traffic goes it's been bad for a long while so it's nothing new for us. The reason why the city is building up rather than out is to get people living close to where they work and play. We are in a transitional akward phase. We've come a long way from even just 8 years ago, but we still have a good ways to go. Mass transit is the key and that will be the next challenge to overcome but if we do it right, Austin's core will be built up more like the cities of the northeast U.S. than a Texas sunbelt city. This process will take time though but it's amazing to see the city transform the way it has.

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Looks like things are going well, at least in terms of reservations. Latest info is about 300 units have been reserved and their sales office has only been open for a few days.

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Other than the shape and height, it's not impressive. Pretty run of the mill high-rise design. Take away the setbacks and it's any bland residential building in the world.

 

fkp5 - Downtown Austin is ahead of every other city in Texas for high-rise residential Downtown. A majority of their skyline is residential.

 

Actually Miami is building more residential towers than Austin.  Take a look at Brickell Ave.  They have not learn the lesson when they over builded in the 90s.  As of now Panorama Tower 831 feet with 83 floors.  Ten more 599 feet 52 floors, 550 feet 51 floors, Paraiso Bay Twin towers 548 feet 55 floors.  Brickell Heights 529 feet 52 floors, Brickell House 524 feet 46 floors.  And much more.  

 

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You are joking?  2013 Population estimates Dallas 1,257,676, Austin 885,400.  In the year 2000 Dallas had 1,188,580 and Austin had 656,562.  Please don't include Forth Worth, Arlington. Plano, just the cities.  Houston has 4 high rises Downtown and 5 in the Galleria area.  The 2929 40 floor 2929 Weslayan is almost complete.  Look it up!

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Everyone likes charts!

 

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According to these super rough projections, Austin should surpass Dallas sometime in 2035.

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Well per the,recent census update from July 2013 to July 2014 Austin is 912,000 but again these numbers are already nearly a year old. There have also been some discrepancies since the original count in 2010. Taking those into account and the growth since July 2014 Austin's current population as of right now is very likely close to 960K.

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If you want 58 story residential towers in Houston implement zoning and only allowed towers downtown. We might get 80-story towers.

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Austin may take longer than 2035 to pass Dallas providing the suburbs don't as grow as fast and run out of area to grow. I also think Austin will eventually be mostly land locked but not as bad as Dallas. Austin's largest potential growth area is towards the southeast.

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Austin may take longer than 2035 to pass Dallas providing the suburbs don't as grow as fast and run out of area to grow. I also think Austin will eventually be mostly land locked but not as bad as Dallas. Austin's largest potential growth area is towards the southeast.

Austin doesn't need to grow out to gain population. The city is increasing the density within the city limits over the next 25 to 30 years. Under the Imagine Austin Plan, the city expects to add an additional 750,000 people within the city limits. There is plenty of space to do so without having to spread out farther. Having said that there will definitely be some spread out and of course the suburbs will continue to expand.

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It is pretty amazing that tall highrise condos come out of the ground in Austin easily but, smaller ones here in Houston seem to struggle a bit.

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On ‎5‎/‎1‎/‎2015 at 1:17 PM, cloud713 said:

Yeah, Austin didn't have a massive boom in the 80s like Houston. I feel sorry for its residents and the traffic they'll surely have to continue enduring.

If Austin does not a have a twenty year transportation plan it will choke itself.  I was there recently and the traffic is horrible.  It took me 2 hours to get from the airport to downtown.  They may be building highrise apartments downtown but what about corporate corporations?

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Austin failed to keep up with infrastructure issues and are now paying the price. 35 is totally useless except for parking and Mopac isn't any better.

They have no east west major thoroughfares and the only way to get across town in a hurry are either 183 in the north or Ben White to the south.

Koenig 2222 is stop and go. Back in the 80's they put a moratorium on growth and this is what they have to show for it.

I will say that they are in a bigger boom than Houston is right now. Went to the Domain and spent time around the Van Zandt with all of the bars.

The place is hopping. Also the reason their buildings come out of the ground quicker is they have a shallow bedrock, something houston doesn't.

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I wonder if car ferries on lady bird lake would be faster than going on 183...

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10 hours ago, UtterlyUrban said:

Austin gets a 58 story residential condo building downtown.  Houston gets .....  .......  ........

 

Gross Metropolitan Product (USMayors.org Metro Economies Report)

AUS 2014   114.8 billion/yr

AUS 2015   119.5 b

AUS 2016   125.3 b

HOU 2014   523.1 b

HOU 2015   498.5 b

HOU 2016   491.3 b

 

That's why.

Metroeconomies_USMayors_2014-7est.pdf

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Austin's massive traffic problems are likely making its downtown living relatively more attractive than it is here.  They have one downtown that is pretty much a bear to get to.  We have at least four downtown like business districts plus the actual capital D Downtown, and getting from our outer burbs to Downtown isn't nearly as punishing as it is in Austin.

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The Jenga look would be appealing if the curtain wall were to be finished more like Sackman's tower coming out of the ground since August at 70 Rainey, over by I-35 -- shown here in a render of theirs passed to Culturemap this week.

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What a beautiful building.   I live in Houston and wish we could get a tower like that.  Austin's skyline has come a long way.  But good luck with traffic.  

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In Seattle, there's a similar Jenga-like condo tower going up.  I like the way the architects rotated the blocks slightly about the vertical axis of the building.  OTOH, I think the skin of The Independent is more attractive than the Seattle tower, at least judging from the rendering of it.

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Some pics of the building and others going up around it. Crazy that none of these were here 5-10 years ago 

 

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One reaction to bad traffic: build the housing within walking distance so you don’t have to drive in the bad traffic

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On 12/1/2017 at 11:36 AM, EllenOlenska said:

Houston is getting a pretty similar tower on Kirby, am I right? 

 

 

39-story Hanover tower.  

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Off topic and probably would never happen but Austin needs an NBA team!

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