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_Matt Jan 28, 2016 7:50 PM

Realizing the visualization is not a plan (but a possibility), I would probably write off the green roofs. But, how likely is that promenade through the center?

KevinFromTexas Jan 30, 2016 3:09 AM

Wanted: Developer with vision, deep pockets and passion for healthy living
Jan 29, 2016, 1:32pm CST

Within the next six months, Central Health will embark on one of the most important development opportunities in Austin history.

Central Health will release its request for proposal or qualifications for the 14.3-acre site where University Medical Center Brackenridge currently is located, which is expected to be transformed into some type of mixed-use configuration.

In all, 3.7 million square feet of space could be developed. Buildings may rise up to 40 stories. On one hand it sounds like a development dream, but the project, which will require multiple financing sources, is expected to unfold in a carefully appointed timeline. There are very few examples of this kind of project anywhere around the world — multifaceted health-focused developments that incorporate housing, traditional offices, hospitality and retail in a small footprint.

KevinFromTexas Sep 2, 2016 12:42 AM

Central Health invites developers to participate in Brackenridge campus redevelopment

By: Rudy Koski
POSTED:SEP 01 2016 04:31PM CDT
UPDATED:SEP 01 2016 04:31PM CDT

A large model on a table, at the Dell Medical School Health Learning building, provides an idea of what the Brackenridge hospital tract could eventually look like. The cluster of white high rides had Juan Garza, Central Health's Vice President for Finance and Development, pretty excited.

Architectural renderings of the mixed use development, provided by Central Health, envision a new city district. There could be multiple high rises for offices, hotels, stores, residential lofts as well as outdoor gathering spots.

"This will bring thousands of jobs to this part of the downtown area, the medical school and the hospital already bring about 15,000 souls to this one spot, and that’s going to double that,” said Garza.

Thursday, the search got underway to find a lead developer to transform the 14 acres of land; which is essentially the size of six city blocks. The center of the development, simply known right now as the plaza, just may be one of the most critical parts of the plan.

KevinFromTexas Sep 2, 2016 12:43 AM

Some additional renderings.

Urbannizer Jan 16, 2017 7:00 AM

Central Health wants no density limit for Brackenridge redevelopment


As it moves forward with a plan to redevelop the University Medical Center Brackenridge campus into a mixed-use district, Central Health wants Austin City Council to approve a special zoning “overlay” that would allow for unlimited development density.

Central Health officials outlined the plan Thursday during a community event at the Travis County health district’s office on East Cesar Chavez Street in Austin.

Central Health will lease the Brackenridge campus to a master developer but will keep ownership of the property. Twelve developers responded to a request for qualifications, or RFQ, issued by Central Health this past fall.

Right now, the campus is zoned for public use by the city of Austin. But Meade said Central Health would like Austin City Council to approve a special zoning variance for the site that would allow a mix of zoning classifications and place no restrictions on density, aside from necessary regulatory setbacks and view corridors.

Meade said a proposal is before Austin’s Planning Commission and a public hearing will likely be held before the end of February.

The proposal could be brought before the full City Council in March or April, she said.

Urbannizer Feb 16, 2017 7:11 PM

East Austin development could be curtailed by extension of Capitol View Corridors


More East Austin land could be off limits to dense vertical development under a proposal that has popped up unexpectedly at City Hall.

City Council is slated to vote Thursday on a motion that would direct staff to extend five Capitol View Corridors — invisible lines drawn years ago that restrict building heights in order to preserve views of the Capitol from various parts of town.

This is just the start of the vetting process, as staff would then need to come back with an actual proposal for Council to vote on, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

One of the proposed corridors would cut through the University Medical Center Brackenridge site, disrupting the plans of Central Health to lease the land to a developer that would raze the hospital and replace it with buildings up to 40 stories tall. Central Health a couple of weeks ago selected four finalists vying for the project. A board member at the indigent health care organization said the group was unaware of the proposal to extend the Capitol View Corridors, the Statesman reports.

Urbannizer Jan 24, 2018 10:45 PM

Urbannizer Mar 7, 2018 2:49 AM

Unfortunately it now looks like only parts of the campus could see vertical redevelopment. Wexford was the winning bidder to redevelop the site, but Central Health has parted ways with the developer with UT eyeing the campus as a future area to expand. The renderings above were not for Wexford's idea.

Brackenridge master developer pulls out as Central Health changes course

*Feb. 22nd, 2018


Wexford Science & Technology LLC is no longer in charge of redeveloping the Brackenridge campus in Central Austin into a medical and commercial district.

And the direction of the entire redevelopment could shift now that the land owner is changing course.

Central Health, which owns the 14.3-acre site that was formerly University Medical Center Brackenridge, said Wednesday it "may move away from" the strategy of handing the keys to a master developer. It could instead lease out parts of the site and recruit individual companies to build on others.

Central Health's Budget and Finance Committee recommended Feb. 21 that Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin consider other options, including allowing a nonprofit known as The 2033 Fund to develop two blocks of the campus, according to the announcement.

The 2033 Fund has it eyes on Block 167, the former UMC Brackenridge hospital tower, and Block 164, along Red River Street south of old hospital's parking garage.

Block 164 would be earmarked for health uses to support Central Health, Dell Medical School and Seton Healthcare Family. UT System regents will consider next week allowing UT-Austin to lease the blocks, per the announcement.

Urbannizer May 7, 2019 10:13 AM

Block 164

Now broken down into phases. New office tower proposed.


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