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Old Posted Jul 18, 2017, 8:49 AM
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With our water front starting to fill in a bit, it makes sense that we'd start getting some taller ones further north in downtown. That's pretty much how I've always assumed it would be. The river flowing through our downtown is fairly wide and the whole area around it creates parkland. It's not like in a few other cities with narrow rivers that flow through the heart of their downtowns where they're lined with buildings right up to the water's edge in places. I sort of like the idea of having the taller buildings be farther away from the river, not because of Nimby sentiments, but because I think it'll make the skyline appear more interesting. I don't know. I just think a 700 or 800 foot building or even 600 foot one so close to the water would look a bit strange. The Austonian is at least two blocks north of the river. Besides, I'd rather be able to see a couple of 400 footers stepping up to an 800 footer (more layers and more buildings) than one single building blocking the others. Once the water front is completely filled in, we'll be appreciating any taller buildings that happen farther north so their construction can be seen from the river and parkland to the south of downtown. There really aren't many good vantage points of the north side of downtown and the northwest side of downtown to watch those areas fill in much, so having something taller than can be seen from farther away I think will be appreciated.
These are some good thoughts and observations. I've often thought about that as well. I've gone back and forth on the step-down approach to the river, and I"m leaning more toward it for some of the same reasons you mentioned.

I also think that Lavaca and Guadalupe would be a pretty cool corridor for height going north, but it seems that there are quite a few CVCs between 7th and 14th streets...but there are a couple lots that could yield a pretty unique building due to said corridors, of course. The other thing is that these two streets travel all the way through downtown and then continue south via S 1st, so it would be good for more density anyway, even if not with significant height.

The fact that the CVCs sort of form a triangle split by the Congress CVC could bring some really cool effects with more and more height and density throughout. If the height was limited to the river, that would never be seen.


Edit: Another area with no real CVC limitations that seems to go under the radar is bordered by West, MLK, Lavaca, and 15th or so to the south. This area seems untapped to me...right by West Campus, UT, the Capitol area, and the downtown core to the south.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2017, 12:19 AM
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It sure does. I love how you can see the effects of the capitol corridors taking shape, especially on the far west side of downtown.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2017, 7:31 PM
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Hilton Boutique Hotel Headed to West Sixth

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According to permits filed with the city today by engineering firm UDG, a new boutique hotel concept with a ground-floor restaurant will soon take shape at 612 West Sixth Street. The permit is filed under the name Canopy by Hilton, the 12th hotel brand of Hilton Worldwide first launched in 2014.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:04 PM
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Awesome. Great place for it, too.
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What proposed building is this?



I found it on this page at GDA Architects. (Bottom row, far left) It just says Mixed Use Tower, but the url of the image is:

http://gda-architects.com/images/gda-6th---lavaca.jpg

At first I thought it might might be a different rendering for Block 71, but based on Lavaca Plaza behind it, it looks like it's something that is/was planned for the south side of Sixth St between Guadalupe & Lavaca Streets across from 300 W. Sixth.
This one... looks very similar and same architect.
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A Hilton Canopy would be a great improvement to the site. Here's the site plan that Austin Towers was referencing:

https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=428186

From Streetview:

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It's kinda funny how what looks to be an old car garage that you'd find off some suburban road, old rundown tiny wooden fence and all is mixed in along west 6th.
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It's kinda funny how what looks to be an old car garage that you'd find off some suburban road, old rundown tiny wooden fence and all is mixed in along west 6th.
You should have seen it when there were car dealerships along west 6th.
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A CVC runs over the site, so this won't be too tall. You can see where the CVC is by the angle of the Seven tower one block north.
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It's kinda funny how what looks to be an old car garage that you'd find off some suburban road, old rundown tiny wooden fence and all is mixed in along west 6th.
I know. I can just imagine what the couple who may be tourists visiting W. 6th St. walking in front of the site in Streetview might be saying: WTF is going on here!?
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2017, 9:56 AM
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My uncle and grandma both bought trucks from Capitol Chevrolet back when they were at 5th & Lamar.
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My uncle and grandma both bought trucks from Capitol Chevrolet back when they were at 5th & Lamar.
I bought my Fords from McMorris Ford just a few blocks from there.
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My dad bought an Isuzu on 5th st, and drove it the wrong way down the street before realizing it was one way.

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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 10:34 PM
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My dad bought an Isuzu on 5th st, and drove it the wrong way down the street before realizing it was one way.

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My uncle had an Isuzu Pup back in the 80s, so I'm sure he must have gotten it there as well.
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A CVC determination was filed yesterday for 600 E. 6th St. I'm not sure why this would be unless a roof top bar is planned.

https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=200606
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Don't know where to post this but they are either cleaning the glass panels or installing new glass on the crown of the Frost Bank Tower.

Over Austin Facebook:https://m.facebook.com/overaustin/ph...pe=3&source=48
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Don't know where to post this but they are either cleaning the glass panels or installing new glass on the crown of the Frost Bank Tower.

Over Austin Facebook:https://m.facebook.com/overaustin/ph...pe=3&source=48
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2017, 6:15 PM
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Don't know where to post this but they are either cleaning the glass panels or installing new glass on the crown of the Frost Bank Tower.

Over Austin Facebook:https://m.facebook.com/overaustin/ph...pe=3&source=48
Yep. They're definitely replacing some panels.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater


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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
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63 Floors
849 Feet to parapet and then looks like some additional above that to top
809 to top of 63rd floor
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