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Old Posted Jun 23, 2011, 8:35 AM
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AUSTIN | 416 Congress | 336 FT | 26 FLOORS

This would be across the street from the Frost Bank Tower.

This would be Austin's tallest hotel.
It would also be Austin's skinniest skyscraper at just 46x100 feet.


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Downtown Commission endorses boutique hotel on Congress

By American-Statesman staff
Thursday, January 20, 2011, 02:49 PM


The City of Austin Downtown Commission has recommended approval of a proposed 26-story boutique hotel at 416 Congress Ave. that incorporates the facade of an historic building.

Last year, the owners said they wanted to build a 15-story hotel on the site, adding new construction above the 118-year-old building. The plan now has grown to 130 rooms in 26 stories, according to a presentation Wednesday night to the commission. The new construction would be set further back from the street than the historic building.

The commission on Wednesday night endorsed all three requests from the owners: To provide historic zoning for the property; to allow the project to have more square footage than standard Central Business District zoning permits, and to approve a curb cut on Congress for valet parking, according to Michael Knox, of the city’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office.

The project must also go before the city’s Historic and Planning Commissions, which will make their own recommendations to the City Council, which has final say.

The Downtown Commission gave unanimous approval to the project, with member Mandy Dealey abstaining because she also is a member of the Planning Commission, Knox said.

Mike McHone, the agent for the owners who made the presentation, wasn’t immediately available for comment.
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26-story boutique hotel planned for Congress Avenue

By Bobby Longoria

Thursday, 20 January 2011

AUSTIN — The call for a new hotel downtown may soon be answered with the construction of a 26-story boutique hotel at 416 Congress Ave.

Despite its height, the building will reflect a modern sensibility respecting the site's history, developers say.

The site is currently the home of a red-brick-lined building leased by Sky Lounge, a nightclub and bar. Mike McHone, the project consultant for the boutique hotel, said he, architect Jeff Krolicki and civil engineer Bradley Lingvai all share a vision to restore the building's original historical façade and create a hotel that will serve Congress Avenue both functionally and aesthetically.

With a width of only about 46 feet, McHone said seven rooms will be on each floor. The hotel's humble size though will be fitting for downtown, which lacks a boutique hotel, and has not had a new Congress Avenue hotel for over 44 years. The Wilbur Clark Crest Hotel, now the Radisson Hotel and Suites, was the last to open along Congress Avenue in 1966.
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Design Commission to consider 26-story hotel on Congress Ave.

By American-Statesman staff | Monday, January 24, 2011, 12:04 PM

The City of Austin Design Commission is scheduled tonight to discuss and take action on a proposed 26-story boutique hotel at 416 Congress Ave.

Last week, the Downtown Commission recommended approval of all three requests from the developer — to change the zoning to allow for a larger building; to modify the curb to allow for valet instead of angled parking, and to grant historic landmark status.

The hotel would be built above a 118-year-old building, preserving the facade but adding a modern tower set back from Congress.
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Developers seek city approval for 26-story downtown hotel
Boutique hotel set to replace Sky Lounge on Congress Avenue

By Bobby Longoria

Friday, 25 February 2011

CENTRAL AUSTIN — The call for new lodging downtown may soon be answered with the construction of a 26-story boutique hotel near the intersection of Congress Avenue and Fifth Street.

Mike McHone, the project consultant for the hotel, said he, architect Jeff Krolicki and civil engineer Bradley Lingvai seek to change the building’s zoning from Central Business District use to CBD Central Urban Redevelopment zoning, also known as CBD-CURE zoning, which will allow the project to build to its intended height of 26 stories with up to 130 hotel rooms. They will also seek historic zoning for the building.

The site at 416 Congress Ave. is currently the home of a red brick–lined building leased by Sky Lounge, a nightclub and bar. By using historical photos, McHone and developers said they hope to restore the building to its original appearance.
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PDF file from the architect, Dick Clark Architecture, stating the building will have 94,000 total square feet.

http://www.dcarch.com/portfolio/feas...oject-info.pdf
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Congress Ave. hotel project headed for City Council vote

By Shonda Novak | Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 01:01 PM

The Austin City Council is expected Thursday to approve a zoning change for a 26-story boutique hotel proposed for Congress Avenue — a project that would be the first new hotel on Congress in 45 years.

Mike McHone, a consultant helping the owner to get the city entitlements for the project, said the hotel could open in late 2012.
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Council OK expected for hotel planned for Congress Avenue
26-story building would add 130 rooms, restaurant to downtown

By Shonda Novak

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Published: 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The project would be the first new hotel on the stretch of Congress Avenue between Lady Bird Lake and the Capitol since the Wilbur Clark Crest Hotel (now the Radisson Hotel and Suites ) opened in 1966, said Molly Alexander, associate director of the Downtown Austin Alliance.

McHone said having more hotel rooms downtown will be an economic boost for the city, bringing in additional tax revenue along with tourists who spend their money here.

Since year-end 2007, 752 hotel rooms have been added downtown, a 10.8 percent increase, compared with 3,681 additional guest rooms citywide, a 14.3 percent increase, according to Smith Travel Research, an industry consulting firm.
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Proposed downtown hotel gets zoning

Austin Business Journal
Date: Friday, March 25, 2011, 10:02am CDT

Austin City Council on Thursday approved special zoning to allow the transformation of a historic Congress Avenue building into a boutique hotel.

The plan is to build a 26-story, 130-room hotel and restaurant — totaling about 90,000 square feet — essentially on top of a building at 416 Congress Ave. A groundbreaking could happen this summer, and it could be ready in 18 months, sources said.
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Council approves zoning change for 26-story boutique hotel

By Bobby Longoria
Thursday, 24 March 2011

AUSTIN — The first new hotel on Congress Avenue in more than 45 years is closer to becoming a reality.

The property was rezoned from Central Business District to Central Business District-Historic Landmark-Central Urban Redevelopment District (CBD-H-CURE). This allows the property to build up to 26 stories, modify the street curb for valet parking and be considered a historic landmark.

The hotel passed on the consent agenda with a vote of 7-0. It was approved by the city's zoning, planning, downtown and design commissions after several months of meetings.

McHone said the project coincides with the city's goal to keep downtown projects compact with dense development. It will also increase pedestrian amenities and utilize existing parking, he said.
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This seems to show it as being 9 floors. I'm not sure what to expect with that, but I hope they didn't chop it.

http://www.dcarch.com/#on-the-boards_3
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This seems to show it as being 9 floors. I'm not sure what to expect with that, but I hope they didn't chop it.

http://www.dcarch.com/#on-the-boards_3
I'm seeing the tall version when I click it.
     
     
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Go to the link, click on the "416 Congress" image. Then to the far right are some numbered links. It's the 6th link.
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While that image suggests some HVAC stuff above floor 9 I don't beleive its been chopped. There is no way their business model could work with only 3-4 rooming floors. I think they truncated the image to show the detail of the lower floors.
     
     
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Nice and slender. Dig the combo modern sculpted massing over the historic facade.
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