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AUSTIN | Block 71 Redevelopment | FEET | FLOORS

The University of Texas is building a new system headquarters on property it owns in Downtown Austin on the southern half of the block located at the northwest corner of West 7th & Colorado Streets. The university also owns the full block to the south where its current 9-story administration offices are located. Once the new building across the street is complete and occupied, the old building, adjacent parking garage and adjacent Claudia-Taylor Hall will be either leased or redeveloped. There are no height restrictions on the block.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/bl...transform.html
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UT seeks developers' brainpower to help transform downtown block
Jul 29, 2015, 7:59am CDT

The University of Texas is asking developers for their ideas on how to transform an entire block of downtown Austin real estate.

The property in question is known as Block 71 and is bordered by West Seventh, Colorado, West Sixth and Lavaca streets. Its total size is 1.6 acres.

Developers are being asked to include their vision for the property as part of UT’s request for qualification process. The RFQ will need a basic outline of the concept with ideas, which could include a mix of residential, offices and retail, along with background on the submitting company’s history of commercial and development projects that show they would be able to follow through.
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Cross posted from the Austin section. The tower seen here appears to be around 670 feet judging from the other buildings.

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Tonight, I walked by the office of Nelsen Partners on Congress Ave and noticed they have two renderings of a building proposed for 7th and Colorado. It looks to be over 600 feet tall and a nice design. Their website doesn't have anything about this building.

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http://www.nelsenpartners.com/



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OK THIS gets me giving sh*ts about downtown Austin buildings again. Dayum.
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Cross posted from the Austin section.

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I went by the Nelsen Partners office and asked for more information about the renderings. Mainly spoke with receptionist who was willing to share information. I asked if it was a concept rendering and whether it is happening or not. She replied that it is happening. I asked about a height and she started referring to floors (obviously i wanted feet) and some other person passed so the receptionist asked her and she responded she didn't know but it went back and forth many times on how tall it should be. I asked what type of building and she said it would be retail at bottom with office in middle and residential at top. I asked when it would start, she said she wasn't sure so she asked another worker who was passing and he was being vague, saying he didn't know for sure because there were still three and they haven't decided. I don't know exactly what he meant, but my impression is that UT has three developers that are interested in building it and they have yet to decide on who yet. Here are some better quality pictures of the renderings that I took while there.


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Wow real cool design.
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A few more details on this project. Also, the site plan has been filed for the office tower:

https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=549050
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Description: The applicant is proposing the redevelopment of the existing University of Texas Systems complex to an office building.

Project Name: Block 71

Address: 220 W 6TH ST AUSTIN TX 78701

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I've learned a few details from a source with direct knowledge. On the southern half of the block (which holds CTJ and the adjacent plaza) will go a 35-story office building. From what I understood, the building will be built above the current CTJ building facade, but CTJ itself will be gutted for ground retail. I'm not completely sure if the building will take up the half-block or just the CTJ portion, but the plaza will be demolished. The renderings of the building were described as "really cool", take whatever you will from that.

The building will open up to a park which will be built on the northwestern portion of the block. The parking garage that is currently there will be demolished. Eventually, a residential high-rise with ground retail is planned for the northeastern portion. They want to start within the next 5-6 months.

So basically a 35-story office tower, a park, and a residential high-rise of unknown height.
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511'. Location in downtown is approximately 33' higher than locations closer to the river so it will appear to be about 140' taller than Block 23
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