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AUSTIN | The Avenue | 345 FEET | 31 FLOORS

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30-story ‘car-free’ apartment tower planned on Congress Avenue

By Shonda Novak - American-Statesman Staff 33

Posted: 7:01 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016

A vacant retail space on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin could be transformed into a 30-story tower with 135 luxury apartments, office space, a restaurant and a bar. But the proposed project is also notable for what it won’t have: any space for cars.

The project — called The Avenue — won’t include a parking garage or any space for auto parking. It is being billed by its developers as the first “truly car-free luxury development in downtown Austin,” designed to encourage biking, walking, ride-sharing and public transportation.

Nelsen said developers hope to break ground by May 1, 2017. The project is expected to take two years to build. Nelson said his team is still working to secure financing for the project, which he estimates will cost $55 million to $60 million.
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Very nice ! Reminds me of http://centromiami.com/ which is also a car free tower.
Is there a height limit in that part of downtown?
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Is there a height limit in that part of downtown?
Not exactly. There is a setback requirement that makes buildings step back away from Congress Avenue so that they don't block the view of the Capitol dome. Only the older buildings had their tower portions butt against the street. Other than that requirement there is no actual height restriction.

Btw, the crane in the rendering that ATX posted is for the 33-story Aloft Hotel that will also be car free.
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Very nice ! Reminds me of http://centromiami.com/ which is also a car free tower.
Is there a height limit in that part of downtown?
Technically no, but the allowable F.A.R. on any given site amounts to one. There is a setback requirement on Congress Ave. to enhance the view of the Capitol when looking down Congress. That's why this project has a setback beginning several floors up.
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Damn, Kevin. You win again!
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Site plan with elevations (pages 21-24).

ftp://ftp.ci.austin.tx.us/ATD_AULCC/...enue_PLANS.pdf

337 feet to the mechanical penthouse.

321 feet to the main roof.

310 feet to the 30th floor (highest occupied floor).

8th floor setback fronting Congress Avenue (amenity deck) is 80 feet.


This will make it the tallest building in downtown north of 7th Street.
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New site plan filed with the city shows a small increase in height from 337 feet with 30 floors to 345 feet with 31 floors.

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Good thing that it's car free.
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