Austin: 41-Story Residential High-Rise Proposed for Third and Brazos
Featured Illustration (above): Hanover’s planned residential tower will integrate a rebuilt former warehouse building, which will activate the street level with a new storefront with restaurant and patio on Brazos Street. Image: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–Houston developer Hanover Co. has proposed building a 45-story residential tower at 205 Brazos St. that could include 308 apartment units, a 10-level above-grade parking structure, and more than 4,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Clara Wineberg of Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz briefed the Austin Historic Landmark Commission on Dec. 16 about the preliminary conceptual designs for Hanover’s proposed tower on Brazos.
The base of the Hanover’s proposed apartment high-rise will be designed with a modern look and a rustic feel. Image: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Plans call for a total of 442,000 square feet of new construction. The apartments will be contained within 32 floors, with one amenity deck proposed between the parking and lower part of the residential section, and another deck at the top of the high-rise.
The project would incorporate an abandoned warehouse structure once owned by the local Slaughter family who used the space to run a grocery and wholesale operation. The building has since been modified over the years.
The preliminary ground floor plan for Hanover’s planned residential tower, which will be located between the JW Marriott and Hyatt Place. Image: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
According to Wineberg, the structure will be demolished, but much of the masonry and brick will be used to rebuild the building into the new high-rise’s podium, make for larger openings to accommodate the new uses, then utilize that as a base for the new tower above it.
“It contributes to the fabric of downtown, the old history of Austin that exists still, but in diminishing capacity,” Wineberg said.
The restored former warehouse structure will help to activate the retail portion of the tower, complete with a restaurant and patio featuring a glass facade.
“The idea is to allow the past existing building be a showcase at the corner,” Wineburg said.
Contemporary view of the corner brick building that is to be renovated as part of the Hanover tower. Image: Google Streets.
The base of the new tower will feature metals and glazing to “pick up on the rustic (feel) of other buildings in Austin,” and a general texture of metal and stone coming together,” she added.
Hanover plans to return to the commission in January, when it anticipates requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness. A site plan has yet to be submitted.
Project representatives indicated that Hanover plans to pull demolition permits, for the existing warehouse building, in early 2020, and begin new vertical construction within the year.
Hanover is busy with another skyscraper project in downtown Austin, getting ready to launch work on the 44-story Republic Square apartment complex at Lavaca and West Fifth streets.
VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2019-95AB.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.