Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
by Adolfo Pesquera
Austin (Travis Co.) – The developer of a 26-story boutique hotel in downtown Austin obtained a three-year extension from the Austin Planning Commission.
Last week, at their Oct. 13 meeting, the commission considered the request of 416 Congress LLC, an ownership entity that was represented by agent Amanda Savor of Drenner Group, a land use and real estate law firm for Stoltz Management Co. of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Cause given for the need for an extension was new ownership. As stated by planning staff case manager Nikki Hoelter, “The property was recently acquired by a different owner, and will need additional time to obtain building permits. A one year administrative extension was granted in April, which extended the permit until Nov. 14, 2015.”
The original site plan was approved in November 2011, but there’s been no construction activity.
The scope of the project is for a total of 93,920 square feet of gross floor area, with streetscape improvements and utilities on .166 acres. Off-site parking 187 feet from the hotel and in the same block would be provided through an off-site parking agreement.
There is an existing historic building on the site–the Robertson Building, 416 Congress Ave., constructed in 1893. It would be remodeled to allow for the new hotel.
Dick Clark + Associates (DC+A) conducted a feasibility study with site plan for the previous owner that described a hotel and restaurant. That plan included 130 rooms with a total square footage of 68,250 sf, a 4,200-sf lobby and cafe, 7,000 sf restaurant, 2,000 sf meeting room, 6,000 sf ballroom, 5,500 sf pool and bar, and 3,525 sf mechanical room.
“The historic facade will be maintained and new massing will be stepped back to accent. The project will seek historic zoning for facade,” DC+A said Revitalization of the streetscape would be accomplished with open cafe arcade on the street, sidewalk seating, planters and kiosks, street trees and a new awning.