Austin: New Mixed-Use Midrise, Hotel Planned for East Side Riverside Tracts
Featured Illustration (above): Looking westward on East Cesar Chavez Street at the new mixed-use building (foreground) and new boutique hotel (background). Image: Studio Luck/Studio Rick Joy.
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–Two industrial zoned East Austin lots–one along East Cesar Chavez Street and the other nearby–are now the sites of a planned multi-story mixed-use development that include a new boutique hotel next to the Colorado River.
The city is reviewing plans for what is called Red Bluff Triangle, located at 4713 E. Cesar Chavez, at the corner of Red Bluff Road near Springdale Road. This will be a six-story structure with 64,000 square feet of office space, 2,000 square feet of retail, 4,000 square feet of restaurant space, 4,000 square feet of spa/salon space, and 12 residential condominium units along with parking space.
Rendering of a view of the mixed-use building from the new hotel plaza along Red Bluff Road. Image: Studio Luck/Studio Rick Joy
The same development group will then build a 63-room luxury boutique hotel at 4701 Red Bluff, on a tract closer to the river and directly across Red Bluff from the mixed-use project.
Mexico City-based Grupo Habita, which has built hotels in the United States and Mexico, will develop its first Austin hotel on this spot. The hotel and the mixed-use building are meant to complement each other.
Austin company Studio Luck and Tucson, Arizona firm Studio Rick Joy are partnering on the overall design while Austin-based dwg. is the landscape architect. Big Red Dog is the project’s civil engineer.
The development team expects to begin construction on the mixed-use structure sometime in early 2020, according to project documents on file with the city.
Tenants and visitors at the new mixed-use development would be able to access it from Cesar Chavez and Red Bluff. A former tire storage building currently sits on the property fronting Cesar Chavez where the mixed-use structure will go.
Rendering of the new mixed-use building, looking eastward on East Cesar Chavez Street. Image: Studio Luck/Studio Rick Joy
A small warehouse that has housed a variety of industrial tenants, including car repair, is present on the future hotel site fronting Red Bluff. The same developers have been wanting to build a hotel there for a few years.
According to preliminary conceptual renderings, the exterior of the mixed use building will be dominated by metal and glass to shield office workers from the glare of the sun and to recall the area’s commercial roots.
The hotel will have a stainless-steel swimming pool, a terrace full of river views, a restaurant with outdoor seating, and a courtyard along Red Bluff. The guest room walls will be covered in wood.
Representatives have said the project is mainly in response to increasing demand for office and retail space in East Austin.
AREA Group is nearly done converting a World War II-era machine workshop in the 4800 block of East Cesar Chavez into a brewery and restaurant.
The property lies within a federal government-designated opportunity zone where the developer team qualifies for tax benefits. No estimated cost has been revealed for either the hotel or the mixed-use complex.
The larger triangular tract will host a new mixed-use, multi-level building. A boutique hotel will sit on the smaller tract along the Colorado River. Image: Google Streets
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.