Shhhh! New Congress Tower Planned

According to city records, the owners of three vacant historic buildings on Congress Avenue between 9th and 10th street are planning to build a 16-story, 88,000 square foot office tower on the site. If successful, the project would commence construction in 2011 and open by Summer 2012.

According to a statement by Tucker Lynch, a representative of the site owners, in the Austin Business journal, “The owners told us to keep it as quiet as possible,” Lynch said. “We are just doing our feasibility. If it is not feasible, we won’t build.”

According to the Austin Business Journal, "Plans call for eight floors of office space, atop six floors of parking and one basement parking level, plus street retail. According to architecture drawings by Dallas-based HKS, the building will have a glass facade and a terraced set back at the 11th floor. The proposed building bumps right up to the height limit imposed in the Capitol View Corridor. The owner is applying for central urban redevelopment designation, or CURE, which exempts development from some building codes and permits greater heights for the sake of economic benefit. The site is currently zone for “Central Business District,” which allows for 88,000 square feet of development at the site and Lynch said his client is not seeking a density bonus."

The project is one of numerous towers currently in the works. Other projects include:

- A 15-story boutique hotel at 416 Congress Avenue
- Two 40-story Towers by Constructive Ventures on an Austin Energy Site near 2nd and San Antonio
- A 250 unit 28-story condo tower and an adjacent 16-story office tower on the 1.2 acre site bounded by Fifth, Sixth, San Antonio and Nueces streets by Novare, the developer of 360.
- A 15-story office tower with ground floor retail is being proposed for the north east corner of West Cesar Chavez Street and Lamar Boulevard by Capital City Partners