AUSTIN -- There is more evidence of Austin's growth as the city's skyline could soon have a new addition. A local developer is hoping to build two high rises.
There is still much that the City has to approve, however, if the plan goes through, it would dramatically transform about two acres of the Rainey Street neighborhood into a new kind of business district.
KVUE's Andrew Horansky reports.
Wednesday afternoon a spokesperson for the Rainey Neighbors Association released this statement:
"The Rainey Neighbors Association has been working closely with city council and city staff to address many intertwined issues affecting the neighborhood. Rainey street is a neigborhood with over 875 single family and hirise homes. Also, in the future we will see the sky house apartment tower, the Van Zandt 300 room hotel and hopefully more daytime retail. This is, as they say, 'a great problem to have', and we are thrilled to live here...it's simply time to work together with the businesses and the city to create a comprehensive plan.
The Sutton and Co project includes residential, retail and hotel components, and in general the RNA thinks that it will be a great addition to the neighborhood....but it is important to address our major need for sidewalks, pedestrian safety and lantern style lighting and an overall traffic and parking plan. This will allow the neighborhood to accommodate the existing, as well as planned bar vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Rainey is a wonderful neighborhood to live in and as all these areas are addressed, we see it getting much better over the next 10 years."