AUSTIN – The lighting of one of the most iconic structures in Austin Tuesday night forced the spotlight on its future.
“It was an award-winning structure. I mean it's a beautiful piece of architecture,” said Girard Kinney, an Austin resident who fought for 30 years to keep the historic Robert Mueller Airport Tower.
“It's big and visible and beautiful. It's like an old sixties iconic kind of thing so I think it's really neat that they left it up there,” said Michael Gates, a resident living in the Mueller Neighborhood.
Catellus Development, the people responsible for the master plan for Mueller Redevelopment have sponsored the lighting of the Mueller Tower including the Noel signs for seven years.
Greg Weaver, vice-President with Catellus Development said that there are no present plans for the tower. Catellus spent $200,000 renovating the outside of the structure bringing it back to its original luster, however, the space inside is so tight that it doesn’t leave many options.
“I really hope there will be a way the public can continue to actually go back and go up and experience the observation deck. That would be great,” Girard Kinney said.
Weaver added that it could be another three to four years before there are plans in place for the historic structure.