As the long-anticipated redevelopment of the Austin Texas American-Statesman site at 305 S. Congress Ave. heads toward a City Council vote next year, the development team presented its vision to the Planning Commission on Dec. 14. Preliminary plans for the nearly 19-acre planned unit development, known informally as the Statesman PUD, include 3.6 million total square feet of residential, office and hotel uses spread across six towers ranging from 215 to 525 feet tall. This includes 1,378 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of offices, a 275-room hotel, and 150,000 square feet of retail and restaurants with over 8 acres of parks, plazas and trails are planned along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, including a Great Lawn, a boardwalk and pier, a reconstructed hike and bike trail, enhanced bat-watching areas, as well as native landscaping and rain gardens. All public space will be ADA accessible. The project’s team includes Endeavor Real Estate Group, architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Armbrust &Brown attorney Richard Suttle.
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