Austin South-Central Waterfront

Austin, TX

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Creating Strong Connections to Austin’s New Waterfront

Austin South-Central Waterfront will guide $2 billion redevelopment of new public realm and private properties. For most of Austin’s history the area along the south bank of the Colorado River, directly across from downtown, was river bottom and contaminated flood plains. CMG is participating in the vision implementation and goals for this waterfront development site including enhancing connections to and along the waterfront, expanding open space, creating great public places for all, and establishing a lively and attractive pedestrian environment. The community’s desire for green infrastructure and a balance of public amenities, private investment, and cultural connectivity, shaped the design options. By no longer turning its back on the water, the concept design for 305 South Congress, the previous site of the Austin American Statesman, brings the city of Austin and the design for waterfront framework plan to life. CMG’s role on the team included acting as consultant to help frame the future development plan, facilitating community outreach involvement, and generating the final framework plan alongside the City of Austin Planning + Zoning Department and Urban Design Group.

The new mixed-use development, 305 South Congress represents 19 of the existing 118 acres of the South-Central Waterfront District, creating a central and important link to the lakefront park system. The new sustainable development will include a great public lawn, a water theater, habitat wetlands, a lakefront boardwalk, and planted edges along the waterfront. Simultaneously, all spaces will be designed to conserve, reuse, and return water to Lady Bird Lake. Shared use public ways will be incorporated into the streetscape and public space, creating moments of spontaneous interaction while incorporating Austin’s culture through programmatic and artful activation. Video Credit: 305 South Congress + Endeavor Real Estate Group

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The emerging development will be a lively and attractive pedestrian environment with safer bikeways, great public spaces, better connections to and along the waterfront, and a development of a significant amount of affordable housing. Austin South-Central Waterfront creates a premier open space for the city of Austin and shifts downtown development toward a new town center.