Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Austin's Sprawl is Growing

Despite all the talk of making Austin more urban, it turns out Austin’s growth is mostly on the outskirts in the suburbs, according to a new study from the New York Times and reported on by The Austin Business Journal.  

Austin’s rate of sprawl was among the highest in the nation and beat out only by San Antonio.  Overall, from 2010-2016, over 80% of the metropolitan areas in the country with one million or more residents have become less dense.

Urbanists have been calling for more housing in the heart of Austin for years, and hoped that CodeNEXT, a rewrite of the land development code in Austin, could have the desired effect.  However, preliminary analysis finds it more difficult to build under the new code than under the old rules.

In general across the nation, the densest metro areas became more dense and the more sprawling ones became even less dense.  The most sprawling metro areas were concentrated in the Sunbelt and included Houston and Oklahoma City right behind Austin and San Antonio.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Austin a Great Place to Start a Career

Austin nabbed the #3 spot on WalletHub’s list of the Best Places to Start a Career, the Austin Business Journal reports.  Salt Lake City and Orlando Florida were the only cities ranked higher than Austin.  

The report looked at opportunities for professional growth as well as quality of life to determine its list.  Austin was number three for population growth and number four for monthly salary relative to cost of living.  Austin’s low unemployment rate also worked in its favor as well as the large number of residents 25 and older with at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

Austin came in at number 32 for “fun-friendliness”, and only 48 for workplace diversity.  

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Austin a Great Place for Millennial Renters

On the heels of being ranked the best city in the country for millennials to live, HomeUnion has ranked Austin as number three on a list of the best cities in the US for millennials to rent.

HomeUnion looked at public school ratings, how long commutes take, and affordability to determine the rankings.  Rent could not exceed 2.5 times income.  

Central Austin, in particular the 78705 zip code around Hyde Park, nabbed the top spot on the list.  It ranked 86 for public school ratings, has an average commute time of 33 minutes, and monthly rent is $1,904.  That’s just 39% of millennials’ median household income in the Austin area.

No other Texas cities made the list of best places for millennials to rent nor the list of best places to buy.  Austin was beat out by Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky on the best places to rent list and St. Louis; West Palm Beach, Florida; Pittsburgh, Cleveland; and Oklahoma City topped the best places for millennials to buy list.  

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Hall Coming to Austin

Austin’s first Food Hall is scheduled to open in Fall of 2017 and it will feature locations of some of Austin’s most popular restaurants, Culturemap Austin reports.  

The development is to be called Fareground and will be located at the corner of Congress and Cesar Chavez.  The space will include coworking space, an event venue, lounges and conference rooms in addition to the food hall, spread over an outdoor park and indoor lobby.  

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will have sandwiches, soups, and their traditional charcuterie plates.  Contigo Fareground will have its beloved burger, salads and new menu items.  Easy Tiger will serve up fresh baked bread, pastries, sausage, and craft beer.  

Dai Due chef Jesse Griffith will open Dai Due Taqueria, bringing the focus of local ingredients and wild game that he serves at the Manor Road outpost to tacos.

Henbit & Honeybit comes from Emmer & Rye’s chef and pastry chef.  Henbit will have an approachable menu made from sustainable ingredients and Honeybit will serve dessert and ice cream from a cart.

The chefs behind Komé and Daruma Ramen will bring Ni-Kome to Fareground.  The restaurant will combine Japanese food and noodles.  

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Code Next Maps Released

The city has released the new CodeNext maps, the Austin American Statesman reports.  

The maps will show how new code will be implemented across the city, but there was nothing that either neighborhood activists who resist new development or proponents of increasing density in the city saw as worth getting riled up over.

On first glance, experts think the new maps just continue with business as usual and cement the development patterns and practices that are already in place.  However, most of those reviewing the new maps say they will take some time to digest.

After three years and $6.2 million spent on the CodeNext process, the new system basically divides the city into two zoning schemes.  One will be similar to what is already in place and would apply to suburban areas of Austin and the second is designed to bring density to Austin’s urban core and transportation corridors.  

City Council has stated a goal of building 135,000 new housing units by 2025 and set aside almost half for low-income residents.  The hope is that the new zoning rules will make that easier to do.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Office Park, Apartments Coming to Austin Oaks

Austin Oaks, a development that has been proposed near the corner of Spicewood Springs and Mopac, got zoning approval from the Austin City Council last week, the Austin Business Journal reports.  

Spire Realty Group plans to replace an old office park with a 31 acre development that includes apartments, office towers, and retail.  

The development was first put forth in 2014, but the plans have been changed after the developer met with neighborhood groups opposed to the project.  These meetings resulted in the two apartment buildings being limited to four or less stories each.  

There will also be several mid-rise office buildings, with one being nine stories near Mopac, 1.2 million square feet of space total, and 375 or less apartments, with 41 for low-income renters.  

The land is currently occupied by an office park with 12 low-rise buildings.  

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Office Park in Southeast Austin

Riverside Resources has acquired part of the old AMD campus in southeast Austin for a new, large office park, the Austin Business Journal reports.

The goal of the company is to get enough land to have a multi-tenant office park or corporate headquarters.

Riverside Resources bought a building that was previously owned by Cypress Semiconductor and has 330,000 square feet.  They want to remodel the space and lease the property as office condos.  They also have 46 acres next to that building and wants to construct an office park that spans three buildings and 425,000 square feet.

Ben White is a convenient East-West highway, the land is close to the airport, and Oracle’s new campus is located nearby on Riverside Drive.  Other attractive amenities in the area include Lady Bird Lake.  The area is also close to downtown and is increasingly popular with young professionals, especially those who work in tech.

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