$1.2 billion in redevelopment expected in South Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some new ideas for Austin’s next big development project will be announced Wednesday night.  An internationally renowned architect will talk about his ideas to help the city create a master plan for the South Central Waterfront.  It runs along Riverside Drive between South First Street and Joe’s Crab Shack.
The South Central Waterfront amounts to 97 acres of property that could be redevelopment.  Wednesday night, architect Alex Krieger will talk to the community to generate ideas for what this area could become.  Krieger has redeveloped waterfront areas in cities like Boston and Pittsburgh.  The city of Austin is creating a master plan in an effort to have a uniform vision for the area so when developers start building on the land the properties all fit together. For example, making sure there is green space and access to the water. Right now there are 31 different private property owners along this stretch so planners believe it’s important to have a cohesive plan.
“As this development enviably happens it adds up to great connections, great public spaces, that we can create some affordable housing, and we can create a community that everyone is very pleased and proud of,” said Alan Holt, Principal Planner, Urban Design Division, City of Austin.
Wednesday night’s event entitled “Remaking the Urban Waterfront” is the fourth “talkabout” in a series highlighting best practices and inspirational examples of waterfront planning and development. The featured speaker, Alex Krieger, is an internationally renowned architect, urban designer, Harvard professor, writer, and a global expert on riverfront planning. He will speak on the principles for creating vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming waterfronts. Krieger’s talk will draw on his contributions to waterfront design and planning, including his work in U.S. cities such as Boston, Louisville, Ky., Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit and internationally in Montreal and the renovation of Shanghai’s riverfront Bund.
The Downtown Austin Alliance will also host a breakfast event with Krieger on May 7 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road. Registration is required.
The redevelopment of the South Central Waterfront has an estimated value of $1.2 billion in private redevelopment.  City planners hope to complete its master plan by the end of the year and present it to city council.


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