AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin skyline is still in the middle of a transformation. A project being developed just blocks away from downtown is generating a lot of controversy.
The City Council delayed discussions about the One Two East project until August. If approved, the development will be built on the corner of Interstate 35 and East 12th Street.
Mayor Steve Adler joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss how developers are taking neighbors’ concerns with the project into consideration.
“We need increased housing options in the city. We need to increase the supply so the cost of housing goes down,” said Mayor Adler.
The condo project will have a grocery store on the bottom, and housing on the top floors for seniors. Developers told KXAN back in December this proposal meets the demand for senior housing.
The idea has longtime neighbors upset with developers. Opponents say it will bring even more traffic to this area that’s already seen a lot of growth recently.
“The only traffic that’s going to be going through the neighborhood, is traffic from the neighbors going to and from the grocery store,” said Steve Drenner, president of Drenner Group, the project developers.
The project would replace a bingo hall and CVS Pharmacy on the prime real estate location. Another concern is that the condo will block downtown views. Neighbors worry the 185 feet tall development will loom over their housing, casting a shadow and blocking their views.