This six-story office project designed by Sixthriver Architects at 916 Congress Avenue(huh, lots of sixes there) is exactly the kind of thing I like to see on Austin’s main street. It brings vertical density and much-needed office space to the area, but still preserves the historic facade of the original building and is designed with the stepback required by the city’s Congress Avenue overlay for the west side of the street, so nobody can complain that it’s harming the historic district’s character or something silly like that.
The property, formerly home to well-loved local coffee shop Little City, is now owned by an LLC connected with financial advisory firm Mastodon Ventures, with city backup documents and other filings also indicating the involvement of equity fund W Capital Partners and contracting firm The Burt Group. When the development was first announced back in 2010, it was designed by Sixthriver as a headquarters for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, but the organization apparently grew quickly enough to need more space than the 916 project could provide, so the architects designed a new headquarters at 901 Congress Avenue instead.
That means the tenant or tenants for the 916 building are still up in the air, although Sixthriver recently told me the project will have a ground-floor commercial tenant (retail, probably) in addition to the five stories of offices above. It’s been kicking around for almost a decade, but this development is back on my radar after its backers filed a permit with the city earlier this week for the installation of a tower crane at the site — which means something’s going on over there.
1108 Nueces Offices
Here’s another recently-announced project designed by Sixthriver Architects and developed by the folks at Mid-City, who are doing quite a bit around this part of town.This one’s a five-story office building with 22,000 square feet of space on the site of a former law office at 1108 Nueces Street — three of these stories, however, are dedicated to the building’s parking garage, with only the top two floors containing office space.
Pretty wild that its parking levels outnumber its actual occupied floors — although that sort of design seems to be all the rage lately. Anyway, it’s got a small lease space on the ground floor that appears suitable for retail uses, though the rendering above seems to show a co-working tenant of some kind