Downtown Commission endorses boutique hotel on Congress
By American-Statesman staff
Thursday, January 20, 2011, 02:49 PM
The City of Austin Downtown Commission has recommended approval of a proposed 26-story boutique hotel at 416 Congress Ave. that incorporates the facade of an historic building.
Last year, the owners said they wanted to build a 15-story hotel on the site, adding new construction above the 118-year-old building. The plan now has grown to 130 rooms in 26 stories, according to a presentation Wednesday night to the commission. The new construction would be set further back from the street than the historic building.
The commission on Wednesday night endorsed all three requests from the owners: To provide historic zoning for the property; to allow the project to have more square footage than standard Central Business District zoning permits, and to approve a curb cut on Congress for valet parking, according to Michael Knox, of the city’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office.
The project must also go before the city’s Historic and Planning Commissions, which will make their own recommendations to the City Council, which has final say.
The Downtown Commission gave unanimous approval to the project, with member Mandy Dealey abstaining because she also is a member of the Planning Commission, Knox said.