After I wrote about the new Fairmont Austin and its skyway to the Austin Convention Center, I wondered: how many skyways does Austin have? Time to investigate…
The Fairmont Austin is now open on the corner of Red River and Cesar Chavez, about two blocks from I-35. This 37-story building has 1048 guest rooms and suites. Bill and I stayed here during South by Southwest. The hotel had only been open a week, and finishing touches were still being done.
The new South Terminal is now open at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. As its name suggests, this building is on the southern side of the airport’s expansive property. South Terminal cannot be accessed directly from the main airport entrance on Rt. 71. Instead, you must take Rt. 183 south (of the Rt. 71 intersection), turn left onto Burleson Road, and then make another left onto Emma Browning Avenue. This route wasn’t well-marked when I traveled, but perhaps better signage has been installed now. A shuttle bus runs between the two terminals, but there’s plenty of inexpensive parking at South Terminal (maximum: $7 per day). The parking lot does not have an attendant, so only credit cards are accepted at the exit.
I accompanied movie-lover Bill to the soft opening of Austin’s newest Alamo Drafthouse last weekend. This eat-in movie house is located in the Mueller neighborhood, the site of Austin’s old airport. We weren’t enthusiastic about the movie (The Red Turtle), but we loved the Alamo Mueller!
Formerly the site of a power plant, the build-out of the Seaholm District is nearly completed. The old power plant building was renovated last year and now houses offices for athenahealth and Umbel. Trader Joe’s Seaholm has been open for over a year now. People are filling up the condos at the 30-story Seaholm Residences.
Without fanfare, Austin grew by one block and two streets this month. The new block is along Cesar Chavez Street, facing Lady Bird Lake. A 38-floor building takes up the entire block and will house the Northshore apartments, plus office and retail space. The apartments are pre-leasing for fall rentals.
Downtown Austin construction projects are moving right along since my last update a few months ago. Several new buildings have now been started, and others are nearing completion. Austin will be adding a tremendous number of offices, condos, apartments, and hotel rooms over the next few years. Here’s the latest status…