AUSTIN, TX. – Over the last two years we’ve seen the face of Austin literally change every few months and Austin could be changing once again if a new mixed use development is approved off South Congress Avenue.

What to Expect

The mixed use development called “Music Lane Mixed Use” will span 1.5 acres from 1011 South Congress Avenue to 1123 South Congress Avenue. The proposed development will be built by Texas Developer Big Red Dog who is also behind the South Congress hotel in Austin. The project will include 130,740 square feet of office space, retail space, restaurant space, a parking garage and more.

Every commercial location that’s currently in the area where this mixed use project will be developed is going to have to be torn down and those businesses will have to relocate elsewhere in the Austin area.

The businesses that will be affected include:

  •          Sfanthor House of Wax
  •          Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill
  •          Wet Salon & Studio
  •          Parts and Labour
  •          Strut
  •          Texas National Outfitters
  •          United Apparel Liquidators
  •          Ignite Fitnez

Each of these businesses have leases that are up for renewal within the coming months so according to the architect it’s possible that construction on this project could begin in early 2017.

Once completed the Music Lane Mixed Use development will include: 4 buildings, two levels of office space, street level retail space, and a 4 story underground parking garage with 400 parking spaces.

Businesses Getting Ready To Move

The Music Lane mixed use development represents a major win for Austin because it will revitalize the South Congress area, but it will change the Austin business community, and our city might lose a little of the “weird” that is so well-known around the world. 

Many of the businesses there who will be affected are getting ready to move including Steve Busti, owner of Sfanthor House of Wax who has a campaign going online to relocate his business elsewhere.

“Austin’s losing something that keeps it weird,” Busti said. “We’ll probably close on Halloween weekend. It’s a little heartbreaking.”

Learn More about Austin

To learn more about life in Austin Texas, or to view homes for sale, contact the Kent Redding Group today by calling us at (512) 306-1001 or click here to connect with us online. 

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