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New tower to become second-tallest in Austin

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A proposed 64-story, 802-foot tower is slated to become the second-tallest skyscraper in Austin.


M2 Development Partners, the developers behind the plan, have projected an April 2022 groundbreaking with completion by 2025. The Austin American-Statesman reports the building has a total budget of $504 million and is set to be nestled on a 1.2-acre plot against the trendy Rainey Street District overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

At 802 feet, the tower would be higher than Austin's tallest current building, the Independent, which sits at 685 feet. However, a skyscraper currently under construction at West Sixth and Guadelupe streets is projected to reach 840 feet; the tower, dubbed "6 X Guadelupe," would become the city's tallest.

The 1.1 million square-foot tower will house space for 250 hotel rooms, 170 apartments and 150 condominiums. The mixed-use building will also hold 10,000 square feet of retail space, 30,000 square feet of banquet space, a 550-space parking garage and a rooftop restaurant.

M2's managing principal Timothy Morris told the Statesman that the hotel would be operated by a world-renowned luxury brand. In a news release, the firm stated that several potential equity partners are interested in investing in the tower.

M2 stated that a name will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway