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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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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.