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REPORT: Facebook could soon occupy some of Austin's tallest building

With 63 stories, 6 X Guadelupe is poised to become Austin's tallest tower. (6 X Guadelupe)

Facebook could be the first tenant at Austin's soon-to-be tallest building, the Austin Business Journal reported Tuesday.

The social media giant is reportedly in negotiations to lease multiple floors of office space at 6 X Guadalupe on 400 W. Sixth St. as it nears completion. The addition would greatly boost Facebook's presence in the Texas capital: as it stands, the company holds its fourth-largest office at nearby 607 West Third St. and 300 W. Sixth St. downtown locations and employs over 2,000.

A source told the Business Journal that Facebook is within 60 to 90 days of closing the deal, but it could keep looking elsewhere. In March, the company was in negotiations to take up all of the 300 Colorado tower but later walked from the deal.

If completed, Facebook would expand from the 476,500 square feet of space it already has in the Austin metro, including the two downtown towers and a warehouse in Pflugerville.

The social media corporation isn't the first to want more space downtown: video sharing platform TikTok is reportedly eyeing the 300 Colorado tower expanding its presence in Austin.

Facebook is the first to show public interest in the 6 X Guadelupe tower, which will become the tallest tower in Austin once completed in 2022. The 66-story tower will have around 590,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail space, nearly 35,000 square feet of amenities and nearly 350 residential units once complete.

If the company's "advanced talks" go according to plan, the company could occupy the space by sometime in 2022, though no specifics have been decided, the source told the Business Journal.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

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.