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Luxury condos will replace Austin’s Graffiti Park

This rendering shows the rooftop of the forthcoming, 10-unit luxury condo development, The Colorfield. (Radical Galaxy Studio)

A 10-unit luxury condo development called The Colorfield will replace the so-called Graffiti Park at Castle Hill—a collection of graffitied concrete slabs formally known as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery since 2011—and help fund its relocation to Southeast Austin near the airport.


The Cumby Group, an Austin-based development and construction firm, has broken ground on the multifamily project, which is located at 1012 Baylor St., near Clarksville. It will include 10 large homes with views of the Texas Capitol and downtown as well as a new mural wall, according to a Tuesday press release. The homes range from 3,200 to 5,058 square feet and start at $3.6 million.

"The Colorfield will reside on a site with a unique, colorful history, so it's fitting that the new homes are unique and colorful as well—and help support a plan for art to endure both here and at the gallery's new home," Development Vice President Melissa Brown said in a press release Tuesday.

Graffiti Park was born out of a failed condo development from the 1980s, which was left underdeveloped until Andi Scull, then the HOPE campaign executive producer, transformed it into a temporary art installation in 2010. Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the "Hope" campaign poster that represented President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, installed the first mural installation. Over the next decade, hundreds of artists painted over its walls.

The city's historic landmark commission approved the demolition of Graffiti Park in January 2018, after JB Cumby Construction requested permission to do so. Since then, the developer has developed a plan to support the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, which is slated to reopen in its new, 17-acre space in Southeast Austin this summer.

The Cumby Group has committed to donating $20,000 to the organization and dedicating $25,000 in time and resources to relocate the original gallery sign and a memorial art wall to be displayed at the new space. The firm will also pay $90,000 to commission artists to create a new mural wall at the Colorfield.

"It has been wonderful working with Cumby Group for the past several years to thoughtfully figure out all the best ways we could collaborate together to make this a huge relocation success story for our community," Scull said in the release.

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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 hello@theatxtoday.com 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.


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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.