North Austin will soon be home to a new $24 million MetroRail station, located just north of the Domain, where it will serve as a mobility hub and central feature of a forthcoming 66-acre, $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment of the Broadmoor campus, which includes IBM.
The Capital Metro board of directors approved a public-private partnership with Philadelphia-based developer Brandywine Realty Trust on Monday, which will jointly fund the new station.
Capital Metro will pay $12 million of the cost, with Brandywine responsible for the remainder.
Groundbreaking of the station is scheduled for September, and it will open in summer 2022. As proposed, the station will grow the number of annual boardings on the red line—which currently runs from the Domain to downtown Austin—to 240,000, second only to Capital Metro's downtown station.
The Broadmoor redevelopment is nestled between the Domain and the Charles Schwab campus in North Austin. The new Broadmoor station will extend the red line. (Brandywine Realty Trust)
"This really shows the strong support for transit-oriented development in Austin," Capital Metro Executive Vice President of Planning and Development Sharmila Mukherjee told board members.
The station will be built immediately north of IBM Road and directly adjacent to the Broadmoor campus, which will be redeveloped as a high-density, mixed-use project that includes retail, office, resident, hotel and green spaces. The full build-out is expected to take until 2036 to complete.
The Broadmoor redevelopment project proposes a high-density, mixed-use campus, serviced by the forthcoming red line station, shown on the bottom right.(Brandywine Realty Trust)
"Brandywine is creating a true, urban, prototypical live-work-play environment in Broadmoor with fantastic connectivity and vibrancy, a tremendous draw for Austin's depe and growing talent pool," JLL Senior Vice President Barry Haydon said in a press release issued last year.
Eric Stratton, who represents Williamson County on the board, said his constituents have been waiting for such a hub.
"Having a gateway on the red line and making transportation to and from the burgeoning second downtown at the Domain and Broadmoor a reality is something we're really excited about in my neck of the woods," he said.
This article has been updated to clarify the red line course.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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