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Nearly 30-story Embassy Suites, Hilton Hotel slated for downtown Austin

(Merritt Development Group)

A $155 million hotel tower at West Fifth and Lavaca streets is plunging ahead as a development-related filing is set for city review.

The 28-story hotel will have just over 450 rooms offered by Embassy Suites and Motto by Hilton. Plans for the first two floors involve a national steakhouse operator and a smaller retailer. Plus, 7,700 square feet of meeting space.

While the operator and architect are currently waiting to be determined, Austin-based firm Merritt Development Group is behind the project.

With this project slated for downtown Austin where tower announcements have been booming, Merritt has taken on hotel projects in other prominent areas. There’s the Velocity Crossing Tempo Hotel adjacent to Giga Texas and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well as a Residence Inn at The Pearl in San Antonio.

It’s unclear when construction is set to start for the tower, though the project’s demolition permit was approved by the Historic Landmark Commission earlier this year. Demolition would involve taking down two buildings at 209 and 213 West Fifth Street. While one is vacant, the other is the site of ping-pong bar Smash ATX.


Austin school officials work to sustain 'inspired' spaces while keeping out the 'active shooter'

(Bob Daemmrich)

Matias Segura swept his hand across a whiteboard in his office at AISD headquarters, describing how an entrance vestibule works. It might remind you of a sally port at a prison. The vestibule is designed to protect our children from the active shooters who have plagued our nation since Columbine in 1999.

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Adventurous eaters only: 4 restaurants with funky foods

(Kura Revolving Sushi Bar/Instagram)

Ever had sushi delivered to you on a conveyor belt or tried Ukrainian borsch?

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