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The towers giving Rainey Street an ongoing makeover

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The Rainey you know now will have some striking differences in the coming years. What was once a neighborhood occupied by homeowners has transformed since rezoning about 17 years ago paved the way for commercial development.


Now, it’s an entertainment district facing a transformation as new buildings bring the closure of favorites like Container Bar, Bungalow and Reina. “This city is changing, and though we must embrace the change, it doesn’t mean we can’t live it up like the good ole times until it’s here,” Reina said when announcing its last day was coming.

These are a handful of developments that will soon join Rainey's mix of food, nightlife and housing.

80 Rainey

This 49-story tower will stand at 550 feet once it reaches completion in 2025. It’ll house nearly 650 residences, with approximately 20 of those being affordable units. And there will be an abundance of drinks and food from the ground up. People will be able to wander to the basement for a speakeasy or the 11th floor for a rooftop bar. There will also be multiple restaurant spaces and a coffee and cocktail lounge.

The Modern Austin Residences

With a name that nods to its design style, the Modern is set to reach 56 stories that will offer one to five bedrooms. Currently, prices for the condos set to open at 610 Davis St. in 2024 are listed from the $600s to $15 million. With that, residents will get amenities spanning three levels that include perks like an outdoor theater, a pool and spa, a yoga and pilates studio and sky lounge areas.

When the building was announced last year, architecture firm Page said they were excited to team up with others on the tower. "Careful consideration has been given to every aspect of the project," Brandon Townsend with Page said. "From locating the pool deck for ample sunlight and fantastic views; to the thoughtful finishes within the unit, The Modern will redefine classic design with timeless elegance."

98 Red River

With 74 stories that will include more than 350 apartments, 686,000 square feet of office space and a hotel, this high rise could become the tallest building in Texas. In June, the Austin American-Statesman reported that the project’s civil engineering firm said the building will be more than 1,000 feet tall. Plus, it landed luxury brand 1 Hotels for the anticipated 251-room hotel with a 16th-floor pool.

The Travis

Located at 80 Red River St., this 50-story apartment tower has an expected completion in fall 2024. Boasting a height that's comparable to other downtown buildings with for-sale units, the Travis will have more than 400 units available for rent. The luxury development will include proximity to hike and bike trails and amenities like a clubhouse, rooftop pool, a coffee shop and fitness facilities.

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