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River Park, a new mixed-use development set in Southeast Austin, has released its first phase of plans. (River Park)

Tired of driving to North Austin to go to the Domain? The first phase of plans for River Park, the controversial up-and-coming mixed-use development nicknamed "The Domain on Riverside," has been released.

Partners Group and Presidium, the corporations behind the development, said in a press release the new plans include:

  • Two office buildings with a combined total of around 420,000 square feet that will include fitness areas, parking for electric vehicles and bikes and access to the outdoors
  • A 370 unit mid-rise apartment community with affordable housing implemented at 60% of the area median income; the complex will include a clubhouse and rooftop pool.
  • 12,000 square feet of retail space to begin the shopping center
  • Nearly 1 acre of open space and parkland area open to the public
The team hopes to secure approvals and permits by early 2022.

River Park has garnered criticism from East Austin residents and those worried about gentrification, but the company says it is working to ensure that affordability and community are implemented into the project.

Green spaces, including walking and biking paths, will connect the spaces to sidewalks and surrounding neighborhoods and be lined with tree canopies. Thirty acres of parks and a new transit stations are also included in the project.

The space will eventually incorporate the entire "live, work, play" dynamic, but it'll be a long time before the project is finalized: River Park's 10 million square foot plans aren't set to be completed for the next decade or two.

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