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Heights, amenities and views: Here are a few of the skyscrapers leading Austin’s latest tower boom

(Laura Figi)

Austin has come a long way from when the Frost Bank Tower was crowned the city's first World Class skyscraper by the Austin Chronicle in the early 2000s.


There's now a whole slew of developers trying to make their mark on the capital city's downtown. With announcements of new towers coming out left and right since the beginning of the year, we rounded up some of the most prominent shaping the skyline.


Block 16, 201 San Jacinto Blvd.

(Gensler)

While Block 16 is one of the shorter office towers set for downtown with 43-stories, it's out to impress with designs that prioritize wellness and sustainability. That includes access to light and air on each floor and 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, a fitness facility, meeting areas and dining options. Carr Properties teamed up with local partner Manifold Development for this building expected in spring 2026.

Perennial, 204 E. 4th St

(TMRW.SE)

This 46-story office building dubbed the Perennial will have a public paseo, a nearly 30 foot waterfall and a sky garden where future tenants will have access to views 200 feet above downtown. The developers, Cielo Property Group, told Austonia they set out to create an environment that could boost moods and mental health once it's completed in late 2025.

The Republic, 401 W. 4th St.

(Neoscape)

An extension of Republic Square is coming in the form of a 48-story tower. Workers who arrive by bike will have access to a private elevator leading to storage space for bicycles and a spa-quality locker room with showers. And the developers, Lincoln Property, say future tenants can also anticipate amenities like a lounge, conference rooms and a fitness center.

321 West, 321 W. Sixth St.

(Neoscape)

Similar to the others going up downtown, 321 West will have space for residents on the upper floors. With 58 stories in total, out-of-town developers Tishman Speyer and Ryan Companies plan to have apartments on floors 22 through 54. The rest of the building, which is slated to be finished in late 2024, will have office and retail space.

Hilton Luxury Conrad hotel, 300 East Second St. 

(Williams New York)

Sixty-five stories in all, this building doesn't just have height. There will also be a fitness studio, pool and spa with condos taking up floors 39 and above with a Hilton Conrad Hotel for the rest of the floors. On the ground, guests, residents and passers-by will be able to enjoy the restaurant and retail space. No estimated completion date has been revealed.

Sixth and Guadalupe, 400 W. 6th St. 

(Sixth and Guadalupe)

This combination of office, residential, retail and outdoor space involves over "a million square feet of excellence" and Meta plans to occupy a good chunk of it with 33 floors leased. Currently, finishing touches are being put in place with the top-off of the development at level 66 expected for the fall. The extravagant resident side will include studios to three bedrooms, 24 penthouses with exclusive benefits, pools, a dog park and even a podcast studio. Interested tenants can sign up for pre-leasing information with projected move-ins starting in spring 2023. When it is complete, it will be Austin's tallest tower.

Name To Be Announced, 98 Red River St.

(Kohn Pendersen Fox Associates/Lincoln Property Co./WGI)

This 74-story project headed by Lincoln Property Co. and Kairol Residential could eventually become the tallest in Texas. With a price tag that could end up around $520 million, it'll include more than 350 apartments, a 251-room hotel and 686,000 square feet of office space. Trail closure notices set an estimated construction time of 64 months, according to Towers; construction had not started as of last month.

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Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway

‘Like speed dating of cats’ at Purr-fecto Cat Lounge
Purr-fecto Cat Lounge

Lina Martinez with her newly adopted cat, Emmanuel, who she renamed Sullivan.

Timmy and Tommy are ready to play.

As the 2-month-old white-and-tabby brothers swat feather wands, chase toys and generally hold court inside Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, a half-dozen potential adoptive parents look on lovingly, trying to get their attention.

“This is kind of like the speed dating of cats,” said Lupita Foster, owner of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge. “I intentionally didn’t put in any tables. That’s why we call it a lounge instead of a cat café because we have these lounge areas where you can sit and relax and cuddle.”

Foster, who has owned a cleaning company, Enviromaids, for 18 years, was inspired to open Purr-fecto Cat Lounge after adopting her own cat, Romeo, from a local shelter.

“When you want to adopt a cat, you have to spend a lot of time with them to get their personality,” Foster said. “I wanted to do something to help the community and something that makes me feel good, that warms my heart. A business with a purpose. This was a perfect idea.”

Actually, a purr-fect idea.

Inspired in part by a cat lounge she visited in Los Angeles, Foster began laying the groundwork for the business in late 2021 and officially opened the doors of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, located at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., in July 2022. Since then, she’s worked with rescue organizations such as Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue and Sunshine Fund Cat Rescue to facilitate nearly 100 cat adoptions.

At any given time, there are 10-15 cats living in the space, which features an ideal blend of calm, cool corners and adorably Instagrammable backdrops with phrases such as “I want to spend all my 9 lives with you.”

Lina Martinez, 32, learned about Purr-fecto Cat Lounge from a friend’s Instagram post and made an appointment to visit two days later.

“My first impression was, ‘AWW!’” Martinez said. “The kittens were to die for. I felt happy and at peace – just what I needed.”

Visitors to the cat lounge pay $15 for a 30-minute CATXperience session or $30 for a 70-minute session that is spent getting to know the personalities of each cat. Foster said the first thing she typically sees from visitors to the lounge is a smile.

“Everybody that enters the door is smiling,” she said. “And we’ve seen people who have cried because they can’t have kids and they decide to go and adopt a cat instead.”

Foster said she loves bringing in cats who might not have a chance to be adopted at traditional shelters. She told the story of one cat named Izzy, who was partially blind, who was adopted by a family that had a deaf cat at home.

“Izzy was not going to get adopted anywhere else, but she’s extremely beautiful,” she said. “If she was in a cage in a rescue and you tell people she’s blind, she was probably going to be overlooked. But visiting our space, she doesn’t seem like she’s blind. She knows her way around. She moves around perfectly.”

Although Martinez, who had been casually looking for a pet to adopt since moving to Austin nearly four years ago, was interested in a cat named Ruby that she had seen on Purr-fecto’s social media, at the lounge she instead found herself drawn to 5-month-old mixed breed Tuxedo cat.

“I thought he was a star,” she said. “He worked the room and introduced himself to everyone. When I laid down to pet Ruby, he ran from the other side of the room and cuddled with me. It was game over. He got me.”

And she, of course, got him, complete with a commemorative photo that read “My Furrever Family” the day she took him home. Although his original name was Emmanuel, she renamed him Sullivan after her favorite DJ.

“Purr-fecto is special because of the amount of effort and love they put into taking care of the cats,” Martinez said, “and finding them good homes and making possible adopters feel at home.”

Foster, who spent a recent Thursday hosting a group of teenagers in foster care at the lounge, several of whom expressed interest in working there, said the best part about her new endeavor is that her heart is always full.

“I just feel complete,” she said. “I always felt as an entrepreneur that I was missing something. I knew I accomplished a lot, but in my heart I was missing a little connection with the community. Now I’m creating connections between humans and pets and that’s amazing. I’m creating family bonds. It’s just about love, you know. And we need that.”