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Two towers could add to plans for strengthening waterfront connections near downtown

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Two towers could be coming just south of the Austin American-Statesman’s former headquarters in the South Central Waterfront district.


According to city filings, the proposed planned unit development agreement is set for 200 East Riverside Drive, an area Project Connect’s Blue Line is slated to pass by someday.

Carrying this out involves removing the existing building, which is a state office complex and surface parking.

The new towers in place would reach just over 400 feet at their maximum and include office space and space for retail on the ground level. The mix of office and retail is a trend that’s been cropping up in downtown sites like the Perennial and the Meta tower.

The proposal on a plot of about four acres aims to incorporate green infrastructure and create a lively environment for pedestrians. It’d also be adjacent to the 118-acres of the South Central Waterfront Initiative, which is aimed at enhancing connections to and along the waterfront over the next couple of decades.

The filing lists architects STG Design, a group involved with work on the sailboat-like Google tower.

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