On Wednesday, September 14th, the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) hosted a luncheon forum to update the industry on the progress and plans associated with the Waller Creek District Master Plan. An impressive panel discussed how they, as one of Austin’s largest and newest public/private development partnerships, are coming together to drastically improve Waller Creek’s flood control methods while ‘keeping Austin weird’, innovative and active. A mile-long tunnel, to be completed by the end of the year, will remove 28 acres of Downtown real estate from the 100-year flood plain and Waller Creek will be improved as a high quality amenity. Paths, trails and pedestrian bridges will line the creek landscape from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake, highlighting the unique natural features of the area along the way.
This plan focuses on contributing to the identity and livability of the city and to the economic vitality of Downtown Austin. From small scale buildings to more intensive office and residential uses, the new developments along the creek will all aim to create an intensity of activities that will help enliven the creek corridor and create a more meaningful district for the people of Austin to enjoy and call their own. The cleaned and upgraded creek will create a safer and more secure environment within the community, and in doing so, will increase the value of the corridor and its surrounding communities.
BIG RED DOG is proud to be working on the Canopy Walk portion of the Waller Creek project, visit our website to learn more.
BIG RED DOG would like to thank the panel composed of Sheryl Cole, Mac Pike, Doug Manchester, Peter Mullan, and Jim Walker for sharing this information, as well as RECA for putting on such a successful luncheon forum.
You can learn all about the Waller Creek District Master Plan online: ftp://ftp.ci.austin.tx.us/npzd/Austingo/adopted_mp_hires10_0712.pdf.