This week, it has been reported that the developers of 21c are coming back to Austin to provide an update on the status of the project. Apparently, the plans are now complete and they are ready to proceed with a third version of the project on a large site located at the intersection of Red River and Cesar Chavez streets.
The history of the 21c project is quite unique. The original 21c project was late to the game, announced just 2 months before the summer meltdown of U.S. credit markets. The project was originally scoped as a 44-story condo and hotel project on third and Brazos street. Although 21c had been actively marketing condo units through a sales office on 6th and Congress, the office was shut and shackled before the developers announced that they had abandoned the planned third and Brazos project in favor of a new multi-building complex to be located a few blocks East on Waller Creek.
The new project, also to be named 21c, was slated to include a 16-story hotel with 243 rooms which would be followed by a 49-story condo tower. The hotel was supposed to break ground in 2009 and the condo tower was supposed to break ground by 2010. Then, the project became a victim of the financing crisis that has scuttled most of the other unbuilt Austin projects.
21c Version One (3rd & Brazos)
21c Version Two (Red River & Cesar Chavez)
And now, the website is showing a third version of the planned project:
According to the Statesman:
The developers of the proposed 21c Museum Hotel are coming to Austin next week to present an update on the stalled downtown project.
Developers Steve Poe and Craig Greenberg will be speaking to the Waller Creek Citizen Advisory Committee at City Hall on Dec. 3.
The proposed project includes a hotel and condominiums at East Caesar Chavez and Red River streets. City leaders had hoped that the tax revenue from the project would kick-start plans to build a flood control tunnel along Waller Creek, helping spur redevelopment in the area.
Michael Bonadies, president and CEO of 21c Museum Hotels, said the project plans are complete, and they’re ready to move forward.
But there is still a major obstacle.
“We continue to work hard on sourcing construction financing in what has proved to be a difficult environment,” Bonadies said in an email. “However, we remain optimistic, encouraged by some of the feedback we have recently received, which leads us to believe that 2010 will bring a more favorable climate for construction financing.”
We’ll see what they announce this week!