With new towers and height-friendly rezonings throttling up the pace of growth around the Domain area of North Austin all the time, it’s kinda hard to keep up with everything planned here — but there’s one upcoming project you really ought to know, since it’s one of the most promising steps in this ongoing experiment of converting the suburban sprawl around the intersection of Burnet Road and Braker Lane to an almost downtown-like urban environment.
Verde Square, planned by local firm Ironwood Real Estate in partnership with Austin-obsessed global real estate firm Karlin, imagines a four-building complex on more than six acres of land along Burnet Road located just west of the new Q2 Stadium, taking full advantage of this proximity by splashing lots of Austin FC branding and official verde green on the project — it’s not the first time project partner Karlin Real Estate has worked alongside our city’s new professional sports team.
Rising more than 300 feet thanks to the district’s height-friendly zoning, the collection of towers would contain 386,000 square feet of offices, 280 apartments, a pretty substantial 33,900 square feet of retail space, and a 160-key hotel, according to recent city documents related to the project. While the renderings of the plan seen here are definitely intended for marketing and subject to change, they match the broad strokes of what we’ve seen from the project’s city site plan filings — and most importantly, they’re accurate to the mass and height of the expected towers.
It’s not the only tall building planned directly adjacent to the stadium, assuming the aptly-named Stadium Tower by Kilroy Realty eventually restarts construction. With that delay in mind, the amount of office space in Verde Square might also give you pause even with the relative health of our local market, but as far as we can tell the project is still full steam ahead, with its site plan filed with the city earlier this month. That marquee location next door to the home of Austin FC is a huge selling point, as we can imagine many companies would enjoy offering employee-fans this perk.
The location of the development adjacent to Q2 will provide fans with a pretty impressive new skyline, and since they’re rising on the west side of the stadium there’s a good chance the towers will offer a bit more welcome shade at sundown. At this point, we’re just here for the renderings — as longtime Austinites familiar with the former appearance of this area, the prospect of tall towers and urban amenities replacing former strip malls and perpetually-empty parking lots never, ever gets old.
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