70 Rainey, the 34-floor condo tower set to transform the skyline of downtown Austin’s eastern edge as the Rainey Street District’s tallest building, is officially “topped out” this month, with its highest floor poured and ready for finish-out.
But even from the ground floor, the building is already an imposing figure on Rainey Street itself:
To celebrate, developer Sackman Enterprises hosted a second media tour of the site, giving us the first look at the top-floor view from the building — a lot higher up than we got to go last time, as you’ll see:
The tower knows just how good its view is — its condo floors are rotated 14 degrees from the building’s base, a feature the project’s managing director C.J. Sackman Jr. says is to ensure the same stellar perspective of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline for all residents. Unless someone really pulls out all the stops on a building sometime in the future, it’s pretty safe to say 70 Rainey will boast the best view of downtown combined with the landscape of the Hill Country of any residential tower in the city for the foreseeable future.
Besides the obvious increase in height since our last visit, one of the most prominent signs of progress on the building is the installation of Brazilian wood paneling on the “ceiling” — more accurately known as a “soffit,” if you want to impress your friends — of the tower’s open-air 10th-floor amenity deck, which you can see a rendering of below:
The deck is still a long way off from the above rendering, but it’s getting there — and to be honest, the rendering doesn’t actually do justice to the quality of the materials already installed, as you can see in the comparison below:
One last thing — the building will also include a two-story bar and restaurant space, opening to Rainey Street on the ground floor with a large patio area on the floor above.
Sackman says an announcement about the identity of the business is forthcoming, but it’s pretty obvious from its design and prominence overlooking the street that whatever ends up here will go gangbusters with folks looking to see and be seen — and with the building’s 164 condo units ranging in price from $400,000 to $5 million, that seems like exactly the right tone to strike as the Rainey Street District continues its rapid evolution. The project is expected to be ready for move-in sometime in January of 2019.
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