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More East Austin changes as East Fifth Street graffiti wall is knocked down

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East fourth graffiti wall
Photo by Katie Friel
East fourth graffiti wall
Photo by Katie Friel
East fourth graffiti wall
Photo by Katie Friel
East fourth graffiti wall
East fourth graffiti wall
East fourth graffiti wall

Editor's note: This story has been updated since its initial publication.

Visitors to Tamale House East on Tuesday morning may have noticed quite a difference in the nearby landscape. The graffiti wall that runs along East Fifth Street is currently in the midst of being razed.

Those who frequent Yellow Jacket Social Club have likely seen groups of artists milling about with spray cans on weekend afternoons, mapping out the next addition. The wall, located on the northern side of the embattled El Lago manufacturing facility, has long been a destination for the city's street artists. It featured portraits, large scale pieces and, of course, "motorcycle Jesus."

Bailey Harrington, a Construction Phase Manager with Big Red Dog, confirmed that the former El Lago building is being torn down to make way for a mixed use development tentatively called, "Saltillo Station." Harrington confirmed that there have been discussions to integrate parts of the graffiti wall into the new building's design, but nothing has been decided. Construction should be underway for about two years while the city makes infrastructure upgrades around East Fourth Street.

News that El Lago would be leaving its East Austin facility for Pflugerville broke in May. Last week, it was announced that the Pflugerville deal was off and the future of the tortilla maker uncertain.

The property currently under construction at 1700 E. Fourth St. is nestled between to major projects currently in the planning stage: the Plaza Saltillo development directly to the west and the Eastside Village, a 94,500-square-foot commercial and residential space currently planned one block north.

For more East Austin street art, check out our guide here.

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