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More changes for East Sixth Street as another mixed-use development unveils plans

Changes for East Sixth Street as mixed-use development unveils plans

Centro
Centro will take over 1.7 acres on the east side. Rendering courtesy of Gensler

Another mixed-used development is coming to East Sixth Street. 

Pre-construction work on Centro, a large mixed-use development featuring offices and a restaurant, is underway at and around the former site of Nuevo Leon, a now-closed restaurant in East Austin. Nuevo Leon shut down in March 2013 after 31 years as a Tex-Mex mainstay.

Centro will adjoin Cisco’s and White Horse, all of which will remain standing.

Austin-based Riverside Resources is developing Centro — two buildings encompassing more than 300,000 square feet — on property bounded by East Fifth, East Sixth, Comal, and Onion streets. The project, whose address is listed as 1401 E. Sixth St., will be adjacent to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo commuter rail station.

As envisioned now, Centro comprises 289,557 square feet of offices and 26,303 square feet of restaurant space on more than 1.7 acres. Architecture firm Gensler has been tapped for design work. The City of Austin still must sign off on building plans for Centro.

On February 11, the Austin Business Journal reported that Australia-based software company Atlassian, whose products include Jira and Trello, plans to lease 160,000 square feet at Centro. Atlassian established its Austin outpost in 2014.

A second phase of Centro is a possibility, but no details are available.