Downtown Rumblings

Could Austin's next high-rise development break ground near the ARCH?

Could Austin's next high-rise development break ground near the ARCH?

Block 87 Cielo Episcopal Church
A new high-rise could be going up downtown next to the ARCH. Rendering courtesy of KVUE

KVUE — The sights and sounds of downtown Austin are hard to forget. Saying the city is "vibrant" is an understatement.

However, just a few blocks over it's quite a different story. At Austin's Resource Center for the Homeless, you'll see groups of homeless people in the surrounding areas — but could you imagine that the ARCH's new neighbor might be a tower somewhere in the 30-story range?

The National Episcopal Church is behind the mixed-used development. Church officials tell KVUE the building would consist of office, retail, residential, and restaurant space.

"You'll always have homeless people among you, so we don't see that as a negative," Reverend Canon Lang Lowrey told KVUE.

The church bought the block in 2009 with plans to build a national archives facility. The nearly 70,000 square foot facility would be a part of the high-rise.

A hotel could be in the works as well. Financial details, according to Lowrey, should be released in about three months. The project will require approval from city leaders. If approved, construction could begin in 2018.

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For the full story and video, head to KVUE.