Downtown Design

Congress Avenue redesign aims to create new downtown destination

Congress Avenue redesign aims to create new downtown destination

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The city is "developing a new vision" for the stretch of Congress Avenue between the Capitol and Riverside Drive.  Photo by Nicole Raney

It looks like part of downtown Austin will be getting a facelift. At a recent open house public forum, the City of Austin shared plans for redesigning the stretch of Congress Avenue between the Capitol and Riverside Drive. The city's Public Works department has teamed up with the Downtown Austin Alliance for the Congress Avenue Urban Redesign Initiative.

"You know, [Congress Avenue is] a ceremonial place, it's a place for people to shop, it's a place where people go to work," David Taylor, Austin Public Works project manager, told KVUE during Tuesday's forum.

"And there's a lot of people living in downtown Austin, so it's not just the place for people to drive through, we're looking to try and create a place for people to go to."

The specifics of the redesign have not been announced, but a design team (yet to be determined) will begin implementing changes in the fall of 2015 or early 2016. Public Works officials will use suggestions from residents and businesses to "determine project scope and design features."

Austinites with ideas are invited to share them with the City of Austin by attending public meetings or reaching out to the Public Works department. The next forum will be held at Brazos Hall on Wednesday, May 20. RSVP through Eventbrite for more information.