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Austin city council gives final approval for controversial 'Domain on Riverside'

Austin leaders give approval for controversial 'Domain on Riverside'

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The original plan was to rezone a 97-acre site at East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road. Project Catalyst/Vimeo

KVUE — The Austin City Council has given final approval for zoning changes for a controversial housing development plan in Southeast Austin.

On Thursday, October 17, people stood outside the council meeting protesting the development at 4700 Riverside Dr. Some call it “The Domain on Riverside.”

That project will tear down existing apartments to build new ones there. It will include 100 units for the homeless and onsite services, but only for the first five years. the developer also proposed hundreds of hotel rooms and office space.

The council already gave preliminary rezoning approval in previous readings, but not without controversy.

Opponents to the construction said this will just get rid of affordable housing and displace people who already live in that area.

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