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New mixed-use development could displace beloved South Congress businesses

New mixed-use development could displace beloved SoCo businesses

Doc's Motorworks
A new development could displace several South Congress businesses. Photo courtesy of Doc's Motorworks

A new mixed-use development could be coming to South Congress Avenue and Music Lane, displacing several local businesses in the process.

Plans filed with the City of Austin by developers Big Red Dog on behalf of Music Lane Owner LLC detail a 130,740-square-foot development with office, retail, and restaurant space, as well as a parking garage on South Congress Avenue. Big Red Dog is unable to comment at this time.

The project, dubbed Music Lane Mixed Use, encompasses a 1.5-acre lot from 1011 South Congress Ave. (Sfanthor House of Wax) to 1123 South Congress Ave. (Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill). These two buildings, and every one in between, would need to be demolished to accommodate the development. Other affected businesses include Wet Salon & Studio, Parts & Labour, Strut, Texas National Outfitters, United Apparel Liquidators, and Ignite Fitnez.

David Lake of Lake Flato Architects, the San Antonio-based firm designing Music Lane Mixed Use, tells the Austin American-Statesman that the leases on these commercial properties will expire within the next few months. Construction could begin as early as spring 2017.

If the development moves forward, the aesthetic could be a familiar addition to the popular district. Big Red Dog is behind the nearby South Congress Hotel, and Lake Flato Architects crafted the look of Hotel San Jose.