TAP | Travis County Block 126

Technical Assistance Panel (TAP)

The panel was established to address the following situation:

The County of Travis (County) owns Block 126 near the Texas State Capitol. Bounded on the north by 11th Street, on the south by 10th Street, on the west by Guadalupe Street, and on the east by Lavaca Street. Block 126 lies within the Capitol View Corridor (CVC).

CVC height requirements restrict construction on the central portion of the Block to 9.24 feet above grade. The County wishes to explore innovative redevelopment options for Block 126 to meet parking and/or civil courthouse needs generated in part by the planned demolition of a 350-space parking garage on the west side of Wooldridge Park.

Additionally, the County wished to consider ideas for the highest and best uses of the parcel that will better serve the surrounding area and more fully activate Wooldridge Park and the adjacent civic zone. More than 1,000 County employees work in the area, yet this demographic presently enjoys limited options for shopping, dining, and other amenities. Low pedestrian traffic makes the area somewhat of an underutilized area.

Report

A Report for the expansion of the Austin Convention Center is now available.

See the full Travis County Master plan, including the ULI report as back up documentation HERE.

Panelists

Special thanks to our panelists for their service as part of this TAP:

  • Dave Stauch, Capital Project Management (Panel Chair)
  • David Hartman, Smith|Robertson
  • Tim Pellowski, STG Design
  • Megan Shannon, Momark Development
  • Rodney Gonzales, City of Austin, Development Service Department

TAP’s at ULI Austin

Please contact Ariel Romell with any ideas for additional Technical Assistance Panels in the greater Austin area.  ULI expertise can provide an unbiased view of land use and real estate issues.  We have the ability to garner advice and participation from around the country to apply to local challenges.