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Proposed tallest skyscraper in Texas fails to get approval

The current construction plan states that construction would begin in the summer, but it has not been detailed whether the delay in approval will affect this.

Austin, Texas – Editor’s Note: The above video was released when the skyscraper was announced in November 2022.

What would be the tallest building in Texas has reportedly not received permission to start construction.

In an article in the Austin Business Journal (ABJ) Jan. 23, the skyscraper’s developer, Wilson Capital, failed to receive approval from the Austin City Design Commission.

The commission’s rejection, which was a near-unanimous vote, requires Wilson Capital, architect HKS Inc. and landscape architect Nudge Design to revise the project. The only board member who did not vote was Commissioner David Carroll. The other board members stated that the skyscraper did not meet Austin’s urban planning standards.

According to the ABJ’s report, there is no time limit for the architectural team to submit a new proposal to the board. The current construction plan states that construction would begin in the summer, but it has not been detailed whether the delay in approval will affect this.

A spokesman for HKS shared the following statement with KVUE:

“Although the project has not yet received a City Design Commission recommendation, we look forward to continuing to work with the Commission and City staff to complete and move the project forward.”

One of the commissioners explained that one of the main reasons why the skyscraper needs an overhaul is how it will interact with the public space, specifically how the ground floor could be reached and used by pedestrians.

If construction resumes over the summer, the tower would replace the current Avenue Lofts, rising to 1,035 feet and housing 450 apartments. All of these homes would be offered at market prices as Wilson Capital will pay $6 million to the city’s Affordable Housing Fund — the Downtown Density Bonus Program (DDBP) requirement.

Also through the DDBP, Wilson Capital has required a 23:1 floor-to-floor ratio, which is the measurement of a building’s footprint relative to the size of the lot on which it will sit. The article states that the current allowable floor to area ratio is 8:1.

Read about the changes the Skyscraper team needs to make.

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