There are signs of progress at the site of White Lodging’s newest downtown property – the Westin Austin Downtown. Hunt Construction will build the 342-room hotel, which was designed by HKS Architects. Located at 310 E. 5th Street, the site was fenced off this past week meaning we could see some action soon.
Thanks to a 180-day extension was approved by the City on July 17th, developer White Lodging now has until January 23, 2014 to respond to the City’s comments on their Site Development Permit application. It appears that they anticipate approval much sooner than that. Approval of the Site permit would allow demolition, sitework, and excavation to begin. The building itself is submitted under a separate permit, and that was submitted on July 19th.
A sign posted on the corner of 5th and San Jacinto (pictured below) lists August 2013 as a groundbreaking date. It also shows an updated rendering of the 17-story hotel.
The Westin Austin Downtown is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. The hotel will be a welcome addition for downtown Austin, where occupancy rates are the highest in the state. White Lodging is also building the 1000-room JW Marriott which is also slated to open in early 2015.