Rainey Report: ‘Millennium’ Residential Development Cleared to Demolish 13 Structures

October 14, 2013 by Editor

Rainey Street is about to see a huge change.  In September, the City of Austin approved a plan to demolish 13 structures and relocate utilities to make way for the proposed Millennium Rainey project (see our previous story about the development here).

The City of Austin recently approved the application to demolish the structures shown in black.

The Historic Landmark Commission approved the applications to demolish several of the structures in their September 9th meeting (minutes here).

As you can see from our overlay above, it appears that the popular Lustre Pearl bar (97 Rainey Street) will be left intact for the time being. It is unclear what will ultimately happen to the bar and 97 Rainey; previous reports suggest that the historic house (or at least the bar) would eventually be relocated.

The Lustre Pearl is safe, for now. Photo credit: cheri lucas. cc

Now that the demolition work is cleared to begin, Dinerstein is not wasting any time moving forward with plans.  The blueprints for the 250-unit development were submitted to the City for review on September 12th – just 3 days after the demolition plans were approved.

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We will continue to monitor this project as it moves through the development and approval process. What do you think about the plans to demolish all the historic houses on Rainey Street? Leave a comment below.

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Written by Editor

Kelly D. is a local engineering and construction professional and the editor of BuildingATX.com. In his day job, he is currently overseeing several construction projects across greater Austin. His postings on this site are his own and do not represent his employer's positions, strategies, or opinions. You can reach him at [email protected]