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 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.
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.
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.