Burnet Road Booming

November 13, 2013 by Kate Harrington

East Austin and the downtown area are seeing some exciting new developments, but there’s another Austin corridor that’s hopping with activity too: Burnet Road, particularly the segment from Anderson Lane to 45th Street.

Many of the older, abandoned buildings on that road have changed hands recently and are either slated for new uses or are actively being developed into new businesses and mixed-use developments.

At 6701 Burnet, a site formerly owned by Travis County, Cypress Real Estate Advisors plans to build a four- to five-story vertical mixed-use project. Named Burnet Marketplace, the project will include residential units and retail, and will incorporate the Pour House Pub that is currently on the site.  Good Fulton & Farrell designed the project, BIG RED DOG was the Civil Engineer, and dwg. handled the Landscape Architecture. Groundbreaking is planned for this fall, with the first apartments ready late 2014.

Cypress Real Estate Advisors plans to build a VMU project called Burnet Marketplace. (GFF)

Farther south at 5453 Burnet Road, an upscale apartment development is under construction. Burnet Flats will include 179 apartments. Nearby that development, Little Woodrow’s is planning to occupy the site of the former Nelson Puett Real Estate building (though there has been some resistance from nearby residents).

At 5011 Burnet Road, Eye Physicians of Austin opened a medical and retail office building in June 2013, opting to expand in the neighborhood it’s called home for decades instead of moving.

Aside from the dense, urban infill growth taking place along the Burnet Road corridor, a number of smaller, popular businesses have either reinvested or moved in. Ginny’s Little Longhorn has reopened after Austin musician Dale Watson – who lives in the area – bought it.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, which also has a South Congress location, opened its doors in the former Austin Diner building at 5408 Burnet Road this summer. Architect Michael Hsu has opened an office at 4910 Burnet Road. Soon to come along Burnet Road are Noble Sandwich Co. and Tacodeli.

All that growth means more traffic, but fortunately the city recently added bicycle lanes to the northern stretch of Burnet Road, and Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid buses will run along Burnet once they start in 2014.

Do you live near the bustling Burnet corridor? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of all the new development!

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.