Residents, Business Leaders, Asked to Weigh In On Future UMC Brackenridge Campus Future

November 13, 2014 by Kate Harrington

Officials with the Travis County health care district, Central Health, are hosting a Nov. 18th forum that will give business leaders and residents a chance to talk about the future of the University Medical Center Brackenridge Campus.

Once the Seton Healthcare Family’s new $295 teaching hospital is completed in 2017, the current Brackenridge Hospital will close, and the Brackenridge Campus will be redeveloped.

The property is slated to become a mixed-use site with office, residential and retail, as well as healthcare-related tenants.

University Medical Center Brackenridge is set to close in 2017. (Image via

“We hope that synergy happens, and that we are able to attract biotech companies and look at other medical uses there to link up with the medical school along with residential, office space and possibly even a hotel,” Christie Garbe, Central Health’s vice president and chief strategy officer, told the Austin Business Journal. “We think this is going to be the next big thing for downtown Austin, for serving individuals who lack access to health care and for building out a great piece of property.”

A second community forum is planned to take place in January. The ABJ reports that Central Health will release the results of the forum along with an online survey this spring.

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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.