BuildingATX has covered several examples of East Austin development recently, and as demand continues to be strong for residential, retail, and office uses east of I-35, we will continue to see infill and redevelopment projects in this part of the city.
One group helping to redevelop this area is the Austin Revitalization Authority (ARA). The ARA is a private, nonprofit community development corporation formed in 1995 to build offices, shops and townhomes on and around East 11th and 12th Streets in Austin. The ARA has completed several projects in the vicinity, most notably the streetscape imporvements and the mixed-use development between Curve St. and Waller St.
Here’s what the ARA currently has in the works:
Schieffer House Renovation (Office Space)
This historic 1400 SF house at the corner of Lydia St. and Juniper St. was built in the early 1900s as the home of the Schieffer family, and was later the home of the Travis County Negro Agricultural Extension Agency (TCNAEA) in the 50’s and 60’s. The ARA is currently rehabilitating the historic home and building a two-story addition (for 3,600 SF). The completed project will contain executive-suite style office space.
Juniper Heights (Townhomes)
Juniper Heights is a 16-unit townhome development that will include both market-rate and affordable units. Each of the units will be approximately 1700 SF.
These projects are part of the City of Austin’s 2012 strategy to develop and redevelop corridors along East 11th and 12th Streets, as shown in the map below. You can read more about the city’s development strategy by clicking here or on the map below.