Plaza Saltillo Development Moving Forward

December 23, 2015 by Kate Harrington

More details about the Plaza Saltillo transit oriented development (TOD) are beginning to emerge.

Austin Towers reports that the team Capital Metro chose to head the development, led by Endeavor Real Estate Group and Columbus Realty Partners, filed site plans before Thanksgiving. Included in those plans are a new office building, about 800 apartment units (including 100 for seniors), a 55,000-square foot grocery store, 73,000 square feet of restaurant space, and about 11,000 square feet of additional retail.

Plaza Saltillo redevelopment proposed uses
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Endeavor’s initial proposal had included plans for the grocery store and apartment units, as well as dedicated affordable apartments and senior housing. The big new addition that shows up in the new site plans is a 120,000 square foot office building.

Endeavor was competing against finalist Saltillo Collaborative, which included Austin’s Constructive Ventures and Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. Endeavor’s design team includes Torti-Gallas as the master planner and conceptual architect and Michael Hsu as the local design architect.

Plaza Saltillo TOD Construction
Work is underway at the Plaza Saltillo redevelopment. Existing rail tracks are being realigned to make way for Endeavor’s mixed-use project, for which a site plan was recently filed.

According to Capital Metro, the Endeavor project could bring between 7,500 and 16,000 new riders for its rail system annually. Capital Metro has said the acre on which the Plaza Saltillo rail stop sits will be unchanged.

The Saltillo land runs between East 5th and East 4th Streets from Comal Street to I-35.

Even since Capital Metro made the announcement two years ago that it would issue a request for proposals from developers for the TOD tract, the area has seen a surge of development. Argyle Residential’s vertical mixed use (VMU) development Corazon was one of the first large VMUs to take shape there; now apartments and mixed use space including Eastside Station, Eastside Village, and Fourth & are bringing hundreds more residential units to the area around Plaza Saltillo.

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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.