Developer Selected for Prime Downtown Site (RENDERINGS)

April 30, 2017 by Kate Harrington

After some 40 developers submitted proposals to develop a downtown Austin block owned by St. David’s Episcopal Church, the church has selected Cielo Property Group to create a mixed-use project.

The site known as Block 87, currently a surface parking lot, is bordered by Seventh Street and Eight Street on the south and north, and by Trinity Street and Neches Street on the west and east. Austin-based Cielo is considering a mix of uses for the site’s redevelopment that could include office, retail, and residential. A 67,000-square-foot archive facility for the church will also be part of the site.

“The [archive] facility will serve as a national gathering place where Episcopalians and others can study and celebrate the history, beliefs and work of the church and provide a cultural amenity for the broader Austin community,” an announcement about the selection said.

While the Archives of the Episcopal Church are a known part of the redevelopment, the exact mix of other uses is yet to be determined. According to the Austin Business Journal, a spokesperson for Cielo said the company has not yet decided which uses will be included in the project or how much square footage would be dedicated to each.

Cielo is also involved in other downtown Austin projects: it owns the building that now houses Yeti Coolers at 220 South Congress Avenue and is building the Third + Shoal Class A office building going up on West Third Street.

“We wanted a partner who knew Austin and was trusted by the community,” said Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey III in a statement. “Cielo is an Austin-based company led by people who really care about making the city a better place.”

(rendering credit: Cielo/Gensler)

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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.