Is that a new construction crane downtown, or has it been there but blocked by all the other construction cranes? With Austin’s seemingly never-slowing growth, there are too many projects to keep it straight. So, if you’re anything like us and wondering what that crane belongs to, SEED has to put together a handy guide to some of the major downtown projects currently under construction.

Upcoming Developments:
Shoal Creek Walk, 835 West 6th Street. Recently completed, this 15-story office tower sits right in the heart of Austin’s Market District (next to Whole Foods and the intersection of 6th and Lamar).

Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River Street. This 37-story luxury hotel seems to have been under construction forever. Projected completion: early 2018.

70 Rainey, 78 Rainey Street. Standing 100 feet (or more!) higher than its surrounding buildings, this residential tower will offer unobstructed views of downtown Austin along with a restaurant and patio bar. Projected completion: early 2018.


The Avenue, Congress Avenue and East 8th Street. The self-proclaimed “car-free, mixed-use development” will have 135 residential units, office space, a restaurant and cocktail lounge. Projected completion: Spring 2018.

Hotel ZaZa and Gables Residential, West 4th and Guadalupe. Formerly the site of The Ginger Man bar, this development fronting on Republic Square Park will house a 160-room high-end hotel and approximately 200 apartments. Projected completion: late 2018.

The Independent, 301 West Street. If you don’t know it by its actual name, you’ve probably heard of the 58-story “Jenga Tower,” which will be Austin’s tallest building (and the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi) when construction is complete. Projected completion: late 2018.

Third + Shoal, 601 West 3rd Street. Built on the site of the late Austin Music Hall, this 29-story office building is located right in the heart of Austin’s downtown district. Projected completion: late 2018.  Note, our friends at Facebook just signed a 230,000 square foot lease at Third + Shoal.

SXSW Offices, 1400 Lavaca. Just steps from the Capitol, this 12-story building will house SXSW offices on the top three floors along with other businesses, public space, retail and restaurants on the lower floors. Projected completion: 2019.


Cambria, 68 East Avenue. Part of the Choice Hotels, this 12- to 15-story, 1134-room building is expected to bring a lower price point for lodging to the Rainey Street district. Projected completion: 2019.

For more information on downtown construction projects, check out the Downtown Austin Alliance. To get a slice of downtown Austin residential real estate for yourself, contact SEED at 512.368.9990.