A patch of asphalt on the southern edge of the former Highland Mall site in Central Austin will soon be remade into a lush 2-acre public park.
The project is part of a bigger effort by Austin Community College, which now owns the property, to transform it into a bustling neighborhood with a college campus, housing, offices, shops, restaurants and other amenities in partnership with Austin developer RedLeaf Properties.
Work on the park – one of three planned for ACC Highland – is now underway near the former Dillard’s women’s store and is expected to be completed this fall. The park will be accessible from both Airport Boulevard and Clayton Lane, developers say.
“This area was once the location of overflow parking for Highland Mall,” RedLeaf Properties principal Matt Whelan said in a written statement, “and we’re incredibly proud to transform this former gray utilitarian place into a green, active space that will bring new life and vitality to the area.”