Wooded 2-acre park planned for part of former Highland Mall site


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.”

Read more on MyStatesman.com.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force
Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force

Betsy Stover was 17 when her mother asked her to help fax strangers, hawking a service that had the markings of a pyramid scheme. “I always felt like a creep sending unsolicited faxes,” said Stover, who hated the chore, but knew the work required cold calls to succeed. Stover, now a 38-year-old comedian based in Los Angeles, had largely...
Best gifts for the home chef
Best gifts for the home chef

There are all sorts of new gizmos for people whose relationship with food comes in all forms. Here are four of our favorite new devices for the cook and the kitchen. ——— Amazon Dash Wand Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/amazon-dash-wand-with-alexa-2017/review/#ftag=CAD187281f CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)...
Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars
Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Airbnb may be the biggest home-sharing game in town, but a new startup is trying to push its way into the market. Enter CryptoBnB: the online home-sharing platform that wants you to pay for your couch-surfing stays using digital currency. That’s right — this startup is combining two of the trendiest topics — home-sharing and cryptocurrency...
Girls’ tech group lands grant to back STEM education programs

An Orlando-based group that has been teaching girls tech-based skills for five years has landed a grant from the Nielsen Foundation. Tech Sassy Girlz — which hosts workshops, tech company tours and other educational events — will receive $12,500 to support its efforts, the group announced recently. “The Foundation’s support...
Can’t miss gifts for techies
Can’t miss gifts for techies

Technophiles are hard to shop for, or so we’re told. Here are some can’t-miss gifts, we’d enjoy. Nothing beats a perfect hamburger any day of the year, and the Cave Tools Burger Press makes one every time. The aluminum burger press has indicator lines to make 4.5-inch round 1/4 pounders or 1/3 pounders for burger lovers, all in the...
More Stories