City Council gives initial OK to Plaza Saltillo, but more talks ahead


The Austin City Council gave only preliminary approval Thursday to the proposed development of Plaza Saltillo.

Council members said that a final OK in the coming weeks will require further compromise in the proposed 99-year lease between Capital Metro, which owns the site, and the developers, in consultation with some neighborhood critics. Developers Endeavor Real Estate Group and Columbus Realty Partners are seeking a zoning change to put up taller buildings on the 11-acre East Austin tract.

The vote to approve the zoning change on “first reading” only, with the height of the proposed office building reduced from the developer’s preferred 125 feet high to 70 feet, was 8-3, with Council Members Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan and Kathie Tovo opposed.

Read the full story about the developer’s plans, the neighborhoods’ concerns and the next step for this project.



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