22-story student housing project planned for West Campus

Yet another high-rise student housing project is planned for West Campus.

The latest development, Skyloft, is scheduled to include 212 units with a total of 677 beds, according to the developer.

The 22-story tower – four levels of underground parking, plus 18 residential floors – is set to go up at 507 W. 23rd St. The Austin City Council recently signed off on a proposal to move the historical Dabney-Horne home from the site, clearing the way for Austin-based developer Johnson Trube & Associates to begin work.

The developers declined to give an estimate for the project’s cost.

“We applaud the city leadership’s decision and are now ready to move forward with our plans,” Johnson Trube partner John Trube said. “Skyloft completely aligns with the goals of the University Neighborhood Overlay District to bring quality, high-density student housing into the area and to construct it with its surroundings in mind.”

Plans call for construction to begin in August and for Skyloft to be complete in summer of 2018, just in time for the fall semester at the University of Texas, according to Johnson Trube.

“Skyloft is special for a lot of reasons,” said Edward Johnson, a partner with Johnson Trube. “We believe this is, hands down, one of the best locations for a student-housing development in the country. It’s perfectly situated on the corner of West 23rd and Nueces streets, just a minute from campus, offering incredible views of the UT Tower and downtown. No other location in the area will give students all of this.”

Skyloft will feature a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Amenities will include a rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, study lounges and a media room.

“This project will truly be an intelligent building with state-of-the-art HVAC and water systems designed with today’s students in mind; it’s going to be different from everything else in the market,” Johnson said. “We are bringing together unique architecture, the highest quality construction and superior amenities in the absolute best location for this type of product in the country.”

The West Campus area has seen a number of other student housing projects go up in recent years, with more on the way. University House, a 20-story tower with a total of 504 beds, is under construction and set to open this fall at 2100 San Antonio St.

The eight-story Corner at West Campus project, at 2504 San Gabriel St., will also open this fall with 207 beds.

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