Austin ISD eyes Southfield building for new district headquarters


Austin school leaders are eyeing the Southfield building, near the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, as the potential site for a new district headquarters.

Austin school board members tonight will vote on selling the district’s current headquarters, the Carruth Administration Building on West 6th Street, for $36.5 million to Schlosser Development of Austin. The building is among a number of high-profile properties up for sale. They include the Baker Center, a former school located in Hyde Park, for $10.6 million to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; and the former Millett Opera House, home of the Austin Club, for $3 million to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Historic Millett Opera House.

The agreements for Baker, as well as others, require that 25 percent of the properties will be designated for affordable housing, with priority given to district families. The district expects to use some of the $64 million from the sales of its surplus properties toward the purchase of the headquarters. The purchase price of the Southfield Building is $28.4 million.

District officials said they hope the new location will offer better accessibility and parking, which have been problematic at its current headquarters. Staffers that are located at several sites across Austin would be consolidated into the new 9-story building.

It’s unclear how quickly district staff would move from Carruth or Baker, but it could be as early as late summer, said Nicole Conley Johnson, the district’s CFO who also oversees facilities.



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