Austin’s famous graffiti park is one step closer to demolition, though the arrival of the wrecking ball is still a few months away.
The Historic Landmark Commission on Monday evening unanimously approved the demolition of the HOPE Outdoor Gallery at 1012 Baylor St., which will likely be replaced with a multi-family unit development.
The downtown landmark will remain open through June while developers determine a timeline for construction.
The beloved street art gallery will relocate later this year to Carson Creek Ranch near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, allotting six acres for approximately 48,570 square feet of extended wall space for artists.
The process of moving the outdoor gallery will not happen overnight, as the Historic Preservation Office determined the site cannot be demolished without “comprehensive photo documentation of existing conditions,” for preservation at the Austin History Center.
The developer, Mid-City Development, will be responsible for documenting the area.
The gallery will also bring one of the walls from its current location to Carson Creek Ranch as a memorial wall commemorating the art park’s roots, when it originally launched as a place where street artists and graffiti writers could legally practice their craft on underutilized walls and not be in fear or stressful conditions.
Mid-City owner Brian Cumby agreed to delay development at the Baylor Street location until the gallery found a permanent home. Cumby and his firm also donated an undisclosed amount of money to fund the new park, according to a press release.
Mid-City Development was not available Tuesday for comment.
Residents can support the relocation by visiting the HOPE Outdoor Gallery website at hopeoutdoorgallery.com or purchasing a personalized brick that will be featured at the new location with prices starting at $125 (visit hopecampaign.org/hope-art-park-fundraiser).