Downtown Austin’s ‘Jenga tower’ marks milestone


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The Independent tops out, reaching peak height of 685 feet.

Dubbed the “Jenga” tower, 58-story high-rise is Austin’s tallest building.

The Independent, a residential high-rise under construction in downtown Austin, has reached its peak height — a milestone for the 58-story building nicknamed the “Jenga tower.”

Now standing at its full height of 685 feet, a topping-out ceremony Sunday marks the Independent’s official debut as the tallest building in Austin, and the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River.

The developers, Aspen Heights and CIM Group, plan to host future residents at a Sunday afternoon celebration. The tower’s gleaming glass exterior can be seen from miles away and represents a bold addition to Austin’s skyline.

“Reaching the pinnacle of construction is a milestone for the project and for our hard-working team,” said Greg Henry, CEO of Aspen Heights. “The Independent’s architecture was inspired by the bold and energetic spirit that has long buoyed Austin’s growing economy, reputation and success. Its innovative design, the new residences and retail at this exceptional location, and the project’s community benefits enhance the burgeoning neighborhood.”

Located at West Third Street and West Avenue, the tower is distinguished by its cantilevered, stacked design conceived by Austin-based architecture firm Rhode:Partners.

The 363 luxury condominium units will range in size from 675 square feet to 3,485 square feet. More than 80 percent of the units are under contract, with prices for the remaining units starting in the mid-$600,000s and rising to more than $3.5 million.

The project includes retail and restaurant space on the ground floor.



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