GALLERY: The Independent debuts as Austin's tallest tower

At 685 feet, The Independent is Austin's tallest building.

At 685 feet, The Independent is Austin's tallest building.

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The Independent, Austin's tallest tower at 58 stories, welcomed its first tenants in May. A spokesperson said the building will be fully open and completed by October.

The 363-unit residential building is located at 301 West Ave., near the Seaholm Development and Central Library downtown. It includes more than 20,000 square feet of amenities, including a dog park, a children's playroom, a pool, a theatre and guest suites.

Condos range from one bedrooms in the $400,000 range to penthouses running at more than $5 million.

The building was developed by Aspen Heights and CIM Group, and was designed by local architecture firm Rhode Partners.

When it topped out in May 2018, The Independent inspired a petition called "Fix the Crown," which saw some residents complain about its "unfinished" appearance.

Ryan Fetgatter, vice president of development at Aspen Heights, said the crown was designed to complement the building's exterior as well as to minimize swaying. If the crown had been contained with a roof, it would not serve the same function, Fetgatter said at a media tour Aug. 27.

Later this year, Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors will open a 23,700-square-foot retail space on the ground floor of the Independent. It will also include office space for the real estate brokerage and interior firm, a furniture showroom, a coffee shop and a bar.

Since The Independent was built, two projects have been proposed that would eclipse it in height. The mixed-use 6th + Guadalupe project at 600 Guadalupe St. is proposed at 837 feet. Two blocks south, at 401 W. Fourth St., The Republic office and retail project would come in second at roughly 708 feet.
By Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.


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