Stories to follow in 2019: New towers to shift skyline


What we reported When The Independent topped out at 685 feet, it became the tallest tower in Austin. However, that title may be short-lived as two new towers cleared city approval last summer. The 837-foot 6th + Guadalupe tower, located at 600 Guadalupe St., and The Republic, a planned 708-foot tower at 401 W. Fourth St., would take over the top spots upon their completion. The 6th + Guadalupe mixed-use project will split its 1.1 million square feet among office, residential, restaurant and retail space. The Republic’s 920,500, square feet will comprise mostly office space with some ground-floor retail space.

The latest The 6th + Guadalupe tower is expected to break ground in spring  and come online in phases, according to representatives for the project. The office space portion is expected to  finish in summer with the residential component to follow. The Republic is also expected to break ground in 2019, according to plans filed with the city, and its completion date is projected to be between 2021 and 2022.

This post is part of Community Impact Newspaper’s Annual Community Guide, which appears in the January 2019 Central Austin print edition. In addition to ten stories to follow for the upcoming year, the Annual Community Guide provides readers with local information on the area’s demographics as well as the latest news in transportation, health care, education and development.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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