New development on South Congress Avenue taking shape

Changes are coming to the southernmost end of Congress Avenue in South Austin. Future and newly opened developments are adding new residences and services to the area.

Changes are coming to the southernmost end of Congress Avenue in South Austin. Future and newly opened developments are adding new residences and services to the area.

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South Congress taking shape
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South Congress taking shape

Within the approximately 2.5 miles of South Congress Avenue between Slaughter Lane and Stassney Lane at least eight major developments—both residential and commercial­—are being constructed or have recently been completed.

With over 670 residential units proposed as well as a new H-E-B and shopping center, the south end of the corridor should see significant changes within the next 2-3 years.

The developments along South Congress Avenue are being constructed at various rates. Some, like the Highmark Townhomes and All Stor Self Storage, opened this past summer. The Collective Austin is still under construction but accepted its initial tenants earlier this year. Other apartment and condo communities are slated to open by 2020. 

The following information is based on estimates and projects details given to Community Impact Newspaper by the developers of each project. This list is not comprehensive.

1: Settler South Congress

Settler South Congress will offer 67 urban-style “cabins,” most of which will include private yards and garages with workspaces, said Brandon Miller, CEO of Brandon Miller Group LLC, the exclusive marketing consultant and sales group behind the development. The development will include a restored wildflower prairie, an old windmill and native trees, he said.

“I thought it would be really interesting to bring an urban cabin concept to Austin,” Miller said. “This is different from just another condo. Our cabins will have fireplaces and wood shiplap walls inside—a modern finish out combined with urban materials.”

  • Size: 3.8-acre site; 67 units

  • Completion: late 2019

  • 5924 S. Congress Ave., Austin

  • 512-442-8439


2: Society

Technology-focused design elements will define Society, a forthcoming residential development, said Blake Schroeder, director of multifamily development for Leon Capital, the developer behind the project. With smart door locks, smart lights and other technologies, residents will be able to control multiple features from a central hub.

“We want to bring a lot of technology to this project,” Schroeder said. “We’re really focused on the smart home and piggybacking on the tech scene Austin is really known for.”

Society will also offer creative office spaces for rent. Schroeder said these offices are intended for people who typically work from home but want a space separate from their residential units.

“We really like the growth of Austin and in particular the new wave of growth on South Congress,” he said.

  • Size: 6.1-acre site; 262 units

  • Completion: late 2019

  • 6001 S. Congress Ave., Austin

3: Highmark Townhomes

Offering energy-efficient two-story condos, construction on Highmark Townhomes was completed this summer. The development is a gated community and is surrounded by greenbelts on three sides.

“We foresaw a lot of growth in the neighborhood, and it’s nice to see it actually happening,” said Ryan Sykes, sales counselor for Highmark. “There’s a lot of interest and money going into South Congress right now. The infrastructure of the area is continuing to develop, and we’re very happy to be here.”

  • Size: 11.6-acre site; 50 units

  • Completion: August 2018

  • 7506 Belfair Terrace, Austin

  • 512-610-4800


4: The Collective Austin

Construction of the Collective Austin continues and all six buildings in the warehouse development should be ready for tenants by January 2019, said Ryan Wilson, senior brokerage advisor with Equitable Commercial Realty, who manages the property. Two new tenants—local outdoor and hiking gear company Gossamer Gear and local crossfit and training gym Roka Fitness—began operating inside completed buildings in October. Moment Motor Co. is also in operation at the facility.

  • Size: 10-acre site; 83,000 square feet of space

  • Completion: January 2019

  • 7601 S. Congress Ave., Austin


5: Oden Hughes Apartments

Oden Hughes Construction broke ground on a new multifamily housing development March 7, which will feature about 300 units at build-out. The community will also include a large pool area with amenities, a dog park and a community area.

The South Austin location was selected due to its proximity to downtown venues and retail to offer a lower-priced option for young professionals, Vice President of Development Tim Shaughnessy said in March.

“Austin’s job and population growth remain strong, and we expect demand for apartments in this area will remain high for some time,” he said.

  • Size: 14.6-acre site; 300 units

  • Completion: late 2019

  • 135 Foremost Drive, Austin


6: All Stor Self Storage

Locally owned and managed, All Stor Self Storage opened its second location on South Congress Avenue this summer. The business offers 298 climate-controlled units and 227 non-climate-controlled units.

“We have great surveillance cameras, a security gate and secured doors,” store manager Loretta Blanton said. “We take security seriously.”

Other features include RV, car and boat parking. Tenants can use a truck, provided by All Stor, while moving in, Blanton said.

  • Size: 67,272 square feet; 525 storage units

  • Completion: Summer 2018

  • 8327 S. Congress Ave., Austin

  • 512-817-3131


7: South Congress Commercial Park

Totaling three buildings and over 10 acres, Dallas-based Encore Commercial LLC is planning a commercial development that will be anchored by a new Gold’s Gym.

In 2017, Encore Commercial announced Pet Supermarket and Schlotzsky’s as future tenants of the site. Encore Commercial spokesperson Amy Dunaway confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper in October that Dallas-based DECA Dental had agreed to a lease in the plaza. Taco Shack is also in the final stages of signing a lease agreement to occupy a suite next to Schlotzsky’s, she said.

Gold’s Gym will be located in a 32,000-square-foot building located to the rear of the property, while the two other buildings will be smaller in size, totaling 15,039 square feet near Congress Avenue.

Dunaway said Encore Commercial submitted final permitting for approval with the city of Austin and will finalize construction plans once approved.

  • Size: 10.43-acre site; 47,100 square feet of building space

  • Completion: TBD

  • 8900 S. Congress Ave., Austin


8: H-E-B Slaughter Lane

An H-E-B grocery store plaza is being built on the active construction site at the northeast corner of Slaughter Lane and Congress Avenue.

Located on a 26-acre property across the street from the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center, the new H-E-B is being built by Joeris General Contractors. Current permitting and construction involves relocating trees on the property. According to current city of Austin permits, construction on the site could continue through October 2019.

  • 26-acre site; 130,000-square-foot building

  • Completion: October 2019

  • 8801 S. Congress Ave., Austin


By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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