Republic Square master plan awaits approval

A master plan for Republic Square Park in downtown Austin will go before City Council for approval in early June, council learned May 15.



If approved, construction on the $2.4 million first phase of the project would start in June 2015, said Marty Stump, project management supervisor. The cost of construction would be funded in part by $1 million donated as part of the adjacent federal courthouse project, he said, as well as a $250,000 contribution from the Austin Parks Foundation.



APF will lead the redesign efforts with the help of the Downtown Austin Alliance. The two organizations will also be responsible for helping to raise the $1.4 million needed for the project's second phase, which includes a small kiosk for a private food vendor and a building with restrooms and supply storage space. The groups would also help maintain and operate the park at an anticipated $300,000 per year.



"It's very exciting now to be within reach of a whole new model to help us out with Republic Square and other downtown parks," Councilman Chris Riley said.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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