Austin City Council to tackle big business issues Thursday
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bigger business-related issues to expect from Council:
• A final decision on what to do with theconstruction fee waivers granted to White Lodging, the developer of the downtown J.W. Marriott hotel. At stake is $3.8 million in fee waivers and a major hotel development downtown.
• A ruling on the contentious 211 Lamar zoning case. Developer Post Investment Group and Ascension Development have spent months wrangling with neighbors over the height of a future residential mid-rise building where the Taco Cabana stands near the Zach Theatre on South Lamar Boulevard. Neighbors say its too high and developers say they’re only including pedestrian-friendly amenities if they can secure the added margins the height will bring them. After several delays, Council will have the final say tomorrow.
• Council will be asked to approve an ordinance confirming a special election on Nov. 5 for an affordable housing bond issue.
• Authorization of funding for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s Terminal East Infill project. Council could award a contract worth $62.2 million to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for the project, which would add 55,000 square feet to the east side of the terminal. The East Infill is just one of several projects being considered for the airport.
-Austin Business Journal, Robert Grattan