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Mayor wants developers to add thousands of Austin-area homes

Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants developers to bring a lot more housing into the area, and thinks 100,000 new housing units by 2025 is a good place to start.

The number comes from comments made by the mayor reported by the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday.

But it’s a number also rooted in a January report from the Real Estate Council of Austin that lamented “that most of the housing being delivered close to the city’s largest employment core in downtown is in the form of luxury apartments, upscale single family houses on large lots and high-priced condominiums,” as the Austin Business Journal reported at the time.

According to the Statesman, Adler wants to set a new housing goal for the area. But in order to do that, a lot of work needs to be done to streamline the permitting process.

“If we have a number, then we can craft our development policies to reach that goal while knowing what we want to hold developers accountable for,” said Adler.

Amazon snags big office space in North Austin

Somehow in all the buzz about Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. building a huge distribution facility in San Marcos, there was little mention of the company quietly occupying a big chunk of office space in North Austin.

Specifically, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has grabbed 76,000 square feet at Domain 7. The lease for Class A office space in the northwest submarket accommodates 165 new full-time employees.

The brokers involved signed a non-disclosure agreement, so finding out specific details has been like a game of hide-and-seek.

A spokesman for Amazon confirmed the basic data and that employees are in place. This appears to be the company’s first significant permanent office tenancy in Austin.

Outside sources indicate that Endeavor Real Estate Group, the master developer of The Domain and a financial partner with new owner Tier REIT of Dallas, handled the landlord side and that a team with Jones Lang LaSalle represented Amazon.

Other sources told me that Interior Architects in Houston handled the design and Swinerton Builders was the contractor.

These Austin-area apartment projects won top awards for 2015

aaa-2015-mid-high-rise-tree 750xx900-506-0-46The Austin Apartment Association handed out its 2015 Property of the Year awards recently and Greystar — the Charleston, South Caroline multifamily giant — captured several awards.

Nominees in 10 categories were judged based on physical inspections and staff rankings. An independent third party also conducted an anonymous shopping visit to the properties.

Click on the photo to see a slideshow of most of the winners.

Because luxury mid- and high-rise apartments are taking the city by storm, the most notable award might be the one given to Tree, the chic urban community that was delivered in 2014 at 3715 S. First St.

Greystar was the developer and remains the property manager at Tree, but sold the 335-unit project to Belkorp Holdings of Vancouver, Canada in late 2014.

Here’s a rundown of the other awards:  Read full article>>

Out and about at Retail Live and the AIA Summer Conference

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Ian Cousins, CSSR, at Retail Live 2015

It’s a great day for Miller IDS as we are participting in two tradeshow/conferences — Retail Live and the AIA Summer Conference, where we are showing off our graphic printing, CIM/Reprographics and Equipment sales, supplies and support capabilities.

We’re having a great time, and look forward to the same events next year!

 

 

 

 

 

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UT Fans Can Grab Torchy’s Tacos and More at DKR Stadium

Torchys_UTTorchy’s Tacos, Mighty Fine Burgers, Austin’s Pizza, and Hat Creek are among the new local concessions added to the revamped food court at UT’s Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Found at the Red McCombs Red Zone, Torchy’s food stand will sell two tacos, Trailer Park and Green Chili Pork, along with queso and salsa. Mighty Fine Burgers will have a food truck for burgers. Update, 12:15 p.m.: Check out Mighty Fine’s full menu below.

The university approved beer and wine sales, which had previously been banned, at the stadium for the fall season. Pluckers, which already has a presence at the stadium, is expanding to a new sports bar near Gate 25 that will open four hours before games and serve beer. The first home game of the season is on Saturday, September 12.

Source: Eater Austin

Another huge master-planned community in the works south of Austin

nance-ranch-aerial 750xx850-479-0-45Another huge master-planned development is in the works south of Austin that could include as many as 2,200 homes after Clark Wilson Builder Inc. purchased Nance Ranch, a 673-acre tract near Kyle.

The undeveloped land was sold to the builder by CBRE Group Inc. Carter Breed represented the seller.

The property has frontage on Farm to Market 150 about one mile west of Ranch Road 2770. The future community is surrounded on the north and west by large ranches, many of which have conservation easements, prohibiting future development and ensuring long-term Hill Country views, the builder said in its announcement.

Clark Wilson is in the early phases of designing the new master-planned residential community, dubbed Anthem, targeting the emerging move-up market. A mix of single-family lot sizes will be available.

“Most of the residential housing in Kyle and Buda has been targeted to the first-time homebuyer. Many of those homeowners are ready to move up without leaving the area in which they’ve laid down roots. Those homeowners and professionals are the customers that will want to live in Anthem,” said Clark Wilson, founder of Clark Wilson Builder, in a statement.

Clark Wilson is working with planning and landscape architect Stefan Pharis with Pharis Design and engineer Hank Smith with Texas Engineering Solutions while other upscale Austin-area builders could partner in the project.

Engineering and design work has begun with new homes slated to be ready in 2016.

Source: Austin Business Journal

Printer & Scanner Deals: Interested in a pre-owned printer or scanner?

T520-24Need to add in-house equipment but want to keep costs down? We are proud to offer quality pre-owned equipment.

All of our used equipment has been fully serviced by a certified technician and comes backed with a 30 day guarantee.  We offer a variety of purchase and lease options, and also accept trade-ins on new and used equipment.

If you have any questions about any of our products and please call or email Webb Fox at 512.200.6549 | Webb.Fox@MillerIDS.com.

Dog-Loving Yard Bar Opens for Canines and Humans

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So many puppy parties.

Yard Bar, the combination bar, restaurant, and dog park all in one, is now officially open on Burnet Road. The boozy canine park in the former Putt-Putt Golf and Games space held its soft opening during the first week of August.

Access to the dog park is membership-only with packages ranging from yearly to five-visit passes. For dogs, there will be hydrants, two parks depending on animal size, toys, and dedicated staff who will overseeing the playing animals. For humans, there will be beer, wine, coffee, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and snacks like hush puppies, as well as wifi. The park is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the dining patio from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Owner Kristen Heaney, who worked for restaurant architect Michael Hsu, came up with the idea in 2013 and launched a crowdfunding campaign for $37,000 in early 2014. Construction began in October 2014, after facing many delays.

It’s a good time for pets and restaurants in Austin. Further south and east from Yard Bar will be the city’s first cat cafe: the Blue Cat Cafe, set to open this fall.

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Miller IDS is the Go-to Resource for Retailers!

We are very excited to be a sponsor of this year’s Retail Live! Austin trade show, which caters to both growing retailers and developers, August 20th at the JW Marriott!

Banners, POP Displays, Window Graphics, Floor Graphics, Backlit Signage…. there is no limit to the ways we can help retailers attract, engage and motivate customers! Our state of the art printers enable us to print your message on a wide range of media, with high quality, quick turnaround, competitive prices and high volume capability.

Check out the list of signage, graphics and collateral options on our website and place an order, or give us a call to talk about what we can do for you!

Contact Ian Cousins at 512-381-5276
or cssr@MillerIDS.com.