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Lady Bird Lake Waterfront May Be Developed Into Mixed-Use Property


Date: 2/9/2016 10:26:00 AM

One of the last big pieces of waterfront real estate on Lady Bird Lake could be turned into a mixed-use development. That's the property the Austin American-Statesman calls home. The Austin Business Journal reports the newspaper's property owners announced

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Redevelopers wanted for high-profile downtown site

The Business Journal

Date: 2/8/2016 2:45:00 PM

Today, the owners of the property announced they were soliciting mixed-use redevelopment proposals from qualified developers for the 18.9-acre South Congress Avenue site on the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake, the Statesman reports. The request for

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Ownership group seeks developers’ proposals for Statesman property


Date: 2/8/2016 2:42:00 PM

The Statesman site, at 305 S. Congress Ave. along the southern banks of Lady Bird Lake, has long been coveted by developers. The solicitation issued Monday, known as a “request for interest and qualifications,” is the first official step toward

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Austin’s Google Fiber Rollout Advancing Despite Obstacles

Government Technology

Date: 2/8/2016 12:35:00 PM

Areas where Fiber is already up and running include chunks of the Lady Bird Lake, Bluebonnet and Ben White “fiberhoods” just south of downtown, Fatehi-Weeks said. Google, like most cable and Internet providers, declines to say how many subscribers it has

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Downtown Radisson Hotel & Suites Sold For $130 Million


Date: 2/8/2016 10:07:00 AM

The hotel’s owner, Austin-based Forestar Group Inc., sold the hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake at 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., the Austin American-Statesman reports. The buyer is a company named Austin Lakeside Hotel Owner LLC. The hotel is has undergone

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• River: Colorado River (Texas)
• Surface Area: 416 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 18 feet
Lady Bird Lake, an artificial lake on the Colorado River, stretches more than five miles through the south side of Austin in Travis County (centered at 30°15' N, 97°43' W). Named Town Lake, it was formed in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the city of Austin in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority. The surface area of the lake is 416 acres, and it is used primarily for flood control and recreation. Development near the lake has caused much outcry among those who believe that the area should be left as a "green belt" as originally planned. Located on the lake's shoreline are hotels and apartments, in addition to various civic and recreational buildings and parks, including the municipal auditorium and the Aqua Festival grounds. Auditorium Shores, a scenic part of the south riverbank, was designated a part of the city's beautification plans. The park features gardens, picnic grounds, and a hike and bike trail along the lake. After the death of former First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson, Austin changed the name from Town Lake to Lady Bird Lake in her honor.

"LADY BIRD LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed June 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on January 31, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Good bank access to Lady Bird Lake is available at Auditorium Shores and Festival Beach Park. Shoreline access is also available at Red Bud Island in the upper end of the reservoir near Tom Miller Dam. The Austin hike and bike trail circles almost the entire lower two thirds of the reservoir offering access to the bank. Unimproved boat ramps are located on the north shore at Festival Beach and behind the Holiday Inn Hotel west of I-35. One additional ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.


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