By Jeff Stewart, CCIM   Stanberry Commercial

Recently we had representatives from Austin Community College (ACC) speak to our office about the new master plan for Highland Mall.  I think Austin is going to be very surprised with the grand vision  guiding this transformation . . . I know I certainly was.

A prime location with 80.8 acres, the failing mall is expected to be a premier development project for a number of years to come.  As I understand it, the existing mall building (which still has a few stores) will be steadily converted to ACC classrooms and offices as enrollment demands. The surrounding parking lot will be developed into a 200+ room hotel, 1200+ residential units, 800,000+ square feet of office space, and 150,000+ square feet of retail shops.  Instead of surface parking, the developer told me they will be utilizing parking garages in order to absorb the new buildings.

While the old anchor stores’ exteriors were unattractive, white boxes, the new exterior look features an extremely modern, expansive design with walls of glass. The grounds will feature acres of open space and 1000+ new trees.  This is going to be an exciting addition to North Austin!



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