I will take a better photo, once the hotel is open. I had my good camera with me, but I was going to have to set everything up, including a tripod, so since there was equipment in front and they were working on the north side of the building, I decided to wait to take a higher resolution picture. I don't know if you noticed it, but one of the vertical cove strips was not working tonight.
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It could be that it is too short. I was trying to hit a middle point. One thing you are not taking into consideration is that the Omni is a full service hotel with ballrooms, meeting rooms, and a lot of space that this Residence Inn will not have. The lower three floors are these types of assembly spaces and the floor to floor height is quite tall. The proposed 15 story AC Hotel at 5th and Main is supposed to be 167'-6" tall. It has the lower two floors at 18' each, the upper two floors at 13'-6" each and the main floors at 9'-6" each.
Here is how I came up with a 275' height for a 25 story hotel. Yes, hotels have shorter floor to floor heights than office buildings. I was assuming 10 feet from floor to floor. It could be as little as 9 feet. Anything less than that would probably not be practical. Anywas at 10 feet with a building at 25 stories, that would yield an absolute minimum height of 250 feet. However, one would not expect the ground floor with a lobby to have the same height as a floor with just rooms. So, I decided to double the height. That would make it 260 feet. On the roof, the elevator overrun, stair connection to the roof and any mechanical would put another floor up there. That would make the height 270 feet. I added five feet for extra mechanical equipment on the roof or other amenity floors that might require more height than a standard room floor. That's how I came up with 275 feet. If the building had 9 feet floor to floor heights on the same premise, the building would be about 245 feet high.
I have heard it called I-345 a few times, but not many. I even remember it getting the three number interstate designation before it was built. I was actually surprised when it opened and there weren't any Interstate signs on it.
No one calls it I-345. This is partially due to the fact that it is unsigned. However, the official designation is I-345. There are several unsigned highways in Texas, and I'm sure there are more in other parts of the country.
Anybody want to take a guess on Spur 366?
One more floor of curtain wall has been installed and the rooftop mechanical unit has been put in place. I took a poor photograph with my cell phone yesterday from the east that caught the rooftop equipment, but I decided to go back this afternoon to take one from the northwest. I am not far enough back to catch the rooftop equipment.
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Yesterday, after the walking tour, I went inside to take a look. The interior is a big improvement over the incredibly small lobby of the old Park Central. The restaurant dining room is still there on the west side of the building, but they are only serving continental breakfasts. The lobby does have a nice bar taking up the middle of the first floor.
Thanks. I guess our Board Member, who is legally the property owner, went ahead and had it rezoned for Commercial. Since we now have a realtor involved, I'm sure they recommended to him that we get the process started.
John S., I'm not real sure if the Historic and Cultural Landmark designation ever went to the next level, which would be the Zoning Commission. If it has not been heard by that commission, then I'm betting it is for the zoning change for a Historic and Cultural Overlay. I know that we had been talking at HFW about changing the base zoning layer on the property, but I don't think anything has happened in that regard. I have been trying to check the city's calendar and database, but the zoning map is down right now. The Zoning Commission agenda has not been published.
I'm not an expert in hotels, but I do think there is some induced demand when it comes to them. I also know that the Convention and Visitors Bureau will market the Convention Center to some of the conventions that turned us away because they claimed we didn't have enough hotel rooms. If they attract those conventions, then the rooms will fill, and they will fill more often. You also have to remember that we are building that big new arena in the Cultural District, and once that opens, there will probably be more of a need for hotel rooms.
My memory isn't what it used to be, either, but I do believe the railroad bridge over I-30 did survive until the freeway was widened in the late 1980's. Historicaerials.com also backs that up in that the bridge was there in 1979 with the freeway being narrow. The 1990 photograph shows the freeway widened and the bridge removed. I can also remember when it was a Fridgidaire facility. That was before Ben Hogan and the Montgomery Street Antique Mall. The building is also another Mid-Century Modern design by Preston Geren.
Austin, parts of Magnolia are located within the Fairmount Historic District, so the neighborhood's design guidelines and standards would apply for any of the new construction that falls within the district. That explains the use of more masonry and less cutting edge design.