The 2nd Street District consists of six downtown blocks, mostly owned by the City, fronting West 2nd Street.  The City developed the District from 2000 to 2012 through a series of public-private partnerships with the intent to bring a dense, walkable urban experience to downtown Austin.   By 2017, the District hosted more than: 600 residences, 250 hotel rooms, 3,000 jobs and 175,000 square feet of retail space.  With the essential support of community leaders and private partners, the 2nd Street District has surpassed expectations for a world-class destination to live, work, shop and dine a

In response to City Council Ordinance 20180830-058 the Economic Development Department is creating Location Enhancement programs to help satisfy needs of Austin’s small, local businesses, creative and music venues, legacy businesses, nonprofits, and other targeted industries that generate high-impact community benefits.

A Public Improvement District is a legal mechanism, described in Texas Local Government Code (LGC), Chapter 372, Subchapter A, for property owners in a defined geographic area to jointly plan and put in place a sustainable funding source that can pay for a set of services to improve their area.

The Seaholm Development District is a former industrial section of southwest downtown Austin that has undergone a dramatic transformation into a vibrant, mixed-use urban neighborhood.


Council Resolution No. 20181004-038 directs the City to consider a potential lease or sale of the property at 312 East Wonsley Drive to Central Health or the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).  Such a collaborative partnership would maximize community benefits and further advance the goals of Imagine Austin and Austin Strategic Direction 2023.

In November 2006, City of Austin voters approved funding for select cultural facilities in the community.  Zachary Theatre was awarded $10 million in bond funds towards the design and construction of the new 427-seat Topfer theatre on their campus at South Lamar and Riverside Drive.  Their capital campaign also raised over $20 million towards the new theatre, which opened in fall of 2012.