In the 1990s the City and community leaders began exploring ways to redevelop the former Mueller airport site as well as six blocks along 2nd Street in downtown Austin. Recognizing the uniqueness of such partnerships compared to a public works bond project and/or standard real estate transaction, the City Manager gathered a handful of experienced project managers. The team was dedicated to these projects from inception to occupancy, from solicitation to award; and oversaw public involvement as well as prepared all actions before City Council and Boards and Commissions. The division became the foundation of the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, now the Economic Development Department.
Today the Redevelopment Division has approximately a dozen staff which includes planners, architects, landscape architects, developers and project coordinators. The team manages public-private partnerships on City-owned land, such as 2nd Street and Seaholm Districts, Colony Park and Mueller. Our leadership and experience have advanced our role in strategic property repositioning, managing public improvement districts, and leading efforts in place-based economic development initiatives. Through these efforts, the Redevelopment Division contributes billions in property value and millions for the City and other taxing jurisdictions. These projects contribute directly to increased mobility, public art, affordable housing, parks/open space and opportunities for small and minority-owned local businesses.
Learn about past projects below: