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Capital Metro Breaks Ground for TOD

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) recently marked the beginning of construction for the Plaza Saltillo District, a TOD project adjacent to the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station, with a “flag-planting ceremony” representing the three organizing partners: the agency, the city and a local real estate firm.

Capital Metro President/Chief Executive Officer Linda Watson reported on the trajectory of the project and the agency’s efforts to guide development in a way that serves its needs as well as those of the neighborhood and the entire region.   

While the 10-acre tract has been vacant since the 1990s, it will become the site of 800 residential apartment units, almost 20 percent of which will be reserved as affordable housing; more than 110,000 square feet of retail space; 140,000 square feet of office space; and one and a half acres of open space with public art and connections to a range of transportation options. In addition to Capital MetroRail and MetroBus services, the district will be served by a bikeway and two historical walking paths, with access to bike-sharing and car-sharing facilities.

Remediation work is underway on the former brownfield site with construction of an underground parking structure to begin shortly. The project is expected to be completed in about 30 months.

Planting flags at the site of the Plaza Saltillo District are Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson and Pio Renteria, a member of both the Austin City Council and the Capital Metro board.

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