Seven hotel projects you should track; East Austin heats up with development

While a handful of large-scale hotel projects are in the works in the Austin area, several boutique hotels have entered the pipeline — most just east of downtown.

The newest entrant, according to development records at the city of Austin, is Inn Cahoots Hotel proposed for 1221 E. Sixth St.

A site plan was filed with the city in early February for the four-story, 13,050-square-foot hotel, which would be built on a former single-family home site, circa 1900. The project is under review by city staff.

Documents indicated that the owner and developer is Misty Rock Leasing LLC.

Austin attorney Brian Alford, a partner with Miller Egan Molter & Nelson LLP, said he is a passive investor in the proposed project. City documents were signed by Kristen Carson as the owner. Carson is the president and founder of Simply International, “an international planning and logistics services company that specializes in working with incoming international visitors and their sponsors,” according to her LinkedIn profile.

It also appears that local hotelier Kimber Cavendish has plans for the Kimber Modern Soco at 1415 Eva St. Cavendish operates the Kimber Modern hotel — her eponymous brand — at 110 The Circle. The size of the hotel was not readily available, but the project is under review.

The proposed Kimber Modern Soco, valued at $18.2 million, is designed by Austin-based Maker Architects LLC, records show.

Rob Lippincott — who owns Guero’s Taco Bar — is the property owner, and Cavendish would be a tenant, the records indicate.

Separately, a project that Cavendish originally was involved with — a Kimber Modern to be built at 62 East Ave. in the Rainey Street Historic District — appears to be back in play after a more than two-year hiatus.

Cavendish did not respond to an inquiry about whether she is still involved. In September 2015, Cavendish told ABJ she was no longer associated with the project and any future development would not carry the Kimber Modern name.

Mike Rhodes, the owner of KMDR Property and Acero Construction and Cavendish’s original partner, said at the time of the split he would have an update in a few weeks. He did not respond recently to a request for comment about the status of the project on East Avenue.

Big Red Dog Engineering, Rhodes’ engineering contractor, has been in touch with the city throughout the last half of 2016, apparently to get the project back on track, based on public records. The current status of the boutique hotel — still referred to as “Kimber Modern” in recently filed documents — is unknown.

Here’s a look at several other boutique hotel projects:

  • The Carpenter hotel on the former Carpenter’s Union Local 1266 headquarters at 400 Josephine St. is moving ahead. The site is fenced off and the $15.1 million project appears to be close to groundbreaking. According to development documents, the address has been changed to 411 Jessie St. AMS Real Estate Services Inc. purchased the property, but it’s unknown whether that company is the owner and developer. DPR Construction is the general contractor
  • The Arrive Hotel is slated as an element of a mixed-use project at 1813 E. Sixth St. A plan review case was filed in January for the $17.4 million hotel. Notable Austin architect Burton Baldridge is the designer for the project that will include two restaurants, a coffee shop and underground parking, records show.
  • The Kline Hotel is planned down the street at 1109 E. Sixth St. The $7.4 million project is designed by Sixthriver Architects.
  • Hotel Peregrine is planned for 924 E. Seventh St. The $6 million, 13,500-square-foot building will be built by Sabre Commercial Inc., records show.

Source: Austin Business Journal
Jan Buchholz, Senior Staff Writer

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