Street Improvements along the Corridor
ARA worked with Capital Metro, the City of Austin, and two private utility companies on a $3 million project to bury overhead utilities, upgrade water and waste water service on East 11th and Juniper Streets, and install striking streetscape improvements and public art created by East Austin artists. The most visually significant improvement is the Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza – a unique space that includes two mosaic tile murals by local artists John Yancey and Regina Thomas. The two murals depict the heritage and culture of the area. The plaza also includes a clock tower and green space where visitors can enjoy a quiet moment and observe East 11th Street activity.
The plaza’s namesake — Dr. Urdy — is an educator, scientist, former Austin Mayor Pro-Tem and long-time community leader.
Additional improvements to East 11th Street include:
- distinctive gateway arch
- attractive street lighting and landscaping
- transit amenities such as bus pull-ins that allow traffic to flow safely around buses as they stop to pick up passengers, bus stop shelters and new sidewalks
Mixed-Use Development on the Corridor
The Eleven East Corp., (EEC), is located just east of IH-35 and downtown Austin, five minutes away from the Texas Capitol and the University of Texas. EEC is ARA’s first mixed-use development project. On the north side of East 11th Street, EEC consists of two buildings and two parking garage levels which surround the historic Arnold Bakery, now home to ShoeHorn Design. The historic Victory Grill is across the street to the east of the property. This massive revitalization effort evolved through the cooperative efforts of neighborhood activists and the City of Austin.
Named in honor of three prominent East 11th Street businessmen and civic leaders, the Street-Jones and Snell buildings both house retail businesses on the first floor and office space in the remaining floors. The architectural style is neo-traditional and the exterior brick finish is reminiscent of the early commercial development. The two buildings share 172 parking spaces and 18 community parking spaces less than one block away for a total of 190 spaces.
EEC is proud to have the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, and Wells Fargo Bank, as anchor tenants. They are both in the Street-Jones building.
Style-Rite Beauty Salon has been a fixture on East 11th Street since the early 70’s. Style-Rite remains a bustling business, serving three generations of clients. Sub-tenants in the Street-Jones include: Office of Sustainability, and Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.).
The Snell building is home to the following locally owned and operated small businesses:
- Sagra Trattoria relocated their casual and elegant Italian dining experience to East 11th Street in December 2012
- East Side Yoga has been offering classes in their newly designed studio in 2009 and in April 2013 began teaching yoga instructors
- Breakthrough Austin has been preparing middle and high school children for the challenges of college from the Snell building since 2010.
In addition, Equal Employment/Fair Housing Office, a department of the City of Austin, is a tenant in the Snell building.
Town homes Development
The south side of the 1000 block of Juniper Street is a proposed 16-unit townhouse development, which is adjacent to ARA’s Eleven East Corp. mixed-use development project. Each of the 16 units will be approximately 1,700 square feet. Two of the 16 units will be sold to families that are 80% or below the area medium income levels. The remaining townhouses will be sold at market rate.
Commercial Office Development
The rehabilitation and addition to the building has been done in two phases: the first phase moved and stabilized the structure and enclosed and protected the building from the weather. Phase II completed the interior work on the historic portion and the addition to the building. Renovations were completed and the building opened in October 2015