AUSTIN, Texas — More luxury apartments are coming to Austin. This time, they're taking over the space that used to house the beloved graffiti park at Castle Hill.
Construction is underway on "The Colorfield," where the original HOPE Outdoor Gallery used to be. It's located on Baylor Street near South Lamar Boulevard between the Texas Capitol and MoPac Expressway.
The Colorfield development will consist of 10 condominiums, with at least three bedrooms in each. Two of those 10 condominiums have already sold.
The revamped HOPE Outdoor Gallery is set to reopen this summer near the Austin airport.
The gallery will be the largest earthen-built structure in the history of Texas, the group said, and they credit this to a list of environmental and economically impactful aspects of the project, which include:
- Solar panels from Kinect Solar and First Solar covering the entire “H” of the park
- Solar installation with CAM Solar, including job training for women and minorities
- Rainwater collection stations and rooftop areas
- Repurposed walls, signage and materials from the original site
- Recycled and collected paint with Austin Resource Recovery
- Creative gardens and bee apiary development
- 3D printed fixtures from garbage from re:3D
- Retail programming and partnerships for the creative community
- Storage space for emergency relief and partner needs
The park will also include 12 repurposed shipping containers, giving the project more support for community equity and growth for local artists and creatives who are looking to grow their business as Austin expands. These programs will include retail stores, gallery spaces, nonprofit office spaces, storage areas and the rebrand of the award-winning HOPE Farmers Market to HOPE Market for Sunday programs.
PHOTOS: HOPE Outdoor Gallery to open summer 2021
Construction on "The Colorfield" is expected to be completed by next fall, and leaders said they are working with the HOPE Gallery to relocate key pieces. City leaders also said they're working with local artists to create a mural to honor the gallery.
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