This site will provide regular updates on several improvement projects underway in the Red River Cultural District and coordinated projects adjacent to the geographic area. Improvement projects being explored and deployed include enhanced lighting, trash receptacles, pedestrian mobility improvements, alleyway improvements, and special projects.
As of Sept. 2019, projects (excluding the Alleyway Project) are being evaluated for design andengineering needs prior toconstruction.
This effort is being led by the Economic Development Department, in conjunction and leadership with multiple departments within the City of Austin.
Red River Cultural District Background
2013: City Council Designation of Red River as a Cultural District
2014: District began working with City’s Souly Austin Program
2015: Red River Cultural District Merchants Association formed
This site will provide the latest information on projects as they begin to take shape.
Red River Alleyway Project
The City of Austin is seeking the installation of a gate and fence system in the alley at the 700 block of Red River Street (between 711 and 715 Street). The 10 foot gate and fence system will span two existing buildings at the front and back of the alley and will restrict access to the alley from both Waller Creek and Red River Street. The project was identified as priority by the stakeholder and City Council in an effort to increase safety in the area. The installation meets various accessibility requirements and City Code (utility, fire safety, and private property access).
Weekly project updates cover work performed, next steps, and timeline.
The installation of three solar powered restroom units will take shape in the area surrounding the Red River Cultural District. The units will provide residents and visitors with access to safe and accessible restroom facilities. The project is a partnership between Public Works, Austin Transportation, Economic Development and the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA).
A sidewalk reconfiguration project to enhance the existing right-of-way outside of the ARCH facility on East 7th Street has been completed. For project details and funding information, please view the project fact sheet.