BACKGROUND

The site is one of the last owned by the City of Austin downtown that is designated for redevelopment.  It consists of two parcels – 1215 Red River Street and 606 East 12th Street – summing to 1.73 acres of land near Interstate Highway 35, the State Capitol, and the University of Texas at Austin.  The northeast district of downtown Austin blends iconic live music clubs, world-class parks and open spaces, and respected healthcare institutions. 

Through a series of acquisitions from 1952 to 1976, the City purchased the site at 1215 Red River.  In 1988, the City offered the land to Brackenridge Hospital to attract Rehab Hospital Services Corporation (RHSC), a physical rehabilitation provider.  RHSC executed a ground lease with the City through February 28, 2063, and constructed the four-story facility, which opened in 1990.  RHSC assigned the ground lease in 1995 to HealthSouth which developed a parking garage with 62 spaces at 606 East 12th Street to serve the facility.  In 2016, HealthSouth closed this facility, and sold to the City its leasehold interests as tenant and title to the parking garage on February 28, 2017. 

PROJECT TIMELINE

2021

Ongoing
  • Under the terms outlined in the ENA, City staff and Aspen Heights meet regularly to negotiate proposed terms of a Master Development Agreement (MDA) governing the redevelopment of the City's tracts. The ENA expires on February 17, 2022, however, if the City and Aspen Heights have not yet agreed on essential terms of the MDA, the parties may extend negotiation by mutual agreement to May 17, 2022. If negotiations are still not complete, Austin's City Manager may further extend the ENA term until August 17, 2022. During this time, the City and Aspen Heights will negotiate in good faith to reach agreement on a MDA. Once the City and Aspen Heights reach final proposed terms under a MDA, the proposed terms will be shared with the public and posted for discussion at meetings of the Downtown, Design and Community Development Commissioners prior to seeking City Council approval. The City's Anti-Lobbying Ordinance (ALO), which governs contact between applicants and City officials and staff, expired 60 days after the ENA was executed, on July 17, 2021. For additional information:
June
May
January
  • On January 27, 2021, City Council will consider Item 13 relating to the authorization negotiation and execution of an exclusive negotiation agreement with Aspen Heights Partners, for terms governing a master developer contract for the redevelopment of 1215 Red River and 606 East 12th, the former HealthSouth tract.:
  • On January 20, 2021, City staff provided the Mayor and City Council updates on the process and options available to City Council to select a real estate development team to redevelop City-owned parcels at 1215 Red River and 606 East 12th Streets (Request For Proposals (RFP) 5500 SWM3002).:

2020

December
  • On December 8, 2020, City staff provided the Mayor and City Council responses to questions from City Council members and provided additional information on the process and the proposals received regarding the redevelopment of City-owned parcels at 1215 Red River and 606 East 12th (RFP 5500 SWM 3002) per discussion during Council meetings on December 1 and 3, 2020:
  • On December 1 and 3, 2020, City staff presented staff’s recommendation of Aspen Heights as the development team for 1215 Red River and 606 East 12th (RFP 5500 SWM 3002):
November
  • On November 3, 2020, City staff provided the Mayor and City Council an update on the City’s Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of the City-owned parcels at 1215 Red River and its accompanying parking garage at 606 East 12th (RFP 5500 SWM 3002).
February
January
  • At the January 21, 2020 Council Work Session, several Council members asked staff to provide estimates on costs and timeline to convert temporarily the vacant rehabilitation hospital facility to housing for the homeless. 

2019

November
  • On November 18, 2019, the City released RFP 5500 SMW3002 for the Redevelopment of 1215 Red River and 606 East 12th Streets:
  • On November 5, 2019, City staff provided the Mayor and City Council an update on City staff actions to solicit proposals for the redevelopment of the City-owned parcels at 1215 Red River and its accompanying parking garage at 606 East 12th:

2018

November
October
  • On October 4, 2018, City Council directed staff to initiate a solicitation for the redevelopment of the site to include mixed-income housing that incorporates units with multiple bedrooms serving households earning at or below 60 percent of AMFI.
July

2017

November
August
May
March
  • On March 23, 2017, City Council directed the City Manager to evaluate redevelopment options for the site with respects to its potential to provide affordable housing for individuals and families earning at or below 60 perfect of area media family income (AMFI).

2016

November

Authorized contacts:

Shawn Willett, Deputy Procurement Officer                        

Phone: (512) 974-2021                                                       

E-Mail: Shawn.Willett@austintexas.gov                             

Lynnette Hicks, Procurement Specialist

Phone: (512) 974-3349

E-Mail: Lynnette.Hicks@austintexas.gov

All questions about the solicitation and plans for former HealthSouth site should be directed to these Authorized Contact Persons.

 

Former HealthSouth Facility