Volume I, No. 1 -
Fall 2012


Oct. 20 -- Join your neighbors and Cirrus Logic employees on Saturday, Oct. 20, for a volunteer Shoal Creek Trail Clean Up morning, from 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. In March, a similar clean up effort along the trail from 6th-10th Streets led to signifant improvements: graffiti and litter removal, clearing of brush and invasive plants and painting the trail walls between 7th and 9th Streets. We hope you'll join us! Please contact Bill Schnell, bill.schnell@cirrus.com, if you would like to volunteer!

Nov. 6 -- Remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6! On the ballot in Austin are several bond propositions that include funding for projects that will benefit downtown Austin and the OANA neighborhood in many ways. 


Welcome to our inaugural issue of Original Austin Neighborhood News!

While “Original” may seem to be an overstatement, OANA’s boundaries, from Lady Bird Lake to West 15th St. and Lamar Blvd to Guadalupe define the first place residents of Austin settled. They certainly left their mark. As this neighborhood’s current residents, tenants and property owners, we should too. 

The neighborhood association formed in 1974, and currently OANA’s Board has set initial goals to improve our neighborhoods like those before us have.  Please share your thoughts and suggestions about this newsletter by emailing editor and OANA Board member Bill Schnell, bill.schnell@cirrus.com

And please email me if you want to become active in OANA.  Let us hear from you! 
Ted Siff, OANA President

The Big Picture

A look at master planning items & government activities

Travis County Civil & Family Courthouse -- The Travis County Commissioners Court has been seeking input from a citizens committee to explore financing alternatives for the proposed
civil courthouse

The court is also determining whether to approve the use of Certificates of Obligation (no voter approval) or go to the citizens for a bond refrendum. 

The Commissioners Court has determined that the financing of this project should go to the voters of Travis County.


Little Shoal Creek Tunnel - The construction work that has been going on Nueces Street (between 5th and 8th Streets) is near to being completed. As of this newsletter, Nueces is open from 8th to 6th. The new tunnel now routes the creek under the public right of way instead of under private property. 

New Development - There are many announced projects in our neighborhood.


The following link gives more information about the project, called 3 Eleven Bowie, a mixed use project that will have 358 apartment units adding new residential neighbors to the hood.  

In Development

Zoning Issues & Related Development Activities

Cirrus Logic has applied for a change of zoning to build an additional 90,000 sq. ft. of office space adjacent to its headquarters on 800 W. 6th St.

* * *
ACC campus has applied for zoning changes for all of the ACC Rio Grande Campus. This is the first step in the planned 400,000 square foot expansion of the downtown campus.

* * *
7 Rio is still working through the process to start the construction of the residential high rise at 7th and Rio Grande Street.

* * *
The COA is near completion of the first phase of the replacement of the underground storm water drainage system. That will allow the start of the construction of the ICB bank tower at the corner of 5th and Nueces.

* * *
The old KVET building in the 700 block of N. Lamar has been demolished and a new retail/parking garage is being built.

More information regarding these and other zoning cases can be found at the City of Austin website.   


The current 2012 OANA board members are as follows: Ted Siff, president; Albert Stowell, treasurer; Blake Tollett, secretary; Ray Canfield; Rick Hardin; John Horton; Paul Isham; Perry Lorenz; Bill Schnell.  Please support the neighborhood -- become a member today!

The OANA Board typically meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Regency Apartments, 601 W. 11th Street. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for any updated meeting notices or changes.



Common Ground


A Look at Neighborhood Green & Public Spaces

OANA sees great potential in Shoal Creek Greenway and Trail which goes all the way from Lady Bird Lake to Pease Park through OANA.  


We have formed the Shoal Creek Committee to initiate improvements. There will be a huge amount of activity along lower Shoal Creek during the next 36 months, with big opportunities to improve the Greenway and Trail.  


Please join the OANA Shoal Creek Committee by emailing Joanna Wolaver, joannawolaver@yahoo.com .

Hot Spots

New & Exciting Openings and Events

You may have noticed that the neighborhood's newest large company, Cirrus Logic, moved into their new headquarters building on 800 W. 6th Street during the summer. 

Cirrus Logic is a semiconductor design company, making chips in audio products like smartphones and tablets, as well as "energy" chips like those now used in LED light bulbs. 

Currently the company has about 500 employees locally working downtown.

Exciting for the neighborhood will be two new open-to-the-public restraunts coming soon: Bar Mirabeau, which opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 23 (dinner service only that evening) and the resurrected Austin favorite Restaurant Jezebel, which will open in the fall. Bar Mirabeau will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Social Order

Police, Fire & Public Safety

One of the challenges in downtown with the growing mix of residents and commercial development is NOISE.  Many in our neighborhood have struggled with sound issues from music venues and this link gives more insight on the situation. 

* * *

In June our neighborhood had a suspicious death in Duncan ParkThe female victim suffered "blunt force trauma" and there were no witnesses or arrests associated with the incident. 

This is a real concern to the neighborhood. 

* * *

Wooldridge Square was closed in June for irrigation and landscape renovations.  This is our beloved historic park laid out in the original City of Austin plans by Edwin Waller in 1839. 

The park should be reopening in the Spring of 2013

Copyright © *|2012|* *|Original Austin Neighborhood Association|*, All rights reserved.