Construction on the W Hotel started back in May 2008 and is setto be finished by December. However, the best way to see how this$300 million project is coming along is to go inside.
The gym on the second floor offers a view of Austin's rollinghills. Yet, in order to get the best view, you have to go up.
The 37th floor has four penthouse units.
"We have these soaring ceilings on this floor," said Armstrong."It's almost 30 feet deck to deck."
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows with 3,000 square feet andamazing views will cost around $3 million. So far, two of the fourpenthouses units have sold.
There are a total of 159 condo units, which start at $400,000for just 700 square feet.
Below the condos is the hotel, with 251 rooms designed withmodern furniture and colors.
If you walk up the staircase that faces Secondand Lavaca streets, it will lead you to the 2,200-seat ACLvenue, which has a capacity of 3,000 for a general admission showwith standing room. The goal was to keep its footprint as close tothe current location at the University ofTexas.
Since Willie Nelson was part of the planning, developers put ina smoking balcony off the greenroom space.
Developers said they hope to have the new ACL open in time forNew Year's Eve.
There's also 50,000 square feet of retail space in the hotel,but so far, there are no announcements on who will be using it.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …