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.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.