AUSTIN (KXAN) - More strides are being made toward developing the site of the SoCo trailer eateries. That's the word from the developer, SOCO Development Group.
The location in quesion is on South Congress Avenue between Milton and Monroe streets.
The down economy has slowed the hotel development as well as a lot of other development during the last several years.
But according to a spokeperspn for the project, it's pushing forward, and that will push many of the food trailers out. However, the spokesperson did not give an exact time when that will happen.
"We've been here for four days and we've been here every day," said Todd Cooper.
Cooper and his wife Clover Cooper of Missouri said they've visited a lot of cities but never found a food court like the outdoor one on South Congress Avenue.
"It's got a good home feel to it. I think it gives you an accurate description of what it's like to be in a local situation and not a chain of something," said Clover Cooper.
That's why the Coopers were surprised to hear the trailers will likely be gone soon.
"It's hard to find a place like this that has heart and soul in it," said Todd Cooper.
A sign that's been up for about a year announces a boutique hotel is coming by the same owners of Mansion at Judge's Hill. The developer's spokesperson said the hotel is still in the planning stages and doesn't have a name yet.
The current design includes underground parking, restaurants, a food court that's uniquely South Congress, 75 rooms and architecture intended to complement the South Congress District. Still, some aren't sold on it.
"It's pretty important to keep Austin different. There's plenty of hotels but there's not many of these places around," said San Marcos resident Ben Butcher.
In fact, a sign for the proposed hotel was recently tagged with graffiti that reads, "We don't want."
As for the food vendors, they don't want to go.
"This is the best spot in town. This is the sunset strip of Austin," said Coat and Thai owner Tommy Spurlock.
But Spurlock understands this kind of prime location will bring new kinds of development.
"A lot of times customers say, 'Well, I wish they wouldn't but that's not my business.' I'm just here doing business now," said Spurlock.
The developer said food vendors there now will get, at the very least, 30 days' notice before they have to leave. Some of the established restaurants in the area are excited about the new hotel because they look forward to serving the guests who will stay there.
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