AUSTIN (KXAN) - When it comes to finding a location for new businesses and residential complexes, spots along South Lamar are at a premium.
Now, the debate over a piece of land just south of downtown is heating up.
The property in question is at the corner of South Lamar and Riverside Drive. The city is considering re-zoning the area for the construction of new condominiums.
"There are several buildings that have popped up down South Lamar," Dan Palmer said. "I think it's getting kind of out of control."
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The plot is close to restaurants, retail and downtown, and offer a good view of the city. The view many people take in from their balcony or out their window could soon change, if the Taco Cabana currently on the lot is turned into another condominium.
"It will definitely obstruct the view of anyone facing that building," Palmer said, "so that's a problem."
Building residential living in the space would require re-zoning, an action from city government.
On the other hand, the idea of more people is music to the ears of businesses in the area.
"For our perspective as a business, we're excited," said Gina Martinez with Viva Salon & Spa. "More growth is more clients…Austin is a town that is growing, so we have to put people somewhere."
For those worried about more living spaces and less space in general, the concern spills out onto the roads.
"Traffic is my main concern," Palmer said. "I mean, the traffic congestion is bad enough as it is. It's only going to get worse with all those extra condos."
Martinez agreed that traffic will increase, but the option of walking and biking to destinations is also possible.
According to Martinez, the growth is part of what's making Austin, in particular South Lamar, such and appealing location.
"People want to come to Austin because it's a great place to live," she said. "You can't expect to grow and not make some changes."
Nothing has been officially decided. Planning and development review will present the ideas to the city's planning commission next month.
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