Group calls for Austin’s tallest building to ‘Fix the Crown’

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AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — A group is calling on the development team for The Independent to “fix” the top of Austin’s tallest high-rise.

“Fix the Crown” is using a website and social media to call for changes to the top of the 363-unit residential tower in the western part of downtown Austin.

“The top of The Independent… looks unfinished and is a stunning disappointment to an otherwise well-executed skyscraper,” according to a petition by the group. “This campaign is to encourage both the architects and builders of The Independent to address this issue.”

In a hard-hat tour before the building was completed last year, officials with The Independent said the crown of the building would consist of a box of glimmering steel mesh hanging over a 50,000-gallon water tank at the top that prevents the building from swaying in the wind.

The Austin Business Journal has the full story on its website, including an interview with the “Fix the Crown” creator

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