Lamar Union, Austin's Newest Model for Mixed Use Urban Development, Nears Completion: See How It Looks Today

BOKA Powell’s design transforms former strip mall into a vibrant, walkable community with restaurants, residential, retail space and structured parking

BOKA Powell's Lamar Union, a one-million-square-foot mixed-use community south of downtown Austin, is scheduled to be finished in spring 2016. Set on nine acres at South Lamar Boulevard and Treadwell Street, the former Lamar Plaza retail center includes the original tenant Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and three new multi-story buildings featuring seven restaurants, 442 apartment units and over 86,000 square feet of retail space.

BOKA Powell’s design plan included redeveloping and preserving six theaters (23,466 square feet) of the existing Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, adding 15,684 square feet for three new theaters, a new entry lobby and the adjoining Highball Lounge. In addition, BOKA Powell designed three new multi-story residential buildings with an additional 47,078 square feet of ground-floor retail space, parking garages for 1,354 cars, new streetscapes and an urban plaza. Of the completed residential units, occupancy is at 96 percent and all retail space has been leased.

About BOKA Powell

BOKA Powell is a nationally recognized architectural design, planning and interior design firm, with office locations in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, TX.  BOKA Powell’s areas of focus include mixed-use planning and design, urban living, hospitality, commercial office, health care and higher education. Other notable Austin projects include the W Austin Hotel & Residences and Moody Theater for “Austin City Limits,” the Four Seasons Residences Tower, RiverView Luxury Apartments, and Barton Place Condominiums.