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$40 million updates to Block 21 begin this week

The 2nd Street District building — home to the W Austin and ACL Live — will be under construction until fall 2024, but will remain open throughout the process.


Block 21 will receive a new, 2,060-sqft terrace event space, plus refurbishments at the W Austin.

Rendering courtesy Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

There are $40 million worth of upgrades in the pipeline for Block 21 — a downtown mixed-use development that is home to ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the W Austin Hotel & Residences.

A little background: Nashville-based Opry Entertainment Group acquired the 2nd Street District development for $260 million in May 2022.

Renovations will begin this week, starting with W Austin’s entrance, public spaces, and dining amenities. ACL Live will gain a new 2,060-sqft terrace event space over PNC Plaza. In a press release, the company said the renovation is meant to “celebrate Austin’s rich live music culture.”

Opry expects public-facing renovations to be complete by summer 2024 and guest room renovations by fall 2024. Don’t worry — both the W Austin and ACL Live will remain open during the process.