Clarksvillage development could transform West Sixth Street

A rendering of the Clarksvillage project
The proposed Clarksvillage development would include five-story buildings terraced with gardens on almost every floor. | Rendering via Riverside Resources, the City of Austin

Two acres of frontage on West Sixth Street could soon be transformed into a mixed-use development with a central courtyard and as many as five stories of retail, hotel + restaurant space.

The project, named Clarksvillage, would mean substantial change for the historic area, and result in relocation for several current tenants. Here’s what to know about the proposed development.

The proposal

Austin-based Riverside Resources — the company behind high-rise developments 5th & West and The Whitley — is working with others such as Flintco and Herzog & de Meuron on the proposed development.

All in all, the project would restructure the existing block on West Sixth Street and replace it with a landscaped courtyard centered around:

  • Ground-level access to nine retail stores + five kitchen and restaurants
  • Three stories of underground parking
  • A boutique hotel and spa
  • Top-floor homes

Designs for the buildings include a terraced structure featuring gardens and balcony space for tenants on almost every floor. The developer currently owns seven out of eight of the properties.

A rendering of the central courtyard in Clarksvillage
Clarksvillage’s central courtyard would maintain the outside facade of the historic building at 111 W. 6th St. | Rendering via Riverside Resources, the City of Austin

Current tenants

Some Sixth Street businesses will not be impacted by the new development, but several other buildings will be demolished in the process. 

Buildings to be preserved include:

  • Wally Workman Gallery
  • Clark’s Seafood
  • Align Austin West
  • Fantasyland Records
  • Holiday by George
  • 607 Blanco St.
  • Outdoor Voices

Every other structure — including Swedish Hill Bakery, Rapha, and Woo Woo Burgerwill be demolished. However, there is opportunity for them to move into the new development.

Moving through city processes

Clarksvillage would lie within both the Castle Hill and West Line historic districtsmeaning nothing can move forward without the go-ahead from Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission.

The current plan involves knocking down and reconstructing historic buildings at 1124 W. 6th St and 1116 W. 6th St, the latter of which would be hollowed out and used for the courtyard. 

Developers are currently seeking feedback from the commission regarding their proposal. Check it out yourself online here or tune into the commission’s next meeting today.