By Mike Christen, Austin Business Journal
Plans to transform Austin’s East Sixth Street are centered on the long-term goal of bolstering the city’s identity as a center of arts and music, according to the project’s developers.
As owners of more than 40 properties on the famed downtown strip between Brazos Street and I-35, Stream Realty Partners LP aims to elevate the three-block area that has a reputation for late-night drunken revelry into a central location that will continue to uphold and preserve the city’s identity as a haven for musicians and artists—with an emphasis on local business and organizations already operating in Austin.
Stream Realty Senior Vice President Caitlyn Ryan told the Austin Arts Commission Aug. 15 that the firm felt a responsibility to improve the street located in the heart of the Central Business District.
“As local Austinites, we thought is was our duty to come here and really create something special,” said Ryan, who is based out of the firm’s Austin office at the corner of Congress Avenue and Sixth Street.
“It’s not a renovation, it’s a revitalization,” Ryan added. “We are going to come and spend a lot of our own money to create a district-wide feel and have this be something that Austin can be really proud of. Music and arts are what drive this district as something that we can all be proud of. A safe haven for local Austin businesses. We want to be safe haven.”