Hotel ZaZa, Gables apartment project set to break ground

Oct 9, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Construction is about to begin on a 24-story tower that will include a high-end Hotel ZaZa and more than 200 luxury apartments across from Republic Square Park in downtown Austin

The apartments and 160-room boutique Hotel ZaZa are scheduled to be completed in late 2016, Z-Resorts and Gables Residential, which are partnering in the project, told the American-Statesman on Wednesday

The hotel is expected to employ about 140 people, said Benji Homsey, president of Texas-based Z-Resorts Management LLC, the development and management group for Hotel ZaZa

The site, on West Fourth Street between Guadalupe and Lavaca streets, is currently used for parking. A building that once housed the Ginger Man pub, which relocated nearby, and the Ghost Room will be dismantled. However, key architectural elements will be preserved and reused in the new building, which will be designed to blend with the architecture in the surrounding Warehouse District, the developers said

The hotel will have two restaurants, a bar, a spa, conference and event space and a pool overlooking Republic Square Park. The apartments, which will be built atop the hotel, will have a separate, private rooftop pool

The hotel entrance will be on Lavaca and the apartment entrance will face Guadalupe

Homsey said rates for the Austin Hotel ZaZa are projected to range from $195 to $495 a night

Other hotels under construction downtown include the 1,012-room JW Marriott convention hotel, a Westin hotel and the Hotel Van Zandt

Austin will be the third Texas market for the ZaZa brand, which also has locations in Houston and Dallas

The Gables/ZaZa project had encountered opposition from some residents in the nearby Plaza Lofts, who said they worried it would block their views, and also expressed concerns about noise and traffic

Richard Suttle Jr., the Austin attorney who handled the zoning case for the project, said that working out the details — including the concessions made to the neighboring properties during the city approval process — “made this project even more exciting than previously imagined.”

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