AUSTIN-Construction has been launched on the mixed-useBlock 21, a$260-million project slated for completion in 2010. The 850,000-sfproject, one of many popping up in the CBD, has a 250-room W Hoteland 200 residential condominiums as its centerpiece.

Developed by Stratus Properties of Austin and the Beverly Hills,CA-based Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, Block 21 is along Second St.,one block north of Austin's city hall. In addition to residencesand retail, the development will include a 2,200-seat liveentertainment venue, the new home for Austin City Limits. The venuewill be managed by Live Nation of New York City, parent company forthe House of Blues.

Block 21 also is being considered for LEED Platinumcertification. Block 21's lead architect is Andersson-WiseArchitects of Austin.

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