Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
Papa Doug's Austin hotel faces drainage problems
Needs variances from city council before construction can begin
Manchester Texas Financial Group is having troubles beginning a planned 50-story, 1000-room hotel in Austin. According to the Austin Business Journal, the proposed Fairmont Austin Hotel is located in an area undergoing dramatic change because construction of a large underground drainage channel will take 28 acres of land out of a floodplain and make it ripe for development. But the underground drainage channel won't be completed until late next year. Manchester wants variances to cover the interim period, but if the variances are granted, there could be flooding of surrounding properties if a major rain occurs before the tunnel's completion, says the Business Journal. Manchester's civil engineering firm says it isn't a big deal.
To read up on Papa Doug's attitude toward government rules, see Dorian Hargrove's May 1 article, "Got a permit for that, Doug?"
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