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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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aardvark May 3, 2013 @ 10:02 p.m.

Maybe Dougie could buy the local daily in Austin, and use it to sing the praises of his hotel to the people of Austin.


Don Bauder May 4, 2013 @ 6:31 a.m.

aardvark: Then the Austin paper would be the only media outlet in the nation calling Gov. Rick Perry an intellectual. Best, Don Bauder


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