Update: Salt & Time’s Ben Runkle contacted Curbed Austin via email to clarify that the restaurant has “had no discussion with the [Quincy] developer and no plans to open a location there.” It is currently in the process of expanding to Republic Square and St. Elmo locations.
Update: Austin Towers’ James Rambin reports that developers have now responded to his query about the Quincy’s name. It’s more or less what he expected: It’s a dignified-sounding moniker, and the Q is good for branding, signage, and the like.
This article was published May 29 and updated June 3.
It’s hard to believe that there’s any room left for a major building in southeast downtown’s Rainey Street District, and almost as surprising as the fact that a 30-story, mixed-use tower will be the first in the area to feature a substantial amount of office space.
The Quincy, under construction at 93 Red River Street, will feature 77,540 square feet designated as the aforementioned, Class A space, along with 347 apartments on 19 of its floors. The space dedicated to office use will occupy the 10th, 11th, and 12th floors and have its own lobby and dedicated elevators.
The building’s high-rise, multifamily tower, meanwhile, will feature a a pool, an exercise lawn, a sports lounge, a media room, a coworking space/business center, a dog park, package lockers, and a ride-hailing pickup lounge (!). There will be 10,360 square feet of ground-floor retail space, where Salt & Time is already penciled in on the drawings. There will be seven floors of above-ground parking, which includes office parking.
The design of the building, by Ziegler Cooper Architects, looks like your fairly standard glass-and-concrete, contemporary commercial building, with an offset tower, streamlined metal garage enclosures, a terrace, and a sky deck adding some flair.
(As for the name: Austin Towers’ James Rambin wrote a meditation on its possible referent in a February post—one that mystifyingly overlooked a possible homage to the notoriously anti-punk, fictional forensic scientist of the eponymous television series/Jack Klugman vehicle Quincy M.E. Although Rambin did obtain a relevant statement from Endeavor’s Jonathan Tate, the inspiration for the name remains a mystery at press time.)
Developers Endeavor Real Estate Group and MetLife Investment Management broke ground on the project in March. It’s expected to open in early 2021.