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Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment

From tarmac to mixed-use community: redevelopment plan gives old airport new life

Austin, Texas

What was once a concrete tarmac has now become a community—thanks to some major planning and design.

The Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (first civilian airport in Austin, Texas) operated for nearly 70 years. Almost a decade after the airport closed, the City of Austin broke ground on the site. Our team was called in to help give it new life as a mixed-used redevelopment. We began by designing and planning the site’s 4,000-plus new dwellings, which included small-lot, single-family homes, townhouses, lofts, and condominiums. Retail, dining, and entertainment centers were distributed throughout the site with a particular emphasis on the town center. Other amenities include commercial office space, an employment center, and 160 acres (65 hectares) of park space linked to an extensive trail system.

Upgrades were also proposed for the road and water infrastructure within the site and in some of the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, a pond system was used to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion.

Compact and pedestrian-scaled, this mixed-use community supports transit and knits into the surrounding fabric of single-family neighborhoods. Best of all, it has become a place Austinites call home.

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