Site plan filed for long-awaited COTA Land amusement park in Southeast Austin "A long-planned amusement park at Circuit of The Americas in Southeast Austin appears to be ready to ramp up construction. An April 25 site plan filed with the city of Austin called 'COTA Land' is currently under review — and while there are very few details, it notes that the project is located on 21 acres and could eventually include 1 million square feet of development at the 1,500-acre site that for the last decade has been home to the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix." (Justin Sayers, Austin Business Journal)

'We're gonna blow up the Drum': Frank Erwin Center finally gets a demolition timeline "A general plan to demolish or move the Erwin Center has been on the table for around a decade, an effort to make space for Dell Medical School to expand. The aging arena was replaced by the Moody Center just over a year ago. Following a recommendation from the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee, the regents voted Thursday to add the demolition project to the university’s current Capital Improvement Program at a cost of $25 million." (Olivia Aldridge, KUT 90.5)

A Block-Sized Demolition’s Headed for Sixth & Blanco West of Downtown Austin "A five-story mixed-use project bringing retail, hotel, office, and residential space to more than two acres along West Sixth Street near downtown Austin is headed for the demolition phase. Sixth & Blanco, a new name for the plan first announced last summer as Clarksvillage, imagines a large-scale destination for the neighborhoods west of downtown courtesy of developers Riverside Resources, working in partnership with prolific local hotel and dining firm MML Hospitality and the acclaimed Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron." (James Rambin, Towers)

Work starts on sites for two new buildings on Capitol Mall "Crews have started work on the sites that will house the next two buildings to be constructed as part of the Texas Capitol Complex, a project that involves redeveloping state land holdings around Capitol. The project's second phase calls for constructing two new state office buildings, plus one additional block of the pedestrian Capitol Mall along North Congress Avenue." (Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman)

City staffers provide ADU, 'site plan lite' updates "City staffers updated the Planning Commission last week on efforts to make accessory dwelling units easier to build and to create a 'site plan lite' to streamline permitting for small multifamily developments. City Council initiated the efforts through multiple resolutions over the past two years in hopes of encouraging more housing supply, especially 'missing middle' housing." (Jonathan Lee, Austin Business Journal)