Demolition of Graffiti Park unanimously approved by Austin's Historic Landmark Commission

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%INLINE% The Historic Landmark Commission has unanimously approved the demolition of the concrete walls and slabs at Graffiti Park in a 8-0 vote.

The Graffiti Park is located at 1012 Baylor Street and is officially known as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. It opened in 2011 to muralists following a South by Southwest event. The concrete walls and slabs that evolved into a public canvas were leftovers from a failed multi-family development from the 1980s.

A press release sent out last year from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery had said it would move to 9507 Sherman Road on Carson Creek Ranch in east Austin which is close to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

The new location will provide more structure to the gallery and more space for artists and is expected to open by the end of 2018, according to officials. 

One of the concrete slabs from the old park is expected to be moved to the new location.

There is no set timeline for demolition. the Historic Preservation office says that although the property is not considered historic by city standards due to its value to the community the site cannot be demolished without "comprehensive photo-documentation of the existing conditions" for preservation at the Austin History Center.

No plans have been released for the old park but the property's owner specializes in multi-family unit development.

You can read more from FOX 7's reporting partner Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter Christopher Neely here.


From FOX 7's reporting partner Community Impact.