Two of Austin’s most innovative and popular retailers will become retail tenants at SkyHouse Austin, a 23-story, $67 million apartment tower at 51 Rainey Street, which will, upon completion in the fourth quarter of 2013, offer 320 luxury apartments to Austin urbanites. Royal Blue Grocery will add a fifth location to its collection of neighborhood grocery stores with a 2,550 square foot location fronting on Rainey Street at the base of the SkyHouse apartment tower.

Skyhouse Austin“We really like to see our stores become part of the neighborhood that immediately surrounds them, and we are excited to see Rainey Street continue to define itself as one of the great little pockets in Austin. We can’t wait to be there,” said Craig Staley, co-owner and proprietor of Royal Blue Grocery.

Salvation Pizza will open its second Austin location, bringing authentic New Haven style pizza and a range of menu options to a 2,800 square foot location in the property. SkyHouse Austin is a joint venture of Simpson Housing (management and leasing) and Novare Group/Batson-Cook/Andrews Urban (development and construction).

Just down the street at 78 Rainey Street, the Preview Leasing Center for SkyHouse has now opened, as apartment leasing gets underway in anticipation of late November move-ins.

Simpson Southern Region Senior Vice President, Ginney Harvey, expressed her enthusiasm for welcoming prospective residents, saying, “Our Preview Center will allow future residents to explore our floor plans and experience for themselves the authenticity and vibrant community that will be an integral part of life at SkyHouse.”

Jim Borders, President and CEO at Novare Group, commented, “SkyHouse residents are going to love living on Rainey Street, which will be all the better with the addition of the SkyHouse project and these exciting retailers.”

SkyHouse Austin offers studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and provides ready access to downtown Austin and all of the boutiques, markets, shops and restaurants lining Rainey Street and the surrounding walkable neighborhood. With immediate access to Lady Bird Lake and the adjacent Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, residents can walk or bike to downtown destinations or take a breather along this 10-mile urban path.

Rendering courtesy Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart