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Downtown Austin’s Block21 receiving $40M refresh

​​AUSTIN – Opry Entertainment Group is beginning work on a $40 million renovation of Block 21, the Second Street mixed-use development that is home to ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the W Austin hotel.

Block 21 occupies an entire block downtown and includes 159 condominiums, the 251-room hotel, and the ACL Live Theater that seats 2,700. The property also has 40,000 sf of office and 18,000 sf of retail, including a Starbucks and Urban Outfitters.​

The renovation will include construction of a 2,060-sf terrace enclosure over the existing PNC Plaza, which will serve as a private event space. Other improvements include a facelift to the W Austin entrance and other spaces,​​​ including its coffee shop, restaurant, and bars.

With the W Austin employing a staff of 241 and ACL Live employing a team of 87, the hotel is preparing to add some additional positions once the renovation is complete.

The development was purchased from Stratus Properties Inc in late May 2022 for $260 million.

Renovations of the hotel guest rooms are planned to be completed in fall 2024.

Both the W Austin and ACL Live will remain open during the upgrades.​​