July 22, 2019
In 2012, Jovita’s, a restaurant on Austin’s south side, was the target of a drug bust. The restaurant closed down, and was acquired by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez in 2014. Current plans call for an apartment complex to be built on the site at 1613 & 1615 S. First St.
Chameleon Cos. of Austin is developing a four-story apartment building that will have from 41 to 44 units. Construction could begin by the end of the year. The project is next door to another business that benefitted from Rodriguez’s investment: Fresca’s Chicken Al Carbon.
The as-yet unnamed development will offer 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and building amenities will include a clubhouse, pool and fitness center. Bercy Chen Studio LP designed the building; a general contractor has not yet been hired.
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