Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover were down at their Red River club Cheer Up Charlie’s this morning removing landscaping along the rock wall on the west side of their club to prepare for construction related to a new hotel development on a parking lot just west of their property. The club owners say the hotel’s construction company paid Noe Guevara, the landscape architect who put the plants in roughly three months ago, to move them. According to Lea and Hoover, the landscaping was removed so the company can erect a fence along the side of the property to protect club employees and patrons from falling rocks during the construction which they say could last for 18 months. The construction company has agreed to replace the plants at the end of the construction period, club owners say.
Hyatt House representatives responded to a request for comment Monday afternoon with the following statement:
“The unique and dynamic culture of this neighborhood is what draws Hyatt to this part of Austin, and we want to do everything we can to be great neighbors to those establishments that make the neighborhood so unique. Along with Journeyman Group, the Austin-based property developer, we’ve worked carefully with the city and property owners to create construction plans specifically designed to avoid any disruption to the local music venues and to ensure the upcoming Hyatt House hotel can make a positive contribution to the neighborhood alongside the existing six Hyatt-branded hotels throughout Austin. We certainly want to ensure the development supports the local businesses near the hotel.”