AUSTIN, TX – The late Texas senator John Tower may not have been tall by Texas standards, but he cast a long shadow over national politics and defense.
Now, there’s another tower fixin’ to live up to the phrase "Everything’s bigger in Texas."
What may look like the world’s largest Jenga tower is really “The Independent”, which will be the tallest building in Austin when finished, and the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi.
The 685-foot, 58-story, structure will sit on the corner of West Third Street and West Avenue.
"This is not the sleepy town that it once was and, yes, it does alter the skyline, but I think it's a good thing,” said Perry Lorenz of Construction Ventures.
Developers believe stacking people hundreds of feet in the air will cut back on water consumption with no lawns to water.
"We have almost a thousand people who have registered their interest specifically in the Independent, while we only have 370 residencies,” said Kevin Burns, CEO of Urbanspace.
More clutter in the Austin skyline may be the price to pay to have Texas bragging rights to the tallest Jenga tower in the West.