Work starts on Plaza Saltillo development — office tower, hundreds of apartments to rise in East Austin

Construction began recently on a mixed-use project years in the making that will reshape a slice of East Austin directly across I-35 from the Central Business District.

Grading work for the Plaza Saltillo mixed-used development started earlier this month and the players involved — including developers Endeavor Real Estate Group LLC of Austin and Columbus Realty Partners Ltd. of Dallas, plus landlord Capital Metropolitan Metro Transportation — hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to mark the first phase of work.