The Tiniest Bar in Texas in downtown Austin seems to be getting ‘tinier’ by the moment.
The story of the bar located on West Fifth Street began six years ago.
"I've ran the bar in the shadow of development ever since the very beginning,” owner Jason Subt said. "Tiniest Bar in Texas is already a landmark, and with it sitting underneath the giant shadow of another building is going to help its status and make it a more interesting destination.”
Just behind the almost 400 square foot bar, Endeavor Real Estate Group is putting up a 36-story apartment building.
However, before crews can get building, there is a nearly 70-year-old Pecan tree that needs to be moved. Not only is it a very old tree, but at almost 30 inches across, it's easily considered a heritage tree by city standards.
City officials ask developers to protect 10 types of trees that are more than 24 inches in diameter.
As long as the removal company keeps the root ball intact, the tree can be moved. Tom Cox with Environmental Designs says crews had to dig down six-feet to get all the roots of the Pecan tree. Then, crews will lay pipes under the tree to lift it.
“Chances of it living are very good," Cox said.
Crews are going to put the tree somewhere on the east side of the property along Shoal Creek. Cox says if it’s taken care of, the tree could live another 100 years, but moving it will be an expensive, three month process.
For Subt, he is getting used to what he calls a “cozy” relationship with his bar and the neighboring bulldozers.
“So far the developer's been really kind, and the foreman's interested that they don't interfere with our business,” Subt said. “We're trying for a healthy coexistence."
The high-rise currently will have 358 apartments and two floors of office space.
There will be retail space on the ground floor. It'll be part of the skyline at the end of 2014.