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Proposed Rainey Street development draws controversy

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Controversy is brewing over a possible development in downtown Austin at River and Rainey streets.

Developers want to build a mixed-use building at 64 Rainey Street, right at the doorstep of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC).

On Thursday night, the MACC Advisory Board met to discuss the development, and heard from several people protesting against it.

Former state senator Gonzalo Barrientos said the city had previously promised the land to the MACC for future expansion.

"Here we have a situation where the Emma Barrientos MACC could be blocked,” Barrientos said. “We don't want that.”

Barrientos said he expects the board will recommend to Austin's City Council that the land be ceded to the MACC.

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