At the Intersection of College and Community
Dennis Pierce, Community College Daily
From the Austin Community College (ACC) District’s six-story central office building in the Highland neighborhood of Austin, Texas, college leaders had a good view of the nearby Highland Mall. When the once-active facility began to decline, the 81-acre property became an eyesore near the heart of the city.
By buying the property and converting the mall space into a new campus center, college leaders realized they could accomplish two significant goals at once: They would expand their presence in downtown Austin while breathing new life into the community.