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City, developer ink deal for Wolf Ranch project

Courtesy Iva Wolf McLachlan

City, developer ink deal for Wolf Ranch project

In the more than two years Iva Wolf McLachlan has worked on a development deal for 755 acres of her family’s property at Hwy. 29 and I-35, her goal has been to honor the legacy of her father, who began buying the land more than 65 years ago, she said

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Hill Country Galleria sold Sept. 12 to California State Teachers Retirement System.

Leslee Bassman

Hill Country Galleria sale pending to California investment group

The Hill Country Galleria was sold Sept. 12 by Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. to California State Teachers Retirement System, or CALSTRS, said Bee Cave Interim City Manager Travis Askey. more »

Sep 18, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

The LCRA rendering shows plans for a new Lane City reservoir, which is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

Courtesy Lower Colorado River Authority

LCRA proceeds with new reservoir, revised water management plan

A new reservoir similar to Lake Travis will be built along the Colorado River by 2017. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

LTISD looks at 21st century learning

Fridays have always been the same for the staff of Lake Travis ISD’s Curriculum and Instructional Services Department, said Becky Burnett, assistant superintendent for CIS. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Lake Travis cities prep FY 2014-15 budgets

In the next few weeks cities in western Travis County will finalize their budgets for the coming fiscal year. more »

Sep 10, 2014 , Lake Travis | Westlake

‘Major project’ in the works

Pflugerville does not have six-story glass-and-steel office towers, a four-story town hall or retail-residential mixed development, but that could all change if Sunshine Village comes to town. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (7 Comments)

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park could soon be the home of a pro-quality golf facility capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Courtesy city of Austin

Austin targets PGA-quality golf course

City officials on Sept. 8 advanced efforts to build a PGA-quality golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin where there are 735 acres long earmarked for golf use. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

CAMPO OKs options for non-Capital Metro cities to access federal transit funds

Cities located in the Austin urbanized area but outside Capital Metro’s service area will now be able to access federal transit dollars designated for transit services in the region. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Austin Metro

Hutto falls short in bid for Tesla battery factory

A source from the Hutto Economic Development Corp. confirmed Sept. 3 that the city had been in negotiations for months to secure the site for Tesla Motors' proposed factory. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

District’s new digital program designed to change learning

Round Rock ISD’s administration is investing in new digitally focused initiatives this year to modernize students’ experiences at school, including a technology pilot program with incubator classrooms, a freshly designed website and a new online bus more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A state report this year revealed the Central Austin portion of I-35 is the most congested highway in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Austin are reviewing options that might improve I-35 traffic conditions.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

TxDOT begins long journey of improving portion of I-35

Area drivers may be hoping ongoing proposals to change the Central Austin portion of I-35 will help fix the highway’s increasing congestion problems, but Texas Department of Transportation officials said an immediate reduction in traffic is unlikely. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (5 Comments)

Five Austin mayor candidates participated in a United Way-hosted forum Sept. 3 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Jennifer Curington

Affordability, child care solutions proposed at United Way mayoral forum

Five Austin mayoral candidates told an audience at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema how they would address child care, affordability and other Austin-based concerns. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Central Austin (2 Comments)

Jim Skaggs from the Coalition on Sustainable Transportation said supporting the $1.4 billion urban rail plan would be the worst decision in Austin's history.

Amy Denney

A tale of two routes: Rail advocates debate location

An Aug. 26 urban rail town hall meeting brought out debate about where to put rail in Austin and what populations to serve. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin (2 Comments)

Second MetroRapid route launches

In the months since Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid, launched Jan. 26, the transit agency has continued improving the service in preparation of the second route introduced Aug. 24. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin

Council vets neighborhood plan

Zoning changes and updates could be coming to some South Austin neighborhoods if City Council approves the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin (2 Comments)

From left, Better Bites Bakery owner Leah Lopez high-fives Bearded Brothers co-owner Caleb Simpson. The two businesses are both located on Circle Drive.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

From Southwest Austin to a shelf near you

In the Southwest Austin kitchen of Better Bites Bakery, an employee places cookie dough onto a machine’s conveyor belt. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Many make sacrifices to afford Austin's cost of living

To contend with the rising cost of living in Austin, reports show some residents are cutting back on basic needs such as health care, medication, clothing, food, transportation, insurance and child care. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin (3 Comments)

Construction continues on Lamar Union shopping center, a mixed-use plaza anchored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Photo by Joe Lanane

Development review process under review

The city’s regulatory department responsible for rubber stamping Austin development projects is undergoing a self-review. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Amy Denney

Austin rail supporters launch campaign to garner support for bond

Armed with slogans of “Traffic bites. Bite back” and “With roads and rail we cannot fail,” the Let’s Go Austin political action committee kicked off a campaign Aug. 20 to encourage support for the proposed $1 billion rail and road bond. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Northwest Austin (2 Comments)

November ballot measure aims to drive road funding

A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot could help repair the state’s ailing highway system, including heavily traveled Central Texas roads such as I-35. more »

Aug 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (3 Comments)

Cedar Park resident Levi Lambert serves food in Austin on Aug. 8 out of the school bus he converted into a food trailer. He said he hopes to open Lambert's Foodapalooza, a food trailer park, in Cedar Park in 2015.

Photo by Emilie Lutostanski

Cedar Park mulls food trailer rules

When entrepreneurs Andy and Mai Lan Bradford sought to open a food trailer in Cedar Park earlier this year, they discovered the city lacks any specific direction on how or if mobile food vendors can operate. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander

Leander planners project major development at Hwy. 29 and Ronald Reagan Blvd.

Photo by Stephen Burnett

Leander lays out vision for commercial concentrations

Leander residents can see exactly where city leaders will promote future commercial development after City Council voted to approve the city’s first future land-use plan Aug. 7. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander

In the midst of revival, former mill set to take on new life in downtown Buda

Three more buildings on the century-old Buda Mill & Grain property in downtown Buda are expected to be available for lease by early next year, which could attract commerce to a neglected part of the downtown historic district. more »

Aug 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (2 Comments)

Decision delayed on LCRA revised water management plan

A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Central Austin

Five Austin mayoral candidates addressed top campaign issues during a forum held August 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin.

Jennifer Curington

Austin mayoral candidates square off in chamber-led forum

Five Austin mayoral candidates discussed affordability, changes to the city code and transportation options at an Aug. 18 mayoral forum. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Central Austin

The decor of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema takes a chapter from the famous Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining."

Joe Lanane

Take a sneak peek inside revamped Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

After 18 months of renovations and construction, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will reopen its South Lamar location Aug. 16. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Central Austin

Deterioration and age have resulted in vehicle weight limits being placed on the Austin Avenue bridges in Georgetown.

Photo by JP Eichmiller

Austin Avenue bridges facing fight against the clock

Since May vehicles weighing more than 48,000 pounds have been prohibited from driving across both Austin Avenue bridges spanning the San Gabriel River just north of downtown. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Georgetown (1 Comments)

Help wanted in western TravCo

When owner Mike Herman held a job fair for his new Hill Country Galleria restaurant, Hasler Brothers Steakhouse, in June, only seven people showed up at the dusty construction site for an interview. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Southwestern University is planning a $24 million renovation of its Fondren-Jones Science Hall.

Photo by Kate Morris

Southwestern University kicks off latest round of campus upgrades

One in five students who attends Southwestern University pursues a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, a statistic that officials say has driven upcoming renovations to the campus. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Georgetown

Jacob Shaull said he hopes to find a job in the oil industry after he finishes a welding program at Texas State Technical College in Hutto.

Photo by David Barer

Filling the education gaps

The biggest university endowments, football stadiums and most sought-after degrees in the state may belong to Texas’ largest public and private four-year universities, but community and technical colleges are increasingly forming the bedrock of highe more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

GivingCity Austin, an organization formed to inform the community on ways to volunteer and get involved, released their fourth annual list of school supply drives in the area this week.

GivingCity Austin

School supply drives season arrives

GivingCity Austin, an organization formed to help educate the community on ways to volunteer and get more involved, released its fourth annual supply drive list July 29. more »

Aug 1, 2014 Central Austin

Charles Schwab to potentially create 823 jobs, invest $210 million in Austin

The Charles Schwab Corp. plans to expand its presence in Austin by adding 823 new jobs and investing $210 million during the next 10 years, Gov. Rick Perry’s office announced July 24. more »

Jul 25, 2014 Northwest Austin (2 Comments)

Mundhenk named CEO of Lone Star Circle of Care

Rhonda Mundhenk has been named the permanent replacement for Pete Perialas as CEO of Lone Star Circle of Care, the health care provider announced July 24. more »

Jul 24, 2014 Georgetown

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