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Commercial real estate market heats up

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Commercial real estate market heats up

As Northwest Austin becomes an increasingly desirable market in which to live and work, commercial landlords of both newer and older office buildings are working to produce more updated and progressive properties to meet tenants’ needs.

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Overnight concrete pouring debate highlights downtown Austin growing pains

Two of the city’s biggest stakeholders are at odds over whether to allow overnight concrete pouring at downtown Austin construction sites. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Waller Creek project proceeds with new leader

Energized by new leadership, the nonprofit Waller Creek Conservancy is ready to ramp up efforts to redevelop the mile-and-a-half creek along downtown’s east side. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

If built, the proposed SH 45 SW tollway would connect to 
Loop 1 at its intersection with SH 45 in Southwest Austin.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

SH 45 SW closer to construction

SH 45 SW, the long-anticipated and controversial roadway linking Loop 1 in Southwest Austin to FM 1626 in Hays County, inched closer to construction in late January. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Facing food insecurity in Southwest Austin

Food insecurity—defined as not knowing where your next meal will come from—affects families and individuals throughout the city, including parts of Southwest Austin. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1 on Nov. 4, Texas and the rest of the country have an even more significant long-term transportation funding problem on the horizon: the Highway Trust Fund. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM , Northwest Austin 1 Comments

Texas Legislature to consider allowing Travis Co. to raise vehicle fees for road projects

Two bills filed by Austin lawmakers could give Travis County the authority to increase vehicle registration fees by $10 to fund transportation projects. more »

Feb 19, 2015 4:55 PM Northwest Austin

The plan for a more than 25-acre site southeast of Parmer Lane and Ranch Trails Court includes a blend of pedestrian and vehicle access to living and working spaces.

Rendering courtesy Land Use Solu

New mixed-use project coming to Parmer Lane

Developers have not announced its name, but a new Parmer Lane project could help change the face of Cedar Park, offering a vision for future mixed-use sites. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander 2 Comments

Buda locks down controversial water source

Trinity Aquifer rounds out city’s future supply, but effect on western neighbors looms large more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Construction coming to Aquarena Springs

This spring the Texas Department of Transportation will begin a $20.73-million construction project on Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos that officials hope will improve mobility, safety and the aesthetics of the area. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Leander to seek funding for local hazard mitigation

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Leander to seek funding for local hazard mitigation

For more than a year city leaders, consultants and a citizens committee have worked to build Leander’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, a guide for how the city is preparing for and reducing the risk of threats to the community. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander 1 Comments

Eanes ISD board mulling May bond

Despite Westlake residents voting down an $89.5 million bond in 2014, the Eanes ISD board of trustees is considering asking voters again to approve a bond in May. more »

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

Lakeway paints picture of Hill Country art district

While living in Flower Mound for the past 21 years, Lynda Dickey said she used her fine-arts background to develop an art history program for kindergarteners. more »

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

Construction on Georgetown’s new elementary school is slated to be completed in May.

Photo by David Weaver

District to rezone for new campus

In August hundreds of students will fill the halls of Georgetown ISD’s newest elementary school, but where those students will come from has not been determined. more »

Feb 11, 2015 5:05 AM Georgetown

Several different design options are being considered for the replacement or repair of the Austin Avenue bridges after structural deficiencies were found.

Photo by Cathy Chedrawi

A tale of two bridges

As Georgetown City Council drives toward a decision on whether to repair or replace the two Austin Avenue bridges spanning the North and South San Gabriel rivers, local business owners and downtown residents want to make sure the bridges retain their more »

Feb 11, 2015 5:05 AM Georgetown

Members of the Texas House of Representatives present John and Jennifer Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper publishers and founders, with a resolution declaring Feb. 11 as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the Capitol.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Texas legislators recognize Feb. 11 as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the Capitol

The Texas House and Senate approved resolutions Feb. 11 declaring it Community Impact Newspaper Day at the state Capitol. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:29 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

IDA Ireland, a governmental agency responsible for business development, is establishing a Texas-based office. Team members include (from left): Enda Meehan, senior vice president and director of the Austin office; Sean Storan, vice president; Patrick M. Howlin, executive vice president and director of North America operations; and Gerard Hayes, vice president.

Courtesy John Scally

Irish business development agency establishing Texas office

The state of Texas will soon be home to the Irish governmental agency responsible for helping U.S. businesses expand to Europe. more »

Feb 10, 2015 7:46 AM Central Austin

IKEA in Round Rock helped establish University Boulevard as an economic corridor. The area has been appealing to retailers and medical establishments alike.

Photo by David Weaver

One development leads to another on University

Kevin Kaplan said he moved into his house in the Teravista subdivision in 2003 and remembers feeling removed from the city. more »

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 2 Comments

PCDC making waves with big deals, aggressiveness

Pflugerville was in need of commerce as well as tax relief when former Councilman Ron Beyer took his place on the inaugural board of the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. in 2001. more »

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 58 Comments

JW Marriott Austin General Manager Scott Blalock will help open the 1,012-room hotel Feb. 13. He previously led JW Marriott’s Indianapolis location.

Photo by Joe Lanane

Austin becoming hotel hotbed to accommodate high demand

The largest hotel in Austin history is nearly ready to open, marking the first of multiple large-scale hospitality projects expected to debut in 2015 and beyond. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

New mayor: No more late-night meetings

The day before the Jan. 6 Austin City Council inauguration ceremony, Steve Adler appeared calm, but the newly elected mayor said he was anxiously awaiting his opportunity to announce plans to revamp the way the city conducts business. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

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