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The return of the multifamily residential complex

The return of the multifamily residential complex

Six months after opening Abacus Southside, Property Manager Isaac San Miguel is optimistic about the future of the apartment complex.

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The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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City Council approves new governing structure

Austin City Council approved a new governing structure during its Jan. 29 meeting. more »

Jan 29, 2015 4:30 PM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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Committee created to examine Austin affordability issues

The group is tasked with reviewing best practices from other cities to help create and maintain policies that promote affordability in Austin. The new committee is expected to tackle various topics such as education, child care, food, housing, transp more »

Jan 30, 2015 8:09 AM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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New Austin City Council readies for first scheduled meeting

The new Austin City Council will have their first meeting Jan. 29 after weeks of working together, with city staff, and hearing public input on a new governing structure. more »

Jan 28, 2015 10:45 AM Central Austin

Council holds first meeting Jan. 29

With Austin’s new City Council members taking their places at the dais Jan. 29, some residents are hoping positive changes are in store for Southwest Austin. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin ISD interim superintendent Paul Cruz speaks with community members and AISD staff at a Dec. 13 candidate forum held as part of the school district's superintendent search.

Kelli Weldon

Cruz named Austin ISD superintendent

The Austin ISD board of trustees named Paul Cruz superintendent at its Jan. 26 meeting with formal votes to offer him the position and approve his contract. more »

Jan 26, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

County places courthouse on November ballot

Travis County voters will decide on a new civil and family courthouse during the November general election. more »

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

A Dunkin' Donuts location is under construction at Slaughter Lane.

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Dunkin' Donuts coming to Slaughter Lane

A Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant is coming to 401 Slaughter Lane, Austin, this spring. Construction on the bakery and coffee shop franchise is in progress and will likely be completed by April, said Dale Mulvey, managing partner with Coffee Action West. more »

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority celebrated the groundbreaking of the SH 71 express project that will add toll lanes from Presidential Boulevard near the airport to east of SH 130. It will also involve realigning FM 973, which is currently split into two traffic signals. The eastern light will be eliminated.

Amy Denney

SH 71 toll project designed to improve regional access to Austin airport

Collaboration was the buzzword at the Jan. 27 construction kickoff celebration of the SH 71 project that will add toll lanes from SH 130 to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. more »

Jan 27, 2015 3:58 PM Northwest Austin

City discusses 2014 resident feedback

Sunset Valley leaders reviewed the city’s 2014 resident survey at its Jan. 6 meeting. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The first Google Fiber signup deadline occurs Jan. 29. So far, only one cluster within the Bluebonnet "neighborhood" is not qualified for service.

Joe Lanane

Google Fiber sign-up deadline nearing in Bluebonnet 'fiberhood'

Austin residents living in Google Fiber's Bluebonnet fiberhood have until Jan. 29 to sign up for service. more »

Jan 26, 2015 4:07 PM Central Austin 2 Comments

Roadwork at Brodie, Davis lanes slated to wrap up by February

Construction at Brodie and Davis lanes was still continuing on Jan. 22 after more than a year of work on the project to update the intersection. more »

Jan 22, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Southwest Austin residents learned about proposed projects to alleviate traffic congestion at the Y at Oak Hill intersection as part of an Oak Hill Parkway environmental study open house Jan. 20 at Covington Middle School.

Kelli Weldon

Two projects, no-build option considered for Y at Oak Hill

Southwest Austin residents scrutinized maps showing plans for the latest two proposed projects to alleviate traffic congestion at the Y at Oak Hill intersection, where Hwy. 290 meets Hwy. 71. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin Community College board of trustees on Jan. 20 held its first meeting of 2015. New trustee Gigi Edwards Bryant was sworn into office by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.

Joe Lanane

ACC board sets parameters for bond oversight advisory committee

​A 13-member citizen committee will oversee how Austin Community College spends nearly $386 million in bond money approved by district voters last November. more »

Jan 21, 2015 8:56 AM Central Austin

Flores Mexican Restaurant opens William Cannon Drive location

Locally owned business Flores Mexican Restaurant held a soft opening Jan. 17 for its new location on William Cannon Drive and a grand opening Jan. 18. more »

Jan 19, 2015 11:52 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

The Ohio State University's team of students won EcoCAR 2 competition in June 2014 for the changes they made to a Chevrolet Camaro.

Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions

Freescale hosts environmental conscious competition

The Austin office of Freescale is hosting 150 college students for engineering discussions and workshops beginning this week until Jan. 18. more »

Jan 15, 2015 3:54 PM Central Austin

Rep. Paul Workman (left), R-Austin, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez spoke during the Jan. 14 Real Estate Council of Austin Ideas Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin.

Joe Lanane

Austin-area state House Reps pitch transportation initiatives during RECA luncheon

Transportation issues made up the majority of the discussion during the Jan. 14 Real Estate Council of Austin Ideas Forum, which included guest speakers Texas House Reps. Eddie Rodriguez and Paul Workman. more »

Jan 14, 2015 2:02 PM Central Austin

St. Elmo's Market and Lofts aims for 2018 opening

Now that it has Austin City Council’s blessing to build, GroundFloor Development will spend 2015 working on site development and permitting for the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project, GroundFloor founder and CEO Brandon Bolin said. more »

Jan 14, 2015 10:56 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Data: Austin ISD student population to decrease by 4,043 students in 10 years

After two years of enrollment declines, Austin ISD expects to see a continued decline in its student population during the next 10 years, according to its annual demographic report presented to the district’s board of trustees Jan. 12. more »

Jan 13, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Ramen Tatsu-ya will serve a variety of traditional Japanese dishes at its South Lamar Boulevard location, which is slated to open to the public Jan. 25.

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Ramen Tatsu-ya to open south location Jan. 25

Ramen Tatsu-ya plans to hold the official opening for its south location Jan. 25 at 1234 South Lamar Blvd. more »

Jan 12, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

Tribe Comics and Games

Photo by Kelli Weldon

South Austin store seeks to create community

Volunteer Guide 2015

Local charities are accepting volunteers.

2014 Public Education Guide

Data on Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs and local doctor and hospital listings in Southwest Austin

Flores Mexican Restaurant

Photo by Joe Olivieri

New location 'bigger, better' than original site

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