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Amy Denney

Amy Denney

Amy joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010 and has been covering Northwest Austin news since January 2011. She is now the editor for the Northwest Austin market, and her reporting focuses on business, development, transportation, technology and health care. She is the beat reporter for Capital Metro, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Amy hails from Kansas City, Mo.

Austinites vote to derail $1 billion rail, road bond

City of Austin voters turned down a $1 billion rail and road bond proposal Nov. 4 with 57.2 percent, or 108,396 votes, against the bond. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Mobility Authority considers add-ons to MoPac project

The MoPac Improvement Project is still on track to open in the fall, but if the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority adds on any new work, that opening date could shift. more »

Jan 28, 2015 3:21 PM Northwest Austin

New North Austin council members take seats

City of Austin leadership changed hands Jan. 6 as new City Council members were sworn in, giving North and Northwest Austin four representative voices on the dais in districts 4, 6, 7 and 10. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM , Northwest Austin 1 Comments

Workers install portions of a sound wall Jan. 14 as part of the MoPac Improvement Project.

Photo by Amy Denney

MoPac project hits halfway mark

In December the MoPac Improvement Project passed the halfway mark on a two-year, $200 million project to add one new tolled lane in either direction from Parmer Lane to Lady Bird Lake. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Northwest 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.

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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

The new Kendra Scott location in The Domain will include the brand's signature Color Bar where customers may custom-design jewelry.

Courtesy Kendra Scott

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Kendra Scott to open Domain location in late spring

A representative confirmed Jan. 22 that Kendra Scott will open a store at The Domain by the late spring. Other businesses expanding in North Austin include Kebab Time, Lammes Candies, Shaman Modifications and Salvation Pizza. more »

Jan 22, 2015 10:31 AM Northwest Austin

Eldon Rude, principal at 360° Real Estate Analytics, delivers the 2015 housing forecast during the Jan. 20 housing forecast hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin at the Renaissance Austin hotel in the Arboretum.

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Experts: Austin-area home prices still rising but slowdown could be on horizon

Housing experts have said they expect Austin-area home prices to continue increasing in 2015. But one consulting firm predicted that increase could decelerate by 2018 during a housing market slowdown. more »

Jan 21, 2015 2:17 PM Northwest Austin

Capital Metro CEO: Focus on MetroRail expansion after urban rail bond defeat

Capital Metro is proceeding in 2015 with upgrades to its MetroRail commuter line after voters defeated last November’s $1 billion urban rail and road bond by 57.2 percent. more »

Jan 20, 2015 8:00 AM Central Austin

On Jan. 5, owners of the Archer Austin hotel in The Domain announced Second Bar + Kitchen would open inside the hotel.

Courtesy LodgeWorks

Second Bar + Kitchen to open inside new Domain hotel

As construction is underway on the new Archer Austin hotel in Phase 3 of The Domain, hotel owners announced Jan. 5 that Second Bar + Kitchen will open inside the hotel. more »

Jan 13, 2015 4:56 PM Northwest Austin

Musician and Austinite Ray Benson sings "A Little Piece" during the third annual Austin Gives GeneroCity Awards ceremony. He gave the keynote about the importance of giving to your community.

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Ray Benson discusses importance of giving at annual Austin Gives awards

Musician Ray Benson knows the importance of giving back. He even addresses it in his song, “A Little Piece,” which he sang Jan. 8 during the Austin Gives GeneroCity Awards ceremony. more »

Jan 8, 2015 4:34 PM Northwest Austin

Second round of Capital Metro fare increases effective Jan. 11

The second phase of fare increases for Capital Metro’s public transit services rolls out Jan. 11. more »

Jan 8, 2015 10:47 AM Northwest Austin

Mayor Steve Adler addresses the crowd from the dais for the first time as mayor during the Jan. 6 inauguration.

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All four Northwest Austin City Council members to serve two-year terms

Leadership in the city of Austin changed hands Jan. 6 as 10 recently elected City Council members and the new mayor were sworn into office. more »

Jan 7, 2015 9:54 AM Northwest Austin

The Rasta pizza is topped with a pesto sauce, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and basil ($8–$14).

Photo by Amy Denney

Pour House Pints & Pies

Marcos Canchola and Brian Hyde are no strangers to operating bars and eateries. Since 2002 they have opened six businesses together with potential to grow that number throughout Austin. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Changing driver behavior could help better Austin’s congestion

With more than 200 students and 25 employees, Brandon Martin, founder of North Austin beauty and wellness school Avenue Five, wanted to reduce the school’s traffic footprint and encourage students to ride public transit. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

From the Northwest Austin Editor—December 2014

I was nervous the first time I rode Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Council approves condos on Spicewood Springs

City Council approved a zoning change Dec. 11 that could allow condos to be built on Spicewood Springs Road near Mesa Drive. more »

Dec 17, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Jobs2Careers moved into its new offices Dec. 15 at the Champion Office Park, a new project that recently completed construction on RM 2222 at Loop 360.

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Jobs2Careers moves in as first tenant in new Northwest Austin office park

On Dec. 15, Jobs2Careers moved into its new offices at the Champion Office Park, a project that just finished construction at RM 2222 and Loop 360. more »

Dec 15, 2014 10:00 AM Northwest Austin

Capital Metro and Whole Foods Market have partnered for the third annual Stuff the Bus food drive Dec. 12–14. It challenges Austin residents to donate enough nonperishable food items for 30,000 meals.

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Capital Metro, Whole Foods Market partner for third annual food drive Dec. 12–14

Capital Metro has raised the stakes for the third annual Stuff the Bus food drive Dec. 12–14 by challenging Austinites to donate enough items to fill two of its buses. more »

Dec 11, 2014 1:19 PM Northwest Austin

Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT wrapping up I-35 study to add two new lanes

The Texas Department of Transportation will finish a yearlong study in January to analyze the best use of adding two lanes to I-35 in Travis County. more »

Dec 10, 2014 2:02 PM Northwest Austin 3 Comments

Project Connect, I-35 projects approved for inclusion in CAMPO’s draft 2040 plan

The Central Texas region’s transportation planning organization approved including a list of public transit and road projects, including in Project Connect and on I-35, in the draft 2040 long-range plan. more »

Dec 9, 2014 11:48 AM Northwest Austin

From left: Marshall Geyer and Erich Weidner own the English Tudor–themed Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe.

Photo by Amy Denney

Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe

It’s a Saturday night at Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe, and Walter Schmalstieg has just finished setting up the board for “Rampage,” a tabletop game that involves stacking cards and figurines to create a city of buildings. more »

Nov 26, 2014 7:00 AM Northwest Austin