Joe Olivieri

Joe has been covering Southwest Austin news since he joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2011. His reporting focuses on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. Joe hails from New Jersey. 

County considers placing courthouse on May ballot

Travis County leaders have less than a month to decide whether to place a new civil and family courthouse on the May ballot. more »

Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

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

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

Impact Roundup: Feral offers hunting package

In late 2014, Feral began offering hunting package tours, giving customers the opportunity to hunt wild game that can be turned into sausage at Feral’s kitchen workspace. more »

Jan 7, 2015 10:39 AM Southwest Austin 2 Comments

Officials urge caution during fireworks season

Earlier in December, Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee told the Travis County Commissioners Court he did not expect the season to be drastically dangerous. more »

Dec 29, 2014 9:35 AM Southwest Austin

John “Magic” Wright poses with a magic elevator, the first illusion in his hourlong magic act.

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Magic’s Theater & Museum

The great magicians of old have died or retired, but the illusions they popularized are as entertaining as ever. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin


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Drought conditions persist

If Central Texas hopes to escape its ongoing drought, the area will need more significant rainfall than what recent storms have produced, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Troxclair to represent Austin City Council District 8

Ellen Troxclair will represent District 8 on the Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:08 PM Vote Central Texas

Renteria to represent District 3 on Austin City Council

According to unofficial results, Sabino "Pio" Renteria will represent District 3 on Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:06 PM Vote Central Texas

A stage and big screen are intended for future special events at Google Fiber's new downtown space on Colorado Street.

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Google Fiber opens downtown showroom

Google Inc. opened a downtown showroom for its gigabit-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, and began signing up South Austin residents Dec. 1. more »

Dec 4, 2014 9:31 AM Central Austin

The new Oak Hill Park & Ride includes 100 parking spaces as well as motorcycle and bicycle parking.

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Capital Metro reopens park and ride

Capital Metro reopened the Oak Hill Park & Ride at the southeast corner of the William Cannon Drive and West Hwy. 290 intersection on Nov. 3, spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Google, AT&T bring gigabit speeds to South Austin

Austin added to its reputation as a wired city last year when Internet service providers announced plans to launch ultra-high-speed connections in the next few years. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The fajita plate ($9.25) comes with a choice of chicken or skirt steak, rice, beans and sides.

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Mariana’s Kitchen Restaurant

Owner Mariana Mendez said she and her staff serve all of the standards of popular Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine—such as enchiladas, fajitas and combination plates—with a homestyle approach. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Neighbors gather Oct. 30 to protest the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project.

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Council approves St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project despite protests

St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts, a proposed mixed-use development on Industrial Boulevard, will move forward. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

Clearing the way for new urban trails

Area civic groups say they still have a long road ahead of them before they can open new trails in Southwest Austin. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

ARM to flex in Southwest Austin

ARM Inc. plans to invest $56 million in capital projects in Travis County during the next five years, including $12 million on a new facility at 5707 Southwest Parkway, according to Travis County documents. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Freescale to give marathon proceeds to help STEM nonprofit

​Freescale Foundation will donate all proceeds from the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon to support education nonprofit First in Texas Foundation, the groups announced in mid-November. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:31 PM Southwest Austin 1 Comments