15 South Austin and Dripping Springs developments advancing in 2019


Curious about a development in South Austin or Dripping Springs? Here are updates on 15 residential and commercial projects in the area. This list is not comprehensive. A map of the projects can be found at the end of the article.

1. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Austin Oak Hill

Baylor Scott & White Health is building its second hospital in Travis County, a 50-bed hospital on an 11-acre parcel of land located south of Hwy. 290 near Oak Hill. Baylor Scott & White spokesperson Deke Jones said the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2019.

5251 Hwy. 290, Austin
Timeline: July 2018-late 2019

2. Belterra Village

The mixed-use development by Endeavor Real Estate Group is about 2/3 built with new tenants, including a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel, still on the way over the next few years.

165 Hargraves Drive, Austin
Timeline: 2017-2020

3. Cayena City Homes

Launched in late spring 2018, the modern housing project includes 41 homes being constructed near Southwest Parkway by North Carolina-based developer Hopper Communities. Cayena homes include two- and three-story options. The on-site sales center is open, and a model home will be ready for touring in late February. Four showcase homes will be completed and ready for move-in this March.

5204 Wier Hills Road, Austin
Timeline: May 2018-TBD

4. Driftwood Golf & Ranch Club

Discovery Land Co. announced plans for a development in Dripping Springs’ extraterritorial jurisdiction that will include 310 homes, an 18-hole golf course and a clubhouse with amenities. Dripping Springs City Council approved the project Jan. 8, and construction will begin in February.

The development will be located at the southeast corner of FM 1826 and FM 967, west of Brangus Road.
Timeline: January 2019-TBD

5. Estates at Sawyer Ranch

Construction began in summer 2018 on the 73-home development by David Weekley Homes. The community’s six floor plans range from 2,500 to more than 4,000 square feet and are each on an acre or more of land. Construction is ongoing, but the community is now open for sales with a fully furnished model home available for tours.

The development is located on Sawyer Ranch Road, north of CR 162 in Dripping Springs.
Timeline: July 2018-TBD

6. Lantana Place

Developer Stratus Properties announced nine retail tenants Dec. 5 for the mixed-use development and has additional space available for rent. Construction on an AC by Marriott hotel is set to begin in the spring.

The development is located at the corner of William Cannon Drive and Southwest Parkway in Austin.
Timeline: August 2017-2020

7. Live Oak Springs

The 46-acre development is now proposed to include 30 single-family lots, one greenbelt, two drainage lots and three new public roads. Previously, developers had submitted a plan for 165 acres, 82 single-family lots, seven new roads and a bridge over Slaughter Creek. The new plans were submitted to the city of Austin in December and are under review.

Derecho Drive, Austin
Timeline: summer 2018-TBD

8. Rutherford North

The proposed 781-acre, 1,252-home development on FM 967 in Dripping Springs’ extraterritorial jurisdiction was temporarily suspended by the landowner, Mike G. Rutherford Jr., in May. Residents in neighboring communities voiced concerns about the development, including the density of homes in an otherwise rural area and possible flooding and runoff impacts due to impervious cover. According to the city of Dripping Springs, no new information about the project has been submitted to the city.

The development was proposed for FM 967 near Oak Forest Drive near Dripping Springs.
Timeline: TBD

9. Settler South Congress

The development will offer live-work store-
fronts and 67 urban-style “cabins.” Most cabins feature private yards, wood-burning fireplaces and garages with workspaces. The development will include a restored wildflower prairie, an old windmill and trees.

5924 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Timeline: spring 2018-2019

10. Society

A 262-unit multifamily property is under construction on 6.1 acres off South Congress Avenue. Developed by Leon Capital, community residences will include smart door locks, smart lights and other technologies.

6001 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Timeline: September 2018-late 2019

11. South Congress Commercial Park

Totaling three buildings, Dallas-based Encore Commercial LLC will begin laying foundation for the commercial development in March. Buildings could be ready for tenants, including Gold’s Gym and Taco Shack, by October, Encore spokesperson Amy Dunaway said in January.

8900 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Timeline: summer 2018-October 2019

12. St. Elmo Public Market

At completion, the mixed-use development will include an office building, 386 apartment units, a 156-room boutique hotel, a parking garage, and a centralized public marketplace with dining and retail. The public marketplace element is set to open in the fall.

4329 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Timeline: April 2018-fall 2019

13. Summerrow

The single-family development by MileStone Communities began selling lots in May and officially opened its sales office in July. A community grand opening is planned for the spring, after the first set of homes are constructed. Sales and construction for the other lots on the property could continue through 2020.

11966 Manchaca Road, Austin
Timeline: summer 2018-2020

14. Sunset Valley Police and Public Works Facilities

The city of Sunset Valley’s project to construct a new police station and public works offices around its current City Hall should be completed by Feb. 26. The project was funded through the city’s 2017 bond. Staff will move into the new facility this spring.

3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley
Timeline: December 2017-February 2019

15. Trio at Manchaca

The South Austin development includes three buildings that will provide 70,000 square feet of office space. The offices— in the form of condos for administrative or medical office use—will be for sale or lease.

8701 Manchaca Road, Austin
Timeline: September 2018-spring 2020

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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