South Congress Avenue pizzeria celebrates 1-year anniversary with free beer, Oak Hill professional association shutters after nearly 4 decades, plus 3 more things for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Dec. 11-15

Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate one year in business Saturday, Dec. 16.

Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate one year in business Saturday, Dec. 16.

As 2017 comes to an end, major decisions about the city's leadership are underway. In South Austin, one longstanding organization is closing its doors while another is celebrating its first anniversary. Here's a few more things to know this week:

Austin-area medical marijuana dispensary growing medicine for patients with epilepsy
A company near South Austin is now growing medical marijuana for patients with incurable epilepsy. Compassionate Cultivation, located at 12701 Lowden Lane, Bldg. 501, Manchaca, is one of three providers licensed in the state to grow medical cannabis under the Compassionate Use Act, signed into law in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Oak Hill Business & Professional Association shutters after 36 years
Low membership and a lack of new leadership forced the Oak Hill Business & Professional Association to shutter last week, Dec. 7.

Founded in 1981, OHBPA was formed as a way to communicate information about traffic, local elections and more to the residents of Oak Hill, President Stacy Bray said. The association held monthly networking luncheons to connect area entrepreneurs in hopes of advancing the business and civic interests of Oak Hill.

Dell Medical School accepting art proposals using more than 20,000 Livestrong wristbands for future installation
Artists are invited to enter a competition to create a work of art out of over 20,000 plastic yellow Livestrong wristbands. The Livestrong Cancer Institutes of The University of Texas Dell Medical School’s Community Art Competition is accepting proposals for artwork created from the wristbands through Jan. 2, 2018, according to a news release. The winning piece will be installed at Dell Medical School’s Health Discovery Building.


Austin names Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk as city manager finalists; final decision to come by year's end
Austin announced the two finalists for its city manager position on Thursday, Dec. 7 as the city moved closer to appointing its new top executive and closing the book on a search process that has taken more than a year.

Either Spencer Cronk, the current city administrator in Minneapolis, or Howard Lazarus, the current city administrator for Ann Arbor, Michigan, will take over as Austin’s city manager by the end of 2017. Stephen Newton, a representative for hired search firm Russell Reynolds and Associates, made the announcement at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

The city picked Cronk and Lazarus—the former public works director in Austin—out of a finalist pool of six candidates that included public and private sector leaders from across the country.

South Congress Avenue's Aviator Pizza & Brew Company to celebrate first anniversary with beer giveaway
Aviator Pizza & Brew Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday, Dec. 16 with a first come, first served giveaway of 20 free pints of Revolver Harvey Relief Golden Ale.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


The new pedestrian crossing signal should be completed by the end of December. (Courtesy Austin Corridor Program Office)
New pedestrian crossing signal coming to Slaughter Lane at Vinemont Drive

The new signal is a part of Austin’s initiative to improve safety and mobility in the Slaughter Lane corridor.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

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Travis County approves fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate

The newly approved rate, paired with higher home appraisal rates, will result in an increase in taxes for many homeowners.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Hundreds of complaints were logged against the Austin Police Department last year related to protests against police brutality and systemic racism. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police oversight office challenges APD handling of most 2020 protest complaints

Austin's Office of Police Oversight objected to several aspects of the police department's approach to classifying and investigating protest-related grievances.

Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin city staff and officials are pursuing additional protections related to mold issues in rental housing. (Courtesy city of Austin)
City pursuing improvements to handling of Austin renters' mold complaints

New recommendations from a report launched in the wake of Winter Storm Uri detail adjustments Austin could make to its mold response.

Students at O. Henry Middle School in Austin head in for their first day of school Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD's COVID-19 rate lower than nearby districts after first month of school

Austin ISD recorded more cases in the first month of this school year than in all of the 2020-2021 school year. Still, Austin ISD saw a lower percentage of cases in students than surrounding school districts.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

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Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

A drone image shows the Dripping Springs Distilling property where a new event hall opened in August. (Courtesy HLK Fotos)
A bar, a food truck and two other new businesses open in Dripping Springs

A new food truck and distillery event hall, plus two other new businesses are now open in Dripping Springs.

Moxie Gymnastics and Cheer celebrated 10 years in business this summer. (Courtesy Moxie Gymnastics and Cheer)
2 locally owned Southwest Austin businesses celebrate milestone anniversaries

A gymnastics and advertising business celebrated a decade and two decades in business, respectively.