BEST OF 2017: 10 most popular web stories in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto this year

The most-read web stories of 2017 in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto included development announcements as well as business openings and closings.

1. $200M residential, retail and hospitality center The District is coming to Round Rock
The Nov. 8 announcement of the unique development coming to Round Rock was the most popular story of the year.  The 65-acre mixed-use development will be built at SH 45 and North Greenlawn Boulevard in Round Rock.

2. Construction timeline revealed for Costco in Pflugerville
The construction timeline for Pflugerville's planned Costco store was detailed in an April 19 web post. Officials hope the store will open in July 2018.

3. El Rincon in Pflugerville closed
The Pflugerville restaurant El Rincon posted a sign to its door stating the restaurant was permanently closed after a difficult year. Two days later, El Rincon reopened without a liquor license.

4. 7 perks the new Pflugerville ALDI store will offer employees
In Jan. 2017, excitement for Pflugerville's ALDI store was building, boosting this list to the fourth most popular story of the year.

5. See the plans for the new Pflugerville Costco store coming in 2018
In April, details about the Pflugerville Costco store were announced.

6. Round Rock pizzeria PS 35 closes after less than six months in business
Less than six months after it opened, the Round Rock pizza restaurant PS 35 closed its doors in November.

7. The Scarlet Rabbit will become Finley's in downtown Round Rock
Downtown Round Rock restaurant The Scarlet Rabbit was taken over by a new owner in May and is being transformed into a new restaurant called Finley's.

8. Round Rock's Sweet Love & Sugar Britches will close at the end of February
The downtown Round Rock store Sweet Love & Sugar Britches closed its doors in February after 14 years of business.

9. Pflugerville Aldi grocery store to open its doors Nov. 2
After much anticipation, Pflugerville residents learned the grocery store would open Nov. 2 with a grand opening ceremony.

10. A complete guide to what each of the 7 proposed Texas constitutional amendments means on the November ballot
This October guide to the seven amendments to the state's constitution that appeared on the November ballot was the tenth most popular story in the area this year.


Williamson County Commissioner Court members joined Taylor City Council members for a joint meeting to pass economic development agreements. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County, city of Taylor sign economic agreements, await Samsung commitment

$17B plant would employ 1,800 full-time Samsung employees, thousands of contractors

Rethink35 co-founder Adam Greenfield speaks during a news conference Sept. 1. Event organizers set up a pink line to represent how wide TxDOT's I-35 expansion would extend. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coalition of Austin council members, transportation advocates, neighborhood businesses unite against TxDOT’s I-35 plan

The coalition said that TxDOT needs to factor in climate change, connectivity between East and West Austin, and impacts on local businesses to its proposal.

Children arrive for the first day of school Aug. 17 at O Henry Middle School in Austin, where the public school district mandated mask wearing against Gov. Greg Abbott's order. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Education Agency allows mask mandates after federal lawsuit

The Texas Education Agency, facing a federal discrimination lawsuit, will not enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's masking order.

Waterloo Park will reopen to the public Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. (Courtesy/Buie & Co.)
Waterloo Park reopening event postponed due to COVID-19 Stage 5 risk

The Waterloo Park reopening ceremony, originally planned to feature a jazz ensemble, folkorico dance performances and a ribbon cutting ceremony, is cancelled due to the Stage 5 COVID-19 risk.

The largest metro areas across Texas drove population growth across the state, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Newly released U.S. Census data shows metropolitan areas drove Texas population growth

The gap between Texas’ Hispanic population and non-Hispanic white alone population is shrinking.

All Austin public school students, including those learning virtually, will have access to free lunches through June 2022. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD giving free lunch, breakfast to all students for 2021-22 school year

All students, including those attending school virtually, will have access to free meals through the federally funded program.

Photo of a hospital corridor
Region including Travis, Williamson, Hays counties down to 2 staffed ICU beds

Austin Public Health representatives say it is staffing, not space, that currently presents the greatest limitation.

Gov. Greg Abbott's office announced Aug. 9 the state has asked hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Abbott pens letter asking hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures

In a letter to the Texas Hospital Association on Aug. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott said multiple trauma service areas within Texas have approached the 15% threshold of COVID-19 hospitalizations as a percentage of total hospital capacity. 

The city council voted unanimously for the first zoning reading of the property the rezoning unanimously. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Zoning approved for new 50-acre mixed-use development in Leander

A development with 123 cottage-style homes, 70 two-family duplexes and commercial development will move ahead in Leander.

Tacodeli will unveil its new menu items in August. (Courtesy Mackenzie Smith Kelley)
Austin-based Tacodeli to begin serving cocktails and new dinner options

Tacodeli will begin serving cocktails and a new dinner menu in August.

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed development by Meritage Homes would feature amenities such as a disc golf course.