Austin Java opens in Dripping Springs, city of Austin utility agencies issue apology for inaccurate meter readings and more for South Austinites to know this week

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 that includes a brewery, coffee roasting facility and a full bar and restaurant. Here are some other news stories for South Austinites to keep in mind this week.

Travis County commissioners appoint two members to Mobility Authority board of directors
In a meeting Jan. 30, the Travis County Commissioners Court appointed two members to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors. The terms of the county’s current board representatives, Charles Heimsath and David Armbrust, expired Feb. 1.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In moves pop-up location to Vulcan Video
Drive-in movie theater Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In relocated its pop-up location Feb. 1 from the Graceland Oaks Event Center in Oak Hill to Vulcan Video, 4411 Russell Drive, Austin. The theater offers classic concessions and features classic films and fan favorites.

Council member Troxclair seeks to make utility bills more affordable with new resolution
Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, whose district includes a portion of Southwest Austin, brought a resolution to her follow council members last week that will establish affordability standards for Austin’s water and garbage bills. The resolution directs city staff to conduct a study of other public and private water and solid waste utilities in Texas. Through those study findings, city staff can form recommendations for affordability standards for adherence by Austin Water and Austin Resource Recovery.

City of Austin utility agencies issue apology for high water bills, announce plans to credit customers affected
Austin Water and Austin Energy apologized to its customers Jan. 31 after discovering meter reading errors for over 7,000 customers throughout the city. In a press conference, agency officials confirmed the unusual pattern in high water bills and issued an apology to all customers. It also announced a plan to reimburse customers.

Take a look inside Austin Java’s first Dripping Springs location
Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 at 3799 E. Hwy. 290. The facility features a full-service restaurant and brewery, coffee roasting facility, lounge, playscape and beer garden, seats close to 300 people and includes a lounge and deck. This is the cafe’s fifth Austin-area location.


The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Workers celebrate topping out of Austin 'sailboat building' concrete structure

Workers who contribute to the construction of the Block 185 building celebrated topping off the structure, a big milestone for the development project that began in 2019.

A system to identify at-risk Austin Police Department employees has not been effective. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Audit finds Austin police system to flag at-risk officers is failing

Austin's city auditor and police chief agree the police department's computer program to identify at-risk officers is not fulfilling its mission.

A rise in COVID-19 cases has Travis County back in stage 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin reverts to Stage 4 guidelines with rising delta variant cases

As delta variant COVID -19 cases are sending more young people to local ICUs, The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has moved the area back to guidelines that require masks indoors.

Opening day at Q2 Stadium
US men’s soccer team to visit Q2 Stadium this fall

The U.S. men's national team will host Jamaica for a FIFA World Cup qualifier game on Oct. 7.

Capital Metro is hosting a series of virtual meetings to hear feedback from the community on the latest Project Connect designs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Capital Metro seeks community input on latest Project Connect design

Want to have your voice heard about Project Connect? Tune in to the upcoming virtual meetings.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander eyes development with restaurants, retail; Bin Drop opens in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Dozens of Austin residents spoke virtually and in person July 22 to share their thoughts on the city's proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police funding again takes center stage in public hearing on Austin's proposed FY 2021-22 budget

Dozens of city residents calling into or appearing at City Hall on July 22 shared their thoughts about policing and the city's spending plan.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Z'Tejas margarita
Where to celebrate National Tequila Day this year around Austin

From mezcal bars to frozen margarita specials, here is a list of places to celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24.

Photo of men at a restaurant
New American restaurant 1417 launches on South First, plus more openings in South Austin

The bistro comes from the team behind downtown French gastropub Hopfield's.