Austin City Council approves paid sick leave policy, public invited to provide feedback on proposed changes to Manchaca Road and more for South Austinites to know this week, Feb. 19-23

Work Strong Austin holds on Feb. 15, ahead of City Council's vote to approve a paid sick leave policy in Austin.

Work Strong Austin holds on Feb. 15, ahead of City Council's vote to approve a paid sick leave policy in Austin.

A hotly debated ordinance that requires employers to provide paid sick leave for their workers was approved by Austin City Council last week. Here's a few more things to know this week.



Paid sick days measure for Austin workers passes early Friday morning after hours of tinkering, testimony
Austin workers will be paid for sick leave, Austin City Council decided early Friday morning in a measure that affects about 220,000 Austin-based employees and their employers.

Austin City Council voted 9-2 at nearly 1 a.m. to approve the paid sick leave policy on all three readings; council members Ellen Troxclair, of District 8, and Ora Houston, of District 1, voted against the measure.

More than 300 people signed up to speak on the issue, most in support of the ordinance. The vote came more than five hours after public testimony began.






Motorists invited to provide feedback on TxDOT's plan to widen and extend Manchaca Road
The Texas Department of Transportation’s plan to improve mobility on Manchaca Road by widening and extending the thoroughfare will be the topic of discussion at an open house hosted Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and connectivity, as well as to provide increased roadway capacity to meet the needs of a burgeoning population, the city’s transportation department officials said.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Menchaca Elementary School, 12120 Manchaca Road, Austin.

 





January's real estate data for South Central and Southwest Austin show an increase in home prices
Median South Central and Southwest Austin January 2018 home prices have increased by 11.8 percent since January 2017, according to real estate data released Jan. 15 by the Austin Board of Realtors, or ABoR.

South Central and Southwest Austin’s January home prices were higher than both the statewide and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, averages; the region’s median home price is above the Travis County average by $19,000.






Retailer H-E-B buys Austin-based delivery company Favor
H-E-B, the San Antonio-based retail chain, announced Thursday its plan to purchase Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 statewide delivery drivers.

While Favor will continue to operate independently as a separate brand, the partnership will complement H-E-B’s existing brick-and-mortar stores by expanding how customers choose to shop, pay for and receive products, according to a news release.





Developers of Manchaca Road office space project to break ground in March
A new three-building development, located at 8701 Manchaca Road, Austin, will include 65,000 square feet of microcondo office space for businesses looking to operate locally.

John Cummings, director of marketing for Templar Development, said the micro-condos, or small apartments used as workspaces, will be geared toward small-business owners, such as attorneys, psychologists or CPAs who want to purchase office space in their neighborhood.

Between 25 and 30 offices ranging in size from 150 to 350 square feet will be available for purchase, Cummings said.






Here's how to provide input on Austin ISD's possible renaming of campuses
Austin ISD has announced two opportunities for the public to provide feedback on school namesakes and the possible renaming of campuses.

The open houses are part of an ongoing engagement process the district began last September when the possibility of renaming campuses named after Confederate soldiers and officials first surfaced. The “facilitated discussions” will allow participants to speak openly while also hearing diverse perspectives and concerns, the release said. The historical context behind school names will also be shared.

The meetings will be held Feb. 20 and Feb. 22 at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus Auditorium and the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Gymnasium, respectively.





Private early learning school WonderWell now open on Southwest Parkway
WonderWell, a private early learning school focused on the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, opened Jan. 3 on Southwest Parkway. The school’s approach aims to inspire a child’s natural curiosity and allow their interests to guide learning.


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.


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