1. Hotel building boom underway

From the behemoth Kalahari Resorts & Conventions—expected to offer 975 hotel rooms at completion in November 2020—to the boutique 39-room Ruby Hotel that opened in February, the hospitality industry is alive and well in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

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2. More senior housing in the works

Five senior-living projects are in the development pipeline or under construction in Round Rock and Pflugerville.

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3. Cities evaluate plans for mixed-use developments

Large-scale mixed-use projects under consideration in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto would be the first of their kind in each city. While many compare the proposals to the Domain in Austin, how do they size up?

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4. Downtown revitalization projects take shape

From green spaces to new signage and more, efforts are underway to enhance and improve areas within downtown Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto. In the first six months of 2019, progress has centered around mobility improvements, scenery upgrades and investments in civic buildings.

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5. Williamson County experiences record year in residential real estate

The past year was a record-setter for residential growth since just before the recession of 2007-09, said Alvin Lankford, chief appraiser with the Williamson Central Appraisal District. Lankford presented data to Williamson County Commissioners Court in May.