City apartment boom, new watering restrictions: Leander news roundup

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The city of Leander issued a Stage 3 water notice July 30. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The city of Leander issued a Stage 3 water notice July 30. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Here is a weekly roundup of Leander stories.

Apartment boom coming to Leander

Leander has 1,677 apartment units in eight complexes currently being built—surpassing the total number of apartments built in the city built between 2015 and June 30.

Facing 'severe water shortage conditions,' Leander issues Stage 3 water restrictions

Leander water customers are asked to limit outdoor irrigation to just once a week and either before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. to avoid peak hours.


Bryson in Leander, developer win Texas Association of Builders awards

Bryson—a planned community in Leander—was named the Best Overall Community for 300-599 acres at the 2020 Texas Association of Builders Texas Star Awards on July 23.

My Steel Magnolia in Leander creates warm, friendly space for shoppers

The boutique, which reached its one-year anniversary July 29, sells clothing with inclusive sizing, a broad gift selection and a cannabidiol product line.

Cherry Creek Catfish in Leander closes

Cherry Creek Catfish’s original location, at 5712 Menchaca Road in South Austin, remains open.
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


MOST RECENT

Williamson County saw a big drop in daily reported coronavirus cases Aug. 5. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County sees big drop in daily reported coronavirus cases Aug. 5

The county did report three additional coronavirus-related deaths.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

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Cedar Park, Leander begin FY 2020-21 budget discussions

Leander and Cedar Park will begin discussions of their FY 2020-21 budgets on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, respectively.

Here is the Williamson County COVID-19 case update for Aug. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County confirms 98 new COVID-19 cases Aug. 4

The county reported no additional deaths.

The Commissioners Court also voted to set a maximum total tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners accept $390.37 million recommended budget for FY 2020-21

The Commissioners Court also voted to set a maximum total tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate.

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Cedar Park preschool starts program to help elementary students learn virtually

The program will create a "school-like" classroom for virtual students to learn safely outside their homes.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

The project will reverse the northbound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at the SH 45 intersection to alleviate traffic congestion, according to an Aug. 4 Texas Department of Transportation news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)
I-35 construction from Grand Avenue Parkway to SH 45 now underway

The project will reverse the northbound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at the SH 45 intersection to alleviate traffic congestion, according to TxDOT.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.

The total number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Williamson County in the month of July, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data. (Graphic by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in July

The total number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Williamson County in the month of July, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.