Owner of Austin-area shopping centers files for bankruptcy; entertainment complex coming to Cedar Park and more top area news

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)
Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)

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

Central Texas

Owner of multiple Austin-area shopping centers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Washington Prime Group Inc. announced June 15 that it and its subsidiaries will be filing voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Leander-Cedar Park



Pickleball, entertainment complex coming to Cedar Park

Cedar Park will be home to the first of three Central Texas pickleball and entertainment complexes.

Round Rock, Pflugerville-Hutto

RRISD parents ask for public forum with superintendent finalist, postponing hiring

A total of 16 Round Rock ISD parents spoke out June 10 against the possible hiring of superintendent finalist Dr. Hafedh Azaiez without offering a town hall or meeting.

In Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area, home prices soar over previous year

The latest data from the Austin Board of Realtors shows median home prices reaching an all-time high in Central Texas, including in the Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area.

Georgetown

TxDOT seeks public input on proposed changes to I-35 in Georgetown

The Texas Department of Transportation is accepting public comments online until June 26 for a proposed project in Georgetown aimed at improving safety and mobility on I-35 between SE Inner Loop and RM 1431.

Brooke Sjoberg, Taylor Girtman, Brian Rash and Trent Thompson contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

The long-vacant St. John Site moved one step closer to its community-oriented redevelopment July 29. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Negotiations for St. John Site project move forward with focus on expanded affordable housing, community uses

Austin staff will now seek to finalize a plan for the 19-acre, city-owned St. John Site with its chosen developers based on City Council direction approved July 29.

The Zilker Eagle is tentatively expected to open Oct. 23. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues; Lou Neff Road closed through Aug. 7

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said the delay allowed for park programming, including Blues on the Green, to continue.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

Read the latest business and education news from the Central Texas area.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Photo of a building with solar panels on the roof
Austin Habitat for Humanity's ReStore uses discount home improvement to build communities

The store sells sustainable construction materials, clothes, appliances, jewelry, furniture and the odd novelty item.

The project will cause lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from July 29 to mid-August. (Courtesy Austin Corridor Program Office)
Austin begins construction on pedestrian crossing signal on Burnet Road

The project will last from July 29 until mid-August and is funded by the city's 2016 mobility bond.

Photo of the Sobering Center
Travis County moves forward with plans for mental health diversion program at Sobering Center

The program would divert people experiencing mental health crises away from jail and towards supportive services following low-level offenses.

Baylor Scott & White Pflugerville
Ascension, Baylor Scott & White to require all employees be fully vaccinated against coronavirus by fall

Ascension and Baylor Scott & White have announced all eligible employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming months. 

Photo of an egg dish
Kerbey Lane Cafe serves the Austin community with 'family feeling'

Since 1980, the cafe has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner at locations around the Capital City.

Austin City Council will convene for a regular meeting July 29, its first since mid-June. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council to look at downtown safety, homelessness and budgeting in return from meetings break

The first regular council meeting since mid-June features a packed agenda and opportunity for resident feedback on Austin's proposed budget.

Photo of a hand holding a vaccine vial
As COVID-19 hospitalizations track upward, Austin Public Health renews call for vaccinations

APH also mirrors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidance for vaccinated individuals to wear masks in some circumstances.

The request to table talks regarding designated campsites came one week after city staff detailed two properties that could be used for such an initiative. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ellis, Harper-Madison call for halt to Austin's 'Band-Aid' sanctioned homeless encampment plans

The East and Southwest Austin representatives shared their thoughts on the process one week after city properties in their districts were tapped as workable encampment sites.