CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: US 183 North construction to begin early 2022; Houston-based Kirby Ice House planning location in The Woodlands and more top news

Kirby Ice House will build a location on over 4 acres in The Woodlands Town Center. (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corpp.)
Kirby Ice House will build a location on over 4 acres in The Woodlands Town Center. (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corpp.)

Kirby Ice House will build a location on over 4 acres in The Woodlands Town Center. (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corpp.)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 19.

Note: The following stories were published Nov. 18-19.

Central Texas

183 North construction expected to begin in early 2022 and other project updates from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

The 9-mile 183 North project is expected to begin construction in early 2022. The project would add two tolled lanes and one non-tolled lane in each direction along the stretch of US 183 from SH 45 to MoPac.


Developer fees to add parkland jump 124% as Austin continues to grow its green space

One way the city funds the park growth is with fees paid by builders. Every time a developer creates new housing, the city requires that they either add parkland or pay a fee.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Frisco puts 'best foot forward' to recruit 2026 World Cup matches to region in visit from FIFA

Visit Frisco, the city’s marketing arm, has joined several North Texas organizations in an effort to host matches at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The games could trigger an estimated $415 million economic boost to the DFW metroplex, according to data from the Dallas Sports Commission.

Greater Houston

Houston-based Kirby Ice House plans to open location in The Woodlands Town Center

The Woodlands Kirby Ice House location is expected to follow a layout similar to the Upper Kirby and Memorial locations, with over 10,000 square feet of indoor bar space and over 18,000 square feet of backyard space with room for outdoor games, food trucks and events.

'We don't want this': League City residents overwhelmingly oppose E. Walker Street extension

Dozens of League City residents voiced their opposition to a proposed extension of East Walker Street during a Nov. 17 public meeting, reinforcing the feedback city officials said they have gotten since the inception of the 2019 general obligation bond program.

Colleen Ferguson, Ally Bolender, Matt Payne, Maggie Quinlan and Benton Graham contributed to this report


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The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)
City of Austin begins design of urban trail on abandoned rail corridor

The city, along with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, won a state award for a Bergstrom Spur Trail study.

San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

The new gas station also features a drive-thru car wash and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
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Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
State could take over AISD school board if poorly rated campus does not improve next year

If the school does receive an improved rating, the state's commissioner of education could replace every member of Austin ISD's school board.

Austin ISD trustee Noelita Lugo argues for breaking down student achievement measures by race in the district's 2021-2026 scorecard, rather than examining only economically disadvantaged students without racial groups. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD considers how to measure equity gaps in academic achievement

Austin ISD trustees are continuing to work out details of the 2021-2026 district scorecard, which measures progress on equity goals.

Austin City Council made changes to arts and library funding among other decisions Dec. 2. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Arts community, homeless health care program get funding, plus other actions

City Council approved more than 50 items Dec. 2, changing the Office of Civil Rights, doling out funding and more.

Council Member Greg Casar speaks at a press conference outside City Hall ahead of a vote to approve an ordinance granting the Austin Office of Civil Rights enforcement power. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Office of Civil Rights granted new powers

An ordinance passed by Austin City Council on Dec. 2 creates additional civil and criminal penalties for discrimination.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

The existing gallery location on South Lamar Boulevard will close on Dec. 20. (Courtesy Ao5 Gallery)
Ao5 Gallery relocating from South Austin to The Arboretum this winter

With the relocation to Northwest Austin, Ao5 Gallery will expand its custom framing services, have better parking, be able to display more art and be able to accommodate more guests for live events, according to officials with the gallery.

Rendering of Tesla's Cybertruck
Tesla officially names Texas gigafactory as its new headquarters

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows the Travis County manufacturing plant as Tesla's new home base.