Final Leander Springs agreement on City Council docket; COVID-19 delays Armadillo Day and more Central Texas news

Leander City Council approved the first reading of the zoning change Dec. 17. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)
Leander City Council approved the first reading of the zoning change Dec. 17. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)

Leander City Council approved the first reading of the zoning change Dec. 17. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Cedar Park-Leander

Leander Springs agreement, zoning approval to be considered Jan. 21


The 78-acre mixed-use project will have retail, restaurant, entertainment, hospitality, office and residential components.

Cedar Park Public Library reaches 40th anniversary


The library first opened at the Cedar Park Plaza Shopping Center in 1981.

24 restaurants to try in Cedar Park and Leander

Check out a list of restaurants that opened in Cedar Park and Leander in 2020 or are coming in 2021.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Armadillo Day to stay in hibernation due to COVID-19 pandemic


Health precautions delayed an annual event celebrating Texas culture.

New York natives serve traditional pies in Texas

The restaurant is set to open a second location for dine-in service.

Check out 30 restaurants that arrived in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in 2020

Community Impact Newspaper gathered a list of 30 restaurants that opened in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in 2020 or are coming soon in 2021.

Round Rock

Sheppard Street designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by Round Rock City Council

To honor the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. and the historic strides made on Sheppard Street, the Round Rock City Council approved a resolution to designate the street in his memory.

Georgetown

Georgetown State of the City event to be held virtually


All residents participating in the event will be entered to win one of several prizes, including a one-year family pass to the Georgetown Recreation Center and one-year passes to Garey Park.

The Exchange of Georgetown relocates on the Georgetown Square

The Exchange of Georgetown relocated in early January.

Northwest Austin

Pressed Juicery now open in North Austin and 7 other new businesses in The Domain and Domain Northside

Check out the latest news on restaurants and businesses new to The Domain and Domain Northside in North Austin.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Expansive mural celebrating diversity unveiled in downtown San Marcos

A large mural celebrating diversity has been unveiled in downtown San Marcos at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and LBJ Drive on a prominent brick wall of the Crossroads Building.

Greg Perliski, Amy Rae Dadamo, Taylor Girtman, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Claire Ricke, Ali Linan, Iain Oldman and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


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Council members and housing advocates held a press conference on the state of Austin's housing supply and affordability Nov. 30. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Council lays out priorities for addressing Austin's housing affordability, availability crunch

Officials are likely to vote on a series of policy updates aimed at affordability and housing supply over the coming months.

One group focused on safety during the Long-range Planning Committee's Nov. 30 meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD committee hears parents' concerns, discusses understaffing

Parents' concerns about unappealing food, security and other topics took center stage during the Nov. 30 meeting.

Pflugerville City Council discussed placement of electric vehicle-charging stations during a Nov. 30 meeting. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville officials discuss upgrades to electric vehicle chargers, implementation of usage fees

Electric vehicle-charging stations will soon be improved at Pflugerville city facilities, and with those upgrades could come usage fees.

The grant will give Southwestern University the ability to fund more programs for S-STEM scholars than the university was previously able to do. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Southwestern University receives $1.5 million grant to help students pursue STEM fields

Southwestern University is receiving $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to support low-income students and students of color pursuing STEM fields.

The city will negotiate its contracts will all three emergency services in the coming months. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
City kicks off negations with Austin EMS Association

The city will negotiate its contracts will all three emergency services in the coming months

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hays CISD to hold special meeting regarding resignation of school board president

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment.

Photo of a crowd celebrating at a ribbon-cutting
Premier Martial Arts opens new West Anderson Lane studio

The mixed martial arts studio is locally owned and has several locations throughout Austin.

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Nov. 29 in Leander. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus

The positive trap was found near Devine Lake Park.

The new character building curriculum will be implemented at all grade levels. (Courtesy Pexels)
New Braunfels ISD expands character education curriculum to secondary students

The curriculum will be incorporated at each grade level.

Masks are now optional in Eanes ISD for all students, staff and visitors. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Eanes ISD removes mask mandate for all ages

Students, staff and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks on campus, according to a Nov. 30 districtwide email.

The World Health Organization listed the omicron variant as a “variant of concern” on Nov. 26. The variant was first reported in South Africa. (Courtesy Travis County)
Austin Public Health eyes movement of omicron variant, but has yet to detect a case

The Austin-Travis County area will also remain in Stage 3 because of moderate community transmission rates and rising cases nationwide.

(Courtesy Taco Casa)
Taco Casa to break ground on Hutto location Dec. 2

Taco Casa will soon break ground on a restaurant in Hutto, its first in the Austin area.