Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

Round Rock

Round Rock-based Wag-A-Bag to be acquired, name to eventually be changed

Round Rock-based gas station and convenience store Wag-A-Bag has entered an agreement to sell its assets to Refuel Operating Co. LLC, a Charleston, South Carolina-based gas station and convenience store business.

Austin metro


Austin’s community leaders see upcoming I-35 project as a $4.9 billion opportunity, but they are asking for TxDOT to shift its thinking

Work is set to begin in 2025 on the first major reconstruction of I-35 through downtown Austin since the 1970s. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to improve safety on one of its most dangerous stretches of highway and relieve congestion at a choke point that is the worst in the state, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Cedar Park-Leander

Leander-Cedar Park housing market sees record-low inventory, spiked prices

The Central Texas housing market has seen a record-breaking year despite the coronavirus pandemic. Most notable is the lack of inventory, which has in turn inflated prices as homes sell faster than ever.

Pflugerville-Hutto

Kid- and dog-friendly sports bar opens in Pflugerville

Neighborhood sports bar 685 Backyard opened Feb. 27 at 19903 FM 685, Pflugerville.

Southwest Austin

New 495-acre Barton Creek neighborhood proposed for SW Austin

The development company behind the Lantana Place shopping center in Southwest Austin announced it will build a new and final residential phase for the Barton Creek community along the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Megan Cardona, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.

By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.


MOST RECENT

One of the most recent city projects being completed through the use of eminent domain is the Northwest Boulevard Bridge project, an I-35 east-west overpass bridge that connects north of Rivery Boulevard with FM 971. (Fernanda Figueroa/Community Impact Newspaper.
Georgetown has acquired 1,760 acres of land using eminent domain since 2016

By acquiring the land, the city has been able to complete six road and wastewater projects.

Beauty Everlasting opened June 12 in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Beauty Everlasting)
Beauty company offering skin treatments now open in New Braunfels

The store officially opened June 12 on Center Street.

A variety of road projects in Buda may be funded by a November bond referendum, which could be valued at more than $50 million. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda considers transportation bond package for November election

A variety of road and park projects in Buda may be funded by a November bond referendum, which could be valued at more than $50 million.

The regional blood bank appealed for further donations in the wake of the June 12 shooting in downtown Austin. (Courtesy We Are Blood)
We Are Blood appeals for blood donations following weekend shooting in downtown Austin

The Central Texas nonprofit also said its blood supply remains depleted due to decreased donations through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of a man holding robotic equipment
Tesla teams up with Austin Community College for manufacturing training and hiring program

The Tesla START program will hire and train ACC students to work with robotics and other advanced manufacturing equipment.

A continuous flow intersection allows vehicles to cross to the left side of the roadway to make a left turn. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT seeks public input on proposed changes to I-35 in Georgetown

The state agency is proposing major changes between SE Inner Loop and RM 1431, including adding a continuous flow intersection at I-35 and Westinghouse Road.

Leander homes
Cedar Park, Leander average home prices in May jump at least 40% from 2020

The average home price in Cedar Park was $563,335—a 56.2% year-over-year increase from May 2020.

Austin City Council's Housing and Planning Committee met virtually June 15. (Screenshot via City of Austin)
Austin City Council members, city Realtors talk housing market increases and affordability

The median sale price of Austin homes surged past $500,000 through the first five months of 2021.

The front of a small health clinic.
Outpatient clinic opening at end of June in Georgetown

The new clinic will provide care for individuals recovering from debilitating injuries or illnesses, including long-term effects of COVID-19.

Izzy  is one of the 20 dogs in need of an emergency foster home. (Courtesy Austin Pets Alive)
Austin Pets Alive seeks emergency foster homes for dogs recovering from distemper

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter and Austin Pets Alive are seeking homes within the next 48 hours for 20 dogs facing euthanasia.

Z'Tejas
Z’Tejas to close Arboretum restaurant, open new Avery Ranch spot in fall

The last day of service at Z'Tejas in the Arboretum is July 2.

North Austin home for sale
Northwest Austin home prices dip from April to May, but still trending on torrid pace

While home prices fell from April, the overall market pace in Northwest Austin continues to skyrocket compared to last year.