Groundbreakings and uncovering history: These were the 10 most-read stories of 2019 in Northwest Austin

Waterloo Terrace (Courtesy Foundation Communities)
Waterloo Terrace (Courtesy Foundation Communities)

Waterloo Terrace (Courtesy Foundation Communities)

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Apple broke ground in November on its second Austin campus. (Rendering courtesy Apple)
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The Zimmerman house on Parkfield Drive, built in 1854, is the last remaining house in Austin to feature traditional German fachwerk architecture. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Austin break ground on the RM 620 at RM 2222 bypass project. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin FC leaders, investors and city officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Major League Soccer stadium Sept. 9. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
From groundbreakings on Apple's new campus and the Austin FC soccer stadium, Northwest Austin had no shortage of major news happening in 2019. Here is a look at the top news stories of the past year:

1. Three low-income housing communities are coming to North Austin in 2020-21

Originally posted Aug. 7, 2019

2. Planning expected to resume on $504M US 183 North toll project in Northwest Austin

Originally posted Jan. 24, 2019

3. Apple breaks ground on $1 billion, 3 million-square-foot campus in Northwest Austin; expects to open facility in 2022

Originally posted Nov. 20, 2019

4. Restoration efforts to save one of Austin's oldest structures uncovers untold history

Originally posted Sept. 5, 2019

5. Your ultimate 2019 guide to summer camps in Northwest Austin

Originally posted March 6, 2019

6. Work begins July 24 at Parmer Lane and I-35 and other transportation updates for Northwest Austin

Originally posted July 22, 2019

7. TxDOT plans groundbreaking for Dec. 11 on RM 620 bypass project

Originally posted Dec. 10, 2019

8. Real estate data shows housing prices jumped more than 60 percent in one Northwest Austin zip code in May

Originally posted June 28, 2019

9. Austin FC stadium 'on time so far' ahead of planned September groundbreaking

Originally posted July 11, 2019

10. Capital Metro approves contract for Orange Line preliminary engineering work

Originally posted March 25, 2019
By Amy Denney

Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.


State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, announced Feb. 27 that his is exploring a run for Kirk Watson’s state Senate seat. (Courtesy Eddie Rodriguez)
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez exploring run for Kirk Watson’s state Senate seat

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, announced his resignation from the District 14 seat Feb. 18 and will leave office April 30 for a position at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Cori Roberts, a member of the three-person Camp RATT council and resident of the state-sanctioned homeless encampment in Southeast Austin, has been homeless since she was a teenager. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State to lease sanctioned homeless encampment in SE Austin to chamber-led coalition; plans for 150-bed shelter underway

Representatives of the ATX Helps coalition said they hoped to get the shelter up and running "as soon as possible."

The Travis Central Appraisal District will not increase home appraisal values this year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
After offer, Travis Central Appraisal District and Austin Board of Realtors at market data impasse

After the Austin Board of Realtors offered what it called a possible solution to an ongoing dispute over market data access Feb. 27, the Travis Central Appraisal District said it would not change its decision to use last year’s home appraisal values again this year.

American Pacific Mortgage relocates in Northwest Austin

Nationwide company American Pacific Mortgage moved its office in Northwest Austin.

Beijing Express
Delivery restaurant Beijing Express now open in North Austin

Beijing Express opened in November in North Austin, serving classic Chinese dishes.

Austin ISD board President Geronimo Rodriguez (left) sits next to Superintendent Paul Cruz at a Feb. 24 board meeting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD to develop superintendent transition plan, timeline

Austin ISD board of trustees released a statement about Superintendent Paul Cruz's resignation.

Central Health off East Cesar Chavez Street.
Central Health establishes new executive medical board as first step to begin employing physicians

Following a change in state law that allows Central Health to employ and appoint physicians, the agency took its first step to hiring its own medical professionals.

The Texas Transportation Commission will consider a plan Feb. 27 to add $4.3 billion to fund an I-35 improvement project through Central Austin. (Courtesy TxDOT)
TxDOT poised to secure $4.3B for I-35 improvements in Central Austin

The Texas Transportation Commission will consider a plan to provide the funding for the project at its Feb. 27 meeting.

New vegetarian Indian restaurant coming to Northwest Austin

Indian restaurant chain Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan is coming soon to Austin.

Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Williamson County Commissioners Court
Williamson County detective asks for better mental health help for deputies on administrative leave

The detective told the Commissioners Court officers were purposely cut off from communication with the office as part of their administrative leave punishment.

Williamson County EMS, Shantelle Dunn Brannon
Williamson County Emergency Management names first female deputy director

Shantelle Dunn Brannon began the job in late January.

Dallas-based men's fashion retailer Mizzen+Main is now open in Domain Northside. (Courtesy Mizzen+Main)
Mizzen+Main now open in Domain Northside in Northwest Austin

Dallas-based men's fashion retailer Mizzen+Main is now open in Domain Northside.

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