Owner of area shopping centers files for bankruptcy; Chez Nous closes in Austin and more Central Texas 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)

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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.

Central Austin

Chez Nous, downtown Austin's longstanding French bistro, permanently closes

After nearly four decades in downtown Austin, French bistro Chez Nous has permanently closed.

Cedar Park-Leander

F45 Cedar Park to reopen in July with new ownership

F45 Cedar Park will open under new franchise ownership in late July. F45 Training offers HIIT, or high-intensity interval training classes.

First Citizens Bank opens Cedar Park branch

First Citizens Bank, a North Carolina-based bank, opened a Cedar Park branch June 14. The bank offers personal and business services, according to a release.

Northwest Austin

Ethereal Gift Collective opens in Northwest Austin with locally sourced wares

The independently owned retailer offers tarot card readings and sells candles, florals, jewelry, vintage goods and other items sourced from local small businesses, 95% of which are female-owned, according to the company.

Burnet Road sidewalk improvements near Q2 Stadium expected to finish by July

The first part of pedestrian and mobility improvements along Burnet Road in North Austin will be fully open for public use before the end of the month, according to new materials from the city of Austin.

Round Rock

Round Rock to break ground on new library June 17

Round Rock will break ground on its new library at 200 E. Liberty Ave. on June 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Olivia Aldridge, Iain Oldman, Brooke Sjoberg and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.


Minnesota-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will open a location in La Frontera in late September. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware coming to Round Rock

Minnesota-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is coming to La Frontera in Round Rock in late September.

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed development by Meritage Homes would feature amenities such as a disc golf course.

YogaSix will open in mid-September at 14028 N. US 183, Ste. 110, Austin. (Courtesy YogaSix)
YogaSix studio opening at Lakeline Market in Northwest Austin

The locally owned franchise offers six types of yoga classes such as beginner yoga and sculpt classes.

Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

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Travis County proposes tax rate for 2021-22 fiscal year, prepares for budget approval process

Due to increasing property values, the property tax rate is expected to be around $0.017 lower in the coming fiscal year.

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Parents weigh in: What are your considerations heading into the 2021-22 school year?

Community Impact Newspaper seeks parent feedback as we prepare for our annual education edition.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s office requests pay increases during Williamson County budget process

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office said its officers are paid less than law enforcement officers in city departments countywide.

Williamson County courthouse
Williamson County proposes lower tax rate ahead of final budget vote Aug. 31

The tax rate will go to support a recommended $440.5 million total operating budget.

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City of Austin certifies Save Austin Now's petition to increase police staffing, adding it to fall ballot

The measure would require two police officers for every 1,000 area residents, among other provisions.

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

Trudy's Tex-Mex courtesy photo
Trudy’s North Star reopens with renovated restaurant, new menu

The restaurant underwent recent renovations to its dining rooms, exterior dining spaces and bar areas.