City buying land to make trails, parkland in Northwest Austin; swimming suspended at Hamilton Pool Preserve and more top area news

(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Northwest Austin

City buying land off Spicewood Springs Road to convert to nature trails, parkland in Northwest Austin

The city plans to use this property, combined with an adjacent 11-acre plot of land currently under eminent domain proceedings, to build nature trails with creek access.

Lake Travis-Westlake



Swimming suspended at Hamilton Pool Preserve for foreseeable future

Swimming at Hamilton Pool Preserve will not be permitted for the foreseeable future due to the frequency of falling rocks, according to an announcement from Travis County Parks.

Round Rock

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood relocating near Round Rock

The iconic orange-painted seafood restaurant offers both Cajun and Thai menu options and has served the area since 2010.

Williamson County

Williamson County homeowners, 65-plus and disabled to see property tax relief

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted to extend the age 65 and older and disabled individuals property tax exemption as well as add an exemption for homeowners on May 25.

Central Austin

See where Project Connect's proposed Blue Line rail stations could be located between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Lady Bird Lake

When the city of Austin sent a plan to the voters in November to invest billions into a revamped transportation system that would include two new rail lines, it included maps outlining the proposed routes and an idea of where stations would be located.

Ian Oldman, Amy Rae Dadamo, Brooke Sjoberg, Ali Linan and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.






MOST RECENT

Salvation Pizza, opening in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport June 16, is one of several new pizza options in the Austin area. (Courtesy Salvation Pizza)
Pie chart: See a map of 11 new, coming-soon pizza options in the Austin area

New spots include Above Ground Pizza opening in New Bruanfels after several permitting delays and Salvation Pizza feeding travelers at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Austin City Council members finalized their spending plan for the federal stimulus dollars before adjourning for their summer recess that will stretch to late July. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin will dedicate $100M in federal stimulus funds to combating homelessness over two years

In one of their last detailed discussions before their summer break, council members secured funding for several of their individual priorities alongside homelessness allocations.

Photo of Congress Street
The Moontower Comedy Festival will return in September

Headliners for the four-day festival include Margaret Cho, Dave Attell and others.

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)
North-south road in Round Rock makes progress; homestead exemption OK'd in Leander and more Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Candlewood Suites is located at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd., Bldg. 2, Austin. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council votes for improved coordination with local counties on homeless issues; no action taken on Williamson County Candlewood Suites purchase before summer break

Council members unaimously approved a resolution aimed at improving collaboration on homeless strategy between Austin and local county officials June 10.

Photo of a drive-thru vaccine clinic
Travis County and partners to hold multiple vaccine clinics over the weekend, June 11-13

A drive-thru clinic at the Travis County Expo Center, along with several other neighborhood pop-ups, will offer the Pfizer vaccine this weekend.

Central Austin home prices reached a median price of $675,000 in April. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council votes to double Austin's homestead tax exemption

The exemption's increase from 10% to 20% of a homestead's value follows the passage of an additional exemption increase for senior and disabled Austinites last week.

Construction hard hat
Speed-management projects underway on North Austin neighborhood roads

Several residential streets in North Austin are receiving improvements that will help calm traffic speeds.

Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon (center) was joined by cadet training academy leadership June 9 to discuss the program's relaunch this month. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Redesigned Austin Police cadet academy now underway with 'significant shift' in training, oversight

After over a year on hiatus, Austin Police Department cadet training resumed June 7 under new leadership and a revamped curriculum.

NYOS Charter School campus expansion
NYOS Charter School to open North Austin campus expansion later this summer

NYOS Charter School will soon open a campus extension that will house students through eighth grade.