Office vacancy rates rising in Northwest Austin; Waffle House buys land in Round Rock and more top Central Texas news

Vacancy rates for office spaces continue to climb across Northwest Austin, including space at developments like The Domain. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vacancy rates for office spaces continue to climb across Northwest Austin, including space at developments like The Domain. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Vacancy rates for office spaces continue to climb across Northwest Austin, including space at developments like The Domain. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Northwest Austin

Vacancy rates climb for fifth straight quarter in Northwest Austin

As the Austin economy begins to pull itself out of a pandemic that closed offices, businesses and restaurants citywide, vacancy rates for office space continue to rise in the Northwest Austin submarket, a new report shows.

Round Rock



Property being cleared for Townhomes at Gattis in Round Rock

Townhomes at Gattis will provide 56 townhomes in a development located at the intersection of Gattis School Road and Joyce Lane in Round Rock.

Waffle House purchases land for first location in Round Rock

Austin-based Evergreen Commercial Real Estate announced June 3 that Waffle House has purchased a 0.612-acre lot in the northeast corner of the A.W. Grimes Boulevard and Roundville Lane, just south of SH 45 N, in Round Rock.

Affordable housing community coming to La Frontera

Auro Commons is coming to La Frontera in 2021. The four-story apartment community is under construction off of Louis Henna Boulevard.

Pflugerville-Hutto

25-acre housing development approved by Hutto Planning and Zoning Commission


The first phase of final development plans for the Covered Bridge residential development, located off of CR 138 to the east of the Lakeside Estates neighborhood, was approved by the Hutto Planning and Zoning Commission during its meeting June 1.

Iain Oldman, Brooke Sjoberg and Megan Cardona contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

The mid-June East Sixth Street shooting has prompted responses from city police, EMS and government officials. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sixth Street fatal shooting leads to renewed discussions of public safety staffing, gun violence prevention in Austin

Increased police staffing, improved EMS availability, and state or federal action on gun violence prevention are among the proposals floated in the wake of the weekend shooting.

Plans to move forward with the design of a new Travis County women's jail have been postponed indefinitely. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County pauses plans to build new women's jail

Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone any design or construction of new jail facilities for at least a year while staff re-evaluate the Travis County correctional system's needs.

Austin FC fans
Austin FC supporters groups release parade route ahead of inaugural home game

Motorists should look for pedestrians walking around near the site of Q2 Stadium ahead of Austin FC's June 19 inaugural home game.

Joseph Chacon, interim chief of the Austin Police Department, gives an update on Austin's recent move into the second phase of Proposition B camping ban enforcement June 15 alongside Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey and City Manager Spencer Cronk. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Proposition B enforcement shifts from education to warnings

Austin officials on June 15 provided an update on enforcement and outreach work by city staff and the Austin Police Department with the second phase of Proposition B camping ban enforcement now underway.

New WCCAC
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center to get nearly $2M in federal aid for construction budget gap

The funds will go to help the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center cover increasing lumber costs.

Candlewood Suites Northwest Austin
Williamson County declines lawsuit against Austin over Candlewood Suites saga—for now

Williamson County did not hold a vote to file a lawsuit against the city of Austin over the contentious Candlewood Suites property in Northwest Austin.

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)
Owner of multiple Austin-area shopping centers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company owns several major retail centers in Northwest Austin, Georgetown and Cedar Park.

Photo of Moderna vaccine vials on a table
50% of Travis County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Travis County has reached a milestone in COVID-19 vaccinations.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Nearly 80% of Williamson County residents over age 65 fully vaccinated and other COVID-19 news

Here is an update on COVID-19 numbers, including confirmed case and death counts, from Williamson County.

Round Rock ISD's board of trustees voted to hire Dr. Hafedh Azaiez as superintendent for the district on June 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Parents, community members express mixed opinions ahead of vote to hire RRISD superintendent

Parents, community members express mixed opinions about Dr. Hafedh Azaiez, board process ahead of RRISD Superintendent hiring vote

Hafedh Azaiez was previously superintendent at Donna ISD in South Texas. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Breaking: Round Rock ISD hires Hafedh Azaiez as superintendent

Round Rock ISD hires Azaiez as superintendent.