1. Multifamily project to bring 119 units to Round Rock

Additional housing in the Sam Bass corridor will become available after a rezoning request was approved by Round Rock City Council on July 27.

What's happening

Round Rock officials approved a request to rezone 8.51 acres of land at the intersection of Sam Bass Road and Meadows Drive. The land was previously zoned for public facilities, such as assisted living, government services, medical clinics, places of worship, schools and public offices. The property was formerly owned by Freedom Church but was recently sold to a residential developer, said Brad Wiseman, Round Rock's director of planning and development services.

Long story short

The city's comprehensive land use plan shows this property is compatible with low-density multifamily, Wiseman said, as long as certain criteria are met:
  • The development would have access through an arterial roadway or collector street.
  • Access to nearby single-family neighborhoods is discouraged except for transportation needs or if it were to be part of a master-planned community.
  • The development will not be adjacent to another low-density multifamily project.
2. Extended-stay hotel coming to Round Rock

Wyndham Hotel is planning to bring a new ECHO Suites location to Round Rock.

The gist

According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the ECHO Suites Extended Stay by Wyndham is expected to go in at 1485 Meister Lane, Round Rock. Plans for the new hotel come as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts announced an expansion of its ECHO Suites portfolio in late July. A Wyndham spokesperson said construction on the hotel, which will be individually owned and operated, is set to begin later this year.

The breakdown
  • Timeline: to open in late 2024
  • Size: 51,400 square feet, four stories, 124 guest rooms
  • Cost: $13.5 million
3. Lake Creek Trail construction greenlit

Construction on the next phase of a trail connection project bridging Round Rock West Park and Centennial Plaza in the city's downtown is expected to begin later this year.

Current situation

Round Rock City Council voted July 27 to approve a $2.46 million contract for the construction of a 1-mile stretch of trail connecting Round Rock West Park and Centennial Plaza, awarding it to Muniz Concrete and Contracting.

How we got here

The trail connection was designed using 2013 bond funding and will be tied into the Chisholm Trail. This trail connection will not connect to the Greater Lake Creek Trail that runs through east central Round Rock.

The specifics

The segment of Lake Creek Trail is designed as a 10-foot-wide trail with pedestrian underpasses under intersections at the Union Pacific Corp. railroad and I-35. A bridge is planned to connect the trail to Centennial Plaza over the namesake Lake Creek.

4. Panther Commercial Park filling up

TBN Development and Lott Brothers Construction Company recently completed the buildout of Panther Commercial Park, bringing more commercial real estate to Pflugerville as the city’s business offerings continue to grow.

The overview

More than 60% of the newly developed commercial hub was sold by the time TBN Development celebrated the park’s opening Aug. 3. Located at 19832 Panther Drive, Pflugerville, the site features seven buildings of flex space, 32 commercial condos, 200 parking spaces and a community loading dock. TBN Development co-founder Tyler Humes said the space can serve research and development companies, subcontractors and “everything in between.”