North-south road in Round Rock makes progress; homestead exemption OK'd in Leander and more Central Texas news

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)
The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Round Rock

Round Rock chips away at new north-south road that could relieve congestion

City officials are making progress on building out the vision for a new major arterial roadway that offers drivers another north-south route in Round Rock.

Georgetown



Georgetown residents, H-E-B representatives start petition to allow for the sale of alcohol in Wolf Lakes Village

Georgetown residents and H-E-B representatives are launching a petition campaign to address inconsistencies in alcohol sales rules within the city of Georgetown, according to a Texas Petition Strategies June 7 news release.

Williamson County

Williamson County threatens legal action against Austin hotel for homeless

Williamson County commissioners threatened legal action June 8 against the city of Austin in its decision to purchase a hotel for homeless individuals.

Leander-Cedar Park

Homestead exemption approved for Leander homeowners

Leander council members approved a residential homestead exemption June 3 for all Leander homeowners as property values rise across the area.

Leander-Cedar Park growth breaks appraised home value records

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Leander and Cedar Park areas continue to see record-breaking year-over-year growth in appraised value, according to preliminary Williamson Central Appraisal District data.

Amy Denney, Fernanda Figueroa, Ali Linan and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.






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Round Rock City Council approved rezoning of property around the Dell campus to allow for its use as a data center. (Courtesy Switch)
Round Rock City Council rezones property near Dell HQ for Switch

Round Rock City Council approved a rezoning of property adjacent to the Dell Technologies global headquarters, which will be occupied by Switch's data center, July 22.

A planned unit development intended to be occupied entirely by rental units was unanimously approved for rezoning by Round Rock City Council on July 22. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Round Rock officials approve zoning change for Bell Yard rental community

Round Rock City Council approves rezoning of property for the Bell Yard planned unit development, which will be made up entirely of rental homes.

Round Rock ISD announced July 22 that a virtual learning option would be provided for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, citing COVID-19 vaccine availability and Williamson County's recent increase in reported cases. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Round Rock ISD announces virtual learning for grades K-6 this fall

Round Rock ISD announced July 22 that it will offer virtual learning for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and release its COVID-19 safety plan July 29.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Z'Tejas margarita
Where to celebrate National Tequila Day this year around Austin

From mezcal bars to frozen margarita specials, here is a list of places to celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24.

Chief Jeff Yarbrough said he and Assistant Chief Jim Williby will travel to New Orleans on July 29 to present the department’s four-pillar policing model, which focuses on school safety, racial equity, behavioral health and student advocacy. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Round Rock ISD police chief to present department model at national conference

Round Rock ISD Police Chief Jeff Yarbrough and Assistant Chief Jim Lewis will present their department's four-pillar policing model at a national conference.

WCCHD vaccination drive
Outside consultants to review programs, performance of Williamson County’s health district

The firm will review services and programs offered by the Williamson County and Cities Health District as well as the performance of different departments.

Goodwill opened its third Round Rock location July 8. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Goodwill opens third Round Rock location in Teravista

Goodwill held a grand opening for its new Teravista location July 8.

Travis County has been discussing the possibility of a new Samsung facility with Samsung since January. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17B facility

Samsung is hoping to finalize a performance agreement by mid-August, which would include information about how the potential facility would affect property taxes.

Massey Wallace and her husband, Allen Wallace, will open a seventh location of Lonestar Kolaches at the former Little Red Wagon in October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lonestar Kolaches coming to Round Rock; Kilwins sweet shop to open in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, such as the Williamson County judge doubting more shutdowns as coronavirus rates increase.

Williamson County courthouse
Williamson County judge: It is ‘not the plan’ to return to COVID-19 lockdowns

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell at a July 20 public meeting said he has no plans to implement restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. According to the WCCHD coronavirus dashboard, the rate of new infections across Williamson County doubled from July 11-18.