Round Rock sets sights on future downtown growth and development for 2022

Possible developments for the downtown area include additional parkland near the Brushy Creek waterfront. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Possible developments for the downtown area include additional parkland near the Brushy Creek waterfront. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Possible developments for the downtown area include additional parkland near the Brushy Creek waterfront. (Courtesy Fotolia)

This story has been updated to clarify a statement regarding the location of the Round Rock Chamber.

Round Rock city staff and council members have begun to flesh out future development priorities for the city.

During a pre-retreat meeting held Dec. 9 by the Round Rock City Council, much of the discussion centered on downtown growth and development in 2022 and beyond.

The pre-retreat is a discussion session held ahead of the annual retreat set for February, during which the council’s goals and plans for the coming year will become more clear, according to city staff.

Possible developments for the downtown area include additional parkland near the Brushy Creek waterfront, as well as additional housing developments in the downtown area.


The Lawn at Brushy Creek, a prospective project of the city that council has not yet acted on, would bring additional parkland to downtown Round Rock as well as solve stormwater issues and turn the area into a community amenity.

City staff stated some developers have expressed interest in creating a housing option similar to The Depot, a condominium project in development behind Round Rock City Hall.

Officials also discussed concerns regarding the current home of the Round Rock Chamber—the Palm House—which is located between the Round Rock Public Library and a retail building.

In August, the chamber announced that it would seek a new home, leaving the future of the Palm House uncertain.

While it is still unclear where the Palm House will be relocated to, Morgan suggested that the chamber might find a home in the old library building once the new library is complete.

“I think that we will have some more discussions on what to do with the current library, and we need to be prepared,” Morgan said.

The new library is expected to be completed in 2023.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.