Missed any of our articles from this week? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Austin from Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

Austin sees boom in biological research, health industries

Austin’s biological sciences and research sector has grown nearly 74% since 2019, according to a July 2023 report from medical technology startup launcher Austin Medtech Connect and Austin Next, a health and technology podcast.

To make way for this growth to continue, Austin City Council created a research and life sciences subdistrict within the North Burnet/Gateway development regulating plan Nov. 9.

Agreement pushes ahead plans for Pflugerville’s Downtown East project

Pflugerville City Council gave developers the green light for the next phase of Downtown East, which will include a new city hall, a recreation center and destination retail space.

Conservation groups turn from fight for air quality to water over proposed quarry

The legal battle over whether a rock quarry can move forward excavating materials near the Meyer Ranch and Vintage Oaks subdivisions in New Braunfels has ended, for now.

Austin, Oracle land trade for 50 acres of new parkland set to move forward

A land swap that would bring dozens of acres of new parkland to Austin's east side is set to move ahead this fall, more than two years after city voters first authorized the exchange.

Agreement reached for housing, commercial redevelopment at Central Austin's St. John Site

Austin, its housing authority and Greystar Development Central have reached an agreement for the construction of a long-anticipated residential and community hub off I-35.

For years, residents in Central Austin's St. Johns neighborhood and their elected city leaders have sought to bring housing, new businesses and community spaces to the "St. John Site"—19 acres of unused land that the city bought up in the 2000s and 2010s.

The former Home Depot and car dealership properties at 800 E. St. Johns Ave. have sat empty through years of community discussions about their future.