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

Southwest Austin

New 18-acre shopping center in South Austin to open on Congress Ave. this fall

By November, businesses in the new 18-acre shopping center will begin their staggered openings.


Four businesses coming to Hutto in fall 2021

Construction is underway on several new businesses in Hutto.

Pflugerville officials prep 43-acre tract near Living Spaces for development

A 43-acre plat of undeveloped land west of the Living Spaces warehouse in Pflugerville has been rezoned to allow for more flexibility for future development.

Cedar Park-Leander

Cedar Park council OKs Phase 1 construction agreement for Lakeline Park

Lakeline Park, the city of Cedar Park's planned 200-acre project, is progressing with Phase 1 construction expected to begin this summer.


Texas state reps. call on Abbott to permit school mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 cases

Thirty-two Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives signed a July 23 letter urging Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath to allow public schools to instate mask mandates and virtual learning options for the 2021-22 school year.

Maggie Quinlan, Megan Cardona, Brain Rash, Taylor Girtman and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.