Belterra Village update, Spokesman opening, and more things Southwest Austinites should know this week, May 1-5

Spokesman, an eatery and cafu00e9, will open in the Yard development in late May.

Spokesman, an eatery and cafu00e9, will open in the Yard development in late May.

  • AISD_current_board Two trustees from the Austin ISD board will speak at this month's Oak Hill Business and Professional Association luncheon.[/caption]

    The Oak Hill Business and Professional Association will host it's monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thurs., May 4 at Mandola's Italian Market on William Cannon Drive. Guest speakers this month will be Oak Hill representatives Amber Elenz and Yasmin Wagner from the Austin ISD board of trustees. The luncheon will include information on AISD changes and upcoming elections. The cost for non-members to attend is $25.

  • Residents of a Southwest Austin condominium community received word from the Austin Transportation Department in late April that a traffic light will be installed at Southwest Parkway and Terravista Drive using contingency funds from the installation of two higher-priority lights. This marks a major milestone in the ongoing endeavor to build a traffic signal at this intersection, which is projected to experience an increase in traffic congestion once businesses in the nearby Lantana IV development open.

  • Sky Cinemas Rendering large Sky Cinemas is one of the many tenants coming to the Belterra Village development.[/caption]

    The first Belterra Village tenants are on schedule to open later this year or early next year, according to one of the project's developers. Once completed, the center, located at the intersection of Hwy. 290 and Nutty Brown Road, will be a 93-acre mixed-use community with tenants ranging from Sky Cinemas to Pieous Mecca.

  • Spokesman, a new eatery and café coming to the Yard development in the St. Elmo District, will open in late May. The business will offer in-house roasted coffee, 20 draft beers and sandwiches, salads, and other café fare.

  • A Texas lawmaker's attempt to eliminate one District of Innovation exemption could impact Austin ISD, which voted to become a DOI in late March. If passed, the bill would prevent Texas school districts from adjusting the first and last day of the school year—the exemption most commonly sought by districts seeking DOI status, according to a recent Community Impact Newspaper DOI analysis.

  • Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood, one of the newest tenants to join the Oak Hill Plaza development, will host a grand opening special May 4-7, with all menu items priced at 30 percent off.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


Volunteers help load food at an event hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank at Del Valle High School in April. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food bank announces four drives in July

Families in need can pick up free produce, milk, protein and shelf-stable items, as available, on four dates.

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.
Austin metro COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 446 after holiday weekend

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.

The project is one of six that Travis County Commissioners Court on June 30 approved bond funding to support. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Cascades at Onion Creek Apartments to bring affordable housing to South Austin

The development, partially financed by Travis County multifamily housing revenue bonds, will have over 200 income-restricted units.

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County adds 571 COVID-19 cases; new restriction put in place ahead of holiday weekend

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

A photo of a person wearing a medical mask
Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

After Gov. Greg Abbot's statewise mandate to wear masks that cover mouth and nose, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe voiced his support.

A statue of Willie Nelson sits in front of ACL Live at the Moody Theater at the corner of Lavaca and Second streets.
Austin police will no longer arrest for low-level marijuana possession

Austin police will no longer arrest or issue citations for most marijuana possession offenses under 4 ounces.

Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texans must wear masks in public starting July 3

"COVID-19 is not going away," Gov. Abbott said. "In fact, it is getting worse."

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Episcopal Health Foundation
Survey: Texans support emphasis on improving economy, safety, pollution to address overall health

“COVID-19 is clearly showing what Texans already know: the state needs to address underlying, non-medical conditions that have a dramatic impact on their health,” Episcopal Health Foundation President and CEO Elena Marks said.

In the course of a month, the number of patients admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 has increased more than fivefold, according to Austin Public Health data. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Deluge of new COVID-19 cases forces Austin-area health officials to limit testing, shift tracing strategy

Fighting antiquated fax machines and a sharp rise in the demand for testing, officials said contact tracers are not able to get in touch with residents quickly enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

A photo of a group of community members at a public hearing discussion
Construction begins on new fire and EMS station in Southwest Austin

As one of five new stations geared at improving citywide response times, the new station will serve the Sunset Valley and Travis Country communities.