6 things to know this week if you live in Southwest Austin


Here are a few things to know during the week of Sept. 12-17 if you live in Southwest Austin:

1. Construction is getting underway this month on the first phase of residential units in the 700-acre Goodnight mixed-use subdivision, which includes 104 single-family homes, nine duplexes and 90 townhouses. Move-in for the first residents may happen before the end of 2016, according to developer Austin Goodnight Ranch, a collaboration between Benchmark Development and members of the Goodnight family.

The Wire gondola system in Austin

Argodesign is proposing a concept called The Wire, a gondola system in Austin. Gondolas would stretch above roadways and the river and use South First and Guadalupe streets. (via Courtesy Argodesign)

2. Gondolas could come to Austin if the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which is overseeing the MoPac toll lane project, approves funding for a viability study for a proposed 8-mile gondola line that would run above South First and Guadalupe streets. The Mobility Authority is considering a proposal presented Sept. 7 by Argodesign, the agency behind the urban cable concept, The Wire.

3. On Wednesday, Travis County sheriff and Precinct 3 commissioner candidates in this November’s elections are slated to participate in a candidate forum hosted by the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods. The event on Sept. 14 will take place at 7 p.m. at Southwest Family Fellowship, 8203 Hwy. 71, Austin. Residents of Southwest Austin can attend the educational event, and information on current public sector initiatives will be available for review in the lobby starting at 6 p.m. www.ohan.org

Chef's Table Austin

Chef’s Table Austin is a gala-style event featuring top Austin chefs who auction off unique menus to the highest bidders and then cook private meals for the winners and their guests. Proceeds go to Austin-based nonprofit Water to Thrive. (via Courtesy Water to Thrive)

4. Foodies can gather at Brodie Homestead in Sunset Valley on Sept. 14 for Chef’s Table Austin, a gala-style event featuring top Austin chefs who auction off unique menus to the highest bidders and then cook private meals for the winners and their guests. The event also includes a silent auction and VIP reception, and all proceeds go to nonprofit Water to Thrive, which works to transform lives in rural Africa by providing sustainable, clean water by building wells in communities in need. The event takes place at 7 p.m. $45 (single ticket), $80 (pair of tickets), $100 (VIP ticket), $150 (pair of VIP tickets)

5. On Saturday a celebration will take place for new nonprofit The L.I.F.E. Project, which is launching in Southwest Austin and will serve young adults with autism as well as neurological and developmental disorders after high school. The nonprofit learning center located across from Crockett High School will have its grand opening at 10 a.m. along with a ribbon cutting and festival featuring food, music, raffle prizes and activities for children. 512-549-4539

6. Tonight the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will provide an update on the expansion of its free program, Highway Emergency Response Operator, which assists motorists who have issues such as flat tires or broken-down cars.


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Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.
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