6 things for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Jan. 23-29

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol Jan. 21, 2017, to march for women's rights and equality.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol Jan. 21, 2017, to march for women's rights and equality.

Here's what you need to know this week:

1. Thousands of people in Austin gathered over the weekend around the south lawn of the Texas State Capitol for Women’s March on ATX, a demonstration of support for women’s rights.

Bella Fortuna Bella Fortuna is a proposed development district east of I-35 in Travis County.[/caption]

2. Southwest Austin residents can offer their feedback at a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed Bella Fortuna district, which would be situated about a mile southeast of I-35 and Onion Creek Parkway on approximately 158 acres within the city of Austin’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, according to county documents. The development would involve the construction of about 400 new single-family homes.

3. There's a new coffee shop coming to Sunset Valley next month. New business Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee at 5400 Brodie Lane, Ste. 930, will offer about a dozen varieties each day, and flavors will rotate daily, owner Ryan Brown said.

4. Continued high demand for homes and increased consumer confidence are converging in 2017, resulting in a strong market for the real estate industry in the coming years, according to experts who presented Thursday at the 2017 Greater Austin Housing Forecast co-hosted by the Austin Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.

Pluckers Boneless wings and waffle fries are among the items on the menu at Pluckers Wing Bar.[/caption]

5. Southwest Austin is getting a new Pluckers Wing Bar location. The Austin-based sports bar and wing restaurant said Friday that it will open a seventh Austin-area location in the Oak Hill Plaza on Hwy. 71 in late 2017.

6. Of the state’s roughly 1,200 school districts, just two districts in Texas received straight As under the state’s preliminary A-F accountability report, which measures performance in four areas. The preliminary report was released to the public Jan. 6, based on data from the 2015-16 academic year, and included ratings for Austin ISD.
By Kelli Weldon

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.


Dripping Springs has received two grants from the Texas Department of Transportation to complete sidewalk improvements projects. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dripping Springs receives $2.8 million in TxDOT grants for local sidewalk projects

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A photo of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees
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State Sen. Kirk Watson announced his resignation from state government Feb. 18. A number of local politicians have expressed interest in the seat.
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State Reps. Gina Hinojosa and Eddie Rodriguez say they are "seriously considering" a run for the District 14 seat.

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz addresses the media on Feb. 20 after announcing plans to resign.
Outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz says 'work will continue' in Austin ISD as transition plan is developed

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Austin taps downtown homeless shelter operator to expand permanent supportive housing program

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Gold's Gym now open on South Congress near Slaughter Lane

Gold's Gym opened its new South Austin location in late January.

Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet now open on Stassney Lane

The Texas restaurant chain offers a lunch and dinner buffet.

54th Street Grill is expected to open a South Austin location in 2021. (Courtesy 54th Street Grill)
54th Street Grill planning South Austin location

54th Street Grill will open a South Austin location in 2021.

A photo of young adults creating artwork.
Cordovan Art School & Pottery Parlor to open new location in Southwest Austin

The new art school will open on West Hwy. 290 on March 1.

Velocity Credit Union will break ground on a Dripping Springs location this year

Construction will begin on a new Velocity Credit Union branch this summer.

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