Here are some news items to keep in mind this week in and around Georgetown.
1. Developer appeals denial of proposed downtown mixed-use building
The developer of a proposed four-story residential and retail building at 204 E. Eighth St., Georgetown, has appealed a denial of a certificate of appropriateness for the project issued by Georgetown’s Historical and Architectural Review Commission in December. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday during a regular meeting of Georgetown City Council, which begins at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown.
The review commission voted 7-0 to deny the necessary certificate for the proposed development on Dec. 14, finding concerns with the building’s proposed height, design and parking components. The building would be built on the former location of the Eats on 8th restaurant, which was destroyed in a fire in 2016. More information is available here.
2. Georgetown ISD’s State of the District scheduled for Jan. 17
GISD will host its third annual State of the District Address from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. The event will include student showcases, lunch and a presentation by GISD Superintendent Fred Brent. Tickets cost $25 with proceeds supporting the GISD Education Foundation. More information is available at www.gisdedfound.org.
3. Courageous Conversations GTX hosts conflict resolution training
Courageous Conversations GTX is hosting a conflict resolution workshop “to provide individuals in our community with the principles and skills to constructively resolve conflicts that inevitably arise in marriage and family relationships, in neighborhoods, organizations, and communities, in the workplace, or in faith communities and civic institutions” on three consecutive Tuesdays in January. Training sessions are scheduled from 7-10 p.m. on Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Registration costs $50. The sessions will be led by Karl Slaikeu, a psychologist, mediator and author who has taught at the University of Texas and the University of South Carolina. Slaikeu has also served as a senior social scientist for the U.S. Army while based in Afghanistan. More information here.
4. Blood donors needed following supply shortage
We Are Blood, which serves more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities across 10 counties in Central Texas, is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is in need of donations, especially types O negative and O positive blood, according to organization officials. Donations during the holiday season were lower than anticipated, placing the Central Texas blood supply at a “dangerously low” level. Donations are being accepted at any of the three We Are Blood physical locations or at various mobile drives. Read more here.
5. BB’s Home Cooking opens in The Summit at Rivery Park
Just in time to start the new year, BB’s Home Cooking opened its new location at 1500 Rivery Blvd., Georgetown, in The Summit at Rivery Park. The restaurant joins other tenants in the retail complex, including Woops! Bakeshop and Orangetheory Fitness. A luxury day spa called Spa Luxe anticipates it will open in the complex this spring.