Bonds, beer and bridges: The most-read stories of 2018 in Northwest Austin

The redevelopment of the IBM Broadmoor Campus includes at least 2,000 housing units, building heights of 360 feet and a new Capital Metro Rail Station.

The redevelopment of the IBM Broadmoor Campus includes at least 2,000 housing units, building heights of 360 feet and a new Capital Metro Rail Station.

A lot of news happened in 2018, from school bond elections and new breweries to transportation updates and a Major League Soccer stadium.

Here are the most-clicked stories of 2018 for Northwest Austin.

1. Austin’s second downtown takes shape
Development in an area targeted almost 20 years ago to be Austin’s second downtown has picked up steam in the past year, including plans to densify the IBM Broadmoor Campus and a proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium.

2. Voters approve $508 million Round Rock ISD bond

Results from Williamson and Travis counties show 64.78 percent of Round Rock ISD voters in favor of the district’s $508.4 million bond proposition.

3. B.B. Rover’s, one of Austin’s first craft beer bars, could close by Christmas unless buyer steps forward
One of Austin’s first craft beer bars could close by Christmas unless a buyer steps forward to purchase the 30-year-old pub.

4. TxDOT unveils preliminary design for Loop 360 overpass at Spicewood Springs Road
Residents got their first glimpse Nov. 13 of a proposed project that will eliminate the main lane traffic signals at Loop 360 and Spicewood Springs Road/Bluffstone Drive in Northwest Austin and add an overpass.

5. New brewery will join North Austin’s growing craft beer scene this summer
A new brewery will join the ranks of North Austin’s growing craft beer scene this summer. Hopsquad Brewing Co. plans to open between July and September 2018.

6. Kerbey Lane Cafe resumes plans for new Braker Lane location
Kerbey Lane Cafe is in the permitting process with the city of Austin for its ninth location on Braker Lane.

7. The development race for McKalla Place: 9 things to know
Two more development proposals came forward June 5 night in a race to develop the coveted city-owned McKalla Place site in North Austin.

In 2017, Precourt Sports Ventures announced its plans to relocate the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer team to Austin and build a stadium. The group set its sights on a 24-acre plot of city-owned land at 10414 McKalla Place, located southeast of the Burnet Road and Braker Lane intersection.

8. Here are 11 new apartment communities coming soon in Northwest Austin
With more people moving to the Austin area every day, new residential communities are popping up.

9. Pflugerville ISD approves $332 million bond election
Pflugerville ISD voters will officially see a $332 million bond proposal on the ballot this November.

10. Here’s what is on the ballot for Northwest Austin residents for the Nov. 6 election
Several local, statewide and federal elections are taking place this November. Here is a look at what is on the ballot for residents in the Northwest Austin area.



Austin ISD modernization work continuing amid coronavirus stay-at-home order

Construction is continuing during Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home order because of education facilities’ statues as essential infrastructure.

Dream Bakery
With barren shelves at grocery stores, Northwest Austin restaurants and businesses are stepping up to help customers cook at home

Some Northwest Austin businesses are selling eggs, flour, steaks and more to the community.

The city of Austin issued a stay-at-home order March 24. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coronavirus update: Second death confirmed in Austin, Travis County as local cases rise to 206

Keep up with updates from Travis County and Austin for the week of March 30 here.

Williamson County had 113 coronavirus test kits as of March 30. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County working to get more test kits, predicts late April peak for coronavirus

Williamson County epidemiologist Justine Price said she predicts the county’s coronavirus peak will hit between April 24-May 15.

Dr. Liam Fry speaks about two nursing home isolation facilities that will be coming to the Austin and Travis County areas on March 30 at the city of Austin's Combined Transportation, Emergency, and Communications Center. (Courtesy ATXN)
Facilities to isolate nursing home residents who test positive for coronavirus will be set up in Travis, Williamson counties

The facilities will be for individuals living at nursing homes who do not need hospitalization or have already been discharged from the hospital.

Austin Regional Clinic Cedar Park
Austin Regional Clinic launches 5 drive-up coronavirus testing locations

Austin Regional Clinic will open drive-up COVID-19 testing sites across five sites.

NBISD workers deliver meals to students at the Veramendi Elementary School meal pickup location March 17. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)
Elections, closures, instruction: See what Austin-area schools are doing in wake of coronavirus

During the coronavirus situation, schools have had to make changes in how they deliver instruction, meals, elections and more. Below is a roundup of what local schools are doing to serve students and families.

The laptops will help students complete online assignments as coronavirus keeps schools closed. (Courtesy Pixabay)
What to bring, where to go: Everything you need to know about Round Rock ISD laptop distribution

RRISD will distribute Google Chromebooks via curbside pickup March 31-April 3.

Balcones Neighborhood Park
Austin closes city basketball courts, tennis courts, skate parks to public

Beginning March 28, all city-owned tennis courts, basketball courts, skate parts and pavilions are closed to the public.

Capital Metro station
All Capital Metro fares will be free throughout April

Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the farebox.

The first death from coronavirus was reported in Williamson County Saturday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County reports first death related to coronavirus

First death attributed to coronavirus in Williamson County was a male in his 70s.

Pflugerville ISD will expand its curbside free meal pickup program and serve dinner for district families. (Courtesy Adobe Stock Images)
Pflugerville ISD expands free meal program, now offers dinner for curbside pickup

Pflugerville ISD will expand its curbside free meal pickup program and serve dinner for district families.

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