2019 preview: Here are 8 stories to follow in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto this year

Downtown Round Rock will see many changes in 2019.

Downtown Round Rock will see many changes in 2019.




  1. Cities move forward developing downtown areas


As the cities of Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto continue to evolve, residents can expect to see changes in their respective downtown areas in the upcoming year.

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2. Pflugerville primed to gain more hotels
A total of five hotels are under separate phases of development along the SH 130 corridor in Pflugerville.

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3. Round Rock expands and extends roadways
Over the past two years the city of Round Rock and Williamson County have bolstered their respective arterial road plans to accommodate the current and future growth of the region.

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4. Manufacturers relocate to Hutto
Hutto had a busy year recruiting and landing manufacturers to relocate to the city. Two separate manufacturers from California, JRS Co. Inc. and AEND Industries Inc., both announced they will relocate their headquarters to Hutto. Paradigm Metals, a local technology manufacturer, is relocating its operations to Innovation Business Park in Hutto.

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5. Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre plans relocation to Round Rock
In 2014, Mike Farr, owner of Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre, decided to relocate the venue from Southwest Austin to McNeil Park, located off I-35 in Round Rock.

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6. Commercial spaces take off in Pflugerville
Two of Pflugerville’s largest-ever commercial projects, Costco and Living Spaces, opened in 2018. The two will contribute to Pflugerville’s growing sales tax base, which has so far experienced a year-over-year 6.2 percent climb from 2017-18.

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7. Austin FC stadium to begin work in 2019
Precourt Sports Ventures announced Dec. 19 it finalized an agreement with the city of Austin to build an MLS stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin.

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8. Texas Legislature talks property taxes
More than a year after the enactment of Senate Bill 6, which restricts how cities can annex portions of their extraterritorial jurisdictions, local cities are ironing out how to manage their growth. SB 6, combined with proposed property tax caps and Texas Supreme Court decisions, has the Texas Municipal League—a lobbying group of which Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto are all members—concerned about the expansion of state legislation over municipal control.

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