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

Cities more forward developing downtown areas

Downtown Round Rock will see many changes in 2019. (via Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

  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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Plans underway to more than double Pflugerville hotel count

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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North Mays Street extension

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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JRS Co. Inc.

Sign frame and holder manufacturer JRS Co. Inc. broke ground on its new headquarters in February. The company is relocating from Covina, California, with approximately 25 employees.
CEO Brad Jaques said the company expects to move inside the building by November. JRS Co. Inc. will begin pre-employment screenings for up to 50 positions sometime in October.
Space: 50,000 square feet
Timeline: expects to begin operation

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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The Nutty Brown Cafe will relocate to Round Rock in 2019. (via Joseph Basco/Community Impact Newspaper)

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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Office, industrial space underway in Pflugerville

At the end of its first phase of development, Heatherwilde 45 is expected to deliver a minimum of 250,000 square feet of industrial and office space. (via IAIN OLDMAN/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER)

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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A group led by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to assume ownership of Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC in January, paving the way for an MLS team to come to Austin in 2020 or 2021. (via Rendering courtesy Gensler)

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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Leander ISD legislative priorities

The 86th Texas legislative session began Jan. 8. (via Abby Bora/Community Impact Newspaper)

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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Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.
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