Austin Java opens in Dripping Springs, city of Austin utility agencies issue apology for inaccurate meter readings and more for South Austinites to know this week

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 that includes a brewery, coffee roasting facility and a full bar and restaurant. Here are some other news stories for South Austinites to keep in mind this week.

Travis County commissioners appoint two members to Mobility Authority board of directors
In a meeting Jan. 30, the Travis County Commissioners Court appointed two members to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors. The terms of the county’s current board representatives, Charles Heimsath and David Armbrust, expired Feb. 1.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In moves pop-up location to Vulcan Video
Drive-in movie theater Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In relocated its pop-up location Feb. 1 from the Graceland Oaks Event Center in Oak Hill to Vulcan Video, 4411 Russell Drive, Austin. The theater offers classic concessions and features classic films and fan favorites.

Council member Troxclair seeks to make utility bills more affordable with new resolution
Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, whose district includes a portion of Southwest Austin, brought a resolution to her follow council members last week that will establish affordability standards for Austin’s water and garbage bills. The resolution directs city staff to conduct a study of other public and private water and solid waste utilities in Texas. Through those study findings, city staff can form recommendations for affordability standards for adherence by Austin Water and Austin Resource Recovery.

City of Austin utility agencies issue apology for high water bills, announce plans to credit customers affected
Austin Water and Austin Energy apologized to its customers Jan. 31 after discovering meter reading errors for over 7,000 customers throughout the city. In a press conference, agency officials confirmed the unusual pattern in high water bills and issued an apology to all customers. It also announced a plan to reimburse customers.

Take a look inside Austin Java’s first Dripping Springs location
Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 at 3799 E. Hwy. 290. The facility features a full-service restaurant and brewery, coffee roasting facility, lounge, playscape and beer garden, seats close to 300 people and includes a lounge and deck. This is the cafe’s fifth Austin-area location.



Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

ACC’s Pinnacle Campus has been closed since 2018. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Community College: There’s 'excitement' for a new Pinnacle campus

The Southwest Austin campus has been closed since 2018 due to poor facility conditions.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

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The Bridge at Turtle Creek apartment complex will provide more than 300 affordable units upon completion in 2022. (Rendering courtesy Journeyman Group)
Austin development updates: Apartments could replace two Rainey Street bars, 307 affordable housing units coming to South First Street area

A 569-foot apartment complex could replace Javelina and Craft Bar. Meanwhile, development continues in the St. Elmo area.

Trail of Lights (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Holiday markets, strolls, tree lightings and Trail of Lights: 18 events in the Austin area in November and December

The Trail of Lights has gone drive-thru this year, while the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is taking free, ticketed reservations to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.

Friends and co-owners (from left) Chris Blumentritt, Debbie Mylius and Phil Harding share a space in South Austin for Old School Liquor & Market and Cannon Coffee. (Photos by Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Old School Liquor & Market, Cannon Coffee keep it local in Southwest Austin

Three friends opened the neighboring businesses in 2019, showcasing local breweries, distilleries and coffee roasters.

Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
Inaugural interactive light festival coming soon to Bee Cave and more Central Texas updates

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Campuses in Austin ISD may close to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD classes could go virtual for the week following Thanksgiving break

The district will make a final decision about closing schools by Nov. 25.

Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

Campuses can now instate a hybrid or fully remote instruction model for up to 14 days if adequate instructional staffing is not possible due to high numbers of COVID-19 cases among employees.

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock and more top Central Texas news

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