New Baylor Scott & White clinic, early voting showing 4 percent overall turnout and more for South Austinites to know about this week, Feb. 26-March 2

Baylor Scott & White broke ground Feb. 19 on a new primary care clinic in the Onion Creek.

Baylor Scott & White broke ground Feb. 19 on a new primary care clinic in the Onion Creek.

A new primary care clinic is slated to open this summer in Onion Creek. Here are a few pieces of news to know from last week:



Texas Education Agency prepares plan to correct issues in special education system
The Texas Education Agency is working on a corrective action plan to address the issues found in special education program in Texas schools. The TEA produced a first draft of its corrective action plan Jan. 18, at which point it began compiling public comments on the plan. After the public comment period, which ended Feb. 20, the TEA will produce a revised plan, which is expected to be released March 1.






Baylor Scott & White will open a primary care clinic in Onion Creek
Construction began Feb. 19 on a new primary care facility known as Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Onion Creek, located at 11209 S. I-35, Austin. It is slated to open summer 2018.






Commissioners debate the creation and funding of a groundwater conservation district in southwest Travis County
Commissioners debated last Tuesday over whether to fund an election to create a groundwater conservation district that would regulate, protect and conserve the groundwater supply derived from the Trinity Aquifer, one of nine major aquifers in the state. The creation of the entity comes directly from a recommendation from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and was approved during last year's legislative session.






Central Health plans to lease out portion of Brackenridge Campus, loses master developer
Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, may lease a portion of the 14.3-acre downtown Brackenridge Campus to the 2033 Fund, a nonprofit entity created for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin, following a vote from its Budget and Finance Committee meeting Feb. 21.






Early voting numbers in Travis County showing about 4 percent overall turnout
The first week of early voting wrapped up Feb. 24, showing a 4 percent overall turnout in Travis County. Early voting ends March 2. Election day is March 6.




MOST RECENT

The monthslong search for Austin's new police chief is expected to wrap up before the end of August. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Search for Austin's next top cop narrows to 7 finalists; new chief to be named by end of August

Seven finalists from across the country remain in the search for Austin's next police chief, the city announced July 26.

Austin ISD will offer virtual learning options to students in kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2021-22 school year, according to a July 26 news release from the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin ISD plans to offer virtual learning for some students in 2021-22 school year

The district changed course on virtual learning after rising case counts led the local health authority to revert to Stage 4 guidelines, including wearing masks.

Chick-fil-A will open a location in downtown Austin on July 29. (Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
Chick-fil-A coming to downtown Austin; Dutch Bros Coffee opens in Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Located at 600 Congress Ave., Ste. C150, the newest outpost for the fast-food fried chicken giant is locally owned by Luke Steigmeyer.

The Oaks at Slaughter development will have several new businesses opening by the end of 2021. (Deeda Lovett/Community Impact Newspaper)
New 18-acre shopping center in South Austin to open on Congress Ave. this fall

A new shopping center in South Austin will bring more than 10 new businesses this fall.

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin sent a letter July 23 urging Gov. Greg Abbott to allow schools to require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas state reps. call on Abbott to permit school mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 cases

The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Vikki Goodwin, called upon Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath to permit school districts to enact mask mandates and provide virtual learning options.

The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Workers celebrate topping out of Austin 'sailboat building' concrete structure

Workers who contribute to the construction of the Block 185 building celebrated topping off the structure, a big milestone for the development project that began in 2019.

A system to identify at-risk Austin Police Department employees has not been effective. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Audit finds Austin police system to flag at-risk officers is failing

Austin's city auditor and police chief agree the police department's computer program to identify at-risk officers is not fulfilling its mission.

A rise in COVID-19 cases has Travis County back in stage 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin reverts to Stage 4 guidelines with rising delta variant cases

As delta variant COVID -19 cases are sending more young people to local ICUs, The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has moved the area back to guidelines that require masks indoors.

Opening day at Q2 Stadium
US men’s soccer team to visit Q2 Stadium this fall

The U.S. men's national team will host Jamaica for a FIFA World Cup qualifier game on Oct. 7.

Capital Metro is hosting a series of virtual meetings to hear feedback from the community on the latest Project Connect designs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Capital Metro seeks community input on latest Project Connect design

Want to have your voice heard about Project Connect? Tune in to the upcoming virtual meetings.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander eyes development with restaurants, retail; Bin Drop opens in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.