Building set for W. Hwy. 71

The Hwy. 71 corridor from Hwy. 290 to the city of Bee Cave is home to several projects that are under construction or   recently finished.

In April, mosque Masjid Ibrahim finished exterior construction and began moving into its new two-story building at 8521 W. Hwy. 71.

According to its website, remaining site work includes landscaping, parking lot cleanup and sprinkler testing.

Developer Oden Hughes completed the 240-unit Landmark Conservancy apartment complex in April, Managing Director Mac McElwrath said. He said the area offers top-notch schools and dining and shopping options.

Local church LifeAustin expects to finish work on its outdoor amphitheater by mid-May and open the worship center in the summer, Business Pastor John Capezzuti said.

The amphitheater will primarily serve as an outdoor worship center, he said. However, the church hopes to host occasional charitable and civic events there as well. The church considers the amphitheater “integral to our outreach in the
community,” Capezzuti said.

“We are in discussion with several different organizations, including a couple of local orchestras, a play house and several schools, to host both baccalaureate and graduation services,” he said. “We are also really looking forward to being able to host worship in this beautiful new space.”

The project had been controversial; two neighborhood associations filed suit against the city of Austin related to how the project was approved.

“We have done several mailings to our neighbors sharing information about the developments on our campus; offering them free tickets to attend special events or performances; and inviting them to use our beautiful disc golf course, walking trails and dog park,” Capezzuti said.

Nearby, developer Bill Schultz is working on Covered Bridge Village, a mixed-use project that will include retail, office and restaurant uses, he said. Construction on the three commercial buildings will begin in June or July.

Schultz said there is a need for services in the neighborhood. Planned future construction near the Y at Oak Hill will cause reduced accessibility to local businesses, he predicted.

He said his project is driven by the love of the neighborhood and Oak Hill and he plans to own the property indefinitely.

“My budget is whatever it takes to bring the quality the neighborhood deserves,” he said.

Schultz said the project uses natural materials and specially designed rooflines.

The Texas Department of Transportation is working on a $15.9 million project to add turn lanes and shoulders to Hwy. 71 from Thomas Springs Road to Covered Bridge Drive.