Building set for W. Hwy. 71

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.


Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Hill Country Galleria earned a recognition in the shopping center industry in July. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
Hill Country Galleria earns industry honors for creative initiatives, including Buzzfest

Hill Country Galleria earned several honors during the International Council of Shopping Centers 2021 Global Awards.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Photo of medical professions in a hospital
Health officials warn ICU space is critically low as Travis County sees its 900th COVID-19 death

As the delta variant drives transmission rates up, local hospital systems warn that ICUs are strained.

At Blue Gecko, a Texas Taco comes with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese and bacon. (Courtesy Blue Gecko)
New taco spot opens in Four Points; roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including news on when Lou Neff Road will open in Central Austin.

Water retention ponds and flood control features can now be seen on the site of the 80-acre Village of Spanish Oaks development. (Courtesy CCNG Inc.)
Permanent features take shape at Village at Spanish Oaks

The Village at Spanish Oaks will feature a boutique inn as well as retail and office space.

The Oaks at Slaughter development will have several new businesses opening by the end of 2021. (Deeda Lovett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shopping coming to Congress Ave.; Pflugerville preps tract near Living Spaces and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area, including news on four businesses coming to Hutto.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

Read the latest business and education news from the Central Texas area.

Sinaloan seafood restaurant El Coco Pirata is now open in Northwest Austin. (Community Impact Newspaper)
New Mexican seafood spot El Coco Pirata now open in Northwest Austin

El Coco Pirata serves classic Sinaloan seafood dishes.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.