Austin Community College, St. David’s opening in Leander this year

The Leander campus of Austin Community College is underway between Toll 183A and Mel Mathis Boulevard.

The Leander campus of Austin Community College is underway between Toll 183A and Mel Mathis Boulevard.

What we reported: Two major projects have been underway in Leander’s transit-oriented development, or TOD, district, which was created by city leaders to encourage pedestrian-friendly developments. Austin Community College’s San Gabriel Campus has been under construction since 2016 between Toll 183A and Mel Mathis Boulevard, and St. David’s HealthCare officially broke ground on a free-standing emergency department in May 2017 at Toll 183A and San Gabriel Parkway.

The latest: The first phase of St. David’s Leander campus, St. David’s Emergency Center, opened Jan. 2.

What’s next: ACC’s Leander location is scheduled to open for the fall 2018 semester. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-April, ACC spokesperson Jessica Vess said. The campus will cater to general studies and includes a combination of traditional classrooms and hybrid classrooms, or ones with desks and computers, as well as labs for chemistry and biology. The campus will have a 175-seat ACCelerator lab, a library, an outdoor rooftop terrace and community space. According to a press release from St. David’s, the health care system expects to expand its free-standing emergency department into a full-service hospital in a future phase.

This story is one update from The January Issue. View the full list of Top 10 stories to follow in 2018 here.


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