Northwest Austin

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6:00 AM Apr 6, 2015 CDT

Williamson County during the Civil War

As the secessionist movement spread through Texas after other southern states began to secede from the union in 1860, Williamson County residents were not so easily swayed.


Austin councilwoman hosts affordability meeting to discuss housing for low-wage workers

Although many of its residents earn well above the federal minimum wage, District 10 is not immune to Austin's affordable housing shortage .


Williamson County monitors EPA rules

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a new ground-level ozone standard by October that could impact road development and industrial growth projects in Williamson County if it is not met.



Farmers market to open May 10 at The Domain

Texas Farmers Market at Domain will be held at the new lawn venue near iPic Theaters. The market begins May 10.



IMPACT ROUNDUP: Three new businesses opening on Mesa Drive this spring, summer

Galaxy Cafe plans to open a new location by late spring or early summer on Mesa Drive in Northwest Austin.


Low-income housing units proposed in Northwest Austin

The program is funded through the U.S. Treasury Department and is overseen by the IRS. The goal is to use private dollars to create affordable housing.



I-35 prioritized for first round of Prop. 1 transportation funding

The Texas Department of Transportation’s Austin district will receive about $120 million in the first round of funding from Proposition 1 which was designed to divert more funding to infrastructure. Most of that funding—$92,284,652—will be spent in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, although the district includes eight other counties.


Austin Yoga Tree

Jonathan and Edith Troen moved to Austin in September and opened their yoga studio Nov. 3.


Austin Fitness Rentals

Employees at Austin Fitness Rentals test out spin bikes at the business’ showroom on Rutland Drive.


Silver Grill Cafe

Silver Grill Cafe owner Rehan Awan bought the business on Parmer Lane in July 2010.



Austin City Council committees meet for first time

Many of Austin City Councils committees will meet for the first time in April after establishing the committee structure in February. The committees will discuss and debate issues before they go to the full council. These meetings will also be where public input is emphasized. Some committee leaders may decide to hold public hearings on different days and times than the regularly scheduled meetings as listed below.


Task force created to examine parkland uses

The creation of the city's Parkland Events Task Force was approved during the March 5 Austin City Council meeting.


Charles Barnett

Charles Barnett retires


Charlotte's Saddlery

Charlotte's Saddlery offers items for horses and riders, including clothing, riding boots, and English and Western saddles. Photo by Lyndsey Taylor



North Austin green space becomes a priority for council

Newly-elected Austin City Council members in districts 4 and 7 are planning to improve upon the limited number of parks and accessible green spaces in North Austin.



Northwest Austin council members host March town hall meetings

Austin City Council members in districts 6 and 10 are hosting town hall meetings March 21 and 28 to discuss a variety of topics, such as transportation and parks.


Bribery Bakery to open March 18 in North Austin

Bribery Bakery will serve cookies, cakes, pies and other baked goods, such as brown butter and pineapple blondies.



US 183 toll lanes could come with $500M-$600M price tag

Adding two toll lanes in both directions of US 183 between RM 620 and MoPac is likely to cost between $500 million and $600 million.


Cedro Ristorante Pizzeria

Restaurateur James Sun said he wanted to choose a name that held significance to the Cedar Park area when he opened a restaurant in March 2014 in the Lakeline Market shopping center.


Mobility Authority reschedules open house for 183 North project to March 10

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is studying eight miles of US 183 from RM 620 to MoPac.


Ashley's Playhouse

Drop-in day care facility Ashley's Playhouse allows children to act on the movie stage, play in the treehouse, participate in arts and crafts, and stretch during morning yoga classes. Photo by Lyndsey Taylor