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As the need for more housing continues to increase rapidly in Round Rock, city ocials and developers are working to boost the number of housing units.

The Homestead at East Old Settlers neighborhood in Round Rock will deliver 620 homes by 2025. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Round Rock’s population growth outpaces new housing construction Round Rock real estate agent and former resident Mari House said she had to move out of the city in May 2021, mainly because the cost of living there was rapidly surpassing her ability to pay for it. made her leased home unaordable. “I wanted to purchase a home in Round Rock, but the houses were already over half a million dollars,” House said. and development services in Round Rock, acknowl- edged that housing production must continue to speed up, and said city sta and ocials are continu- ally working to meet the need. BY BROOKE SJOBERG

Her situation illustrates one reason why city lead- ers are working with developers to create more acces- sibility for living in Round Rock. Bradley Dushkin, assistant director for planning

As thousands of new residents are drawn to the area by new job opportunities annually, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the city of CONTINUED ON 32

A single mother, House said she moved her family to Leander in May 2021 after rent increases in Round Rock driven largely by market demand for housing

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FROMAMY: Each January we publish our Annual Community Guide. Within this issue, you’ll nd information on your city that includes governmental leadership, helpful resources and demographic data. We have also compiled a list of many of the businesses and restaurants that opened in the last year or are coming soon. Amy Leonard Bryant, GENERALMANAGER

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FROMBRIAN: The populations in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto have grown substantially in the last 10 years. In the case of Hutto, a more appropriate word might be “skyrocketed” with a 90% increase since 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. As more and more people move to the area, creating housing has become a primary objective locally, as this month’s front-page story examines. Brian Rash, SENIOR EDITOR

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8 A Tesla Supercharger station opened in the Market at Round Rock shopping center at 110 N. I-35, Round Rock, in early November. The station contains 16 super- chargers for Tesla vehicles. The location only accommodates Tesla vehicles. www.tesla.com/supercharger 9 Vintage Bodyworks held a grand opening Dec. 11 at 1904 S. Mays St., Round Rock. The business oers collision repair, auto paint, dent repair, auto exhaust, windshield repair, mechanic and auto restoration services. 512-836-1851. www.vintagebodyworks.com 10 A 21 Plus Liquor location opened in late November at 635 University Blvd., Ste. 130, Round Rock. It is the latest busi- ness to open in a new retail center that also includes a Locker Room Haircuts, Prime Nail Bar, Hotworx and Black Sugar Cae. 512-351-0992. COMING SOON 11 Bu City Soap is tentatively sched- uled to open Jan. 20 at 250 University FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood opened at 701 W. Louis Henna Blvd., in October. The business moved from its original location at 500 Parker Drive. The seafood restaurant oers Cajun and Thai menu options and has been in business for more than a decade since 2010. 512-368-3379. www.deckhandoysterbar.com

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4 Florida-based CSL Plasma opened a clinic at 2800 S. I-35, Ste. 210, Round Rock, on Nov. 9. The plasma donation clinic oers compensation for qualied donors based on clinic location and client weight. 737-327-4487. www.cslplasma.com 5 My Eyelab opened in Round Rock on Dec. 6. The location at 2150 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste 300, oers in-house eye exams, eyeglasses, sunglasses and con- tacts. 512-793-9917. www.myeyelab.com 6 Coworking space Oce Evolution opened at City Centre 2 at 551 S. I-35, Ste. 300, Round Rock, in December. The facil- ity oers amenities including 35 private and fully furnished oces, seven micro oces and a drop-in coworking lounge that holds 16. www.oceevolution.com 7 A Take 5 Oil Change location in Round Rock opened Oct. 25 at 2151 Gattis School Road. Take 5 oers oil changes as well as under-hood uid replenishment, and air lter or windshield wiper replacements. 737-210-8901. www.take5oilchange.com

Blvd., Ste. 160, Round Rock. The business oers plant-based, small-batch hand- made soap as well as laundry and bath items. www.bucitysoap.com 12 Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar will open a new location at 2600 N. I-35, Round Rock, in late spring 2022, a rep- resentative said. Whiskey Cake serves a menu of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts alongside drinks, including wine, beer, signature cocktails and whiskey ights. www.whiskeycake.com CLOSINGS 13 Sam Bass Covered Storage , located at 4700 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, closed Dec. 31. A representative said the closure is due to the Sam Bass Road wid- ening project, and Williamson County ac- quired the land through eminent domain. In late November, the owners opened a new storage facility in Round Rock, Exec- utive Enclosed Boat & RV Storage, on Red

1 Indian restaurant Bamboo Biryani’s Bowl & Grill opened at 130 Sundance Parkway, Ste. 100, Round Rock, in mid-October. The menu oers appetizers, chaat, dosas, curry and the namesake 2 A Black Swan Yoga location opened Dec. 13 at 2800 S. I-35, Ste. 310, Round Rock. The studio is donation-based and oers classes of varying styles of yoga as well as online yoga for at-home practice. www.blackswanyoga.com 3 Executive Enclosed Boat & RV Storage began taking reservations Nov. 30 for its 50-foot storage units at 1531 Red Bud Lane, Round Rock. The high-end storage facility caters to owners of boats, RVs and small businesses who need to store large machinery. 512-759-8778. www.execenclosed.com biryani. 512-310-8480. www.bowlandgrill.com

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2021 will now likely open in early 2022. A representative from QuikTrip said the store at the southeast corner of Pecan and SH 130 should open by February, but that timeframe is tentative. www.quiktrip.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 Oriental Kitchen , located at 1100 Grand Avenue Parkway, Ste. 116, Pfluger- ville, celebrates its fifth anniversary in January. The restaurant, owned by Meili Wu and Jose Lopez, serves an extensive Asian menu that includes sesame beef, orange chicken, basil fried shrimp, several appetizers and a variety of other entrees. 512-670-9555. http://orientalkitchen pflugerville.kwickmenu.com

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serving craft coffee with the new hours of 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekends. 512-968-6885. www.lamppost.coffee COMING SOON 2 Finding Balance , a yoga studio at 117 East St., Hutto, will open in early to mid-January. Finding Balance will offer daily yoga classes as well as periodic events focused on yoga, wellness and personal development. www.findingbalancetx.com 3 Martin Nelson Endodontic Group plans to open a new endodontic office at 106 Taylor St., Hutto. The office is expected to open in summer 2022, according to Martin Nelson Endodontic

Group representative Rodrigo Reyes. Endodontists are dental care providers who specialize in treating root canals. The clinic has five other locations across the Central Texas area, including two in Cedar Park, one in Georgetown, one in Pfluger- ville and one in Austin. 512-275-4222. www.martinendodontics.com 4 Taco Casa broke ground on a new restaurant at 330 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Hut- to, next to Chipotle, on Dec. 2. The loca- tion is expected to open in late January or early February. Taco Casa has locations across Texas, but the Hutto location will be the first in the Austin area. Taco Casa specializes in light Mexican fare including tacos, burritos, nachos and tostadas. www.tacocasatexas.com

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WORTH THE TRIP Jan. 21 See a legendary brass band Grammy-winning New Orleans group Rebirth Brass Band will take the stage in Austin for a night of live music showcasing its distinct style. Rebirth Brass Band has been playing for four decades, and its style incorporates jazz, funk, soul and R&B. 7 p.m. (doors open). $35 (in advance), $36 (day of show). ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. 512-225-7999. www.acl-live.com

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The Cheer America Championships will bring teams to Round Rock to compete for top prizes. The performance schedule will be released Monday on the week of the event. $20. $15 for military and seniors. Kids 5 and under are free. Round Rock Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trail Road, Round Rock. 512-341-3125. www.cachampionships.com

The Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce will host The Big Easy Masquerade Gala. The event will include an open bar, live entertainment, a live and silent auction, and games. 5-10:30 p.m. $125 (seats), $1,250 (tables). Kalahari Resorts, 3001 Kalahari Blvd., Round Rock. 512-759-4400. www.huttochamber.com

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15 WALKAND CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OFMLK The Round Rock Black History Organization, Round Rock ISD and city of Round Rock are partnering for the 35th annual MLK Walk and celebration in downtown Round Rock. The walk will begin at Buck Egger Park and end at Centennial Plaza, where the rest of the festivities will continue. 1-3:15 p.m. Free. Buck Egger Park, 900 S. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-567-6988. www.roundrockblackhistory.com 16 ENJOY A SUNDAY SYMPHONY Enjoy a family-friendly classical music concert with Austin Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jessica Mathaes and Austin Symphony Orchestra principal keyboard player Jessica Mathaes. Masks will be required in the building as part of COVID-19 protocol. 4-6 p.m. Free. Pugerville First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Pecan St., Pugerville. 512-422-6355. Facebook: Classical Artists Concert Series-Sunday Symphony

20 EXPLORE YOUR LOVE OF ROLE PLAYING GAMES The city of Pugerville is hosting a Dungeons and Dragons and Pizza event for people interested in learning about the famous fantasy game. Attendees will spend the rst 30 minutes learning the rules and how to play. They will continue with a self-contained “one-shot” campaign that will last about 2.5 hours. No experience is necessary. Register online at the city website. 5-9 p.m. $5 (Pugerville residents), $7.50 (nonresidents). Pugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6363. www.pugervilletx.gov 20 CHECKOUT A SILENT BOOK CLUB The Pugerville Library is hosting a new concept of BYOB—bring your own book. Attendees for the silent book club will bring a book of their choosing, chat for a few minutes about what they are reading and then quietly read until the program ends. Online registration is now open on the library website. 6-7:30 p.m.

JANUARY 13 GET YOUR GAMING ON Head to the Pugerville Recreation Center for a Super Smash Bros. tournament. Attendees will play the classic crossover ghting game that features characters from various Nintendo games. The winner will receive a Pf-Esports T-shirt. Attendees may register online at the city’s website. 6-8 p.m. Free. Pugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6363. www.pugervilletx.gov 15 TEST YOUR POKER SKILLS The Lodge Poker Club is hosting a classic poker tournament with unlimited re-entries. Prizes will be awarded, and the winner will receive a pair of Beats headphones, a trophy and a listing on the venue’s wall of fame, according to The Lodge. 12:15 p.m. $200 (buy in, active membership required). The Lodge Poker Club & Card House, 1401 S. I-35, Round Rock. 512-614-4045. www.thelodgepokerclub.com

Free. Pugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Puger St., Pugerville. 512-990-6100. www.library.pugervilletx.gov 22 SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS Visit the Round Rock Farmer’s Market, hosted by Farmer George Farmers Markets, at the University Oaks shopping center. Farm-fresh produce and other items from local vendors will be available for purchase. Farmer George Farmers Markets is an organization that works with local businesses and strives to bring responsibly raised foods and products to Texas neighborhoods. Free entry. 10 a.m.-noon. 201 University Oaks Blvd., Round Rock. 956-286-7775. www.farmergeorge.market 28 CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DANCE TRADITIONS Migrations Dance & Music Festival will bring a three-day event full of dance showcases, vendors and workshops to the Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8-$90. Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center, 1209 N. I-35, Round Rock. www.migrationsaustin.com

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Elected ocials Williamson County Commissioners Court Judge: Bill Gravell Precinct 1: Terry Cook Precinct 2: Cynthia Long Precinct 3: Valerie Covey Precinct 4: Russ Boles

Helpful resources Fire department • 512-218-5590* Police department • 512-218-5500* Animal control • 512-218-5500 Utility billing • 512-218-5460 Library • 512-218-7000 Parks and recreation • 512-218-5540 *Call 911 for emergencies

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www.uptowncheapskate.com 34 Urban Betty 3001 Joe DiMaggio Blvd., Ste. 1350, Round Rock 5123717663 www.urbanbetty.com COMING IN 2022 FOODAND GROCERY 35 Manpasand Supermarket 130 Sundance Parkway, Ste. 100, Round Rock 9155053366 www.manpasandsupermarket.com 36 Sam Bass Market 2111 Sam Bass Road, Ste. 100, Round Rock 5122972221 Facebook: Sam Bass Market 37 The Sweet Tooth Parlor Bakery & Cafe 808 E. Palm Valley Blvd. Ste. 200, Round Rock 5125815100 www.thesweettoothparlor.com Boon Supplements www.boonsupplements.com D-Choice Retail 5127514490 www.d-choiceretail.com HOME ANDHARDWARE 38 iTIle 120 Sundance Parkway, Ste. 200, Round Rock 5128881212 Facebook: iTile ATX 39 Merry’s Mud Pottery House 306 E. Austin Ave., Round Rock Facebook: Merry’s Mud Pottery House PETS 40 PetSuites 15940 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock 7372635361 www.greatoaks.petsuitesofamerica.com OTHER 41 Happy Clouds Smoke & Vape 602 E. McNiel Road, Ste. 114, Round Rock 5122159399 www.happycloudssmokeshop.com

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5419554700 www.dutchbros.com $ 13 Lamppost Coee 201 E. Main St., Ste. 101, Round Rock 5128400095 www.lamppost.coee $ HALAL 14 Aladdin Halal Grill 2051 Gattis School Road, Ste. 630, Round Rock 7372369000 www.aladdinhalalgrill.com $ 15 The Urban Turban 4257 Gattis School Road, Round Rock 5124236199 Facebook: The Urban Turban $ HAMBURGERS 16 Ambur Fire Smash Burgers & BBQ 5430 Hwy. 79, Round Rock 5128002984 www.amburre.com $ 17 Whataburger 281 University Blvd., Round Rock www.whataburger.com $ COMING IN 2022 ITALIAN 18 Milano Ristorante 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 300, Round

Rock 5125025545 www.milanoristorantetx.com $$ 19 Palermo Pasta House 121 E. Main St., Round Rock 5123693952 www.palermopastahouse.com $$ MEXICANLATIN 20 Brasas Peruanas 206 N. Mays St., Round Rock 5128204085 Facebook: Brasas Peruanas $$ 21 El Takobar 118 E. Main St., Round Rock 5125994180 Facebook: El Takobar $ 22 Taco Palenque 130 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock 5122436553 www.tacopalenque.com $ SHOPPING BEAUTY 23 HARE House of Beauty 302 W. Main St., Ste. 104, Round Rock 7372889763

2013 N. Mays St., Round Rock 5123945393 25 Pinky & Co Beauty Bar 17220 RM 620, Ste. 115, Round Rock 7372058003 www.pinkyandco.com 26 Sha Sha Beauty Hair Supply Store and Salon 110 N. I35, Ste. 130, Round Rock 5155056026 www.shashabeautyhairsalon.com 27 Shakim Creation Hair Studio 3021 S. I35, Ste. 17, Round Rock 7372030034 www.shakimcreationbeauty.com CLOTHING 28 Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More 2851 Joe Dimaggio Blvd., Bldg. 3, Ste. 6, Round Rock 5123410701 www.bigfrog.com 29 dd’s Discounts 2601 I35 S., Ste. 200, Round Rock 5122445433 www.ddsdiscounts.com 30 Divinely Designed Hair & Wigs 106 S. Harris St., Round Rock 5128989447 www.divinely-designed-hair-llc-business.site 31 Goodwill 677 University Blvd., Round Rock 5126829243 www.goodwillcentraltexas.org 32 Rhae 306 W. Main St., Round Rock www.shoprhae.com 33 Uptown Cheapskate 2601 I35, Ste. D300, Round Rock 5125208025

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MEXICANLATIN 9 Fogonero Restaurant 800 W. Pecan St., Pugerville 5124284565 www.fogonerorestaurant.com $$ MIDDLE EASTERN 10 Kebab Shop 18616 Limestone Commercial Drive, Ste. 300, Pugerville 5129002560 www.thekebabshop.com $$ SHOPPING BOOKS The Book Burrow 5126708441 www.thebookburrowbookstore.com HOME ANDHARDWARE 11 Billiard Factory 19116 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pugerville www.billiardfactory.com COMING EARLY 2022

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5122916182 www.iwantcrave.com $$ K COFFEE SHOPS 5 The Human Bean 105 Rex Kerwin Court, Bldg. 1, Pugerville 5125950012 www.thehumanbean.com $ HOME COOKING 6 Little Ola’s Biscuits 14735 Bratton Lane, Ste. 310, Austin www.littleolasbiscuits.com $ 7 Stu’em 1202 FM 685, Stes. B5B6, Pugerville 5129693018 www.stuematx.com $$ INDIAN 8 Curry Kitchen 15424 FM 1825, Ste. 230, Pugerville 5125199104 www.currykitchen.org $$

PFLUGERVILLE DINING ASIAN 1 JJ’s Wok 1420 Wells Branch Parkway, Ste. 280, Pugerville $$ COMING MARCH 2022 BAR AND GRILLS 2 54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse 19109 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pugerville www.54thstreetgrill.com $$ COMING EARLY 2022 3 Willie’s Grill & Icehouse 19200 Colorado Sand Drive, Pugerville www.williesgrillandicehouse.com $$ COMING MARCH 2022 BARBECUE 4 Crave Hot Dogs and Barbecue 21315 SH 130, Ste. 150, Pugerville

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12 Exaco Trading Co. 16001 Impact Way, Pugerville www.exaco.com COMING EARLY 2022 13 Fabulous Floors 1500 Central Commerce Circle, Pugerville 9722506222 www.faboors.com 14 Sleep Number 18841 FM 685, Pugerville 7374021200 www.sleepnumber.com OTHER 15 Vapor Station 14905 Dessau Road, Ste. 100, Pugerville 5129693411 www.vaporstation.net JEWELRY 16 Ethel & Isabelle 15812 Windermere Drive, Ste. 400, Pugerville 5125208070 ethelisabellejewelry.com

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Access to western Round Rock and Brushy Creek via RM 620 will be enhanced following the completion of a ve-stage transportation project in 2023. RM 620, a gateway to western Round Rock, Brushy Creek and Cedar Park from I-35, will eventually include an overpass, frontage lanes and a roundabout. The eastbound frontage lane is expected to be complete by spring 2022, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is currently in Phase 2 of 5, although TxDOT has stated that construction phases may proceed out of order. Work on the roundabout commenced in summer 2021, and portions of it are expected to be completed in spring 2022. Also included in Phase 2 of the project is the widening of Lake Creek Drive, portions of the Chisholm Trail Road roundabout, eastbound main lanes and eastbound frontage lanes. Crews are working on the substructure for the bridge that will cross the roundabout and rail line as well as pour- ing concrete on driveways along the eastbound frontage road, according to TxDOT. When completed, RM 620 will look radically dierent from its previous status as a four-lane roadway. The complete project plan calls for ground-level east and west- bound lanes, overpasses over Lake Creek and Chisholm Trail, and improvements to pedestrian and bicycle access. Phase 2 is expected to nish in spring 2022, to be followed by Phase 4 in the summer. This phase will include the construction of main lanes

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between Lake Creek and Deep Wood Drive. A majority of the frontage roads will be complete by the time Phase 4 begins, according to TxDOT. The project is a partnership among the city of Round Rock, TxDOT and Williamson County to address issues of trac congestion from Deep Wood Drive to I-35. Timeline: February 2020-mid-2023 Cost: $27.4 million Funding sources : city of Round Rock, TxDOT, Williamson County

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Kenney Fort Boulevard construction project to extend roadwaywill continue throughout 2022

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Abrams LP during the Sept. 23 City Council meeting, where Transpor- tation Director Gary Hudder said it would be one of few north-south routes in the city with a minimal number of intersections. He said the extension project is expected to ease north-south trac congestion to some degree, as non-I-35 options between University Boulevard and SH 45 N are limited to Mays Street, A.W. Grimes Boulevard and Red Bud Lane. “The nice thing about a project like this is it’s what we call a greeneld project, the vast majority of it is built where there’s no trac,” Hudder said during the packet brieng Sept. 21. “There’s no conict, so the contractor can move through without a lot of

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard will provide an additional north-south route through the city of Round Rock, connecting Hwy. 79 and SH 45 N. The second and third segments of the project will eliminate a gap in the city’s transportation net- work, enhancing mobility, according to the city. When completed, Kenney Fort will be a limited-access six-lane divided major arterial, according to plans for the project. Additionally, connections to the Brushy Creek Trail System and Old Settler’s Park via sidewalks and shared-use paths will also be made. The construction and engineering contract for Sections 2 and 3 of the thoroughfare was awarded to J.D.

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North Mays Street widening Two segments of Mays Street— from Paloma Drive to Steam Way, and Oakmont Drive to south of the University Drive-Oakmont intersection—will be widened to a ve- lane roadway with 6-foot sidewalks on the east side and 10-foot shared-use pathways on the west side. Timeline: TBD Cost: estimated at $3.5 million-$4 million Funding source: city of Round Rock

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