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Ten years ago, small robotics teams met in parents’ garages to build robots from kits they received in the mail, according to local educators. Five years from now, similar teams may be able to take a robot they designed and built for a test drive—or ight—in a rst-of-its-kind robotics space. Gensler Austin, an international architectural and design rm, and Elijah May, the co-founder and CEO of robotics advocacy nonprot Robotters, released early design plans Feb. 13 tobuilda“Topgolf-style” robotics arena inCedarPark. “While still in the early planning stages, the Cedar Park- based arena will be the rst of its kind in the nation,” Gens- ler spokesperson Anuradha Koli said. Local proponents say a robotics space, particularly for children, has been needed for nearly a decade. Gensler Austin project architect Thomas Boes said the CONTINUED ON 42 Groupproposes robotics arena inCedarParkarea BY BRIAN PERDUE

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FROMDENISE: Exciting changes are coming for Leander! Leander City Council approved the new Northline development, which has started construction by the Austin Community College San Gabriel campus. This project has been in the works for over a decade, and it is nally coming to fruition. You can read more about the mixed-use town center (see page 15) and when the rst phase will be developed. Denise Seiler, GENERALMANAGER

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Joe Warner ASSISTANTMANAGING EDITOR Amy Denney EDITOR Brian Perdue REPORTER Taylor Girtman COPY CHIEF Andy Comer COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury STAFFWRITERS Nicholas Cicale, Amy Rae Dadamo, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Ali Linan, Christopher Neely, Brian Rash ADVERTISING ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Haley Grace SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kara Nordstrom STAFF DESIGNERS Jay Jones, Julie Leise, Mel Stea BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US 16225 Impact Way, Ste. 1 Pugerville, TX 78660 • 5129896808 communityimpact.com PRESS RELEASES lcpnews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher. SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Beth Burton DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan

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appliances, high-speed Wi-Fi, a copy and print room, phone booths and large sit- stand desks. 512-675-0031. www.innovationworkspaces.com 4 Onyx Wellness Boutique hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting Feb. 14, according to spokesperson Joanne Laguana. Located at 111 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. B, Cedar Park, the business is a “holistic wellness boutique” owned by Connie Roberts. The family-owned small business uses a holistic approach to get people off prescription medication, according to a press release. Veterans receive a 20% discount. 512-713-3919. http://onyxwellnessboutique.com 5 Cedar Park Public Library opened its World Language Center on Feb. 15. The center will expand the library’s services by aiming to fulfill the needs of the city’s multilingual community, according to a city press release. The center, which was created in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cedar Park-Leander, offers read- ing material for all ages in Chinese, Hindi, Spanish and Telugu, according to the release. The library is located at 550 Dis- covery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov/library 6 Trotter House , an Austin nonprofit resource center for women and fami- lies in crisis, opened a new location in Cedar Park on March 2, according to a press release. The new location will be at the Christian Resource Center, at 1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park. Trotter House will offer free pregnancy tests, limited sonograms, life skills classes and a clothing boutique that includes diapers, formula, wipes, baby clothing and equipment. The location’s hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10

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NOWOPEN 1 Leander’s first hotel— Holiday Inn Ex- press and Suites Leander —hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting Feb. 18. The 84-room hotel, at 247 W. Metro Drive in Leander, opened in December. Cedar Park, which has nine hotels, and Leander levy a 7% hotel tax rate. 512-690-5678. www. ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/ leander/ausln/hoteldetail

2 Cedar Park Pulmonology opened Jan. 13 to treat patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders, according to a press release. The new clinic is at 1401 Medical Parkway, Bldg. B, Ste. 412, in Cedar Park. Dr. Harsh Babbar is the pulmonologist in the new clinic. He is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care, sleep medicine and internal medicine. 512-379- 3636. www.cedarparkphysicians.com

3 Innovation WorkSpaces , which rents workspaces to businesses and other groups, opened Feb. 1 in Cedar Park and hosted a grand-opening celebration Feb. 25 at 1205 BMC Drive in Cedar Park, according to spokesperson Marcella Smith. According to Smith, amenities include an outdoor kitchen and tables, bike storage, showers and lockers, an open kitchen with beverages and major

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a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-noon on the first Saturday of each month. The main campus of Trotter House, formerly known as the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, is located at 2717 Rio Grande St., Austin, and has served the area since

C-2, in Cedar Park in December, accord- ing to business founder Dr. Jason Owens. The clinic treats patients through a vari- ety of chiropractic and therapy services. It was previously located at 1320 Arrow Point Drive, Ste. 501, Cedar Park. 512-823-0333. www.cedarparkfamilychiropractic.com 10 Plush Fabric-Home Interiors moved to a new location at 12332 N. RM 620, Austin, on Feb. 11, according to owner Sydney McCann. The business moved from its location at 314 Old Hwy. 183 in Cedar Park to make way for the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project. The business creates a variety of upholstery products, according to McCann. 512-331-7503. 11 Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline is celebrating its 10th anniversary March 28 at its location in the southern parking lot of Lakeline Mall, 1100 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. In addition to several special events, free slices of gluten-free cake will be available. The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. www.texasfarmersmarket. org/lakeline 12 HC4A, or Hindu Charities for Amer- ica , is celebrating its 10th anniversary, according to a press release. Last year, HC4A donated $105,000 in scholarships to Austin-area students, according to the release. The charity is located at 3803 Winchester Drive, Cedar Park. 512-994-4638. www.hc4a.org www.plushhomefabric.com ANNIVERSARIES

Eric Perardi, the president of Perardi Development, stands on a balcony overlooking one of the two NHL-sized ice rinks being built in The Crossover in Cedar Park. (Brian Perdue/ Community Impact Newspaper)

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON The Crossover —a 240,000-square-foot multisports facility under construction at 1717 Scottsdale Drive in Cedar Park— has signed deals with six new tenants, according to a press release. Being built by Perardi Development, The Crossover was previously called iSports and will contain two hockey rinks, two turf elds, and family-friendly dining and entertainment on a 15.4-acre parcel. In addition to Chaparral Ice, the anchor tenant, and D1 training, the following tenants will occupy space in the facility that is scheduled to open in June: • Reach Outcomes: The physical therapy business will specialize in physical therapy as well as strength and conditioning. www.reachoutcomes.com • ROK Golf: The indoor golf training facility incorporates trained sta and virtual technology to improve the golf game of all ages and skill levels. www.rokgolf.com • The Vessel IV Bar: A health bar that oers custom cocktails. www.vesselivbar.com • i9Sports. This youth sports organization for age 3 and older oers leagues, camps and clinics for

sports such as baseball, basketball, ag football, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball. www.i9sports.com • Central Texas Youth Lacrosse: The nonprot aims to increase growth of youth and high school lacrosse throughout Central Texas. www.ctyla.org • Lonestar Soccer Club: The youth soccer club oers clinics and leagues from recreational to elite soccer while also developing “sportsmanship, integrity, discipline, respect, leadership and excellence.” www.lonestar-sc.com 888-377-2786. www.crossovertx.com

7 Spouses Raul and Carrie Palacios plan to open a local franchise of Tem- peraturePro —a heating, air conditioning and ventilation business—in late March, according to Carrie Palacios. The busi- ness, at 304 Hazelwood St., Ste. 3, Lean- der, will perform services and installa- tions locally and in Williamson County. The business will also serve portions of Bell and Burnet counties, according to Carrie Palacios. 512-541-0649. www.temperaturepro.com 8 South Street Villas , an 86-unit com- plex in Leander consisting of 43 for-rent duplexes, is under construction and is expected to open in the fall, according to a press release. The 10.14-acre site at 805 W. South St. is a “build-to-rent, garden-style community,” according to the release. The energy-efficient homes will offer three distinctly different floor plans that are over 1,500 square feet. 512-837-8500. https://ideahomes.com/ find-your-home/south-street-villas/ RELOCATIONS 9 Cedar Park Family Chiropractic and Sports Therapy moved to its new loca- tion at 1130 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Ste.

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Meet the Texas Stars’ mascot, Ringo, at Whitestone Brewery’s Bingo with Ringo. Wear your Texas Stars gear and receive happy hour discounts. 5 p.m. Free. Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 500, Cedar Park. 512-765-4828. www.whitestonebrewery.com (Courtesy Whitestone Brewery)

Watch a satirical Agatha Christie spoof starting March 27. This is the fth show of the theater’s 35th season. 8 p.m. (March 27-28; April 3, 4, 10, 11), 3 p.m. (March 29, April 5). $10-$20. Way O Broadway Community Players, 11880 Hero Way W., Leander. 512-259-5878. www.wobcp.org (Courtesy Way O Broadway Community Players)

April 5: Leander Easter Eggstravaganza (Courtesy city of Leander)

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Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, takes tour-goers on a taste tour of local restaurants. Buy tickets online. 4:45- 8 p.m. $30-$40. Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org 03 THROUGH 04 CEDAR FEST & BBQ COOKOFF Sample ribs, brisket, chicken and more from teams at the Cedar Fest & BBQ Cooko. Noon (Fri.), 3 p.m. (Sat.). Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-260-7800. Play in the 17th annual Leander Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic. Players and teams can register online. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Crystal Falls Golf Club, 3400 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org 17 CONCERT IN THE PARK Bring chairs and blankets to Milburn Park and listen to the band Suede perform. Food will be available, and guests can bring a picnic and ice chest. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Elizabeth www.cedarparkchamber.org 17 LEANDER CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC

Sports Center, 1420 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. 512-263-2916. www.austinkidsdirectory.com 28 KIDS ‘R’ KIDS OPEN HOUSE The open house and festival will have a police car, a re truck, a blood donation truck, games and entertainment for the whole community. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Kids ‘R’ Kids, 15111 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin. 512-218-9669. www.kidsrkids.com/north-austin 29 KITE FESTIVAL Fly your kite at the fth annual Cedar Park Kite Festival hosted by Angie ATX Realtor. There will be food and kite vendors, face painting, raes and more. 3-7 p.m. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 650-353-8690. www.facebook.com/ events/114178246594785 APRIL 02 LEANDER FOOD TRIP Eat your way through Leander at Localmotive: A Food Trip Around Leander. The taste tour, hosted by the Leander Chamber of Commerce and

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KIDS YOGA CAMP Let your child move, play and relax at Trybe Yoga’s spring break camp. Games, yoga poses, crafts, creative play and relaxation are included. Reserve a space online. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30 per child per day, $50 for two children. Trybe Yoga, 1904 S. Bagdad Road, Stes. 3-4, Leander. 512-710-5284. www.trybeyoga.com 21 SPRING BREAKON THE HILL COUNTRY FLYER Hop on the Hill Country Flyer and celebrate spring break on a 66-mile ride to Burnet. Reservations available online, by phone or at the ticket oce. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $31-$57. Austin Steam Train, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C100, Cedar Park. 512-402-3830. www.austinsteamtrain.org 21 AUSTINKID’S DIRECTORY FAIR The fth annual fair will bring local businesses with information about summer camps, family activities and more. There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on activities and a consignment event. 10 a.m. Free. Austin

Children can hunt for Easter eggs at Leander Parks and Recreation’s annual hunt. Hunts are divided among age groups. 1:30 p.m. (ages 2-4), 2 p.m. (ages 5-6), 2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10). Free. Benbrook Ranch Park, 110 Halsey Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov/parks CEDAR PARK SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA Children 12 years old or younger can hunt for candy and prizes at the Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Train rides, inatables, a petting zoo and Easter Bunny photos will also be available. 2 p.m. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5528. www.cedarparktexas.gov/parks

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Texas Humane Heroes is hosting its 11th annual Chili Cooko event at its Leander Adoption Center. Attendees can try dierent chilis and vote for their favorite recipe. Chili teams can register online for $40. The event is dog-friendly and kid-friendly. 1-4 p.m. $15 (adults), $40 (participants). 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-260-3602. https://humaneheroes.org/event/11th-annual-chili-cook-o (Courtesy Texas Humane Heroes)

The Detentions will play at Whitestone Brewery on April 4. (Courtesy Whitestone Brewery)

LIVEMUSIC SHOOTERS BILLIARDS & SPORTS BAR WHITESTONE 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 512-260-2060 www.shootersbilliards.net All shows start at 9 p.m. MARCH 14 Freeze Frame 21 American Gypsy Band 28 Cade Baccus & The Sawdust Stompers APRIL 04 Howlin’ Waters 11 American Gypsy Band 18 The Austones SHOOTERS BILLIARDS &

LIBRARYEVENTS CEDARPARKPUBLICLIBRARY 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov/library MARCH23 Self-DefenseAcademy A Williamson County Sheri’s Deputy will teach a hands-on self-defense class. Register online. 6 p.m. Free APRIL 1820 FriendsoftheLibraryBookSale Purchase books, DVDs and media at the biannual sale. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.), 9 a.m.-noon (Mon.). Free entry LEANDERPUBLICLIBRARY 1011 S. Bagdad Road, Leander 512-259-5259. www.leandertx.gov/library MARCH18 UkuleleClub Learn how to play the ukulele. 1:30 p.m. (beginners), 4:30 (intermediate), 6:30 (adult). Free. MARCH25 Frogs,Scales&PuppyDogTales Meet live animals at the monthly story time. 10:30 a.m. Free.

Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov/parks 18 SPRINGMARKET Support over 250 local crafters, artisans and businesses and eat from a variety of food trucks at the Cedar Park Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association’s rst Spring Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Gupton Stadium, 200 Gupton Way Drive, Cedar Park. 512-496-3655. www.cpcpaaa.net 19 CEDAR PARK H3LF MARATHON Run a half-marathon, 10K or kids fun run and support B.I.G Love Cancer Care, a nonprot that fulls wishes of kids with cancer and their families. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Various race prices. Brushy Creek Sports Park, 2310 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park. 870-866-5008. www.runone3one.com 03 MOVIE IN THE PARK Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic and watch “The Lion King” at the park. Food concessions will be available. 8 p.m. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5528. www.cedarparktexas.gov/parks

REDHORN COFFEE HOUSE AND BREWING CO. 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park 512-986-7038 www.redhornbrew.com All shows run from 7:30-10 p.m. MARCH

20 Raphina Austin 21 Luke Kirschke 27 Kayla Katz 28 Justin Langston APRIL 03 Joe Bastura 04 J Wagner 10 Clint Manning 11 Julie Bouchard

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WHITESTONE BREWERY 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 500, Cedar Park 512-765-4828 www.whitestonebrewery.com All shows run from 7-10 p.m. APRIL

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This project will widen roads for the addition or extension of right-turn lanes along Whitestone Boulevard, Lakeline Boulevard and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The project will also remove raised medi- ans on RM 1431 near US 183. On March 5, the city of Cedar Park will open construc- Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Hwy. 183. Substantial utilities relocation began Jan. 20 near the middle of the planned realignment, ac- cording to Cedar Park city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. Overhead utilities will be put underground, according to city doc- uments. Bell realignment construction is expected to begin in the summer. Timeline: summer 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $24 million Funding source: Cedar Park 2015 voter-approved road bond 4 Brushy Creek North Fork Trail Upon completion, the 3-mile trail will run mostly along the north fork of Brushy Creek. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization selected the project to receive nearly $2.7 million in federal funding. The city of Cedar Park will be re- sponsible for nonconstruction expenses of the trail, such as the design and environ- mental review, according to Huerta. The project is in the design stage, Huerta said. Timeline: construction to start in 2021 Cost: $3.2 million Funding sources: CAMPO, Cedar Park Com- munity Development Corp. (Type B Board) UPCOMING PROJECTS 5 Leander Capital Metro Quiet Zones Two highway-rail grade crossings will be built at A Metro Drive and B San Gabriel Parkway to reduce community disturbances within the transit-oriented district area.

6 Intersection of Leander Drive and East Crystal Falls Parkway Reconstruction will increase the curb radius to allow room for large trucks to turn onto Leander Drive. This project will include the demolition and relocation of a storm inlet and an Americans with Dis- abilities Act-regulated ramp relocation. Timeline: early March-July (120 days) Cost: $97,298.40 Funding sources: trac impact fees 7 Toll 183A frontage roads The Texas Department of Transporta- tion will build frontage roads on Toll 183A from Avery Ranch Boulevard to RM 1431. An 18-month draft environmental assessment is scheduled to begin in 2021, TxDOT Engineer Eduardo Garcia said. Timeline: fall 2023-fall 2025/2026 Cost: $75 million Funding source: Capital Area Metropoli- tan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board grant 8 Little Elm Trail and Kent/Fire Lane roadway reconstruction This reconstruction project will be on sections of Little Elm Trail and Kent/Fire Lane. Construction proposals are current- ly underway and will be opened March 5. Timeline: spring 2020-summer 2020 Cost: $563,000 Funding source: 4B Community Develop- ment Sales Tax Corporation Timeline: TBD-fall Cost: $1.3 million Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board) tion proposals, which will go through a competitive sealed bid process where the city receives and opens all bids unseen.

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RECENTLY COMPLETED 1 Intersection at Travisso Parkway and FM 1431 Public works crews repaired and replaced part of the surface at the intersection at Travisso Parkway and FM 1431, which was “rapidly failing,” according to city documents. Construction was completed Feb. 27.

bicycle lanes to existing pavement on A Brushy Creek Road, B Little Elm Trail, C New Hope Drive and D Buttercup Creek Boulevard in Cedar Park. The city initially only received one proposal, and it exceeded the project budget. After rebidding the project, the City Council on Feb. 27 did not agree to a new contract and postponed further decisions to later meetings. Timeline: spring 2020-TBD Cost: $350,000 Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board) 3 Bell Boulevard realignment This project will relocate part of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek

Timeline: Feb. 22-27 Cost: $6,000-$7,000

Funding source: general fund RECENT UPDATES 2 Bicycle lanes Phase 1A This project will add 470,000 feet of

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY BRIAN RASH

MobilityAuthority gives updates formajor projects involvingUS 183, Toll 183A The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is moving forward with several projects geared toward relieving trac along some of the busiest corridors in the Leander-Cedar Park area. Included in the brieng during the Mobility Authority’s Feb. 26 meet- ing were updates on two expansions on US 183 and Toll 183A.

The Mobility Authority board received updates on major western Travis County road projects during a Feb. 26 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Toll 183A Phase 3 The Toll 183A Phase 3 project extends from Hwy. 29 in Liberty Hill on the northern end to Hero Way in Leander on the southern end, and information from the Mobility Authority states it is now in the nal design stage. Details for the approximately $260 million widen- ing show the project will add a toll lane on both the northbound and southbound sides of Toll 183A Phase 3. The estimated timeline for construction shows the project is expected to begin this year and should be complete sometime in 2024. Timeline : construction to begin in 2020-24 Cost: $260 million Funding sources : federal funding through TIFIA loan, revenue bonds

US 183 North The US 183 North project will add a general-pur- pose lane, two toll lanes and a sidewalk on both sides of the roadway, and Mobility Authority information states it is now in the contract execution stage. The $580 million project extends from SH 45 N at the northern end to MoPac at the southern end, covering 9 miles. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and be complete by 2025. Timeline : construction 2021-25 Cost : $580 million Funding sources : Texas Department of Trans- portation, federal funding through Transporta- tion Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, revenue bonds

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DEVELOPMENT Northline development moves ahead with Phase 1 and quiet zone contracts

Leander City Council and other project dignitaries attended the Northline groundbreaking. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

PAST AND FUTURE

Three years after its start, the Northline project broke ground in March. Here is the project’s past and what the future looks like.

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No citizens spoke out for or against the contract at the meeting. Place 3 City Council Member Jason Shaw said the city needs to have “eagle eyes” with Leander’s money on this project. “Don’t accept what’s been accepted in the past. Hold them to a higher standard because this is a lot of money,” Shaw said. “It’s a big deal for Leander.” On Feb. 24, the Capital Metro approved a quiet zone construction for $495,215 with MA Smith Contracting Co., Inc. In March, Capital Metro awarded a design contract with HNTB, an infrastructure solutions rm, for $100,694. The city of Leander and Capital Metro began the quiet zone process in 2017. To enforce the zone, two highway-rail grade crossings will be built at Metro Drive and San Gabriel Parkway near the TOD area. The city of Leander will reimburse 50% of total costs to Capital Metro, which will be about $297,954 including design costs.

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Following a March 4 groundbreaking, Leander’s large-scope Northline project will move forward with a $13.42 million Phase 1 contract and Capital Metro’s quiet zone contract. Leander City Council voted unanimously to award DeNucci Constructors LLC a $13,418,537 construction contract on Feb. 20. DeNucci Constructors, an Austin-based company, bid the lowest among seven total bids, which were opened Feb. 6, according to the city. According to an award recommendation fromWGI, the project’s engineering con- sultant, the average bid estimate was $17.5 million, which is about $3 million more than DeNucci Constructors’ bid. Northline’s developer Tynberg LLC introduced the project to City Council in 2017 as a “vibrant, mixed-use town center.” The 115-acre mixed-use project includes shopping, dining, housing, a town center and uses $15 million in city-allocated bonds. Northline will be in the city’s transit-ori- ented development (TOD) area between US 183 and Toll 183A, which is next to the Capital Metro Leander Station. Phase 1 of the project includes infrastruc- tural improvements such as underground utilities, sewer, drainage and street con- struction, Leander spokesperson Mike Neu said. Phase 1 is estimated to be completed by fall 2021, according to Neu. At the Feb. 20 meeting, Leander City Engineer Wayne Watts said DeNucci Con- structors has worked previously in Palmera Ridge, Round Rock and Austin. He called DeNucci a highly capable contractor.

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Feb. 2020: council accepts $13.4million contract with DeNucci Constructors Aug.2018: city adds performance standards to reimbursement agreement with Northline and Tynberg LLC March 2020: groundbreaking on March 4 and estimated start of construction March 2018: Tynberg LLC tells council an additional 45 acres were purchased for project

Aug. 2017: Developer Tynberg LLC presents Northline to Leander City Council June 2018: council approves up to $15 million for Phase 1 and approves zoning changes June 2019: Mayor Troy Hill announces Northline will include Leander Town Square

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Leander ISD

Leander ISD approves charter to begin detailed elementary rezoning for 202122 school year

LISDhires three administrators

LISD BEGINS REZONING

BY BRIAN PERDUE

BY BRIAN PERDUE

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LEANDER ISD The Leander ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of 169.5 new positions for the 2020-21 school year at its Feb. 27 regular meeting. documents. Teachers and instruc- tional assistants will account for $8,455,757, or 91.39% of the total. The 2020-21 budget does not take eect until July 1, but the admin- istrationmay begin advertising the openings and begin hiring, according to LISD documents. The positions will be budgeted into the new budget, according to LISD Chief Financial Oficer The estimated total will be $9,252,517, according to LISD LEANDER ISD The rezoning of up to nine Leander ISD elementary schools in August 2021 is in its beginning stages, and LISD parents have already started expressing concerns. LISD released Scenario A—the rst of several potential rezoning possibilities—on March 6 and has published an online survey gauging community response. At the Feb. 27 regular meeting, Leander ISD’s board of trustees approved an attendance zoning charter, which will be used to develop detailed elementary school enrollment zones that will be enacted in the 2021-22 school year. Before the vote and during citi- zen comments, ve LISD parents, all from the Hazelwood neighbor- hood near Akin Elementary School, spoke out against possible future rezoning from Akin and frequent rezoning in the past. To accommodate the Palmero Ridge development and over- crowding in nearby elementary schools, Nancy Tarvin Elementary School will open in Leander in August 2021. Within ve years, nine elementary schools will be at or over 120 percent capacity, BY BRIAN PERDUE

LEANDER ISD The Leander ISD board of trustees lled three adminis- trative openings at its Feb. 27 meeting

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via two promotions of LISD administra- tors and the outside hiring of a third. Executive Director of Secondary Curric- ulum Chrysta Carlin was chosen as the assistant superin- tendent of pathways and innovation. Devin Padavil, Fort Bend ISD assistant superinten- dent of secondary schools, was brought on board as a new area superintendent. KimberlyWaltmon, Canyon RidgeMiddle School principal, was selected to serve in a newposition: executive director of

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the northern part of the district for the 2021-22 school year. LISD is in the process of creating detailed school zoning maps for the new Tarvin Elementary School and other elementary school campuses.

Newsta at Leander ISD Positions, no. of hires and cost: Pre-K-12 teachers, 87.5, $5,455,537 Bilingual pre-K-5 teachers, 12, $797,400 Special educ. teachers, 22, $1,376,470 Pre-K instr. assistants, 25.5, $679,575 Bilingual pre-K instr. assts., 5, $146,775 Ele. assistant principals, 3, $220,503 Ele. oce assistant, 0.5, $15,425 Ele. PE assistants, 3, $79,950 Ele. ne arts assistants, 2.5, $68,725 Ele. library assistants, 3, $79,950 Vandegrift H.S. counselor, 1, $74,056; registrar, 0.5, $25,899 neighborhood will go to what school,” she said. In August, a new middle school enrollment zone will take eect with the opening of Danielson Middle School in Leander. Jimmy Disler, LISD’s chief facili- ties and operations ocer, said he understands parents’ frustration, but there is not a lot the district can do due to growth. The district has been enrolling more than 1,000 additional students annually, he said. Vista Ridge H.S. asst. principal, 1, $84,112; media spec., 1, $62,325; administrative assistant, 0.5, $23,571; attendance clerk, 1, $36,345; registrar, 0.5, $25,899 TOTALS: 169.5, $9,252,517 SOURCE: LEANDER ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCE: LEANDER ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

according to the demographer's report: Akin, Camacho, Larkspur, Mason, Parkside, Plain, Pleasant Hill, Rutledge and Whitestone. Board President Trish Bode reminded the audience that the rezoning is in its early stages. “We have not yet said what

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special programs and services. Carlin previously served as a teacher in Round Rock ISD, a prin- cipal in Comal ISD and as the 21st century academic coordinator in Manor ISD. She will help students nd their paths after graduation, according to LISD. Padavil has worked as a principal in Pugerville and Frisco ISDs before moving into a district leadership role at FBISD, according to a press release. When he starts April 6, Padavil will help manage principals. He replaces John Graham, who was previously promoted to assistant superintendent of campus activities and support. According to LISD, Waltmon started teaching as a special educa- tion teacher at Giddens Elementary School. Six years later, she became the assistant principal at Stiles Middle School before being promoted to principal of Parkside Elementary School. She has served as Canyon Ridge Middle School principal for the past two years. She will oversee issues related to special education, the Americans with Disabilities Act and dyslexia.

LISD approves rst round of 202021 hirings

Elaine Cogburn. Cogburn added that there will be a need to hiremore new sta by August. “This is just the rst round,” she said. “There will be more positions.” Trustee Aaron Johnson said the move would help LISD get a jump on hiring employees in high demand. The position total is based on the moderate growth scenario in the demographer’s report, an annual study that gauges district demo- graphic and enrollment changes. The state-mandated expansion of pre-K instruction fromhalf-day to full-day as well as the opening of DanielsonMiddle School in August, also factored into the personnel jump, Cogburn said.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Cedar Park, Leander and Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Je Anderson and Robert Tijerina will face o in the November gen- eral election for Williamson County constable Precinct 2 following primary night results March 3. Anderson, who ran as a Republi- can, took 61.81% of the vote against Renee Harrell, who had 38.19% of the vote. Tijerina, who ran as a Democrat, took 54.85% of the vote against Greg Papst with 45.15% of the vote. The Democratic Party also had a race for Williamson County Precinct 4. Perry Travis beat out Hoby Smith with 58.2% of the vote. Smith received 41.8% of the vote. Paul Leal ran unchallenged in the Republican primary for Precinct 4. Constables serve in four-year terms as licensed peace ocers who can issue trac violations and serve warrants. Neither current constable is running for reelection. Constable Rick Coman currently serves in Precinct 2 and was appointed in 2011. Constable Marty Ruble serves Precinct 4 and was rst elected in 1996. The Precinct 2 constable is based in Cedar Park, and Precinct 4 is based in Taylor. Williamson County residents will vote on these candidates on Nov. 3. Two constables to be voted on this November BY ALI LINAN IMPORTANT MAY ELECTION DATES April 27: last day to register to vote May 15: last day to apply by mail May 18: rst day of early voting May 22: last day of early voting May 26: last day to receive ballot by mail May 26: primary runo election IMPORTANT NOVEMBER ELECTION DATES Oct. 5: last day to register to vote Oct. 19: rst day of early voting Oct. 23: last day to apply for ballot by mail Oct. 30: last day of early voting Nov. 3: last day to receive ballot by mail Nov. 3: uniform election DATES VOTING

The Bell Boulevard project includes residential, commercial and civic areas. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)

Cedar Park agrees toBell Boulevard master development agreement

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

Assistant City Manager Katherine Woerner Carey said Bell Boulevard had increasing closed storefronts in a declin- ing area and that the community had called the road “run-down” and “hodgepodge.” “The vision was to invest in this area and turn it around and

CEDAR PARK The long-term project, the Bell District, has moved forward with a development agreement. Cedar Park City Council voted unanimously Feb. 27 to enter into a master development agreement with RedLeaf Bell LLC, an Austin-based commercial real estate rm. The 20-year agreement is the latest step in the project that began in 2014. The $350 million project will transform a section of southern Bell Boulevard into a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. The city will provide $15.25 million for infrastructure, parking for public facilities and other expenses. Council voted unanimously in January 2019 to name RedLeaf as the Bell District master developer. During the Feb. 27 meeting, RedLeaf partner Rob Shands said he believes this project will have a generational impact. “It’s truly incredible how this community has gotten behind this project,” Shands said. “Even the folks that don’t necessarily love what we’re doing are really excited to hear about what we’re aiming for and the possibilities for the types of destina- tion retail that will provide.” Vision for Bell District The mixed-use district will include residential, commercial and civic areas within 50 acres of city-owned land. A new library and about 16 acres of dedicated parkland are planned.

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bring it back to an area that’s really a destination for businesses and for our public,” Carey said during the meeting. The project will realign Bell Boule- vard, which is one the most traveled roads in Cedar Park and runs across the entire city limits, Carey said. Phase 1 includes a social hub, or a central gathering place, with the library and two blocks of restaurants and shops. The phase also has a park, greenbelt and district parking. Phase 1 will begin after the completion of road construction, which is set to begin in the summer. Phase 2 includes professional oce space, residential brownstones and high-density residential units with some ground-oor retail. Shands said Bell District will pro- vide amenities and a “comfortable, urban neighborhood” that do not exist in Cedar Park today. He said the tenant interest is high, and the project is unique because one-third of the project is green space, and amenities are planned during the rst part of development.

Tenant announcements will come closer to the start of Phase 1 construction, Shands said. Apublic-private partnership The project costs an estimated $350 million, and public funds cover 13% of the total cost. Remain- ing funds will come from private partnerships. The majority of the project, including taxable mixed-use development and other infrastruc- ture, will be paid privately. Property for the project has already been acquired by the city, which used 4B Community Development Sales Tax Corp. funds. RedLeaf is responsible for design, construction and engi- neering, Caffrey said. The city is responsible for building the library, park and greenbelt, and it will sell land to the developer at fair market value. Project revenue will reimburse infrastructure costs, and proits are shared between parties. The city will receive all tax revenue.

SOURCE: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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