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Exploding Central Texas housing market continues to drive rapid sprawl

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TODO LIST REAL ESTATE EDITION 2021

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Located in East Austin, this homewas listed for $1.2million, according to the Austin Board of Realtors. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

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In April 2021, homes in the Austin metro area sold by a margin of nearly 10% over asking price. PEAK PRICES:

The housing market in the Austin metro area escalated starting in early 2021. The rapid rise in the percentage of sales price over asking price is a prime indicator of the current landscape.

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Curious what’s selling in your neighborhood? Scan me

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realtyaustin.com/p/4759891

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5306 N Scout Island Cir, Austin, TX 78731 Michele Blood | 512-924-5511

98 San Jacinto Blvd #1701, Austin, TX 78701 Michael Spickes | 512-699-0400

2715 Tether Trl, Austin, TX 78704 Kevin Haines | 512-294-9002

4117 Edwards Mountain Dr, Austin, TX 78731 Brian Copland | 512-576-0288

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1811 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703 Dustin Lawless | 512-550-4750

7703 Ridgestone Dr, Austin, TX 78731 Joe and Cara Keenan Team | 512-917-2326

2703 S 2Nd St, Austin, TX 78704 Aaron Nann | 512-923-3355

1417 Alguno Rd, Austin, TX 78757 Sarabeth and Jordan Team | 512-589-6577

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1600 Barton Springs Rd #6204, Austin, TX 78704 Ross Ponder | 512-461-6888

603 Davis St #1201, Austin, TX 78701 Arby Hinojosa | 512-814-6922

2001 Parker Ln #140, Austin, TX 78741 Bob and Michaela Hachtel Team | 512-789-1965

2111 Teakwood Dr, Austin, TX 78757 Allison Dady | 512-924-1818

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5 New Mexican seafood and sushi spot Seareinas held its soft opening July 14 at 6607 N. I-35, Austin. Owned by Gabriela’s Group, a local restaurant management group helmed by Gariela and Arturo Bucio, Seareinas features a menu focused on seafood dishes originating from the coastal Mexican state of Sinaloa. 737-222-5390. www.seareinasaustin.com COMING SOON 6 East Side Pies will open a new pizzeria at 5530 Burnet Road, Austin, in the former location of Hey Cupcake. East Side Pies co-founder Noah Polk said the new store is planned to open Jan. 2. It will be the fourth location for the East Austin-based restaurant. https://eastsidepies.com 7 Waxxpot , a salon providing full body waxing services, will open its third location by early fall at 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin in the Central Park Shopping Center. Franchise owners Stephanie and Tom Sloss chose this location due to the area’s rapid growth and proximity to retail and medical offices, according to a news release. They provide waxing services for men and women ranging from body and facial waxing to lash lifts and tints. The other two Austin locations are located at 830 W. Third St. and 4211 S. Lamar Blvd. www.waxxpot.com RELOCATIONS 8 Austin Regional Clinic Gynecology will move its services at ARC Far West from the main building at 6835 Austin Center Blvd. to the ARC Far West Medical Tower, located next door at 6811 Austin

Center Blvd. on Aug. 2. The relocation offers an expanded gynecology suite with four exam rooms and a larger sonography space. It also frees up space for ARC West to expand family medical services at its primary location. 512-346-8888. www.austinregionalclinic.com 9 Milestone Motorcycles moved to a new location at 7514 Burnet Road in July. Previously located at 8003 Burnet Road, The store offers diagnosis, inspection and a range of motorcycle repair services. 512-608-4596. www.milestonemoto.com ANNIVERSARIES 10 Still in Style , a women’s consignment boutique located at 7437 Burnet Road, Austin, celebrated 15 years in business in June. Located at the Rich Creek Plaza, the store offers designer clothes and accessories at discounted prices, with brands including Lululemon, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Anthropologie.Consignments are accepted Monday-Friday. 512-407-8861. www.stillinstyleaustin.com IN THE NEWS 11 Austin Playhouse will depart from its residency at Austin Community College Highland after the construction of ACC’s new space for the drama department. Austin Playhouse, a professional theater in its 21st season, has begun its Capital Campaign for their future permanent location. It plans to announce campaign goals, potential names for the space and ways community members can contribute in building the venue in the near future. 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin. https://austinplayhouse.com

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in Texas with a new spot in the Kitchen United Mix ghost kitchen space in North Austin in early July. Greenleaf is a California-based restaurant with a menu featuring bowls and salads. Camile Thai Kitchen is sharing the ghost kitchen space with Greenleaf, and serves Thai dishes, including noodles, curry dishes and stir- fry plates. These openings are the first in Texas for both restaurant concepts. Customers can order takeout or delivery from Kitchen United Mix, located at 8023 Burnet Road, Austin, or order through Greenleaf’s website. www.kitchenunited.com, www.greenleafchopshop.com, www.camile.ie 4 Village Medical at Walgreens , a primary care practice partnership of Walgreens and Village MD, will open 29 locations throughout Texas this year, including one that opened this summer at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, the companies said in a July 8 news release. The practices will leverage a physician and pharmacist dynamic under one roof. www.villagemedical.com

1 The public education professional development nonprofit The Holdsworth Center opened its new, 44-acre Campus on Lake Austin in June. The 173,000-square- foot educational leadership and conference center at 4907 RM 2222, Austin, includes an array of classrooms, a library, cafe, outdoor theater, boat dock and lodging spaces spread across its lakeside campus. 737-946- 7300. www.holdsworthcenter.org 2 Asian kitchen Chicken Rice Joe opened for takeout and delivery operations June 25. Operating out of a kitchen at 5610 I-35 N., Austin, the eatery is serving signature Hainanese and Singaporean roast chicken rice plates alongside South East Asian-inspired side dishes and home-brewed and canned Asian drinks. 737-255-8625. www.chickenricejoe.com 3 A pair of new restaurant concepts— Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails and Camile Thai Kitchen —made their debut

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July 22, when the building’s highest beam was placed. Construction on the building started in January 2019, with a substantial completion date estimated for May 2022. The 37-story, sail-shaped tower was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and STG Design, and it will be the future home of Google in Austin. www.dpr.com/projects/block-185 6 The 214-room Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District plans to open Aug. 5. Located at 301 W. 17th St., Austin, the hotel will feature more than 4,000 square feet of event space, 2 onsite restaurants and a 17th-floor rooftop patio. Reservations are available beginning Aug. 13. 512-319-3333. www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ausaugi- hilton-garden-inn-austin-university- capitol-district 7 After years of planning and community input, Austin Energy’s new downtown Rainey Street Substation is expected to begin construction this fall. Located next to I-35 on a 1.46- acre plot at 806 1/2 Lambie St., Austin, the substation will provide additional capacity for Austin Energy downtown by early 2023. The project will also include a public rain garden and new pedestrian and parking areas around the facility. www.austinenergy.com 8 Mixed-use development Symphony Square , centered around a seven-story office project and The Waller, a 32-story residential tower, will soon rise on the northern edge of the Red River Cultural District, Greystar Real Estate Partners announced June 23. Symphony Square will include 5,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 160,000 square feet of office space alongside The Waller and its 388 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The office portion of the project will be complete in early 2023, and The Waller will open to residents in July 2023. www.greystar.com 9 A groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters of the 135-year-old Texas Bankers Association was held downtown July 20. Located at 203 W. 10th St., Austin, the state banking association’s new home will include around 100,000 square feet of leasable space spread across a seven-floor structure set to replace the

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organization’s current two-story building on the site. In addition to offices, the new building will also feature several floors of above-ground parking, an event space and a rooftop terrace. The headquarters is expected to open in late 2022. 512-472-8388. www.texasbankers.com RELOCATIONS 10 Tipler’s Lamp Shop moved from its previous home west of downtown to a new showroom location at 3100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in mid-July. The antique lighting store operated from 1204 W. Fifth St., Austin, for around 28 years prior to moving. The store offers a variety of floor and table lamps, lamp shades, chandeliers and other products alongside repair, restoration and assembly services. Tipler’s selection of American and European products covers hundreds of years of original designs as well as custom fixtures. In addition to the relocation, Tipler’s is also holding a clearance event at its West Austin location through the end of the month. 512-472-5007. www.tiplerslampshop.com CLOSINGS 11 Indian restaurant G’Raj Mahal closed its longtime downtown location at 73 Rainey St., Austin, on July 3. Owner and Executive Chef Sidney Roberts said she hoped the restaurant would return “in the near future” at another location. Roberts recently opened another restaurant, Mumtaz Market, at 1816 S. First St., Austin,

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3 Phoebe’s Diner opened a new location at 408 W. 11th St., Austin, on June 30. The downtown restaurant joins the original Phoebe’s Diner location on West Oltorf Street, and serves “Texas BBQ style” breakfast, brunch and lunch. 512-992-0008. www.phoebesdiner.com 4 30 Minute Hit , a boxing, kickboxing and self-defense training facility, hosted its grand opening July 17. The studio offers 30-minute high-intensity training sessions broken up into 2-minute stations. The workouts are intended to improve core stability, general self- defense and overall fitness levels. Instead of scheduled classes, 30 Minute Hit offers flexible sessions guided by a trainer at 3016 Guadalupe St., Ste. A200, Austin. 512-599-4067. www.30minutehit.com COMING SOON 5 New downtown office tower Block 185 , located at 601 W. Second St., Austin, had a topping out ceremony

July 26 at 509 Rio Grande St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Holy Roller. In addition to a daily selection of fresh oysters, the restaurant’s menu includes steak and seafood dishes such as sauteed North Pacific Halibut and wood- grilled Maine lobster. 512-782-0650. www.jcarveratx.com 2 Kingsbury Commons , the newly renovated southern portion of Pease Park, opened to the public July 2 after more than a year of work. Located at 1100 Kingsbury St., Austin, the 7-acre section features a two-story tree house, an amphitheater and a water play area. The project is the first phase of the Pease Park Conservancy Vision Plan, which was adopted by Austin City Council in 2014. www.peasepark.org/kingsbury-commons

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Austin, Soho House Austin recently launched its 46-bedroom hotel space available to members and plans to open more of its amenities, including a restaurant, a rooftop pool and a screening room, in the near future. 737-210-1116. www.sohohouse.com/ en-us/houses/soho-house-austin 5 Neighborhood eatery 1417 , a neighborhood bistro by the Hopfield’s team, opened its south Central Austin space June 30. Located at 1417 S. First St., Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Sway, 1417 presently serves breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside baked goods, coffee, cocktails and other drinks. 1417 is presently open for patio dining only, with indoor seating expected to open later this year. 754-213-1394. www.1417atx.com COMING SOON 6 Alo Yoga will open a store at South Congress Avenue’s Music Lane. It was originally scheduled for an Aug. 4 opening, but that has been delayed. The yoga clothier sells “studio to street” apparel for women and men at 1221 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 150, Austin. www.aloyoga.com 7 Tiki bar and restaurant Tiki Tatsu-Ya is set to open late this summer at 1300 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. Located next to sister restaurant Ramen Tatsu- ya, it will serve shareable dishes with Polynesian and Japanese influences as well as a tiki-inspired beverage program led by mixologist Cory Starr. Owned by chef Tatsu Aikawa, Tiki Tatsu-Ya was inspired by Aikawa’s travels through the Hawaiian islands with his brother, Shion. www.tiki-tatsuya.com

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RELOCATIONS 8 The Natural Health Center of Austin , an herbal medicine clinic also offering acupuncture and nutrition services, will relocate to 2804 S. First St., Ste. 1101, Austin, on Aug. 1. Originally located at 3809 S. Second St., The Natural Health Center opened in 2003 with the goal of helping Austinites with chronic pain, allergies and stress. 512-892-3366. www.austinacupuncturewellness.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 Texas Orthopedics, Sports and Rehabilitation Associates on July 1 celebrated its 35th year of operating in the Austin area. The orthopedic care and rehabilitation center operates seven separate clinics across Central Texas, including a location at 3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 160, Austin. More than 30 physicians now work for Texas Orthopedics, according to the organization. Texas Orthopedics has physicians that specialize in orthopedics, spine and rheumatology. 512-439-1000. www.txortho.com

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2 Nike opened Nike by South Congress , a new store in the Music Lane area of South Congress Avenue, in July. The athletic retailer describes the store as a “lab-like space” where new offerings will be piloted at 1221 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-215-4001. www.nike.com 3 Tattoo-removal shop Removery opened its new corporate headquarters at 1400 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on July 13. The location also includes a laser tattoo removal studio. The Austin-based company has 45 locations across the U.S., Canada and Australia. 512-910-8974. www.removery.com 4 International members’ club Soho House opened one of its newest lodging and event spaces in Austin in May. Located at 1011 S. Congress Ave., Bldg. 2, Ste. 100,

1 California-based jewelry brand gorjana opened at 1221 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on July 1. Located in the Music Lane development, the store includes a lounge space, on-site engraving and an outdoor mural painted by local Texas teachers Kayla Koslow and Molly McFee. Founded in Laguna Beach in 2004, gorjana is owned and operated by Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel. The jewelry store has 19 retail locations nationwide, and the Austin location is its second “off-coast” location, according to a press release. 512-382-0130. https://gorjana.com

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Parking available on Chalmers Avenue opposite gated entrance. The campus is also accessible via CapMetro transit bus routes 4 and 322 as well as the MetroRail Red Line. Please note masks are required on campus and social distancing practices will be observed.

The proposed improvements include the removal of the existing I-35 decks, lowering the roadway, and adding two high- occupancy-vehicle managed lanes in each direction along I-35 from US 290 East to SH 71/Ben White Boulevard, with additional flyovers at I-35 and US 290 East. The project will also reconstruct east-west cross-street bridges, add pedestrian and bicycle paths, and make additional safety and mobility improvements within the project limits. Attendees will have an opportunity to review and comment on: • Results of the alternatives evaluation • Findings from independent study of the community alternatives • Proposed build alternative layouts

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Project team members will be available to answer questions and provide information about the study. No formal presentation is planned, and community members are invited to come and go at their convenience. An opportunity to view the meeting materials and comment virtually will also be available starting Aug. 10 through Sept. 8, 2021, via My35CapEx.com.

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The public meeting will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the public meeting, please contact Nic Barbera, at (512) 766-3472, no later than Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. CT. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the Texas Department of Transportation to arrange. The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a memorandum of understanding dated Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT. CSJ: 0015-13-388 VERBAL COMMENT BY VOICEMAIL: (512) 651-2948 MAIL: I-35 Capital Express Central Project Team 7901 N. I-35, Austin, TX 78753 ONLINE: My35CapEx.com Comments received between Aug. 10 and Sept. 8, 2021, will be included in the official meeting record.

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COMING SOON 4 Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group plans to open Canje, a new culinary concept serving Caribbean food, in East Austin this fall, the group announced June 24. Located at 1914 E. Sixth St., Austin, Canje will be led by Guyana-born chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. The menu will feature Guyanese and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Canje will be the sixth Austin restaurant for Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group, including Emmer & Rye, Henbit, Hestia, Kailmotxo and TLV. https://canjeatx.com 5 Parkside at Mueller , a 200-unit condominium project, broke ground at 1701 Simond Ave., Austin, on July 8. The project is under development by Austin- based Pearlstone Partners as well as ATCO Properties and Management out of New York. Located near the entrance to Aldrich Street town center, the six-story project will include one-, two- and three-bedroom condos of up to 1,600 square feet. Of the 200 units, 15% will be limited to residents that earn up to 80% of Austin’s median family income. Construction will wrap in 2023. www.parksidemueller.com RELOCATIONS 6 Hi Sign Brewing announced in June plans to relocate its taproom next year. The brewery, which since 2017 has been located at 1201 Bastrop Hwy., Austin, will reopen at a new warehouse space at 730 Shady Lane, Austin, in March. The move will more than double the brewery’s footprint to cover 12,500 square feet, including a taproom, private event room, patio, and space for outdoor games and

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the 11-bed unit designed for patients who are low-risk but whose babies have been diagnosed with a condition that will require specialized care after birth. The unit located at 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, includes ve suites for labor and delivery, two operating rooms and six suites for before and after labor. https://dellchildrens.net 3 Zeds Real Fruit Ice Cream held its grand opening July 8 at 1814 Harvey St., Austin. The new shop serves New Zealand- Style soft serve—a blend of vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit. Zeds was founded in Portland, Oregon, by University of Texas graduates Matt Potter and Caleb Schmidt. This is the rst location outside Portland for Zeds. www.zedsicecream.com

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1 Neighborhood restaurant and wine bar Birdie’s opened July 15 at 2944 E. 12th St., Unit A, Austin. Owned by married couple and New York City restaurant veterans Arjav Ezekiel and Tracy Malechiek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s menu shifts daily and includes seasonal American dishes inspired by French and Italian cooking and eating. www.birdiesaustin.com 2 Dell Children’s Medical Center opened a new specialized labor and delivery unit June 24. Obstetricians, an obstetric-trained nursing care team and anesthesiologists sta

nonprot focused on advancing women’s careers, now oers new programs for local women aected by the pandemic. The newest program, called Path to Employment, provides women with mentors to lead them in a six-week boot camp in their area of interest. Ten women will graduate from the boot camp program by March 2022. The organization is located at 701 Tillery St., Ste. A-5. https://austin.dressforsuccess.org

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July & August events

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The Capital City’s pride parade and festival are back in 2021 to celebrate Austin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Sponsored by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation, the festival is open to people of all ages. The parade begins outside the Texas Capitol at 8 p.m. and is free to watch. www.austinpride.org (Courtesy Austin Pride)

Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Bingham and more artists bring the Outlaw Music Festival’s tour to the Germania Insurance Amphitheater at the Circuit of The Americas. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the show begins at 4 p.m. $107 and up. 1901 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Del Valle. www.germaniaamp.com (Courtesy ACL Live)

29 THROUGHAUG. 1 &AUG. 58 1980S DANCE PARTY The Zach Theatre continues its “Songs Under the Stars” summer concert series with two weekends of 1980s dance music, featuring performances by Kenny Williams and Leslie McDonel. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 6 p.m. (Sun.). $25 and up. 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org AUGUST 03 SPACE INDUSTRY LECTURE Austin Public Library and the Austin Forum on Technology & Society present “Space: New Industries, Applications and Opportunities,” a talk by Tom Markusic, CEO of Firey Aerospace. Markusic will discuss his experience in the space industry, with insights on technologies and goals for companies and agencies with their eyes on space. Fully vaccinated patrons may attend in person, and anyone may attend via Zoom. Free. Begins at 6 p.m. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.austinforum.org/august32021 05 ‘MUSEUMOF THE FUTURE PRESENT’ OPENING Native Hostel welcomes a new immersive art experience, “Museum of the Future Present,” an installation that combines music, visual art and performances by acts including The Cinematic Orchestra and Hannibal Burress. The installation was created by Los Angeles-based art

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collective Eye Contakt. Multiple times. $32. 807 E. Fourth St., Austin. www.museumofthefuturepresent.com 07 SUCCULENT ARRANGEMENT CLASS Articulture Designs oers a workshop on modern succulent arranging, teaching participants to create their own living centerpieces. Materials are provided. 10-11 a.m. $75 and up. 6405 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228. 1701 Red River St., Austin. 512-471-7744. www.articulturedesigns.com 07 THROUGH08 MONSTER JAM The University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center hosts a monster truck rally featuring “high-ying stunts and four-wheel excitement.” 7 p.m. (Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $22 and up. www.uterwincenter.com 17 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Austin ISD students head back to class. The full academic calendar for the 2021-22 school years are available on the districts’ website. www.austinisd.org 28 BAT FEST Austin holds its 16th annual Bat Fest on the South Congress Avenue bridge, featuring live music, food, and a bat costume contest, plus a chance to see the famous bat colony take o. 4 p.m.-midnight. $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Free for kids under 8. 100 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-220-2340. www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest

The Blue Starlite Drive-In theater will serve a special themed dinner theater menu for a showing of the lm “North by Northwest.” Menu oerings include Kaplan Cakes (bacon pancakes on a stick) and Eve’s Honeypot (peach-lled, honey-glazed donuts). 9:15 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Blue Starlite Mueller, 2103 EM Franklin Ave., Austin. 512-850-6127. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com 27 THROUGHAUG. 31 SUNSET SUMMER SERIES YTX Austin, formerly known as Wanderlust Yoga, hosts its summer yoga series at Republic Square. Every Tuesday, participants with any level of yoga experience receive practice with a YTX instructor while a live musician or DJ plays. Free with preregistration. 422 Guadalupe St., Austin. www.republicsquare.org 27 THROUGH 28&AUG. 10 THROUGH 11 BLUES ON THE GREEN Austin City Limits Radio hosts its 30th annual Blues on the Green event across four dates in July and August, following a year o in 2020. The family- and pet-friendly concert series takes place at Zilker Park. A performance lineup is forthcoming. 8 p.m. Free. 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin. www.acl-radio.com/ blues-on-the-green

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Capital Metrounveils initial plans

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for underground rail stations, route under Lady Bird Lake Capital Metro unveiled initial plans July 13, detailing how much of its future light rail network will navigate the downtown Austin corridor. This section, which will likely be the most complicated and expensive portion of Project Connect, will include six underground stops at Republic Square, Congress Avenue, Government Center/Capitol West, the Rainey/Mexican American Cultural Center, Convention Center/Brush Square (currently Downtown Station) and the Auditorium Shores. Peter Mullan, Austin Transit Partnership chief of architecture and urban design, said plans are 15% designed for the $7.1 billion project, and they could change as Capital Metro continues to evaluate rail station and tunnel locations. Capital Metro officials unveiled one of the larger changes to the original design: the Orange Line will now likely go under Lady Bird Lake instead of using a bridge to go over the body of water. That underwater tunnel segment will likely be just west of the South First Street Bridge and connect the Republic Square and Auditorium Shores stations. “A lot of it has to do with the grading,” Mullan said. “It’s just very hard to find a place to come out of the ground

Capital Metro’s downtown underground rail design plans are 15% complete. They include a tunnel under Lady Bird Lake connecting the Republic Square and Auditorium Shores stations, and a pedestrian-friendly area along Fourth Street. Orange Line Pedestrian-friendly area

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New shared-use path on Pleasant Valley Road Construction on the 8-foot-wide shared-use path along the east side of the South Pleasant Valley Road was completed June 27. The Aus- tin Transportation Department now moves on to the 12-foot-wide shared-use path along the west side of South Pleasant Valley. With the west side of the road closed for construction, a trail detour will guide people biking and walk- ing to the shared-use path on the east side. Timeline: April-fall 2021 Cost: $2 million Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

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because you start sloping up, so much so quickly.” Capital Metro is still assessing whether that tunnel would go back to the surface before or after the SoCo Station, located near the intersection of South Congress Avenue and West Johanna Street.

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Changes trail on the trail According to plans from Capital Metro, a new light- rail line will cross over Lady Bird Lake on an above- ground bridge near the Austin American-Statesman property and enter a downtown tunnel system near the mouth of Waller Creek. That means the space that houses Austin Rowing Club’s oces, Alta’s Cafe and an event rental space will have to move.

Waller CreekBoathouse event, cafe spacewill have tomove tomakeway for rail project

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Metro are involved in ongoing negotiations about nding a new home for the ARC. ARC Executive Director Kevin Reinis said the mission of the nonprot during its 40 years in Austin has been to connect the community with rowing, and he believes the move can be a positive development for the ARC. “Let’s use this disruption as an opportunity and catalyst to make a lasting change and make a dierence in howwe engage the community of Austin around the opportunity of Lady Bird Lake,” Reinis said. Although he is looking forward

The planned Blue Line light-rail route that will connect the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown and North Austin will cross over Lady Bird Lake on an above-ground bridge before entering into a tunnel system downtown. While sta fromCapital Metro and the Austin Transit Partnership are still discussing proposed station locations and the rail route, they have said the spot where the rail line crosses the river and enters the tunnel systemwill necessitate the removal of portions of the Waller Creek Boathouse. “The upper portion of the

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“BY THE END OF 2022 WE SHOULD HAVE A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, AND IF WE DON’T, I THINK WE’RE MISSING THE OPPORTUNITY.” KEVIN REINIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB

to the opportunities the move will provide, Reinis said he is looking to convey a sense of urgency upon the other partners involved in the discussion. “By the end of 2022 we should have a pretty clear picture of what’s going to happen, and if we don’t, I think we’re missing the opportunity,” he said. Construction of the light-rail lines is scheduled to start in 2024 and last about ve years. The Blue Line bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake would be located between South Congress

boathouse can’t be there anymore because of the grades we’re going across and then diving into the tunnel; it’s not possible to retain the upper portion,” ATP Chief Program Ocer Dave Couch told the Capital Metro board of directors May 24. “We would very much like and intend to keep the lower portion.” The boathouse is owned by the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and leased by the Austin Rowing Club, a nonprot that provides rowing opportunities for the community.

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The upper portion of the boathouse includes Alta’s Café, an all-day spot with a menu including coee, sandwiches and smoothies as well as an event space available for rentals. According to a statement from Capital Metro, the lower portion of the boathouse contains mechanical equipment for the Waller Creek stormwater tunnel, which will remain in operation during construction. “We really don’t want to try to move the pumps and everything that’s there,” Couch said. The loss of the upper portions of the boathouse does not mean the loss of the Austin Rowing Club altogether. The rowing club, the city and Capital

Avenue and I-35, connecting the Austin American- Statesman property on the south bank of the river to the Waller Creek Boathouse area to the north. Peter Mullan, ATP’s chief of architecture and urban design, told the ATP board of directors May 19 that it will have facilities for pedestrians and bicycles in addition to carrying the light rail across the lake. The ATP presented proposed station locations and routes June 16 for the north and south portions of the Orange Line and was scheduled to come back July 21, after the publication deadline for this edition, to present the downtown area where the Orange and Blue lines will converge.

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FUTURE ATSTAKE

DEVELOPMENT Austin seeks to rezone parcels, including theMuny golf course

The city is seeking feedback on the rezoning of four pieces of University of Texas-owned land throughout the city that could aect the properties’ future uses by the university.

The largest of the four parcels includes Lions Municipal Golf Course.

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Unlike most rezoning cases in which an appeal for a specic change on a property is considered, Rusthoven said the UT cases will see sta build their own zoning recommendations based on community feedback. Sta will bring the proposals before the Austin Planning Commission and City Council. Rusthoven said the recommendations may advance both the university’s own plans for the land and city priorities such as the preservation of Muny. The rst feedback session had generated interest from hundreds of Austinites as of mid-June, he said. “I’m used to responding to what someone’s asking for, not being told, ‘Here’s a blank canvas; go paint it.’ Having to do that with about 500 people all with brushes and paint, it’ll be interesting,” he said. During the rst rezoning meeting, most participants, including District 10 Council Member Alison Alter, appeared to voice their support for maintaining the course. “You don’t need to convince me that we need to save Muny. ... I’m committed to that, and I’m committed to working together creatively to get to a place where UT can have the certainty that they need ... and Muny and [West Austin Youth Association] are preserved for future generations,” Alter said.

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The future of West Austin’s Lions Municipal Golf Course, or Muny, is again up for discussion as Austin moves forward on the potential rezoning of land owned by The University of Texas throughout the city, including the historic civic landmark. The golf course was part of a 1910 land gift to UT from philanthropist George Washington Brackenridge, and has been leased by the city of Austin since the 1930s. The course has been free to the public through its history and remains a local civil rights landmark given its status as the rst Southern municipal golf course to desegregate beginning in 1950. Initiated by City Council in December, the rezoning process will see the city work to craft an “appropriate” zoning framework for land including the university-owned Brackenridge tracts containing the 141- acre Muny near the Colorado River. Muny remains operational through its month-to-month lease with Austin while part of the ongoing case. Properties now also under rezoning consideration include the Gateway Apartments tract located nearby on Sixth Street, North Austin’s West Pickle Research Campus and the Montopolis Research Center. Jerry Rusthoven, chief zoning ocer for the Austin Housing and Planning Department, said although the university did not initiate the current process, it agreed to city ocials’ direction to rezone the land.

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and the nonprot Muny Conservancy, established to raise funds for the eventual purchase of the course. Other speakers also mentioned their connections to Muny given its history of welcoming African American athletes, and its status as an accessible outdoor amenity enjoyed by Austinites of all backgrounds.

“Great cities preserve their history and green spaces, and what we do about [Muny] will say a lot about the social values and culture of our city and UT,” conservancy co-chair Scotty Sayers said. Public meetings and the opportunities to comment on Austin’s rezoning of the UT properties will continue this year.

Among the other meeting attendees were members of organizations such as the Save

Historic Muny District, a state-created entity tied to the course’s survival,

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