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Tax deal drives Tesla factory to Travis County

When internet services behemoth GoDaddy announced 331 layos and the closure of its Austin oces June 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the move signaled some of the challenges COVID-19 posed across industries, including oce real estate. GoDaddy had just signed a 15-year lease in December at a new building in East Austin. Now, it is the company’s responsibility to nd a sublet. The oce real estate market leading up to March, when the virus began to spread, was strong. Currently, 7.4 million square feet of oce space are under construction through- out the city, with expected completion by the end of 2022— this total does not include the 3 million-square-foot Apple campus in Northwest Austin—according to the research arm of Aquila, a local commercial real estate rm. With major projects such as the Indeed and Google tow- ers, the Parsley Energy Building and the skyscraper at Sixth and Guadalupe streets, downtown Austin, also CONTINUED ON 22 Hobbled ocemarket poised for recovery BY CHRISTOPHER NEELY 2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

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KEY End of March square feet of oce space up for sublease End of June square feet of oce space up for sublease DOWNTURN Since March, more downtown Austin businesses have looked to ooad their oce space due to budget issues or more employees working from home. However, real estate experts predict a bounce back in the oce market.

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Electric automaker Tesla will build its next manufacturing plant in Tra- vis County in an area just east of the city of Austin, bringing with it at least 5,000 new jobs. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the decision in a July 22 earnings call following months of deliberations between the company, Travis County and Del Valle ISD over economic incen- tives to bring the company to Texas. Tesla anticipates construction to TESLA GETS GIGA-SIZED INCENTIVES CONTINUED ON 24

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ManyAustinites still hurting nancially rely on unemployment, rent protections to get by

“I got a good [unemployment] benet, but it’s nowhere near enough to paymy bills. … I have one more payment with the $600 a week; after that it won’t be enough.” - Lauren Brown, bartender at One2One Bar

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and Washington, D.C. discussed extending government aid pack- ages for unemployment and rent assistance. More than 90,000 unemployed Austin-area resi- dents are relying on that help as COVID-19’s economic challenges have not let up.

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Tesla will develop a 2,100-acre site in Travis County for its next “gigafactory.”

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FROMDEEDA: As if being cooped up at home for several months on end worrying about contracting COVID-19 isn’t stressful enough, now triple-digit heat and West Nile virus- carrying mosquitoes have arrived in Central Austin. To help bring comfort during this “coronacoaster,” as this experience has been dubbed, we’re sharing some fresh reading material, including our annual Real Estate Edition with a look at how many of our neighbors are buying or selling, along with home improvement tips to make your home a place you don’t mind sheltering in for a little longer than normal. Deeda Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

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COMING SOON 5 Enchiladas Y Mas , 1911 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, is scheduled to reopen near the end of July, according to new owners Eva and Carmen Hernandez. The sisters bought the business earlier in 2020 from family members and original owners Robert and Mary Martinez. After making some updates over the course of eight weeks, Eva and Carmen said in an Insta- gram post they decided to hold o a little longer past their originally scheduled opening date due to rising COVID-19 cas- es in the area and diminishing restaurant opening capacity. 512-467-7100. www.instagram.com/enchiladasymas 6 Basis Austin Primary is set to open its new charter school location at 1501 Dartmouth Ave., Austin, in August for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The tuition-free network of charter schools started in 1998 in Arizona and now provides an educational curric- ulum for nearly 17,000 students at 27 nationwide locations. The Austin location is set to expand to grades 5-12 in 2021. 737-263-5890. www.basised.com 7 Bird Bird Biscuit will open its second location at 1401 Koenig Lane, Austin, in 2021. The site is currently Thunderbird Coee, which closed July 26 to prepare for the renovations. According to a July 9 announcement from Thunderbird, the new Bird Bird location will include a Thunder- bird Coee trailer on location. While the Koenig location is closed, the Thunderbird Coee at 2200 Manor Road will extend its hours from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 512-420-8660. www.thunderbirdcoee.com RELOCATIONS 8 Monger’s Market + Kitchen relocated July 10 to 4119 Guadalupe St., Austin, from its former location at 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. The neighborhood raw bar, kitchen and market replaced wine bar Vino Vino, which has closed permanently. According to a media release, moving into a local neighborhood such as Hyde Park and welcoming more families to the restaurant was a longtime goal of owners Shane Stark and Julie Stark. 512-215-8972. www.mongersaustin.com

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IN THE NEWS 9 Threadgill’s Old No. 1 auctioned o a collection of owner Eddie and Sandra Wil- son’s items including music memorabilia, Texas beer signs, posters and photos June 27. The longtime Austin restaurant and music venue, located at 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, closed in April after almost 40 years. www.threadgills.com CLOSINGS 10 Be More Pacic , located at 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd., Ste. C, Austin, will remain closed indenitely, according to a Facebook post June 9 from owners Mark Pascual and Giovan Cuchapin. The Filipino spot opened in 2011 as a food truck. In February, Pascual and Cuchapin opened a Houston location in the Heights neigh- borhood—that location has reopened with new safety protocols. www.bemorepacickitchenandbar.com 11 Dart Bowl , located at 5700 Grover Ave., Austin, closed permanently July 17. Owner John Donovan said in a statement the economic impact from people staying home during the pandemic was too much for the business to overcome. “This is the toughest thing we’ve ever had to do as business owners, but it was our only option,” Donovan said. Dart Bowl was founded in 1958 by Donovan’s grandfa- ther, Harry Peterson. www.dartbowl.com

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The restaurant is still oering curbside pickup since opening the dining room. 737- 708-8082.www.steamiesdumplings.com 3 Garden Seventeen , a greenhouse and garden store located at 604 Williams St., Austin, opened June 21. The new store comes from owner Rodney Stoutenger, who started Native Edge Landscape in North Austin in 2008. The building was formerly Rainhart Manufacturing from 4 Sleep Better Austin opened a new oce location at 1600 W. 38th St., Ste. 407, Austin, on June 24. The medical oce provides oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea, which oers appliances that t like a mouthguard for patients, opening up their airways during sleep. The oce also has locations in Georgetown, Cedar Park and South Austin. 512-215-4350. www.sleepbetteraustin.com 1945-2016. 512-646-4717. www.gardenseventeen.com

1 Sazan Ramen opened in the Cres- cent development, 6929 Airport Blvd., Ste. 146, Austin, as of July 2. Chef Shun “Steve” Shiroma previously worked at Tsuta Tokyo in Japan, the rst ramen shop to receive a Michelin star. The restaurant specializes in Paitan Ramen, made with a creamy chicken broth, and serves dumplings from nextdoor neigh- bor Steamies Dumplings. 512-432-5474. www.sazanramen.com 2 Steamies Dumplings opened June 23. The new restaurant originally soft opened in late March, just as COVID-19 restrictions were being put in place, oering frozen dumplings for curbside pickup from its loca- tion at 6929 Airport Blvd., Ste. 148, Austin.

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IN THE NEWS 5 A new art installation from the Austin Foundation for Architecture encouraging park users to keep 6 feet of distance called Parkspace was installed before the July 4 weekend at Pease Park, 1100 Kingbury St., as well as Republic Square, Zilker Park and Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park. Volunteers painted squares 6 feet apart using eco-friendly turf paint to encourage people to safely enjoy ac- tivities such as picnics, yoga and relaxing outside. 512-777-1632 www.peasepark.org/parkspace 6 The St. David’s Foundation, head- quartered at 1303 San Antonio St., Austin, announced June 12 it had awarded $3.5 million to 77 local nonprofit organiza- tions, including the Austin Area Urban League, Caritas of Austin and Rebekah Baines Johnson Center. The foundation will award $10 million total in grants to nonprofits that have experienced a disruption due to COVID-19. The deadline for applications for the second round of funding is Aug. 13. 512-879-6600. www.stdavidsfoundation.org 7 The Austin Pride Festival and Parade, an event that brings hundreds of thou- sands of Austinites together downtown to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, will not take place in 2020 due to con- cerns about the spread of the coronavi- rus, according to a statement from the nonprofit’s board posted June 15. This year’s event was scheduled to take place Aug. 15. In years past, the parade has started at the Texas Capitol, 1100 Con- gress Ave., Austin. www.austinpride.org 8 The Texas Book Festival will take place virtually this fall with two weeks of online programming from Oct. 31-Nov. 15. The event normally brings tens of thousands of people to downtown Austin around the Capitol grounds, 1100 Congress Ave., Aus- tin. Organizers said in a June 24 release this is the first time since the event was created in 1995 that the event will not take place in person. 512-477-4055. www.texasbookfestival.org 9 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center, located at 1213 Sabine St., Austin, announced Laura Sovine as its new exec- utive director June 11. Sovine previously was the executive director of Austin Recovery, which provides addiction treat-

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ment for local residents. The Sobering Center, which provides an alternative to jail for intoxicated people, opened in 2018. 512-957-1900. www.soberingcenter.org CLOSINGS 10 Scratchouse, a live music venue located at 617 E. Seventh St., Austin, announced its permanent closure June 11. “We won’t forget the memories we made with you, and were lucky to have amazing patrons and artists sharing our space,” wrote the owners in a Facebook post. Two other Red River area venues, Bar- racuda and Plush, both announced this spring that they do not have any plants to reopen their doors. 11 Daruma Ramen has permanently closed its location at 612 E. Sixth St., Aus- tin, owner Kayo Asazu announced June 17. “This was a tough decision. We hope to relocate sometime in the future when it is safe to do so,” Asazu wrote. Kome Sushi Kitchen, which is also owned by Asazu and her husband, Také, is serving chicken broth ramen for curbside takeout—in addition to the rest of its menu. 512-712-5700. www.darumaramen.com 12 Le Politique , a French restaurant located at 110 San Antonio St., Austin, announced May 22 it will remain closed for months before making “a final deter- mination on whether reopening in any capacity will make operational and finan- cial sense.” The downtown restaurant has been closed since March. 512-580-7651. www.lepolitiqueaustin.com

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3 The Trail Foundation opened a new public deck on parkland along the section of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, on June 18. The project was funded by private donations to The Trail Foundation, which is responsible for improvement projects on the Butler Trail. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org ANNIVERSARIES 4 Urbanspace Real Estate and is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. Founded by Austin resident and CEO Kevin Burns in 2000, the urban real estate company has evolved over two decades to include commercial real estate services, special project marketing, interior design services and a furniture showroom. 512-457-8884. www.urbanspacerealtors.com Interiors , located at 301 West Ave., Ste. 100, Austin, in the Independent building,

1 Cheba Hut opened June 22 at 3016 Guadalupe St., Austin, in the space previ- ously occupied by Wild Wood Bakehouse. In addition to subs, salads, snacks and desserts, the marijuana-themed sub fran- chise offers a full bar. Founded in 1998 by Scott Jennings in Colorado, Cheba Hut now has locations in seven states. This is the first of several planned Texas loca- tions. 512-305-3939. www.chebahut.com 2 Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown opened July 1 at 604 W. Sixth St., Austin. The six-floor, 140-room hotel includes a restaurant and bar, Verbena, from chef Nic Yanes of Juniper and Uncle Nicky’s. The restaurant officially opened July 10. 512-991-3100. www.hilton.com

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and dine-in sales that day to the Mike and Sherry Project, an organization supporting the mental health of Austin service industry workers. 512-479-1800. www.juliet-austin.com 5 Michi Ramen celebrated its five-year anniversary of its South Austin location at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. D-114B, on June 17. The ramen spot originally started in 2012 as a food truck and now has three brick-and-mortar locations. Michi Ramen has not opened its dining room at any of its three locations—all are offering take- out and delivery service only. 512-394-6350. www.michiramen.com 6 Crow Bar, which is currently open for to-go cocktails, growlers and wine, will celebrate 10 years in the community this summer. The locally owned bar is located at 3116 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-465-2982. www.crowbaraustin.com IN THE NEWS 7 Professional ultimate team Austin Sol will not play this season after the American Ultimate Disc League announced the cancellation of its season June 25. This would have been the fifth season for the Sol, which said in a statement it “stands in full support of the decision to cancel the season.” The team plays its home games at various fields in Austin, including Rudolph Gamblin Field at Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. 8 Gourdough’s , which has a brick-and- mortar location at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 23. According to court documents, the Gourdough’s location that opened in 2019 on the Riverwalk in San Antonio was a drain on the company’s finances, with the owners transferring $1.79 million in expenses over the course of the year to support the location. The South Lamar location and the Gourdough’s food truck remain open.512-912-9070. www.gourdoughs.com Congress Ave., Austin. www.theaudl.com/sol 9 The Sustainable Food Center an- nounced July 7 it will extend its Neigh- borhood Pop-Up Grocery Project through Sept. 30. The project, initially started in

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Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse, which moved to Dripping Springs in 2019. 512-893-7000 . www.austineastciders.com RELOCATIONS 3 The Austin American-Statesman will move its offices in 2021 to the Met Cen- ter, according to Zydeco Development, the developer of the Southeast Austin complex along Metropolis Drive near US 183 and SH 71. The Statesman’s current location at 305 S. Congress Ave., is being redeveloped as a mixed-use project that is proposed to include 12.5 acres of space designated for public use, including a waterfront park. Current Met Center tenants include Arrive Logistics and an Ascension Seton telemedicine center. 512-445-4040. www.statesman.com ANNIVERSARIES 4 Juliet , located at 1500 Barton Springs Road, Austin, celebrated its five-year anniversary July 1. The Italian restaurant donated 5% of all its takeout

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April, offers low-cost fresh produce boxes and other grocery items inside restaurants that have closed their dining rooms. There are 20 restaurants participating in the project, including Killa Wasi, 3913 Todd Lane, Ste. 607, Austin. 512-236-0074. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org CLOSINGS 10 Botticelli’s , located at 1321 S. Congress Ave., Austin, closed its doors on July 19. “We don’t have the words currently to tell you how much this community has meant to us,” the owners wrote in an Instagram post. Andrew and Matt Botticelli, along with Timmy Brown, opened the Italian restaurant in 2007. www.botticellissouthcongress.com

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COMING SOON 4 H-E-B will open a new food hall in late August in its Mueller location, 1801 E. 51st St., Austin. Restaurants will include Roots Chicken Shak, a duck fat fried chicken spot from former “Top Chef” television show contestant Tiffany Derry. The bar and food hall will also include barbecue, taco, grilled cheese and Japa- nese options. 512-474-2199. www.heb.com 5 Origin Hotel broke ground July 6 at 1825 McBee St., Austin, in the Mueller development. The Thrash Group, a com- pany based in Mississippi, is developing the five-story, 120-room hotel and did not provide a scheduled opening date. When finished, the hotel will feature approximately 5,000 square feet of retail space as well as an open kitchen concept restaurant and bar. www.originhotel.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 Capital Metro celebrated its 35th anniversary July 1. The city’s public transportation agency was established by a voter referendum on Jan. 19, 1985, funded in part by a 1% sales tax levied on members of its service area. Capital Metro’s administration building is located at 2910 E. Fifth St., Austin. 512-474-1200. www.capmetro.org NEWOWNERSHIP 7 Rastegar Property Co. announced the purchase of the Mueller Point apartment complex June 24, located at 6707 Berkman Drive in the Windsor Park neighborhood. The company, which has bought aging complexes in various neighborhoods of Austin recently, plans a full interior renovation of the 41-unit multifamily complex. 512-729-7777. www.rastegarproperty.com IN THE NEWS 8 Dell Children’s Medical Center has expanded its sleep lab program, according to a July 7 news release. The newly expanded, six-bed sleep lab at Dell Children’s now has the ability to offer diagnostic sleep studies and therapeutic

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studies for children with potential sleep- ing disorders. Dell Children’s, located at 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, also offers therapies for insomnia and sleep apnea. 512-324-0000. www.dellchildrens.net 9 Austin City Council will consider changing the name of Metz Recreation Center , 2407 Canterbury St., Austin, to the Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center after the parks and recreation department collected public feedback through May 2. Mendez was a dance teacher and mentor in East Austin who founded the Ballet East Dance Compa- ny. The original namesake of the center, Hamilton Metz, served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Austin ISD is set to close nearby Metz Elementary School at the end of the 2021 school year. www.austintexas.gov CLOSINGS 10 Bar and record store Troublemaker, 1209 E. Seventh St., Austin, will not reopen its doors, according to a social media post from the owners June 26. In a farewell Instagram post, the team urged Austinites to support small businesses. “Even the ones that seem like there is no way they could shut down, they need your support as well,” they wrote. Troublemaker opened in November from the team behind the Hightower, which

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coffee shop offers a food menu includ- ing pastries and tacos. The brick-and- mortar spot will undergo construction throughout the summer before opening the inside. Owner Raechel Hurd said she expects the full space to open in mid-to late fall. www.tryhardcoffee.com 3 Whole Foods Market opened its East Austin store June 29. The new store is lo- cated at 910 E. Fifth St., Ste. 100, Austin, in the Plaza Saltillo development. Addi- tional businesses set to open this summer include, according to a June 29 media release from developer Endeavor, Hop- doddy Burger Bar, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ and Poke Austin. 512-884-5910. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

1 Paperboy opened its brick-and-mor- tar location July 9 at 1203 E. 11th St., Austin. The breakfast and lunch spot has patio seating open as well as a takeaway window. The new spot replaces the original Paperboy food truck—its trailer at Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin has closed. 512-910-3010. www.paperboyaustin.com 2 Try Hard Coffee opened June 20 with service on the front patio of its space at 1115 E. 11th St., Austin, in the space that was formerly Blue Dahlia Bistro. The new

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Temporary bike lanes come to Congress Avenue The Austin Transportation Department installed temporary bike lanes on Congress Avenue from Riverside Drive to the Texas Capitol on June 30. According to the resolution passed by Austin City Council, the temporary lanes will allow bicyclists to ride more safely in an area of downtown “where riding on the sidewalk does not allow for social distancing and creates possible conicts for pedestrians.” The eort continues Austin leaders’ push to encourage residents to get outside and keep a safe distance from each other. In July, the Austin Transporta- tion Department closed parts of streets in various Austin neighborhoods to thru trac as part of its “Healthy Streets” initiative.

Texas Department of Transportation completes I35 improvement project at Oltorf Street A three-year project tomake improvements along I35 near the intersectionwithOltorf Street was completed as of June 25. COURTESY TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Temporary bicycle laneswere added on Congress Avenue fromRiversideDrive to the Texas Capitol on June 30.

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Previously, the city also closed certain portions of Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Road to give pedestrians and bicyclists more space as trac decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.

A three-year, $42.6 million project that included the reconstruction of the Oltorf Street bridge over I-35 and the improvement of entrance and exit ramps is complete as of June 25, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The completed Oltorf Street project is part of ongoing TxDOT work along I-35 in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties. In addition to the ongoing proj- ects, TxDOT is planning to add two nontolled managed lanes to a stretch

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Austin City Council Regular meeting: July 30 Budget work session: Aug. 4 Public heading and budget adoption: Aug. 12-14 www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court MEETINGSWE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS Austin ISD Stephanie Elizalde was named the lone finalist to replace Paul Cruz as Austin ISD’s next superintendent. After a five-month search, the AISD board chose Elizalde on July 21. Elizalde comes from Dallas ISD, where she has served as the district’s chief of school leadership since 2015. the budget. Casaday said 60 officers have already retired in 2020, about double the normal rate. “Cutting officers like they did was, in my opinion, irresponsible,” he said.

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Austin’s $4.2 billion proposed budget includes 2.5%reduction to police department funding

million from the budget is “disre- spectful” to community groups like his that have called for more broad, sweeping changes. “$11 million is spitting in our eyes. Eleven million [dollars] is telling the city, ‘We don’t take your needs or your wants seriously, and this is the best we’re going to give you,’” Johnson said. Ed Van Eenoo, the city’s deputy chief financial officer, said most of the projected savings would come from eliminating 100 vacant police officer positions from the forecast budget. Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association—the union representing police—said the city had an agreement with the police department to add 30 positions a year and that the city staff are now “going back on their word” by eliminating the vacant positions in

BY JACK FLAGLER

AUSTIN After community groups called for at least $100 million to be reallocated from the Austin Police Department to other city services, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk proposed a budget July 13 that includes an $11.3 million reduction in police spending, or 2.5% of the $445.6 million budget that was forecasted in April. The $4.2 billion overall budget and the $1.1 billion taxpayer-supported general fund for fiscal year 2020-21 are both largely unchanged from last year. Property tax revenue would increase by 3.5%, resulting in a $19.73 increase in annual city property tax payments for the homeowner of a median-valued $362,000 property. David Johnson, criminal justice organizer at Grassroots Leadership, said the proposal to cut just $11.3

July 14 local election results The state Senate election will head to a runoff, while primary winners advanced to the general election in November. State Senate District 14 Travis County attorney

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Travis County attorney, defeating Laurie Eiserloh to run unopposed in the fall. Her seat on City Council will be filled by a new candidate in 2021. José Garza earned a decisive vic- tory over incumbent Margaret Moore in the District Attorney race, earning 68.11% of the vote. He will move on to face Republican candidate Martin Harry in November. More than 140,000 Travis County voters cast a ballot in the July 14 elec- tion, a turnout of 16.99%. Turnout in the 2018 primary runoff was 8.51%.

D-Austin, who finished in second place with 33.87%. The date for the runoff election has yet to be announced and is up to the discretion of Gov. Greg Abbott. The winner will replace former Sen. Kirk Watson, who resigned April 30 to take a new position at the Uni- versity of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. In the primary runoff election, also held July 14, Delia Garza, Aus- tin’s mayor pro tem, earned a victory that will likely make her the next

BY JACK FLAGLER

TRAVIS COUNTY Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt was the leading vote-getter in the special election for state Senate District 14 but fell just short of the number of votes she needed to win the seat outright and avoid a runoff election. Eckhardt, who received 49.75% of the vote in the district covering all of Bastrop and most of Travis County on July 14, will advance to a runoff election against fellow Democrat and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez,

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From June 2019 to May 2020, 3,770 homes were sold in Central Austin, a decrease of 6.34% from the previous year. Average home values were up— jumping 6.14% from $586,390 to $622,380. 201920 CENTRAL AUSTIN REAL ESTATE MARKET AT A GLANCE

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A guide to home & garden projects with advice from local businesses

HOME IMPROVEMENT &MAINTENANCE 2020 Central Austin

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As residents spend more time at home to remain safe from the spread of the coronavirus, many are also thinking about what projects they want to tackle around the house. Hilaire Thornal, general manager at local hardware store Breed and Co., shared some tips on the best way to get started on some simple projects.

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1 Start a garden at home Whether planting herbs and vegetables or a ower garden to brighten up the yard, Thornal said there are three important things customers can do to start planning: decide on a vision, set a budget and know how much space they have. Garden projects can be simple with mulch and ower pots, but people who want to take on a more complex project can also pick up materials to build raised garden beds at home. 2 Give old walls a fresh coat of paint Much like gardening, putting together a vision before heading to the store will help customers get ahead as they pick out a new color for their home space. Thornal said a lot of customers have come into Breed and Co. wanting to repaint the room they were turning into a home oce, and that catapulted some to

take on other projects around the house. “Now is the time,” Thornal said. 3 Replace kitchen cabinet or door hinges

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Breed and Co. is located northwest of the University of Texas campus on 28th Street, close to a number of Austin neighborhoods, such as Bryker Woods, Old West Austin, Hyde Park and Clarksville, that feature a number of older houses. Those homeowners have come in with various simple projects from replacing hinges on old doors and cabinets to tearing up carpet. Thornal recommends customers get as specic as possible with the look of hinges, carpet or other items in order for hardware store employees to help customers keep the aesthetic and look of the house intact.

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