Georgetown | July 2021

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Houstoncompanybreaksground in August on336apartments inGeorgetown

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A 336-unit apartment complex will open in late 2022 in Georgetown. Morgan Group, a multifamily developer based in Houston, breaks ground on the project in August. The Caroline will have 16 three-story buildings and includes amenities such as a pool, a dog park, a club- house and a tness center. The Caroline will be located on the southern side of Georgetown at 5300 N. Mays St. and will be close to HEB and Round Rock Premium Outlets. In 2020, Morgan Group opened an oce in Austin to expand into the

region. Jason Hauck, the company’s central region development partner, said the Caroline is the company’s third multifamily community in the area. “We try to deliver an elevated product at an aordable price,” he said in a news release. Hauck said he anticipates the new community to be attractive to young professionals who work in the area as well as renters wanting more space. Information from ApartmentData. com indicate the multifamily market is recovering more quickly in the Austin metro than other metros in

The Caroline will include 16 three-story buildings and build 336 apartment units. (Rendering courtesy Morgan Group)

quantiable levels. The LCRA began conducting routine testing near Travis Landing in February when ocials received a report that a dog died after swimming in the lake. In March, a second dog died, and ve others became ill, according to a previous update. Prior to the June 10 test results, every sample taken from that region contained possible dangerous cyanotoxin levels. Despite the improvement, the LCRA is still urging lakegoers to avoid contact with algae and to keep their dogs from ingesting or playing near algae in the Highland Lakes. Algae species capable of producing toxins are still present in Lake Travis. Additionally, the toxicity of an algae bloom can quickly change, according to the river authority. Caroline at Georgetown is well-ed- ucated and has strong household incomes. New jobs on the north side are continuing to pull people north,” Hauck said.

the state, according to the release. Hauck said demand for rental units has increased in the past three months. “The population surrounding

Tests showdrop in algae toxins in Lake Travis

Aordable senior housing receives funding

BY IAIN OLDMAN

An upcoming development that will add hundreds of aordable units to far North Austin in Williamson County is moving forward after receiving authorization from the county to borrow bond funds. The Williamson County Commis- sioners Court on June 15 voted to approve issuing up to $50 million in tax-exempt multifamily housing rev- enue bonds to fund the development of Grand Avenue Flats. Capital Area Housing Finance Corp. is issuing the bonds, and Grand Avenue Flats Ltd., a subsidiary of Ohio-based NRP Group, is listed as the borrower. Grand Avenue Flats is located at 15701 FM 1325, Austin, near Loop 1 and SH 45 N in North Austin,

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New test results from Lake Tra- vis indicate a signicant decline in the toxicity of blue-green algae, and for the rst time since the spring, only trace amounts of the toxins were present, according to a June 22 update from the Lower Colorado River Authority. Samples collected June 10 from Travis Landing show a low concentration of cyanotoxins, the toxins produced by cyanobac- teria or blue-green algae. While cyanotoxins were still present, the LCRA said the toxicity was below

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according to county documents. The development will ultimately deliver 275 aordable multifamily units for senior residents. The issued bonds will not be a debt or liability to Williamson County, according to backup documents for the vote. The CAHFC, which com- prises representatives from 10 Central Texas counties, needed approval from Williamson County commissioners due to state code.

First cases of Delta variant confirmed in county

COUNTY SPREAD On July 12, Williamson County increased to the orange transmission phase as cases rose countywide.

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BY IAIN OLDMAN

in the June 25 news release. “The good news is that the mRNA vaccines have been proven to be highly eective against this variant. The concern locally is that we have more than half the county that isn’t vaccinated and whom are still highly susceptible to this variant.” The Delta variant of COVID-19 has increased transmissibility, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The WCCHD stated this strain is estimated to be the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S. as early as August.

The rst cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 have been conrmed in Williamson County. The Williamson County and Cities Health District on June 25 announced the county discovered and conrmed the rst cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant through lab testing in June. According to the release, three initial cases of the variant were conrmed. “It is not surprising to see the Delta variant in our community given how rapidly it spreads,” WCCHD Lead Epidemiologist Allison Stewart said

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SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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