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Leander ISD opened its newest campus, Tarvin Elementary School, for the 202122 school year. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Leander ISD has built 30 schools in the last 20 years with Tarvin Elementary School in Leander as its latest campus addition. The district is now asking vot- ers to consider a $772.2million bond this November to meet district growth. students in the district. Rapid growth has several eects on the school district: hiring and support- ing new stamembers, building schools at the right time and using short-term growth solutions such as portables. CONTINUED ON 30 Enrollment increases resume in new school year; district plans more campuses BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN LISD is the fastest-growing school dis- trict in the Austin metro area based on the number of students added annually. In the last two decades, the district has opened 19 elementary schools, seven middle schools and four high schools to accommodate the growing number of

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

NOWOPEN 1 Cedar Park Dental Wellness opened its family dentistry oce June 14. The practice, owned by Dr. Regina Yunusov, oers exams, cleanings, llings, extractions, root canals, implants and Invisalign. It is located at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 106, Cedar Park. 512-640-8240. https://cedarparkdentalwellness.com 2 La-Z-Boy Cedar Park opened May 29 in The Parke shopping center. The company sells recliners, reclining sofas and love seats, sleep sofas and more. The furniture store is located at 5001 183A Toll, Cedar Park. 737-843-0124. www.la-z-boy.com 3 No. 1 Boba Tea opened July 1 at 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park. The store sells classic milk tea, avored tea, power juice and more. The boba tea store is located at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 130. This is the rst Texas location for the Las Vegas-based company. 512-986-7148. www.no1bobatea.us 4 Premier Martial Arts Leander opened June 19. The family-owned business oers programs for children and adults that teach character development, life skills, tness and self-protection. Kids’ programs start at age 5. Premier Martial Arts Leander is located at 3501 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 130, Leander. 737-205-4301. https://premiermartialarts.com/leander 5 PT Solutions opened a Leander location that oers physical therapy, rehabilitation and other services. It opened July 12 at 2082 US 183, Ste. 175. 737-757- 0838. https://ptsolutions.com/clinics/ leander 6 Austin-based Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy opened a Cedar Park location June 11. The location at 4701 183A Toll, will oer cryotherapy, IV drip therapy, compression therapy, HydraFacials, infrared sauna therapy and other wellness services. 512-866-4869. https://restore.com 7 Family-friendly beer garden The Good Lot is now open in Cedar Park at 2500 W. New Hope Drive. Soft openings were held July 8-9, and a grand opening event was held July 10. The beer garden oers 24 taps of craft beer and ciders, food trucks, a dog-friendly patio, Wednesday open mic nights, all-day

Monday happy hours and live music. 512-986-4037. https://thegoodlotcp.com 8 Chicken and breakfast spot The Rolling Rooster in June opened a new location at 11416 RM 620, Austin. The restaurant oers a menu featuring Southern and soul food classics such as chicken and waes, fried okra and grits. www.therollingrooster.com 9 Leander’s rst Whataburger opened July 5 at 140 W. Metro Road. The burger restaurant has dine-in, drive-thru and mobile ordering options. 512-337-1443. https://whataburger.com 10 Restaurant Woks It 2 U opened its second location in late June at 1101 S. Hwy. 183, Leander. The restaurant has a drive-thru window with an express menu. The Chinese restaurant’s rst location opened in 2017 in the Cold Springs Marketplace on Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The restaurant replaces the now-closed Chicken Express. 512-456- 0770. www.woksit2u.com 11 Village Medical opened a full- service primary care oce July 13 at 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park. The practice oers chronic care, specialty care, same-day appointments, virtual visits, diagnostic testing and other services, according to the company website. The Cedar Park oce is open Monday through Friday at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. P100, Cedar Park. 512-229-0860. www.villagemedical.com COMING SOON 12 Sephora will open a store in Cedar Park at the 1890 Ranch shopping center. The store will be at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. E-100, according to state permitting records. An opening date is not available yet. Other Sephora stores can be found at Lakeline Mall and in Georgetown and Round Rock. www. sephora.com 13 The Lash Lounge will open a Cedar Park location in the fall at 1890 Ranch. The business oers lash extensions, lash lifts, eyebrow tinting, eyelash tinting and eyebrow threading. It will be located at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 400. 512-817-2848. www.thelashlounge.com/ tx-cedar-park-1890-ranch

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Red Horn Coee House and Brewing Co. ’s second location opened June 21 serving tacos, beer and coee. The Cedar Park-based company opened the second location for its growing coee and beer production. The location also has a taco kitchen for its partnership with Mexican food truck Taconmaye. The new location is at 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Bldg. 1, Ste. 110, Cedar Park. It is open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. The rst location is at 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park. 737-843-7084. https://redhornbrew.com

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RELOCATIONS 14 Atiana’s Boutique , a formal wear store for proms, dances, weddings and more, relocated July 10 within the 1890 Ranch shopping center from Unit H400 to Unit P130. Atiana’s Boutique is located at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Unit P130, Cedar Park. 512-872-2701. www.atianasboutique.com EXPANSIONS 15 Wellness store Pinnacle Essentials expanded with a Georgetown location at 4410 Williams Drive on June 14. The rst location is at 1625 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. A., Cedar Park. The store oers sleep, stress and pain relief, supplements and CDB products. 512-688-1117. www.pinnacle-essentials.com ANNIVERSARIES 16 Board & Brush reached its fth anniversary in Cedar Park. The business oers do-it-yourself wood sign

workshops. Owners Jan and Mark Scriven opened the Cedar Park location June 17, 2016, at 2011 Little Elm Trail, Unit 107. They own three more locations in Round Rock, North Austin and Belton. 512-529-1282. https://boardandbrush.com/ cedarpark 17 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. Texas Orthopedics has physicians that specialize in orthopedics, spine and rheumatology. The Cedar Park location is at 1401 Medical Parkway, Bldg. B, Ste. 120, Cedar Park. 512-439-1009. www.txortho.com IN THE NEWS 18 The Texas Stars will begin their 2021-22 season Oct. 16 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, according to a July 23 schedule announcement. The team is the Cedar Park-based American Hockey

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League aliate of the Dallas Stars. The 72-game season will have 36 home games at 2100 Avenue of the Stars. The rst games on Oct. 16 and 17 will be against the Iowa Wild. 512-467-8277. www.texasstars.com Jason Brown , a Leander resident and Navy senior chief interior communications electrician, was awarded the Navy and

Marine Corps Commendation Medal on July 13 for “astute leadership” and “mentoring more than 20 personnel in career path development and mentoring,” according to a Navy Oce of Community Outreach release. Brown is assigned to the Navy Talent Acquisition Group in San Antonio, which manages over 34 Navy recruiting stations and Navy ocer recruiting stations in Central and South Texas.

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WATCH ‘JAWS’ ON THEWATER VOLENTE BEACH RESORT

Float on Lake Travis and watch “Jaws” after sunset. Attendees should bring their own tube. Admission includes access to the water park, a rework nale and entertainment. 5 p.m. $45 and up. Volente Beach Resort, 16107 FM 2769, Leander. 512-258-5110 www.beachsidebillys.com (Courtesy Heather Lee Kennedy)

18 LISTEN TOANOUTDOOR STORYTIME Meet on the Cedar Park Public Library’s front lawn for stories and songs with Miss Jane. Attendees can bring blankets or chairs to designated seat spaces. Registration is not required, and the event is weather permitting. 8:30 a.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov/ departments/library 20 LISTEN TO ‘HIP HOP ‘N HARMONY’ AT HEB CENTER Vocal group Blackstreet and musical guests Bobby Brown, Mase, Kool Moe Dee and others will bring their “Hip Hop ‘N Harmony” performance to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Blackstreet is a Grammy Award-winning group with songs such as “No Diggity,” “Baby Be Mine,” “Before I Let You Go” and “Joy.” Masks are required when not eating or drinking. 7:30 p.m. $44.50-$79.50. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com 24 SWAP PUZZLES AND PLAY BOARD GAMES Enjoy a board game night at the Cedar Park Public Library and check out board games you like at the library event. Attendees can bring gently used puzzles to swap with other attendees. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov/ departments/library 27 SHOP AT A FARMERSMARKET Savory Farmers Market oers

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GO TO THE CEDAR PARK RODEO Watch professional rodeo events such as bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, girls barrel racing, girls breakaway roping, team roping and mutton busting. The event is sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. 7:30 p.m. $14-$29. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com 14 TAKE THE SUNSET EXPRESS Enjoy the sunset aboard a vintage train car on the Austin Steam Train Association’s Sunset Express. The 44-mile train ride will leave from Cedar Park and travels along the South San Gabriel River. There are no layovers on this 2.5-hour ride. 7-9:30 p.m. $23-$45. Cedar Park Depot, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-100, Cedar Park. 512-402-3830. www.austinsteamtrain.org 14 HEARROGERCREAGERPERFORM Texas country singer Roger Creager will perform at the Haute Spot event venue for the Lightstream Backyard Concert Series. Tickets are available for general admission or for the seated VIP section. 6-10 p.m. $20-$39. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. https://loveandlightstream. com/hautespot/rogercreager 17 EAT SEATTLEBASED PASTRIES Piroshky Piroshky, a Seattle-based bakery, will bring their sweet and savory Russian pastries to Cedar Park at a pre- order food event. Orders can be placed online and picked up at Twin Creeks Park from 5-7 p.m. Orders have a $50 minimum and end Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. Twin Creeks Park, 2303 Dervingham Drive, Cedar Park. https://piroshkybakery.com/events

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WORTH THE TRIP AUG. 27 ENJOY A LIVE SHOW OUTDOORS Rochelle & the Sidewinders will provide entertainment as part of Pugerville’s annual Music in the Park series at Puger Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and pets, picnic baskets and blankets are allowed. Alcohol is also allowed, but glass containers are not. Rochelle & the Sidewinders is an award-winning blues band from Austin. Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Puger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6113. www.pugervilletx.gov COURTESY CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE Pugerville's Music in the Park event will feature an Austin-based blues band.

Bring your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt to Board & Brush Cedar Park’s end-of-summer luau event. Create a wooden project during the instructor- led workshop. Ages 15 and up. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $68 (per person). Board and Brush, 2011 Little Elm Trail, Unit 107, Cedar Park. 512-529-1282. https://boardandbrush.com (Courtesy Board & Brush Cedar Park) bring cash for some vendors. The farmers market is held at Bryson’s amenity center, The Backyard. 3-7 p.m. Free. Bryson amenity center, 1960 Pleasant Hill Road, Leander. 512-817-3359. www.savoryfarmersmarket.com 28 LISTEN TO LIVEMUSIC Lightstream Backyard Concert Series will present Texas country singer Cory Morrow at the Haute Spot event venue in Cedar Park. Tickets are available for general admission or for reserved seats. 7-10 p.m. $20-$45. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. https://loveandlightstream.com/ hautespot/corymorrow SEPTEMBER 03 THROUGH05 VISIT THE CIRCUS The Ben Hur Shrine Circus will host six performances of the three-ring Carden Circus over three days in September. The interactive circus will allow guests into the circus oor one hour before the show begins to meet performers and ride the elephants. Also, a free public elephant brunch will be held Sept. 3 at noon with elephant-friendly food for the circus elephants. Clowns and entertainers will also be at the brunch event. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park recommends attendees wear masks at their events. 7 p.m. (Sept. 3), 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Sept. 4), 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Sept. 5). $20- $35. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park,

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3 Bell Boulevard at Cypress Creek Road intersection improvements The intersection project will improve the southbound right-turn lane on Bell Bou- levard at Cypress Creek Road. The right- turn lane will be widened for safer turns and brought up to Texas Department of Transportation standards. The project is in the preliminary engineering phase. Construction will be timed with the nal layer of pavement for the Bell Boulevard reconstruction project. Timeline: spring 2022 Design cost: not to exceed $75,000 Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B) 4 Leander roadway restriping project In the city’s annual restriping project, three road sections and one intersec- tion will be restored. This work includes crosswalks, lines, words and symbols. A Collaborative Way and B the intersection of CR 175 and Journey Parkway are two of the four striping projects, according to the city. These road projects are near Akins Elementary, Stiles Middle, Dan- ielson Middle and Glenn High schools. Other roads to be restriped are C Osage Drive between Lakeline Boulevard and Bagdad Road and D Sheila Drive between South West Drive and US 183. Timeline: summer 2021 Cost: $64,947 Funding sources: Leander child safety fund, Leander roadway striping fund 5 RM 1431 widening project Cedar Park will widen part of RM 1431 between New Hope Drive and Bagdad Road to six lanes. Cedar Park City Council approved a $3 million design services agreement and right of way acquisition July 8 with Rodriguez Transportation Group Inc. The project is part of a 2020 cost-share agreement with Williamson County. The total project budget is $8.15 million and will be split in half between the city and the county. Timeline: TBD Design cost: not to exceed $3 million Funding sources: Cedar Park 2015 vot- er-approved bond, Williamson County

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COMPLETED PROJECTS 1 Cedar Park Phase 1A bike lanes Work has completed on the rst phase of new striped bike lanes on sections of A Brushy Creek Road, B Buttercup Creek Boulevard, C Little Elm Trail and D New Hope Drive. Phase 1A was com- pleted in spring 2021. The project did not require widening roads. Cedar Park City Council approved a pavement-mark- ing agreement for Phase 1A of the bike lanes Feb. 11 with D.I.J. Construction Inc. The original budget for Phase 1A was $220,000 but the project came in lower at $122,963. The remaining funds will be used in the planned Phase 1B project. Timeline: spring 2021

Cost: $122,963 Funding source: Cedar Park capital im- provement projects fund-streets UPCOMING PROJECTS 2 Anderson Mill Road reconstruction The second phase of construction will widen Anderson Mill Road between A Cypress Creek Road and Zeppelin Drive and from B Gaspar Bend to RM 1431. The road sections are currently two lanes and will become four-lane roadways. Timeline: late 2021-TBD Cost: not to exceed $6.75 million Funding source: Cedar Park 2015 vot- er-approved bond

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Hwy. 29, D.B. Wood improvements This project adds a curb and gutter, designates left- and right-turn lanes, and removes the left turn and a raised median on Hwy. 29. On D.B. Wood, lanes will be widened. Timeline: spring 2021-fall 2022

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LEANDER DEVELOPMENTWITH RESTAURANTS, RETAIL UNDER CONSIDERATION Restaurants, retail space and possible oce space are planned in a new Leander development at the corner of US 183 and Hero Way. Leander City Council approved a zoning change for a proposed development called Leander Marketplace on Aug. 5 in a 5-2 vote; Council Members Becki Ross and Jason Shaw voted against approval at the rst and second zoning readings. The 8.5-acre development south of Capital Metro’s Leander Station will include restaurants, retail and potentially oce space, according to the developer. The project will also include parking, an outdoor playground, outdoor seating and a trail connection. Tonya Swartzendruber, who represents the developer, said at the July 15 council meeting that tenant discussions are underway with Hat Creek Burger Co., Torchy’s, Spec’s, Pluckers, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Sherwin-Williams, Raising Cane’s, Cabo Bob’s and several more businesses. The proposed zoning changes the property to planned unit development, or PUD, with a base zoning district of general commercial. The property will also be removed from the Leander Transit- Oriented Development District. Space: 8.5 acres Timeline: zoning approved Aug. 5

CONSTRUCTION TO START ON LAKELINE PARK THIS SUMMER Lakeline Park, the city of Cedar Park’s planned 200- acre project, is progressing with Phase 1 construction expected to begin this summer. Cedar Park City Council approved a Phase 1 construction agreement and three other Lakeline Park agreements during the July 22 meeting. All were approved unanimously. Assistant City Manager Sam Roberts said Lakeline Park is the largest park development project in the city’s history. Roberts said due to the large scale of the project, the park is planned in phases. Phase 1 will include a multipurpose pavilion for music and performing arts, 3 miles of trails, a great lawn, a shing pier, pavilions, multipurpose practice elds, a cricket eld, wildower meadows, 400 parking spaces and other amenities on 64 acres. The parkland is southwest of Bell Boulevard and Little Elm Trail. The rst phase will total $10.3 million, including contingencies, funded through general obligation bonds, Type B community development funds, parkland dedication funds, utility funds and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department grant funds. Lakeline Park construction was part of the 2015 voter- approved bond. City Council awarded on July 22 a $7.17 million, 10-month construction agreement to JKB Construction Co. Space: 200 acres Timeline: summer 2021-TBD

NEW70UNIT ASSISTEDLIVING FACILITY PLANNED IN LEANDER A new assisted-living facility will be built in Leander on San Gabriel Parkway near Bagdad Road—just south of Glenn High School. Leander City Council approved the Haven at San Gabriel planned development’s zoning change on Aug. 5 in a 6-1 vote. Council Member Jason Shaw voted against the zoning change and previously said there are better places in the city for the planned development. The project is a single-story assisted-living facility with 50 assisted-living units and 20 memory care units, said Will Davies, who represented the applicant and is the president of Leander-based DFD Architects Inc., at a previous council meeting. The zoning change creates a planned unit development with local commercial zoning. The land was previously zoned for single-family homes and local commercial. Planning and zoning commissioners unanimously approved the request July 8. Council Member Chris Czernek previously said this is likely the lowest-impact use for that land because there is not a lot of in-and-out trac. Council Member Kathryn Pantalion-Parker said the city needs to t within the guidelines of what is allowable and make the best decisions that council can. Space: 65,000 square feet Timeline: zoning approved Aug. 5

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22ACREMEDICALFOCUSED DEVELOPMENT PLANNED IN LEANDER A 22.2-acre planned medical oce development in Leander will bring medical, oce and commercial space to the area north of the future St. David’s HealthCare development and Northline. Pointe 183 will have 90,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 132,000 square feet of medical and professional oce space. Leander City Council approved the development’s zoning change Aug. 5. The new zoning creates the Pointe 183 Minor PUD with a general commercial base zoning district. Space: 22.2 acres Timeline: zoning approved Aug. 5

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NEWS BRIEFS

Latest news from the area

Legislation expedites funding for Northline project in Leander

NORTHLINE The mixed-use development in Leander totals 115 acres between US 183 and 183A Toll. The site will include hotels, restaurants, retail and city buildings. Construction began in March 2020 on the infrastructure work, which will continue for another year.

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Municipal Management District No. 1. Management districts are political subdivisions that tax property owners within the boundaries of said district. In this case, the MMD will tax only property owners within the 115-acre Northline development, Goodman said. The purpose of management districts is to maintain employment, commerce, economic development and a range of other categories. MMDs achieve this by nancing capital improvements or services beyond what the city of Leander can oer and not a replacement of those services, Goodman said. The project also includes about $80 million in new infrastructure for the foundation of the development. The city’s tax increment reinvestment board earlier in June allocated about $14.5 million for the building construction. The infrastructure work will continue over the next 12-plus months, and construction on part of the building could start by the end of the year. All commercial projects are expected to begin by early 2022. City buildings, hotels and convention center projects are estimated to start later. Tynberg said the project will allow the city to generate a lot more revenue, and residents will get their own area similar to The Domain in Austin. Northline ocially announced one tenant, The Hub, in October 2020, but Tynberg said the company is in talks with over 30 groups related to restaurants, bars, retail, tness, grocery and entertainment. “This project was the vision of the city leadership for the last decade,” Tynberg said. “I know that there is a signicant portion of the Leander population that is very interested in not having to leave the city in order to get their retail, restaurant and entertainment needs met.”

A 115-acre mixed-use project in Leander will be able to obtain more funding faster due to legislation focused on economic development opportunities. In June, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4103 and HB 4638 with coordination from the city of Leander; state Rep. John Bucy III, DAustin; state Sen. Charles Schwertner, RGeorgetown; and Alex Tynberg, principal and owner of the Northline Leander Development Co. “[The bills] take Northline to a new level of sophistication,” Tynberg said. “It gives another really important tool to get [projects] and enhancements built and completed earlier than otherwise possible without that nancing tool.” The mixed-use project is located in Leander’s transit-oriented development area between US 183 and 183A Toll along San Gabriel Parkway, and construction began in March 2020. Part of the intent of the project is for the city to relocate City Hall to Northline with an adjacent qualifying hotel, but nothing is ocial, and plans are being drafted to rm up that vision, Tynberg said. HB 4103 allows the city to capture a portion of hotel occupancy, sales and mixed beverage tax within a 1,000-foot radius of a qualifying hotel within the next 10 years. A hotel qualies if it has a conference space of at least 10,000 square feet, said Cameron Goodman, economic development managing partner for Leander, and the taxes levied are supposed to go back to certain projects for the hotel and infrastructure that serves it. “If a restaurant is built within the radius of the hotel, then that sales tax can come back and help pay o the hotel,” Goodman said. “It should be very helpful.” HB 4638 enables the creation of the Leander

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Recoverynonprot nears fundraisingdeadline

Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17 billion facility

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Without $200,000 in community donations before Aug. 31, Cedar Park- Leander area nonprot Yellow House Foundation could face closure. The nonprot must relocate before Dec. 31 when its current lease in Cedar Park ends. The city purchased the land for the construction of the Bell District mixed-use development. Construction on a new building needs to begin soon so the foundation can have a place to host weekly meetings for recovery groups. The foundation needs to raise about $200,000 before its Aug. 31 deadline to stay self-sustaining and nance the remaining construction

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

negotiations with Samsung and create a draft performance agreement, which would include studies measuring eects on local property taxes. Samsung, Moett said, is hoping to nalize a performance agreement by mid-August. However, if Travis County follows its Chapter 28 rules, it will likely be unable to meet that deadline. A draft agreement must be posted publicly at least seven days before the rst public hearing, and a second public hearing will follow the revised draft agreement around 14 days after.

Travis County commissioners will begin drafting an agreement with Samsung Austin Semiconductor, which seeks performance-based tax incentives to build a $17 billion chip-making plant. The company submitted an application for Chapter 28 economic development incentives to Travis County on June 26. Christy Moett, Travis County managing director for economic and strategic planning, said the next step is for county sta and commissioners to begin formal

The Yellow House Foundation plans to relocate to Leander in late 2021.

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budget, according to the nonprot. Some $1.2 million of the $2.1 million total budget is already funded through donations. The future building at 804 Leander Drive, Leander, will host events and larger meetings that could have up to 100 attendees with room to spare.

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News from Cedar Park, Leander & Williamson County

Federal fundsmay helpwith Cedar Park project

Cedar Park City Council Typically meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Typically meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. 201 N. Brushy St., Leander 512-259-1239 • www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court Williamson County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100 • www.wilco.org MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW Williamson County will receive $2 million in the federal Community Development Block Grant program for seven infrastructure and public facilities projects. County commissioners approved the funds July 27. 7 HIGHLIGHTS WILLIAMSONCOUNTY The county’s health district said July 19 the criteria was met to increase to the COVID-19 red phase. According to guidelines, this phase means the county has uncontrolled community spread of coronavirus and has not seen a decline in the COVID-19 infection rate or hospitalization rates for at least the past seven days. LEANDER City Council approved Ross Blackketter as the new city engineer July 1. Blackketter previously worked as the assistant city engineer.

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is expected to begin later in 2021. Federal funds are dependent on U.S. House approval this fall, according to the release. Carter said in the release that he hopes to see the legislation signed into law soon. “If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Central Texas weather is unpre- dictable, and our neighborhoods should not have to worry about their homes flooding every time it rains,” Carter said in the release. The city will match $250,000 to the possible $750,000 in federal funding. Design work is underway. “Our voters approved diverting some of our sales tax to flooding, and this $750,000 from the federal

Ranchettes drainage project BY THE NUMBERS $1M total funding

CEDAR PARK One Cedar Park drainage project could receive federal funding in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, according to a July 26 announcement from U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale. The Ranchettes 2 and 3 Central drainage project is located along Monarch Drive between Cedar Park Drive and Lonestar Drive, according to the city of Cedar Park. The project will build stormwater drainage infrastructure to direct water into Cluck Creek and resurface the road with a curb on both sides, according to the release. The project

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government really helps us leverage those sales tax dollars to lower the flooding risk for our residents,” Van Arsdale said in the release.

WilliamsonCounty’shealthdistrict board to includecitystaffers WILLIAMSONCOUNTY In a move that officials said will increase communication between agencies, the makeup of the Williamson County and Cities Health District board of directors will include staff members from municipalities. Commissioners voted July 20 to change the language of the agreement between the county and the WCCHD’s membership cities. This will allow the WCCHD board of directors to include a designated staff member of the county. The other member cities of the WCCHD— including Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander and Liberty Hill—will also vote on the change. If the new agreement is approved by the member cities, city managers will designate themselves or staff members to the WCCHD board. Cedar Park City Council approved the change July 22. Commissioners also gave approval to contract with an outside consultant to analyze the district. BY IAIN OLDMAN

29GATEWAY PROJECT The 32-acre project may include restaurants, retail space, apartments, offices and more.

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Zoning change approved for new Leandermixed-use development LEANDER Leander City Council approved a zoning change for 29 Gateway, a planned mixed-use development project, July 1 in a 4-3 vote. The change allows for a 32-acre planned unit development with general commercial and multifamily zoning. It was previously zoned single-family rural. Council Members Kathryn Pantalion-Parker, Jason Shaw and Chris Czernek voted against the zoning at the first and second zoning change hearings. BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

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