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Despitepandemic, newbusinesses emerge in Lake Travis-Westlake

“Every day is changing for us. We’ve just been kind of flying by the seat of our pants here, trying to keep going during [the pandemic].”

for Easter. Then, the coronavirus pan- demic hit Central Texas and caused her to delay the opening. Despite being an experienced busi- ness owner, Wadsworth said she almost feels like she’s back in “startup mode.” “Every day is changing for us,” Wadsworth said. “We’ve just been kind of flying by the seat of our pants here, trying to keep going during [the pandemic].” Tiny Pies’ third retail location nally opened in June—a move Wadsworth described as a leap of faith. CONTINUED ON 30

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

Amanda Wadsworth has been a business owner in the Austin area for nearly 10 years. She and her mother, Kit, launched their small business, Tiny Pies, in 2011—but there is nothing small about the business’s growth. Since 2011, Tiny Pies has expanded into three Austin-area locations, and orders are now shipped nationwide. Wadsworth was preparing to cele- brate the grand opening of her third location in West Lake Hills just in time

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City mobility Lakeway’s thoroughfare plan, which was approved Oct. 19 by City Council, suggests future road and walkway improvements to the city.

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pedestrians safely throughout the city,” City Manager Julie Oakley said when the rst draft of the plan was introduced to Lakeway City Council on Sept. 29. Although it makes specic recommendations for roads and paths, the thoroughfare plan’s recommen- dations are “conceptual and are not nal construc- tion alignments,” according to city documents. City sta and council members stressed that the thoroughfare plan only includes recommendations that are neither nal nor funded. CONTINUED ON 32

To prepare for growth, Lakeway has approved a plan that outlines long-term recommendations for roads and shared-use paths within city limits and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. On Oct. 19, Lakeway City Council unanimously approved its rst-ever thoroughfare plan, an ocial city document that presents a long-range plan for the city’s future roadway and pathway development. “This is a thoroughfare plan that is really focus- ing on, for long range, how to move trac and

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FROMPHYLLIS: Nothing gets folks in our area more jazzed than a new restaurant to try. Of course, dining at any restaurant was completely on pause for a while this year because of the pandemic, which also delayed the open date for many new businesses in the area, particularly the restaurants. That makes the opening of several new local restaurants recently even sweeter as we’ve experienced a pent-up desire to get back to “normal.” But what will the “new normal” look like for them, and how has opening in a pandemic aected their processes, their concept, and their expectations? Reporter Amy Rae Dadamo’s story on page 30 shares some answers. Phyllis Campos, GENERALMANAGER

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on the bottles of the companies’ four wine selections, which will be available for pickup or delivery starting Nov. 5. A portion of the proceeds will also benet The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, an Austin-based nonprot working to cure spinal cord paralysis through research, recovery and recreation, according to the organization’s website. 512-547-9272. www.71paintedwines.com COMING SOON 10 Hill Country Volvo Cars is coming soon to 10600 N. RM 620, Austin. The new facility will serve the Lakeway and surrounding areas and will feature the latest Volvo designs and a full parts and service center. Construction has yet to begin on the facility, and an exact open- ing date has not been announced. 512-706-7000. www.hillcountryvolvo.com 11 Indoor trampoline park Urban Air is scheduled to open by the end of November at 3944 S. RM 620, Bee Cave. Urban Air will include indoor skydiving, an indoor coaster, bumper cars, virtual reality, climbing walls and other indoor attractions. The space will also include a cafe and lounge for parents and will be available for children’s birthday parties and other events. 512-501-3902. www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Ensemble VIII, a nonprot vocal ensemble specializing in music from the Renaissance and Baroque time periods is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Austin. The nonprot located at 3300 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 650, West Lake Hills, is com- posed of trained early music performers from throughout the country, according to a press release. Ensemble VIII kicked o its 10th season with a virtual concert Oct. 8 which can be streamed on the nonprot’s social media channels. The vocal group also announced plans for two live concerts set to take place in early 2021, though exact dates have not been released. www.ensembleviii.org NAME CHANGE 13 Convenience store chain Kwik Chek announced plans Oct. 2 to rebrand to Texas Born as a way to emphasize the company’s ties to the state. All 47 Kwik Chek locations, including the upcoming lo- cation at 15701 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave, will

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NOWOPEN 1 It’s All Good BBQ reopened for dine- in service Oct. 8. The restaurant located at 22112 W. Hwy. 71, Spicewood, will serve menu items including brisket, pulled pork and more to a limited number of dine-in customers with additional safety precau- tions. It’s All Good BBQ will also continue to oer to-go service using its drive-thru. 512-264-1744. www.itsallgoodbbq.com 2 Komal Latin Kitchen & Bar celebrated its grand opening Nov. 5 at 5000 N. Quin- lan Park Road, Bldg. C, Austin, in the spot previously occupied by Galaxy Cafe. The Latin American restaurant incorporates traditional recipes from South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and more, accord- ing to its website. Komal Latin Kitchen & Bar is open Monday through Sunday and will host weekly themed events such as music nights and Saturday Latin nights. 512-992-0445. www.komallkb.com 3 Madera & Grill held its grand open- ing Aug. 8 at 6811 N. RM 620, Austin. The Venezuelan food truck services wood- red smoked meat plates, chicken wings, arepas and more. 305-608-9978. www.instagram.com/maderaandgrill 4 Monarch Liquor opened a new Lake- way location in October at 1700 N. RM 620, Ste. 107-B, Lakeway,

next to Don Mario Mexican Restaurant. The liquor store has a second Austin location at 1902 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-614-4949. www.facebook.com/monarchliquour 5 Paz Veterinary opened its new Rollingwood location, Paz West, Sept. 29 at 2724 Bee Caves Road, Austin, across from Trader Joe’s. The full-service veter- inary clinic is now taking appointments and oers both traditional and holistic treatments for pets. This is the company’s fourth location in the Austin area. 512-481-7071. www.pazvet.com 6 Assisted stretching program Stretch Zone reopened locations in September following coronavirus closures. The com- pany’s Westlake and Lakeway locations are now open at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. F-630, Austin, and 2009 Main St., Ste. 300, Lakeway, respectively. According to its website, the Stretch Zone method addresses exibility from a neurological perspective, achieved by dealing with the muscle’s nervous tension to reach an opti- mal active range of motion. 512-294-2390 (Westlake), 512-368-5099 (Lakeway). www.stretchzone.com 7 A New England-inuenced beer garden opened Oct. 27 in the Bee Cave area. The Garden at Ellera opened a 3,600-square-foot restaurant at

12432 Bee Caves Road, Bee Cave. Inspired by Boston Public Garden, the eatery will oer Boston-style Italian cuisine, according to a press release. The menu at The Garden at Ellera will include seafood dishes, pizza, pasta, cocktails and craft beers. 512-718-6993. www.thegardenatx.com 8 The Wayback Cafe and Cottages re- opened for dine-in service Oct. 17 for the rst time since March. The boutique hotel and cafe located at 9601 Bee Caves Road, Austin, serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner as well as a selection of beer, wine and craft cocktails. Reservations can be made online through the company’s In- stagram homepage or through the service Resy.com, according to a statement on The Wayback Cafe’s Facebook page. 512-520-9590. www.waybackaustin.com 9 A new family-owned wine company 71 Painted Wines launched in October at 121 CR 423, Spicewood. 71 Painted Wines was started by two Spicewood families, the Dunten and Taliaferro families, with the goal of combining wine and art for a philanthropic cause. After surviving a spinal cord injury in 2000 and overcom- ing over a month in an intensive care unit, co-owner Justin Dunten began using his mouth to paint. Today Dunten’s paintings and the stories behind them can be seen

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be rebranded over the next three years, with some stores undergoing the process by the end of 2020, according to a press release from the company. The new Bee Cave storefront will be located within the Bella Colinas Commercial subdivision and will feature 16 self-serve fuel pumps and a deli. The location is set to open under the name Texas Born by mid-2021. www.kwikchek.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 Trinity Episcopal School announced Oct. 15 that the private school is under contract to purchase the land and pre- school next door, Elsass Academy. Gil and Candace Elsass have owned and operated Elsass Academy at 4015 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills, since 1991, and according to a press release from Trinity Episcopal, the company approached Trinity in late 2019 with a proposal. Elsass Academy, which serves children from 18 months to 4 years old, will continue to operate as usual after Trinity fully takes over operations Jan. 1. “The purchase of Elsass Academy Westlake bolsters Trinity’s options, exibility, and outreach. This is a historic and forward-looking action we believe immensely benets our Trinity Community,” Trinity Head of School Jen- nifer Morgan said in the release. 512-472-9525. www.austintrinity.org RENOVATIONS 15 Angel’s Ice House is undergoing renovations at 21815 W. Hwy. 71, Spice- wood. The live music venue and restaurant is expecting to reopen and unveil the

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Cajun Skillet is now open in Cedar Park. (Courtesy Cajun Skillet)

WORTH THE TRIP Cajun Skillet opened its restaurant Sept. 25 as an addition to its food truck and catering service. Owners Steven and Shantrese Gillam said their New Orleans- style restaurant serves gumbo, po’boys, fusion tacos, bread pudding and basil lemonade. The restaurant is located at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 101, Cedar Park. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant has to-go orders and online ordering. 512-579-1319. www.cajunskillet.com bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage. 512-454-5588. www.hbaaustin.com 17 St. David’s Emergency Center will oer free u shots at its location within the Hill Country Galleria at 2813 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave. The service is available to all adults and children at least 1 year of age, according to a news release from St. David’s. The u shots will be oered daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 31 or while supplies last. Appointments are not required. “It is critical that all Central Texans, especially those with other med- ical conditions, get a u shot as early as

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changes in October but did not announce what the renovations entailed, according to a statement on Angel’s website. 512-264-3777. www.angelsicehouse.com IN THE NEWS 16 Home Builders Association of Great- er Austin celebrated the completion of its 2020 Benet Home located in the Steiner Ranch area at 12512 Simmental Drive, Austin, during an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Annually, a sponsoring builder will partner with the HBA to construct a home for charity. This year Lennar Homes took on the project under its brand, Village Builders. Proceeds from the sale of 2020 Benet Home will be donated to HomeAid Austin, a nonprot organization dedicated to building new lives for those experiencing homelessness, according to a press release. “This COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated the needs of our neigh- bors in Austin experiencing homeless- ness,” Lennar Homes Division President Charlie Coleman said in the release. The Steiner Ranch property will feature four

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LAKEWAY’S ANNUAL TRAIL OF LIGHTS LAKEWAY ACTIVITY CENTER

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Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery will host a performance by Andrea Marie and the Magnolia Band. 2-5 p.m. Free. Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery, 101 Country Road 409, Spicewood. 512-970-3203. www.ironwolfranch.com

Trail of Lights is located at the lower parking level of the activity center or behind city hall. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-314-7532. www.lakeway-tx.gov

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WORTH THE TRIP NOV. 13 DEC. 24 START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING EARLY Austin’s annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar returns this November with safety precautions in place to help protect shoppers from spreading the coronavirus. Blue Genie Art Bazaar this year features hundreds of local artists and exhibitors both at its North Austin location and on its website. Free. Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov 27 THROUGHDEC. 20 BEE CAVE HOLIDAYMARKET The Hill Country Galleria will kick o its annual holiday market on the west end of the shopping center. In addition to the galleria’s 100 shops, the market will feature gifts, holiday drinks, gift wrapping services and holiday music. The collection of pop-up shops will be located next to the Milk + Honey Spa. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/ holidaymarket

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on the library’s website. 5 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com 10 TECHHELP AT SPICEWOOD COMMUNITY LIBRARY The Spicewood Community Library will oer technology support through its recurring “Tech in the Library” program. Attendees can have their laptops scanned for viruses and their technology questions answered. 4-6 p.m. Free. Spicewood Community Library, 1011 Spur 191, Spicewood. 830-693-7892. www.spicewoodlibrary.org 10 CONNECTWITHWESTLAKE BUSINESS OWNERS The Westlake Chamber of Commerce has moved its business builder lunch to a virtual platform. Attendees will have the chance to connect with local businesses throughout the community. The event will serve up to 40 guests and is open for both chamber members and nonmembers. Virtual access information will be provided to guests after they register for the event. 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. Free (members). $5 (nonmembers). Virtual. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com 14 OPENAIR ARTMARKET Contracommon, a nonprot arts organization, will host an outdoor art market outside of its Hill Country Galleria

storefront. The event will feature booths from more than 10 artists, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the studio’s residents and shop local pieces. Masks and social distancing are required. ContraCommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. F140, Bee Cave. 512-670-8086. www.contracommon.org 18 VIRTUAL TEXAS SAFARI The Westbank Library will host a live educational wildlife session on Zoom, featuring a black-tailed prairie dog, a speckled king snake and other creatures native to Texas. The event will be led by Dave Kleven, owner of Critterman Dave Safari Guides, which is a nonprot wildlife education organization. Virtual access information can be found on the Westbank Library’s website. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com 21 COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Registration is open for November’s Lakeway Community Blood Drive. The event is run by We Are Blood, and precautions will be in place to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines and increased disinfecting practices will be implemented, and masks are required. In light of these adjustments, appointments are required for all participants through www.weareblood.org/donor using the code A197. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway

FILMFESTIVAL GOES VIRTUAL The Austin Jewish Film Festival, an annual showcase of movies that promote Jewish culture, understanding and tolerance, returns in November with a slate of movies to view online. The festival is showing lms online, with special drive- in movie events on the festival’s opening and closing nights, Nov. 7 and Nov. 12. $120-$200. Showtimes vary. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin. www.austinj.org 8 CAFE SIDEWALKART SHOW French bakery Paris in a Bite will host a sidewalk art show, featuring artist Lane Orsak, who will showcase 20 works on canvas. The outdoor gallery will take place on the cafe’s covered sidewalk, and the art pieces will be properly spaced to help maintain social distancing. 2-4 p.m. Free. Paris in a Bite, 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 180D, West Lake Hills. 512-382-9146. www.parisinabite.com 9 WRITINGWORKSHOP Author Britta Jenson will lead a virtual writing workshop in collaboration with the Westbank Community Library. The session will take place on Zoom and will focus on ways to provide feedback on writing pieces still in development. Virtual access information can be found

Find more or submit Lake Travis-Westlake events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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DEVELOPMENT

Proposed $1 billion development, 4-acre lagoon coming to Leander

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

residential development are proposed for the project, according to the city. A phasing plan was incorporated into the city’s agreement to require that commercial uses be constructed proportionally with residential uses. “Our conservative approach in the Leander Springs agreement helps make this project feasible for the developers while serving as a low risk opportunity for the city,” City Man- ager Rick Beverlin said in the release. “The deal allows us to immediately share in the economic benets on a property that should provide excel- lent returns if developed to its best and highest use.” Leander Springs LLC will qualify for tax rebate payments once certain commercial development milestones are achieved, and only tax dollars generated from new commercial properties will qualify, the city said. Additionally, because rebates are restricted to new development, existing public funds will not be used to nance the project. Leander Springs LLC is eligible to receive rebates from the city on property taxes, sales taxes and hotel occupancy taxes collected as Leander Springs develops. Some examples from the city include the following. Phase 1 property and sales tax rebates: Leander Springs must have 35,000 square feet of commercial development and the crystalline lagoon completed by Dec. 31, 2023. No more than 400 multifamily residential units may be developed during Phase 1. Phase 2 property and sales tax

Leander Springs, a 78-acre, mixed- use project with retail, restaurants, entertainment, hospitality, oce and residential components, is on its way to town, Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced Oct. 15. Expectations are that a fully developed Leander Springs, set to be located at the southwest corner of FM 2243 and 183A, could be valued at $1 billion, according to the city. As part of an economic development agreement with Leander Springs LLC, the city approved up to $22 million in performance-based tax incentives for the project, which promises to construct a 4-acre crystalline lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons technol- ogy and surrounded by 10 acres of boardwalk and related amenities. The lagoon will be lled only once and will operate in a closed circuit to ensure sustainable use of water. The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of com- mercial development, plans for which include a full-service hotel and a conference center. “This dynamic mixed-use devel- opment is a game changer for our community,” Hill said in a release. “Leander Springs has a phased approach that will bring in much- needed commercial development at the beginning of the project while incorporating residential uses in a proportional manner.” In addition to commercial develop- ment, up to 1,600 units of multifamily

The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial and residential development. (Rendering courtesy City of Leander)

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rebates: Leander Springs must have 100,000 square feet of commercial devel- opment within ve years of receiving the rst certicate of occupancy for develop- ments under Phase 1. No more than 250 multifamily residen- tial units may be developed during Phase 2. Additional property and sales tax rebates: Leander Springs must have 100,000 square feet of commercial development for every additional 250 multifamily residen- tial units developed. Proposed zoning for Leander Springs was presented to the Leander Planning and Zoning

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DEVELOPMENT Flexocespaceopens inBeeCave FUSE Workspace oers variety of oce options

BY BRIAN PERDUE

table to work among other clients. Oces and meeting rooms of various sizes and prices are found throughout the two-story building Herring said FUSE typically oers one-year leases—much shorter than the ve- to seven-year leases that many commercial spaces require. “Some people nd us as a way to kind of grow dynamically,” Herring

For a little more than the price of a daily cup of coee, FUSE Workspace can oer a collaborative working environment in its “coworking café” that includes a $28,000, all-you-can- drink gourmet coee bot. On the higher end, the coworking space contains corner oces with a view, a spacious balcony and patio, conference rooms, and even a studio for podcasts. FUSE Work- space opened its third location Oct. 1 in Bee Cave, oering “concierge-level, high-quality service to the oce industry,” said John Herring, FUSE’s director of operations. After setting up shop in Houston and Prosper, Texas, FUSE came to Bee Cave to oer oce space to nearby residents who would prefer not to drive all the way into Austin. “Work local means that you can drive down the street ve, 10 minutes and you can be at work,” Herring said. “If you want to leave at 5:15 to go to your kid’s ballgame at 5:30, you don’t have to ght the trac. And we have all the accoutrements.” A concierge stands at the front desk of the 30,000-square-foot facility to answer questions and, if a client is away, accept packages. The building opens into a large, coworking space where clients may choose a chair or

FUSE Director of Operations John Herring, stands beside a $28,000 gourmet coee bot at the new Bee Cave facility. (Photos by Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

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said. “That’s the best thing about exible oce space: you may start o with one oce, and if you grow, we’ll have the space for that.” FUSE Work- space houses a variety of

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businesses, according to Herring. On a recent Thursday afternoon, Laura Mitchell, president of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, and Elizabeth Handy, a licensed psychotherapist, worked in their respective oces. “We do not have a typical client,” said Herring, noting that lawyers, real estate agents, nancial advisors, counselors, startups and more found working spaces in their previous two oces. The size of the business can vary as well. “That’s the beauty of ex oce space. We can we can help small, medium and large companies that want to be lightweight,” Herring said. “We can help them be successful and do their best business.”

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TRANSPORTATION

RM 2222COURTYARD DRIVE INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS The Texas Department of Transportation said the Loop 360 intersection improvements at RM 2222 and Courtyard Drive will be shovel ready by mid-2023. If funded, construction of the $42 million project will take two to three years, according to TxDOT. 1 RM 2222 intersection • Construction of a diverging diamond intersection • Shared-use paths and sidewalks for pedestrians and bicycles 2 Courtyard Drive intersection • Removal of trac signal and construction of an overpass • Shared-use paths and sidewalks for pedestrians and bicycles SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

TxDOT to address comments on Loop 360 intersection projects

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at Courtyard Drive. Both new intersections will be more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, according to TxDOT design plans. Community members led dozens of comments online, according to Crystal Wotipka, a spokesperson for Rifeline, the private rm helping TxDOT with community outreach. Although the Capital Area Met- ropolitan Planning Organization deferred funding to Loop 360 and other local projects to fund I-35 reconstruction, the Loop 360 Program planning continues, Loop 360 Project Manager Lucas Short said. The TxDOT report addressing community comments on the two intersection projects will be released within three to six months, accord- ing to Wotipka. If funding is restored, the project at RM 2222 and Courtyard Drive will be shovel-ready in mid-2023, according to Short. TxDOT held an in-person open house at the TxDOT Austin District oce Oct. 6. It was only held over one day due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Texas Department of Trans- portation is in the process of writing a report in response to the commu- nity feedback it received during a 16-day comment period focused on to two intersection projects for the Loop 360 Program. A north-south corridor in West Austin, Loop 360 has severe trac congestion, according to a TxDOT press release. The Loop 360 Program aims to alleviate the congestion by improving trac ow at 10 intersec- tions along a 10-mile stretch, from Spicewood Springs Road to the north to Walsh Tarlton Lane to the south. The majority of the work involves installing either overpasses or under- passes on Loop 360 cross streets and removing trac signals. The Oct. 6-21 comment period centered on two intersections, at Courtyard Drive and RM 2222, which are approximately a half-mile apart. A diverging diamond intersection will be constructed at RM 2222, while an overpass spanning Loop 360 and the removal of the trac signal is planned

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DEVELOPMENT Bee Cave proposes public improvements district at The Backyard development

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

said the nancing tool would enable the developers to complete improve- ment projects faster than if they raised the capital internally. Per the drafted terms, the desired improvement projects are estimated at $25 million, and the maximum bonds to be issued by the city are estimated at $20 million. Future services conducted through the PID could include public main- tenance, capital improvements, marketing eorts or various beauti- cation projects, Rivera noted. “Ultimately, you have a developer who believes so much in his or her project that they’re asking the city to issue bonds to pay for future infra- structure,” Rivera said. “But the city is not on the hook; these bonds are not recourse to the city.” Rivera said nearby cities have also established PIDs in the process of constructing new developments— Austin, Leander and Hutto, to name a few—and ultimately, they pose little nancial risk for municipalities. Bee Cave is not responsible for the issued debt, and if the developers are unable to meet the nancial obliga- tions, it would not impact the city’s credit rating and nancial stability, Rivera said. City Manager Clint Garza also noted the obligation would not be dispersed throughout the city, mean- ing the property owners within The Backyard would be solely responsible

As progress continues on The Backyard development in Bee Cave, residents could see the establishment of the rst public improvements district within city limits. The PID, according to city informa- tion, would permit Bee Cave to levy an assessment against properties within a selected area to pay for desired public improvements that would primarily serve that area. Bee Cave would then issue bonds to fund those capital projects and pay them o by levying an annual installment on those within the PID. Bee Cave City Council unani- mously passed a resolution during an Oct. 13 meeting to establish a PID following a presentation from Robert Rivera, a representative of FMS Bonds Inc. and the city’s acting PID underwriter. In this case, the PID will per- tain to the roughly 35 acres of land between Bee Cave Parkway and Hwy. 71 designated for the upcoming multiuse development. Site plans for The Backyard were approved in May and feature a high-capacity outdoor entertain- ment venue, a 125-room hotel, ofices, parking garages and a hill- top garden, among other features. Backyard Partners Finance LLP petitioned Bee Cave ocials to request the establishment of a PID, according to Mayor Kara King, who

On May 26, Bee Cave City Council approved changes to the development agreement for the 35-acre development known as The Backyard. (Rendering Courtesy City of Bee Cave)

WHAT IS THE COST? HE COST?

WHAT IS A PID? Bee Cave City Council unanimously passed a resolution Oct. 13 to establish the city’s rst public improvements district slated for The Backyard development. Public improvement districts, or PIDs, allow developers to nance public improvement projects through the use of city issued bonds. The city can then levy an assessment against properties within a selected area to pay for the desired

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for paying the annual installments. However, resident and former coun- cil member Marie Lowman questioned whether a PID was a suitable choice for Bee Cave. During the meeting’s open forum session, Lowman said, “projects that do not work without a PID will not magically work with one.” Lowman said PIDs, while common in Texas, were initially created to spur developments and infrastructure projects in regions that developers were not interested in. Yet, Lohman said, Bee Cave remains a desirable location for development.

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Following council’s approval of the PID, King said the actions taken during the Oct. 13 meeting do not obligate the city to issue any future bonds. Bee Cave ocials could revoke this agreement if deemed necessary.

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