Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | January 2020

LAKE TRAVIS WESTLAKE EDITION

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TOP STORY TO WATCH IN 2020 VACANCY

square footage vs.

In the southwest Travis County commercial market, vacancy rates as well as the overall square footage of oce and retail commercial space are forecasted to continue rising.

2019

2023

Vacancy projection for Oce Space

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6.18%

10.49%

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Square footage projection for oce space

EDUCATION BUSINESS

15,520,489 SQ. FT.

17,169,953 SQ. FT.

Vacancy projection for retail space

3.6%

4.6%

Square foot projection for retail space

9,446,606 SQ. FT. 9,872,297 SQ. FT.

SOURCE: COSTAR GROUP COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Commercial rents add to small-business hurdles Data suggests vacancies in retail and oce properties expected to increase Commercial square footage in southwestern Travis County is projected to increase. (Photo by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

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BY BRIAN RASH

She said she is enthusiastic about the pet food and grooming establish- ment that she owns with her husband, Chris Sherback, but acknowledged there are challenges to opening a new

business, especially now. “Rents are extremely high, so there are barriers to entry [and] people coming in have certain limitations,

Phiroza Sherback, the co-owner of Woof Gang Bakery, opened for busi- ness in the Gateway to Falconhead commercial center at the end of May.

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As student enrollment increases, school district ocials work to adequately meet the demand Special education needs grow

In Lake Travis and Eanes ISDs, special education enrollment has risen signicantly from the 2018-19 to the 2019-20 school year, however, stang for the districts’ departments has not kept up. Students to teachers

LTISD 201920: 1,081 students (up 20.95%) to 265 sta (up 7.92%) 4.08 : 1

EISD 201920: 764 students (up 8.17%) to 206 sta (down 0.97%) 3.71 : 1

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

parameters of scal responsibility in order to improve the recruitment, retention and respect of the special education sta. “I know the administrators think that the rate of pay for teachers and support sta is competitive with other districts, but I think it’s not compet- itive when compared to the cost of CONTINUED ON 44

During a recent Lake Travis ISD board of trustees meeting, Mary Kuse, a four-year Bee Cave Middle School special education aide, approached district ocials for the third time to ask for a raise for herself and her colleagues. During that Nov. 20 meeting, she requested that the board extend its

SOURCES: EANES ISD, LAKE TRAVIS ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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