Northwest Austin Edition | July 2020

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION

VOLUME 14, ISSUE 6  JULY 31AUG. 27, 2020

ONLINE AT

Solutions at RM620 andAndersonMill shelved for I35work

Gridlocked out Trac on RM 620 in Northwest Austin has outgrown the roadway’s designed capacity, local ocials say. As of today, there is no funding in place for any expansions or improvements at the intersection with Anderson Mill Road.

620

N

BY IAIN OLDMAN

After years of lobbying from nearby residents and local ocials, funding was approved in the spring of 2019 for an overpass and other roadway improve- ments at the intersection of RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin. One year later, that funding was shued to pay for monumental I-35 projects. A June 8 vote from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization redirected $25 million ear- marked for the intersection overpass project to the I-35 Capital Express Project. That $4.9 billion I-35 project will add dedicated, nontolled lanes through the city of Austin to alleviate congestion along one of the state’s most clogged highways. CONTINUED ON 22

Projected average daily trac in 2045 67,000 54.07% increase from 2018

SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Resuming ACT IVI TY After home sellers held o putting their properties on the market due to the coronavirus, new home listings are nearly where they were last June.

2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

Promising housing indicators point to return of climbing Northwest Austin real estatemarket

Number of new listings

300

2019 2020

200

BY IAIN OLDMAN

brief—uptick in some metrics signies a recovering housing market. “Austin is one of the best real estate markets in the country froma residential perspective.We’rewell-po- sitioned to come out of the [coronavirus] in pretty good shape,” said Vaike O’Grady, Austin regional CONTINUED ON 20

After slogging through a spring season that saw the Northwest Austin real estate market follow citywide dips in home listings and sales, some new signs of life for sellers, buyers and Realtors are beginning to emerge amid the coronavirus pandemic. Local real estate experts say the promising—albeit Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact Newspaper ’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Any amount matters. Together, we can continue to ensure our citizens stay informed and keep our local businesses thriving. Become a #CommunityPatron

100

0

March April

May June

SOURCE: AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE FIVE PAGES OF CONTENT INSIDE

SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM

IMPACTS

6

COMMUNITYIMPACT.COMCIPATRON

17

WATER IS ESSENTIAL

Please remember to follow Conservation Stage Guidelines RESIDENTIAL CONSERVATION Automatic Irrigation

Odd Addresses: Wednesday Even Addresses: Thursday Hose-end Sprinklers

Odd Addresses: Wednesday & Saturday Even Addresses: Thursday & Sunday Midnight – 10 a.m. • 7 p.m. – Midnight Tree Bubblers, Hand-Held Hose, Drip Irrigation: Any Day/Any Time Home Car Wash Allowed with Bucket or Auto Shut-Off Hose

Summer is a great time to be Water Wise and plan for fall landscaping. Take advantage of these Austin Water rebates 6 Irrigation Upgrades up to $1000 to improve irrigation efficiency 6 Landscape Survival Tools up to $120 for compost, mulch, and core aeration 6 WaterWise Landscape up to $1,750 to convert turf grass to native beds 6 WaterWise Rainscape up to $500 for landscape features to retain rainwater 6 Rainwater Harvesting up to $5,000 for equipment to capture rainwater Find more water-saving tips and rebates at Austinwater.org

2

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

Get instant listing alerts, save your favorites, share comments with your co-buyer and see sold prices on the new realtyaustin.com.

PENDING

realtyaustin.com/p/4560556

realtyaustin.com/p/2856963

$825,000

$775,000

4 bds

3 ba

2,480 sq ft

4 bds

3 ba

2,539 sq ft

4111 Spicewood Springs Rd #11, Austin, TX 78759 Ami Davis | 512-297-8251

10804 Leafwood Ln, Austin, TX 78750 Gail and Ben Team | 512-567-0929

realtyaustin.com/p/3748355

realtyaustin.com/p/5243913

$739,000

$735,000

5 bds

3 ba

3,123 sq ft

4 bds

3.5 ba 3,546 sq ft

10410 Skyflower Dr, Austin, TX 78759 Jennifer Henry | 512-217-1887

9006 Balcones Club Dr, Austin, TX 78750 AdamWalker | 512-554-5516

realtyaustin.com/p/7145984

realtyaustin.com/p/2271226

$594,000

$539,000

3 bds

3.5 ba 3,190 sq ft

4 bds

2.5 ba 2,370 sq ft

11608 Spicewood Pkwy #33, Austin, TX 78750 Charlotte Hair | 512-565-4703

4705 Rustown Dr, Austin, TX 78727 Hachtel Team | 512-699-0786

realtyaustin.com/p/1202695

realtyaustin.com/p/7463105

$464,464

$440,000

4 bds

2 ba

2,152 sq ft

4 bds

4.5 ba 3,071 sq ft

11605 Barrington Way, Austin, TX 78759 Allison Dady | 512-924-1818

8007 Weldon Springs Ct, Austin, TX 78726 Susan Patterson | 512-850-4411

realtyaustin.com/p/9684359

realtyaustin.com/p/7148943

$434,500

$390,000

3 bds

2.5 ba 2,087 sq ft

3 bds

2 ba

2,426 sq ft

7612 Bethune Ave #A & #B, Austin, TX 78752 Megan Malloy | 512-420-3134

13001 Hymeadow Dr #11, Austin, TX 78729 Marysol Armstrong | 512-906-9787

3

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

We’re not just the largest children’s hospital in America. For 12 straight years, we’ve also been recognized as one of the best by U.S. News & World Report. This year, we’re ranked # 4 overall and in the top five in seven specialties— including # 1 in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. It takes great technology, facilities and expertise to be recognized year after year, but the most important thing it takes is great people. And we’re honored that so many choose to work here. Get to know some of them at our newest locations now open in Austin.

Learn more at TexasChildrens.org/Austin

4

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

THIS ISSUE

CONTENTS

HIGHLIGHTS FROMTHISMONTH

FROMPHYLLIS: I drove through my family’s former neighborhood in Northwest Austin a few weeks ago. In 2005, we left a great house and fond memories of kids playing in our pool and riding their bikes to Rattan Creek Park. Now, with the upcoming Apple II campus, that neighborhood is a prime location for the growing number of tech professionals moving to the area. This has set up quite a seller’s market for years to come. I’m sure wishing we would have kept that house! Phyllis Campos, GENERALMANAGER

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Phyllis Campos, pcampos@communityimpact.com EDITOR Iain Oldman, ioldman@communityimpact.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Mel Stea ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Taylor Caranfa METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Travis Baker MANAGING EDITOR Amy Denney ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Haley Grace CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across six metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON

IMPACTS

6

Now Open, Coming Soon &more

FROM IAIN: Every year, Community Impact Newspaper compiles resources and data for Northwest Austin’s real estate market to keep our readers well-positioned to make informed decisions. Even in the midst of a pandemic, this year is no dierent. Whether you are buying or selling property, this month’s edition will keep you up to date on the real estate market in your neighborhood. Iain Oldman, EDITOR

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 9 Anderson Mill Road work starting soon

THIS ISSUE BY THE NUMBERS

Local sources 19

New businesses 12

Development updates 3

DIY projects 3

DEVELOPMENT UPDATES Austin FC stadium adds amenities EDUCATION BRIEFS

11

Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact

13 Austin ISD names superintendent nalist CITY& COUNTY 15 Newmask rule runs through fall

Visit our website for free access to the latest news, photos and infographics about your community and nearby cities. communityimpact.com LIVE UPDATES

Our local teams tailor campaigns for all business sizes and industries wanting to reach their customer base and accomplish their nancial goals. Our products ADVERTISEWITHUS

SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM

Newspaper’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Together, we can continue to ensure citizens

Real EstateEdition

stay informed and keep businesses thriving. COMMUNITYIMPACT.COMCIPATRON CONTACT US 16225 Impact Way, Ste. 1, Pugerville, TX 78660 • 5129896808 PRESS RELEASES nwanews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher.

MARKET AT A GLANCE

17 18

include newspaper ads; mailbox-targeted sticky notes, inserts and direct mail; and digital options. We also partner with Community Impact Printing for nationwide specialty orders. Our advertising clients self- report 97% satisfaction with their overall experience, and a recent third-party Readex survey proved 78% of paper recipients read three of the last four editions, and from what they read, 83% “took action” of some kind. Contact us today for more info! communityimpact.com/advertising

NEWS REPORT

Travis County lands Tesla plant DO IT YOURSELF

19

DAILY INBOX

Sign up for our daily newsletter to receive the latest headlines direct to your inbox. communityimpact.com/ newsletter

CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE All content in this print publication, both editorial and advertisements, was up- to-date as of the press deadline. Due to the fast-changing nature of this event, editorial and advertising information may have changed. Please visit communityimpact.com and advertiser websites for more information.

Proudly printed by

communityimpact.com

@impactnews_nwa

facebook.com/impactnewsnwa

Your Local Real Estate Expert For Buying or Selling Your Home! FREE COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS! “THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME? CALL OR TEXT ME TODAY TO SEE HOWYOUR PROPERTY STACKS UP COMPARED TO RECENT SALES IN YOUR AREA.” HONESTY, INTEGRITY,COMMUNITY, LEADERSHIP,WIN-WIN!

CALL OR TEXT 512-417-7131 HomesWithChristieHall.com

Christie Hall, M.Ed. REALTOR ®

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

5

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

LYNDHURST ST.

PECAN PARK BLVD.

IMPACTS

Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding LAKELINE MALL DR.

5

8

WELLS BRANCH PKWY.

LAKE CREEK PKWY.

1

POND SPRINGS RD.

183

620

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

35

10

SPICEWOOD SPRINGS RD.

9

Tecovas

COURTESY TECOVAS

MOPAC

183

JOLLYVILLE RD.

6

WALNUT CREEK PARK

5

CENTURY OAKS TERRACE

2222

GREAT HILLS TRL.

6

7

13

3

12

4

360

SPICEWOOD SPRINGS RD.

INDUSTRIAL TERRACE

14

Scotch & Soda

COURTESY SCOTCH & SODA

SHOAL CREEK BLVD.

CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY.

2

15

ANDERSON LN.

MAP NOT TO SCALE N TM; © 2020 COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER CO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

11

NOWOPEN 1 Dairy Queen in June opened a new restaurant at 13301 N. US 183, Bldg. F, Austin. Owned and operated by Austinite Robert Mayeld, Dairy Queen sells burg- ers, tacos and ice cream treats. 512-387-3332. www.mayelddq.com 2 Craft hot dog and sausage eatery Dog Haus on June 29 held its grand opening inside Kitchen United Mix at 8023 Burnet Road, Austin. Dog Haus sells dozens of hot dog, sausage, slider and chicken sandwich options out of its takeout- and delivery-only kitchen. www.doghaus.com 3 Starbucks in June opened a new cafe at 2711 W. Braker Lane, Austin, at the intersection of Braker Lane and Burnet Road just outside of the Domain. This location of the international coeehouse franchise features a drive-thru. www.starbucks.com 4 Chanel Fragrance and Beauté Boutique opened June 11 in Domain Northside at 11621 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 120, Austin. The luxury cosmetics store sells makeup, fragrances, skin care products and high-end jewelry. 512-318-2355. www.chanel.com 5 Cowboy boot retailer Tecovas on June 1 opened its second Austin location in Domain Northside. The store, located at 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 106, Austin, sells custom-design boots for men and women, along with bags, jeans and acces- sories made with high-quality leather and denim. 512-543-4664. www.tecovas.com

6 Dutch fashion house Scotch & Soda on June 19 opened its rst Texas store at 11700 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 156, Austin. The international retailer sells a line of clothes, outerwear, footwear, and acces- sories for adults and children. 737-241-4499. www.scotch-soda.com 7 Mejuri , a ne jewelry shop, opened its rst Texas location on June 19 at 11700 Domain Blvd., Ste. 126, Austin. The store sells handcrafted earrings, necklac- es, rings and bracelets with a special line of wedding jewelry, including wedding bands and engagement rings. 737-802-3113. www.mejuri.com 8 Video game lounge The eSports Cave is now open at 10700 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 207, Austin, oering state-of- the-art video game consoles and com- puters for casual and competitive use. The eSports Cave, which opened early June, rents out PCs and consoles with dozens of available video games to play and hosts weekly competitive gaming tournaments. 512-387-6389. www.theesportscave.com 9 Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new Four Points location in June at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 8, Austin. Chipotle is accommodating takeout, mobile pickup and delivery orders. The dining area is also open to serve customers at a limited capacity. The Four Points location will feature a drive-thru lane for customers. 512-690-7004. www.chipotle.com 10 Bowl Menu held its grand opening June 1 at 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 119, Austin. The fusion restaurant features build-your-own bowl options

and additionally serves Uzbek food such as palov and meat skewers. 512-992-0128. www.bowlmenu.com Online dog supplies retailer Pupcycle launched its services in early June. The company, currently based out of a house o RM 620 in Northwest Austin, curates and sells eco-friendly dog toy boxes and distributes nationwide. All products in Pupcycle’s boxes are biodegradable, made from recycled materials, made from natural bers, nontoxic, made in the USA, from a women-owned business, fair trade or made by sustainable processes. 631-767-8706. www.pupcycle.com NEWOWNERSHIP 11 North Austin Tex-Mex eatery Enchi- ladas Y Mas is scheduled to reopen near the end of July, according to new owners Eva and Carmen Hernandez. The sisters bought the business, located at 1911 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, earlier in 2020 from family members Robert and Mary Martinez, the original owners. www.instagram.com/enchiladasymas IN THE NEWS 12 On June 30 the Brewers Association, a nationwide nonprot trade association for independent craft brewers, an- nounced Adam DeBower, co-founder and director of operations of Austin Beer- works at 3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, received the 2020 F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. The award is given to individuals or companies to recognize

Pupcycle

COURTESY PUPCYCLE

“contributions and eorts in championing the small brewing industry,” according to the Brewers Association. 512-821-2494. www.austinbeerworks.com CLOSINGS 13 Black Walnut Cafe announced June 22 the permanent closure of both its Austin locations after seven years in the Austin area. The closure will be eective immediately at the Four Points location at 10817 RM 2222, Austin, as well as at the 14 Microsoft Corp. stated June 26 it is permanently closing all of its retail locations, including its store in The Domain at 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 104, Austin. According to a company news release, Microsoft will continue to provide sales, product training, virtual workshops and support through its online storefronts. www.microsoft.com 15 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 Flipino food spot, with one other location in Houston, was open for nine years. www.bemorepacifckitchenandbar.com location in Austin Commons. www.blackwalnutcafe.com

6

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN

REGIONAL IMPACT

be a one-stop shop for everything a home cook needs to prepare a special meal—from fresh cuts of beef to grilling utensils, aprons, specialty wines and more, Ryan said. “As our brand has grown and as the beef company has grown, we’ve had more and more calls from folks in this area who really have expressed a desire to buy our product,” said Reese Ryan, Nolan Ryan’s son. The butcher shop and meat market is intended to be more than simply a place to buy beef, he said. Through opportunities to interact with sta, customers can learn preparation and cooking techniques. “I think it’s an opportunity for us to educate the consumer,” he said. “I’m excited for this community to have access for our product,” Reese Ryan said. “I think the demand is there. I think people have had our product in dierent places, but this is going to be an opportunity for people to come in, access our product in a pleasant retail setting and experience.” The name Goodstock has several meanings behind it. One is a term that used in the beef industry, referring to cattle that is of top quality.

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

NOWOPEN Long before a 27-year career as a Major League Baseball pitcher, Nolan Ryan dreamed of becoming a rancher. In fact, he started his rst cattle operation when he was 10 years old. With $1.50 of his savings from a newspaper delivery route, he purchased a day-old dairy calf. Ten days into raising the calf on the rodeo grounds near his home in Alvin, Texas, he convinced his mother the calf was lonely and that he needed to buy another. “I had this vision of raising a herd of cattle,” Ryan said. “I had it all lined up.” Ryan still works cattle and the land when he visits his Texas ranches. And his cattle operation continues to expand. In 2000, he launched Nolan Ryan Beef. Twenty years into producing beef products that are sold in grocery stores such as Kroger, Ryan is turning his sights to a new venture. Nolan Ryan Brands on June 26 opened Goodstock , a butcher shop and retail store in Round Rock. Online retail sales are slated to launch in August. The business is intended to

Goodstock by Nolan Ryan is located at 3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 110, Round Rock.

Goodstock 3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 110, Round Rock 512-582-2333 • www.goodstocktx.com

The name is also “a reection of our values and what we at Nolan Ryan Beef value as far as the quality of the product and what’s behind that,” Reese Ryan said. In a nod to Nolan Ryan’s lifelong passions for baseball and agriculture, Goodstock is located near Dell Diamond on Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock. “Round Rock welcomed us when we came here with the ball club,” Ryan said. “In return, we wanted to be a good partner in the community and support the community any way we can.”

ROUND ROCK

BRUSHY CREEK RD.

79

KENNEY FORT BLVD.

RED BUD LN.

N

Open for all your imaging. Whether it’s essential imaging or routine screenings, ARA keeps you safe while you take care of your health. SCHEDULE NOW! CALL (512) 453-6100 ONLINE at ausrad.com/scheduing

Welcome back! ARA is fully operational for screenings and all other imaging.

15% off 1 st order Online only. One per person. One time use. Expires August 15, 2020. code: CI-NWA-JUL15 Same-day delivery For local deliveries only. Go to Tomlinsons.com for all the details. plus

The healthiest pet supplies for 74 years and counting.

Braker & 183 in North Hills plaza

Far West West of Mopac on Far West Blvd

Free Same-Day Delivery on local orders $49+

www.tomlinsons.com

7

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

8

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES TxDOT updates projects within Loop 360 overhaul

BY BRIAN RASH

to Bradley Wheelis, public information ocer for TxDOT. Wheelis also said TxDOT has recently changed two other projects within the Loop 360 plan. The new endeavor is called the Loop 360 from MoPac to RM 2244 project. “The Loop 360 from MoPac [South] to RM 2244 project is a new project that combines improvements for Walsh Tarlton Lane, Westbank Drive and Lost Creek Boulevard,” TxDOT documents state.

included in the project’s work order. Work on the Westlake and Cedar portion of the project began in 2018, and information from TxDOT states the utility relocation stage should last approximately 18 months to two years. The total cost of the Loop 360 Project comes from a 2016 $46 million mobil- ity bond provided by the city of Austin combined with a $204 million investment from TxDOT. That cost could go up or down as planning continues, according

The ongoing Loop 360 project led by the Texas Department of Transportation that will upgrade multiple intersec- tions throughout the thoroughfare over the coming months and years in order to improve mobility and safety is still proceeding. Recent updates from TxDOT show the section focused on Westlake Drive and Cedar Street, which proposes several upgrades to both intersections on Loop 360, cleared the environmental stage this spring and has moved onto the utility relocation phase. “Increased trac congestion at West- lake Drive, Cedar Street and elsewhere along Loop 360 has resulted in a lack of mobility and increased safety concerns,” documents from TxDOT state. Information from TxDOT states construc- tion of the project is now anticipated to begin in early 2022. Work within this project’s scope includes removal of the trac signals from the Loop 360 main lanes at Westlake and Cedar, according to TxDOT. The construction of an underpass at both intersections, including nonsignalized U-turns at Westlake and the addition of a shared-use path and sidewalks, are also

Crews placed beams for yover bridges at I35 and US 183. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)

ONGOING PROJECTS

TxDOT recently stated updates along Loop 360 at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street are expected to begin in early 2022. LOOP 360 PROJECT UPDATE

MOPAC

183

35

CEDAR ST.

MESA DR.

EMMA LONG METROPOLITAN PARK

2222

N

I-35 yover construction TxDOT crews began work in June to install utility lines along the south- bound I-35 frontage road at St. Johns Avenue as well as reconstruct some intersections. Timeline: January 2018-mid-2021

BRIGHT LEAF PRESERVE

360

TORO CANYON DR.

MAP NOT TO SCALE N

SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Work on pedestrian crossings, stoplights alongAndersonMill to begin this summer

ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS Construction work on Anderson Mill Road will include: • Water quality improvements • Continuous shared-use path • Raised median near US 183 • New pedestrian

183

35

N

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF 72120. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT NWANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. at West Powell Lane and Faireld Drive. Lane closures may occur as work continues. Timeline: spring-fall N. Lamar Blvd. improvements City crews will continue work at the North Lamar Boulevard intersections

BY IAIN OLDMAN

Construction on the $8 million proj- ect—funded by the 2016 voter-approved mobility bond—is expected to last up to 18 months, weather permitting. The rst phase of this project is sched- uled to begin before the end of July, according to city documents. Construc- tion will begin near Spicewood Parkway and move east. Throughout the length of the project, city ocials said lane closures may be necessary.

The city of Austin Transportation Depart- ment in a July 7 newsletter stated city construction crews are placing equipment throughout July to begin construction on Anderson Mill Road. This project, which stretches from Spice- wood Parkway to US 183, will add several mobility improvements, from pedestrian walkways to new signals, to increase ve- hicular and pedestrian safety, according to city sta.

crossing signal

• Extended

right-turn lane approaching US 183

• Olson Drive intersection

improvements

SOURCE: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Swimming is a critical life skill and a lifelong fitness activity. Register today at waterlooswimming.com . SWIM FOR LIFE • Babies / Toddlers

• Home School • Kid and Teen Fitness

• Adult Lessons and Fitness • USA Swimming

• Learn to Swim • Private Lessons

12332 FM 620 NORTH � AUSTIN � NEAR THE HWY 183 AND TOLLROAD 45 INTERCHANGE, TWO BLOCKS FROM LAKELINE MALL

9

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

New rail and more options to move us all.

Project Connect from Capital Metro is a comprehensive transit plan with a rail system that travels under downtown so everyone can move faster, safer and more reliably. Imagine riding it to the game, direct to the airport or to the South Congress district. With an all-electric fleet, Project Connect will help keep Austin’s air clean and provide expanded, faster bus service to move us all.

Visit ProjectConnect.com to learn more.

10

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Projects underway in Northwest Austin

COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN

COURTESY PATRINELY GROUP

COURTESY ASPIRE NORTH AUSTIN

IAIN OLDMAN/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ASPEN LAKE THREE Patrinely Group and USAA Real Estate in late May broke ground on Aspen Lake Three, which will ultimately deliver Class A office space. The four-story commercial office building, the third building in the Aspen Lake development, will offer flexible space planning and park-like landscaping. Space: 128,990 square feet Timeline: May 2020-April 2021

ASPIRE NORTHAUSTIN Modern multifamily residential development Aspire North Austin is expected to open its third and final building by the end of July, developer David Spatz said. The 72-unit Aspire offers townhouse, studio and work- play floor plans. Spatz said some work will continue on

AUSTIN FC STADIUM Austin FC on July 14 announced it is expanding space in the Major League Soccer stadium’s North Building for the team’s merchandise store, which will now occupy 5,000 square feet. The three-story North Building will also include a beer hall with space for 400 fans and a

the development after July. Space: 81,000 square feet Timeline: completion by end of July 2020

hospitality lounge. Space: 24-acre plot Timeline: September 2019-spring 2021

RIDGELINE BLVD.

183

MOPAC

620

LAKE CREEK PKWY.

183

183

POND SPRINGS RD.

SPICEWOOD SPRINGS RD.

N

N

N

ANDERSON MILL RD.

An emergency is still an emergency

Don’t delay the important care you need

Broken bones, signs of a heart attack or stroke, difficulty breathing or other life-threatening symptoms — don’t delay when you or a loved one needs emergency care. Ascension Seton ER care teams are here with you, and we’re making sure our hospitals and sites of care are safe and ready for you when you need us.

Ascension Seton ERs are open 24/7, close to home, with access to the Ascension network for follow-up care.

Find your nearest Ascension Seton ER and check in online at GetSetonCare.com

© Ascension 2020. All rights reserved.

11

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

SIDEWALKS ARE A PUBLIC SPACE. KEEP THEM CLEAR FOR EVERY PACE. Residents are responsible for maintaining their property from their front door to the curb. Trim vegetation to: • 8 feet above sidewalks • 14 feet above streets and alleys Learn more at austintexas.gov/ cleartherow

ACC is for EVERYONE Skills for essential careers.

Start here.

YOUR AC DOESNʼT KNOW WEʼRE DISTANCING

An Austin Original Since 1977

When your AC breaks down, don’t call a stranger, call McCullough! Itʼs downright hot out, youʼre spending more time at home, and thatʼs putting a strain on your AC system. McCullough is practicing CV-19 safety precautions and has processes in place to safely service your cooling needs.

TRUE

WE HANDLE AUSTIN ENERGY REBATES SO YOU DONʼT HAVE TO!

$39 SERVICE CALL INCLUDES DIAGNOSTIC! NO HIDDEN CHARGES EVER.

$4050

UP TO

Exp 8/31/20. Financing WAC. Offer subject to change. Call for complete details. +0% FINANCING

Exp 8/31/20. Call for complete details.

512-886-4729 | www.coolmenow.com

TAC L B 26116 E

12

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Texas & Austin, Pugerville and Round Rock ISDs

Online learning can last 8 weeks

Incoming superintendent named

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

BY NICHOLAS CICALE

transition period, the new guidance allows school districts the ability to convert high schools to a full-time hybrid model once students tran- sition back to on-campus learning, with school board approval. Additionally, school districts con- tinue to have the option of delaying the start of the school year. Virtual learning outline The Texas Education Agency on July 17 expanded the window for virtual learning for school districts. • Option of online-only classes rst four weeks of school • A four-week transition window allowed afterward • Students are still entitled to on- campus classes during transition window • High schools can be full-time hybrid model

outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz announced his resignation to take a position at The Univer- sity of Texas. AISD hired JG

TEXAS School districts now have the option of oering online-only classes for the rst four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, according to additional guidance released by the Texas Education Agency on July 17. Local school boards also have the ability to adopt an additional four- week transition window. According to a July 17 TEA news release, the new guidance aims to give school districts more exibility to bend as needed to meet the public health needs of their respective communities. Students who lack internet access at home or access to internet-en- abled devices and therefore cannot participate in remote learning will be entitled to on-campus instruction every day during the transition period, according to the TEA. In addition to the four-week

AUSTIN ISD After a ve-month search for its next superintendent, Austin ISD on July 21 announced Stephanie Elizalde as the lone nalist for the position. Elizalde is currently serving at Dallas ISD, where she has worked as the district’s chief of school leadership since 2015. She joined the district in 2011 as a director of the district’s STEM program. Overall, Elizalde has 28 years of various education leadership experience with previous roles in San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD. Trustee Arati Singh said Elizalde spoke at length during interviews about the importance of special education and discussed “rebrand- ing and remarketing schools” that were at risk of closing. The district’s superintendent search began in February after

Stephanie Elizalde

Consulting to conduct the search, and the rm gathered community feedback in May and June while soliciting candidates for the posi- tion. In total, 64 candidates were found during the search. The board will ocially vote to hire Elizalde after she has been the lone nalist for 21 days, a waiting period required by state law. Cruz will continue to serve the district until Aug. 31. Round Rock ISD board of trustees Meets third Thursday at 7 p.m. 300 Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock 512-464-5000 www.roundrockisd.org Pugerville ISD board of trustees Meets third Thursday at 7 p.m. 1401 W. Pecan St., Pugerville 512-594-0000 www.psd.net Austin ISD board of trustees Board information sessions: second Monday at 6 p.m.; voting meetings: fourth Monday at 7 p.m. 4000 S. I-35, Austin www.austinisd.org Austin Community College board of trustees Meets rst Monday at 5 p.m. 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin 512-223-7613 • www.austincc.edu MEETINGSWE COVER

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Property tax rate lowered for 202021

Trustee to resign, opens seat for November race

PFISD TAXRATES For the third year in a row, PfISD will lower the district’s property tax rate. Property tax rate (per $100 valuation)

BY IAIN OLDMAN

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

PFLUGERVILLE ISD Ocials will lower Pugerville ISD’s property tax rate for the third straight year. Trustees on July 16 approved a maximum posted tax rate of $1.4364 per $100 valuation. Last year the district adopted a rate of $1.45 per $100 valuation. This posted tax rate will now head to a public hearing Aug. 20. Ocials may not ratify a higher tax rate than the one posted.

ROUND ROCK ISD A fourth seat on the Round Rock ISD board of trustees will be up for grabs in November. Trustee Steve Math announced July 13 that he will resign eective Nov. 2. He did not publicly share a reason for his resignation. Math has served on the board since 2017. In addition to Math’s soon-to-be vacant seat, three places are up for re-election in November: Place 1, Place 2 and Place 7.

1.54 1.54 1.52

2016-17

2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21*

1.45 1.4364

0

0.8

1.6

*Proposed

SOURCE: PFLUGERVILLE ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

NO DENTAL INSURANCE? NO PROBLEM!

$100 OFF EXAM & X-RAYS

NEW PATIENT SPECIAL

ASK ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP PLAN

Our philosophy is to deliver relationship-based, complete health dental services to keep our patients engaged, happy, and healthy.

At 12 Oaks Dental we offer you a warm, comfortable and SAFE atmosphere, Our kind and trusted team is passionate about helping you achieve the highest level of well-being.

EMPOWERING OTHERS TO LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE 512-346-5196 MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY

11623 Angus Rd. Suite 16, Austin, TX 78759

Dr. Marc Worob & Dr. Elyse Barron

13

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

Save Energy, Especially Now.

The Power of WE Together we thrive. It’s scientifically proven. Connection is key to a longer and more vibrant life, and powers everything WE do here at Maravilla @ The Domain.

» Remember tips like setting thermostats to 78 degrees on hot days » Get rebates on select smart thermostats » Use our web app to monitor your energy usage » Get Instant Savings on energy efficient products at local retailers » Explore home improvement rebates from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ®

It’s like being part of a super supportive family of waiters, chefs, housekeepers, Zest® activities & wellness teams,

and a bunch of friendly and fun neighbors, all helping you thrive. Even during challenging times like these, WE find ways to stay connected, like daily dining choices at your doorstep with a personal touch. It’s all here, in Austin’s most inspiring new senior living community. Come experience the power of WE! Call 512.361.2074 to schedule your personal virtual tour, or visit our website to learn more.

More tips at austinenergy.com/go/summer

MaravillaAustin.com 11001 Austin Lane, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 361-2074 INDEPENDENT & ASSISTED LIVING, MEMORY CARE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

Senior Living Reimagined

FACI L I TY ID #110291

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNI TY

©2020 Austin Energy

14

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

CITY& COUNTY

News from Austin & Travis County

Proposed budget includes 2.5% cut to police funds

Maskingmandate in eect through this November

BY JACK FLAGLER

Community organizing groups say the proposed cuts to the Austin Police Department’s scal year 2020-21 budget do not go far enough. AUSTIN POLICE BUDGET PROPOSAL I I $434.7M $434.3M approved

AUSTIN After calls from commu- nity advocates to reallocate at least $100 million 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 proposed police spending. The $4.2 billion overall budget and the $1.1 billion taxpayer-supported general fund for scal 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-val- ued $362,000 property. Community groups have called on city ocials to reduce the police department budget and reassign certain duties to other departments or public agencies. On June 11, City Council voted on a set of four policies aimed at responding to the growing local and national momentum around policing,

BY IAIN OLDMAN

Open to the Public 500 W Ben White Blvd Austin, TX 78704 @atxrestore Discount Home Improvement Store and Donation Center in Texas counties with more than 20 cases of coronavirus. The order does not include an expiration date. TRAVIS COUNTY In a move aimed at curbing the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Austin, city ocials issued a new mask mandate through fall 2020. Mark Escott, interimmedical director and health authority for Austin-Travis County, on July 14 mandated Austinites must wear a face covering when performing essential activities, with some exceptions. This new mandate is in eect through Nov. 12, according to city documents. The order also bars gatherings of 10 or more people and man- dates social distancing measures. On July 2, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate

$445.6M previously forecasted FY 2020-21 APD budget, April 2020

proposed FY 2020-21 APD budget, July 2020

FY 2019-20 APD budget

SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTINCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Ed Van Eenoo, the city’s deputy chief nancial ocer, said most of the projected savings would come from eliminating 100 vacant police ocer positions from the forecast budget. Other cost-cutting measures include delaying the July 2020 cadet class and holding o on replacing ocers’ service pistols. Austin City Council member Greg Casar released a statement after the proposal saying the police budget cuts are “far from enough.”

including a commitment to spending fewer public dollars on policing. The $11.3 million cut would put the overall police department funding in FY 2020-21 around $434.3 million overall—a 2.5% reduction from the forecasted budget this spring. David Johnson, criminal justice organizer at Grassroots Leadership, said the proposal to cut just $11 mil- lion from the budget is “disrespectful” to those calling for more broad, sweeping changes.

Shop ReStore First and Save!

Discount prices on furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, doors, windows, and more.

• Keep your child protected with vaccines • Weekday & Saturday well-check exams available • Strict precautionary measures in all clinics • Get a full picture of your child’s health • Discuss learning and behavioral questions CHECK IN FOR A CHECKUP

ARCbooknow.com

15

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

Lets redrawAustin’sCityCouncil lines. Austin’s future. Your future. Shape it. RedistrictATX.org

Green by Design – Now Online!

BUILD, BUY OR REMODEL A GREEN HOME Learn how at Green by Design Webinars

Apply tobepart of: The IndependentCitizensRedistrictingCommission DeadlineSept. 30

August 18 7:00 – 9:00 PM Green Home Systems

August 11 7:00 – 9:00 PM Green Materials and Landscaping

August 4 7:00 – 9:00 PM Green Planning and Design

“It isoneof themost important thingsyoucando inyour life. It affects thenext tenyearsof theentirecity.” RyanRafols, CurrentCommissioner

Attend live, online workshops at no cost to you! Register at: greenbuilding.austinenergy.com

AustinAuditor, Cityof Austin, redistrictatx@austintexas.gov phone: 512-974-2805

A City of Austin Program. © 2020 Austin Energy

IMPACT ma k e a n Become a #CommunityPatron.

100% of your contribution will go back to our local journalismmission

SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM

CONTRIBUTE TODAY

COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM/ CIPATRON

16

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

SEPTEMBER: PUBLIC EDUCATION FOCUS Contact us today for future sponsorship opportunities! Want to stand out as a supporter of your community?

2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

COMMUNITYIMPACT.COMADVERTISE 8669896808

2020 REAL ESTATE EDITION

COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN

DAYS ON THEMARKET AVERAGE June 2018-May 2019

201920 NORTHWEST AUSTIN REAL ESTATE MARKET AT A GLANCE

June 2019-May 2020

78726

78750

45 TOLL

54.41

47.83

36.25

27

-12.09%

-25.52%

620 78726

78729

Neighborhoods across Northwest Austin have experienced wildly dierent years in the real estate market. For example, the 78758 ZIP code, historically one of the area’s cheapest real estate markets, experienced a nearly 30% increase in home prices, while only one other ZIP code—78759—experienced a double-digit increase.

MOPAC

78727

78759 +0% 78758

183

78727

31.75

18.33

23.5

23.5

-42.27%

78759

35

78729

78750

78758

38.16

16.66

36.75

27

-56.34%

-26.53%

360

2222

N

HOMES SOLD NUMBER OF

HOME SALES PRICE AVERAGE

June 2018-May 2019

June 2019-May 2020

June 2018-May 2019

June 2019-May 2020

147

418

$470,600 $492,030 +4.55% $345,585 +5.32% $363,955 $301,847 +4.78%

$407,322 +6.58% $434,120 $276,398 +29.15% $356,958

-13.61%

-9.57%

127

378

319

384

-11.59%

-17.45%

282 381

317 511

$437,354

-30.71%

-8.41%

+11%

264

468

$316,281

$485,466

SOURCE: AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

® 72 IN HOURS

   

RAPIDLY REDUCE INVENTORY SHOWING CONCERNS  

SELL YOUR HOME

FOR SELLERS IN DECADES! BEST MARKET =

STILL LOOKING FOR HOMES MOTIVATED BUYERS +

72SOLDAUSTIN.COM 512.335.2850

GET YOUR PRICE

BROKERED BY EASTER AND EASTER, REALTORS®

© 72SOLD, 2019. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

17

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

TESLA GETS GIGA-SIZED INCENTIVES

130 TOLL

183

OLIVIA ALDRIDGECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

HAROLD GREEN ROAD

Electric automaker Tesla will develop a 2,100-acre site in southeastern Travis County at SH 130 and Harold Green Road for its next gigafactory, a massive production plant that would manufacture the new Cybertruck. Here is what the decision means for Travis County: 5,000 new jobs 4-5 MILLION square-foot factory

AUS

$8.8 MILLION+ in county tax revenue over 10 years

$776,000 in annual school district revenue

$13.9 MILLION in county tax breaks for Tesla over 10 years

973

71

N

REAL ESTATE Tax deal drives Tesla Cybertruck factory to eastern Travis County

SOURCES: TESLA, TRAVIS COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

COMPANY INCENTIVES

TRAVIS COUNTY TAKES THE WHEEL

Travis County’s economic incentives package oers Tesla rebates on maintenance and operations property taxes if Tesla invests at least $1.1 billion in the property. The rebate is structured to incentivize higher investment.

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

the Texas economy the strongest in the nation and will create thousands of jobs for hard working Texans,” Abbott said. Tesla’s venture into the Austin area began earlier this year, when Musk indicated that it was seeking a site located centrally in the United States for its next gigafactory, one of the company’s massive manufacturing plants, as it prepared for production of the new Cybertruck. In June, news broke that Tesla was considering a 2,100-acre site in Southeastern Travis County northeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A site near Tulsa, Oklahoma, was identied as a competing nalist. With gigafactories past—such as those now located near Reno, Nevada, and Bualo, New York—local entities oered hefty economic incentives to woo Tesla. Travis County did the same, oering the electric carmaker at least $13.9 million in tax breaks to attract Tesla’s jobs and tax revenue. The county’s dealings with Tesla began in May, when it lifted a mora- torium—in place since July 2019—on development incentives. County incentives involve

Electric automaker Tesla will build its next manufacturing plant in Travis 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 delib- erations between the company, Travis County and Del Valle ISD over economic incentives to bring the company to Texas. Tesla anticipates construction to begin in the third quarter of 2020, with operations at the “gigafactory” beginning as soon as the fourth quar- ter of 2021. Already, Tesla has taken steps to charge forward with the site, seeking its rst development vari- ances in July for the property along SH 130 just north of West Hwy. 71. “We’re going to make it a factory that is going to be stunning,” Musk said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott—who tweeted May 13 Texas was a “perfect t” for Tesla—welcomed Musk’s announcement two months later. “Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas will keep

TESLA DONATES 10%OF PREINCENTIVE TAX VALUE TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

TESLA INVESTMENTS

FIRST $1.1 BILLION

SECOND $1 BILLION

THIRD $1 BILLION

50%

75% TAX REBATE

70% TAX REBATE

80% TAX REBATE

OF JOBS WILL GO TO COUNTY RESIDENTS

SOURCES: TRAVIS COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

incremental rebates on Tesla’s property taxes paid to the county with a 70% rebate for maintenance and operations property taxes once the company invests its rst $1.1 billion in the area with increased incentives for subsequent billions invested. Travis County will still see an inux of tax revenue, around $8.8 million over its rst 10 years of partnership with Tesla, according to county doc- uments. Additionally, Tesla pledges to donate 10% of its preincentive tax liability to local nonprot, education and transportation causes. Because the county’s deal with Tesla is performance-based, Tesla could lose out on tax breaks if it fails to hold up its end of the bargain, according to the agreement. The company also would be required to hire county residents for at least 50% of its workforce and would have to pay all employees a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour. However, a coalition of labor and environmental groups have criticized

Travis County’s lack of contingencies to hold Tesla accountable. They took particular issue with the lack of a requirement for Tesla to follow Travis County’s Better Builder Standards, which oblige development projects to accept independent oversight for construction and contract work. “Unfortunately, it appears that the judge and county commissioners are allowing Tesla to write its own ticket and exempt itself from county policy applicable to everyone else,” Jeremy Hendricks, a regional director for the Laborers’ International Union of North America, wrote to the county. Many residents of Del Valle, where the factory will make its home, were happy to allow special circumstances for a company with the potential to revitalize a low-income area, as was Commissioner Je Travillion, who represents the area. “We are talking about a transfor- mational process that will address poverty and opportunity in that area for generations,” Travillion said.

"WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT A FACTORY THAT IS GOING TO BE STUNNING."

ELON MUSK, TESLA CEO

18

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

REAL ESTATE 2020EDITION

DO IT YOURSELF

Budget-friendly guide to playscapes for the home

BUILDA BACKYARD PLAYGROUND BY BRIAN PERDUE AND DESIGNED BY KARA NORDSTROM

With families spending more time at home, turn a backyard into a playground. Try these simple do-it-yourself playground ideas that can be built on a budget. Two of the three need only a small amount of space.

Hire a professional While many chain stores sell playground sets, these stores specialize in playgrounds and oer installation. All have indoor or outdoor showrooms. 1. CENTEX PLAYSCAPES AUSTIN 2013 CR 108, Hutto Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun. 512-431-2627 www.centexplayscapes.com 130 TOLL N

POOL NOODLE OBSTACLE COURSE

Equipment needed: at least 15 pool noodles, popsicle sticks, duct tape Description: This versatile DIY feature can be built with a quick trip to the dollar store. It can also be erected and

dismantled in a just a few minutes. Use popsicle sticks to secure noodles in the ground and duct tape to secure noodle rings. Noodles can be shaped into a series of arches (to crawl under), hurdles (to jump over), rings (to step through),

vertical noodles (to slalom through while running), a ring toss and more. Pro tip: Give your child a sketchpad and ask him or her to design new obstacles/ challenges for the noodle course.

ARCHES TO CRAWL UNDER

HURDLES TO JUMP OVER

RINGS TO STEP THROUGH

VERTICAL NOODLES TO SLALOM THROUGH WHILE RUNNING

2. RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS OF TEXAS 10624 N. RM 620, Austin

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon. 512-218-9275 www.rpsoftexas.com

620

N

3. RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS OF TEXAS 15524 S. I-35, Austin

TOY CAR TRACKRING TOSS

DOME TENT SANDBOX

35 GRAND AVE. PKWY.

Equipment needed: 4-by- 8-foot piece of plywood, green outdoor carpet, scissors, glue, Play Tape, wooden pegs, paint, 12-

Equipment needed: two- to three-person dome tent, 50-pound bags of play sand (10 minimum) Description: Try this variation on a playground feature that has entertained children for generations. Pitch the tent and ll with 6-12 inches of play sand. The rain y will help keep the sand dry from wet weather, while the tent’s netting will help keep insects and animals out of the sand. Pro tip: String lights inside and it can double as a nighttime fort.

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon. 512-251-9292 www.rpsoftexas.com N

15 inches of jute rope Description: Create a race car track or a network of streets by cutting out 2-inch-wide roads

4. TEXAS BACKYARD STRUCTURES NORTH CENTRAL 15718 N. I-35, Austin Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. 512-989-9494 www.texasbackyardstructures.com 35

GRAND AVE. PKWY.

through the carpet. Then glue the carpet onto the wood and run the Play Tape along where the roads should go. To add variety, cut out other features and color accordingly, such as a blue pond, or glue features, such as buildings and trees, onto the carpet. Pro tip: Use the other side to create a dierent car track—or another game altogether, such as a ring toss. Paint the board and glue wooden pegs, then use a piece of jute rope and glue the ends together to form a ring. The peg board can also double as a ball drop.

N

SOURCES: PBS.ORG, RAISINGDRAGONS.COMCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Your home is unique. Your insurance should be too. Personal Insurance | Commercial Insurance | Employee Benefits

BENEFITS INSURANCE RELATIONSHIPS

bkcw.com | 512.250.5055

19

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION • JULY 2020

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28

communityimpact.com

Powered by