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Round Rock parks, trails to see new amenities New amenities, including a basketball court and pergola structures with swings, are under construction at Old Settlers Park. HALEY GRACECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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green space and encourage residents to explore the outdoors. In the 2013 bond election, voters approved the Round Rock trail and park improvement projects allocating millions to improve the city’s outdoor spaces. Round Rock Park Development

Manager Katie Baker said while parks are often thought of as a place for the younger demographic to play, the department is also focusing on proj- ects for adults to have fun, too. From Old Settlers Park to trails

For the past eight years, projects totaling $56.5 million have been in the works to improve Round Rock’s parks and trails. There are 14 active park projects in the design phase or under construction to improve the city’s Hutto outlines water supply improvements

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PROJECTED WATER SUPPLY

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality assesses a city’s required water supply using millions of gallons per day, or mgd. Currently the TCEQ required supply is at 0.40 gpm, which Hutto already exceeds.

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With Hutto’s current population of over 30,000 people and around 1,000 homes built each year, the city needs to increase its water supply tomeet the demands of future growth, City Man- ager Warren Hutmacher said. Following City Council’s March 4 approval of plans for Phase 1 of a three-phase project, water supply

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2022: Phase 1 total capacity 6.24 mgd by April; Taylor contract terminated

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2021: Existing capacity 4.39 mgd

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1 Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Micro- brewery celebrated its grand opening March 17. Located at 4000 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Cork & Barrel features a wine cellar, a microbrewery and an outdoor beer garden. Menu items include a g and prosciutto pizza, a Monte Cristo sandwich and Irish stew, while the bar of- fers local beers, craft brews, a signature cocktail menu and wines. 512-582-0155. www.corkandbarrelpub.com 2 Banana Island Lounge and Grill celebrated its grand opening March 13 at 311 University Blvd., Ste. 500, Round Rock. Menu items include African dishes such as stew and rice, pepper soup and chicken or beef suya. Banana Island also operates a hookah and serves specialty island cocktails. 737-212-0338. www.thebananaisland.com 3 El Takobar opened at 118 E. Main St.,

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RELOCATIONS 7 Concordia High School will relocate this fall to 1201 S. Heatherwilde Blvd., Pugerville, from its current location at 1500 Royston Lane, Ste. A, Round Rock. The private Christian college preparatory high school is open for students in grades

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17 ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP DAY The City of Pugerville Public Works Department is hosting the annual clean up day event to dispose of bulk trash items. Pugerville residents should bring a photo ID and proof of city services, such as a utility bill. Acceptable items include mattresses, lumber, scrap metal and appliances. Arrive by 11:30 a.m. Pugerville Recycle Center 15500 Sun Light Near Way B, Pugerville. www.utilitybilling.pugervilletx.gov 19 CRAFTY AT HOME CAFE: WINDOWFEEDER Ages 12 and older can build a bird feeder in this take-home craft activity. A virtual craft tutorial will be hosted by Adult Services Librarian Meg Miller. Registration opens April 5. Supply kits will be available for pickup at the Pugerville Public Library April 12-24. Free, registration required. www.pugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/ event-calendar 23 SENIORWATERCOLOR HOUR: GOLDFISH Ages 55 and older can paint two swimming sh at home using watercolor paints following along with a YouTube video. All art materials will be provided. Supply kits will be available for pickup at the Pugerville Public Library from April 16-23. Register online beginning April 8 or call 512-990-6375. Free, registration required. Virtual event. www.pugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/ event-calendar 24 EARTHDAY FESTIVAL Promote environmental awareness this Earth Day. Attendees will meet for a creek cleanup along with a variety of other activities. The rst 400 who attend get a free Earth Day T-shirt. All ages welcomed. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov/event

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BY KELSEY THOMPSON

MOORLYNCH AVE.

Improvements are coming to the Pecan Street, FM 685 and Dessau Road intersection after Pugerville City Council awarded a $4.38 million construction contract to Capital Excavation Co. on March 9. Improvements include a displaced left-turn lane, an intersection com- ponent meant to provide congestion relief without expanding the right of way, according to a city news release. The displaced left-turn lane relocates turning trac into a dedicated lane on the opposite side of the road. The city received a $2.3 million U.S. Economic Development Administra- tion grant via the federal CARES Act. Additional funding sources include the Pugerville Community Devel- opment Corp., trac impact analysis funds, certicate of obligation bonds and the city’s general fund. The intersection’s current oper- ational performance is Level F, the lowest level on an AF grading scale, City Engineer Patricia Davis said.

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Kelly Lane Phase 2 in Pugerville Phase 2 of Kelly Lane improvements include widening the roadway from a two-lane roadway to an urban four- lane divided one. The project scope runs from West Falcon Pointe Boule- vard to Moorlynch Avenue. Timeline: design work underway, construction is expected to begin in fall 2021 Cost: $7.81 million Funding source: 2018 city of Puger- ville bond

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COSTS FOR CONSTRUCTION Pugerville City Council approved a construction bid from Capital Excavation Co. that was $1 million more than the city’s initial engineering estimate, a price hike attributed to COVID-19-related construction cost increases.

City engineering estimate: $3.36 million Capital Excavation Co.: $4.38 million

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The city’s design manual states the acceptable level of service is Level D. Assistant City Manager Amy Giannini said a more complete anal- ysis of FM 685 is planned following

inclusion of the corridor study in the November bond package. Intersection improvements are anticipated to be completed by November, she said.

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Gattis School Road from Via Sonoma Trail to Red Bud Lane in Round Rock The four-lane road will expand to a six-lane divided roadway from Via Sonoma Trail to Red Bud Lane. It in- cludes a raised median, turn lanes and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Timeline: July 2021-TBD Cost: $13 million Funding source: Capital Area Metro- politan Planning Organization, city of Round Rock Type B funding

RoundRock approves $1million grant application for city bus system

BY MEGAN CARDONA

Federal Transit Administration. Transportation Director Gary Hudder presented the resolution during the city council’s March 9 packet brieng and said the funds, combined with previous coronavirus relief funds received last year, would help with transit operations for 18 months. A transit update is in the works and will be brought to Round Rock City Council later in the year, he said.

During the packet brieng, Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan asked if the resolution would secure federal funding for the portion the city usu- ally pays out of pocket to fund transit operations. Hudder conrmed the funds would cover the operational costs normally paid by the city. Following the city council’s vote, the application will still need formal FTA approval to ocially secure the funding.

On March 11, Round Rock City Council voted 7-0 to approve the submission of a grant application for approximately $1 million to fund operating expenses for the city’s bus system and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant paratransit services. The grant application is for Corona- virus Response & Relief Supplement Appropriations Act funding from the

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SPORTS Austin FC gears up for game day; home opener planned in June

MARK YOUR C A L E N DA R S Major League Soccer in March announced a few important dates for Austin FC’s inaugural season. Check out the full story online at communityimpact.com with more information on how to watch.

F I RST EVER MATCH FOR AUST I N FC

VS. APRIL 17 4:30 P.M. CST LOS ANGELES FC AUSTIN FC

BY IAIN OLDMAN

games—celebrations that start well before kicko and last into the night. “We want to make sure if it’s a game day for Austin FC, you can’t go around without knowing it’s a game day,” said Mateo Clark, a member of the leadership committee and a trumpet player with La Murga de Austin, the festival band for Austin FC’s supporters groups. As of March 24, Austin FC has yet to comment on whether fans will eventually be allowed to attend games in person. That decision, team President Andy Loughnane told Com- munity Impact Newspaper , is likely to come about four weeks ahead of Austin FC’s home opener in June. The team will use the next several months to examine the safety of in-person attendance at other major sporting events in Texas, Loughnane said. Currently, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball are planning

FIRSTEVER HOME MATCH AT Q2 STADIUM

Following announcements on home debuts and opening game dates for the upcoming Major League Soccer 2021 season, it is now ocial: Austin FC will begin its inaugural season April 17 on the road in Los Angeles. The team and its fans, however, will have to wait two months for the inaugural kicko at Q2 Stadium, formerly known as McKalla Place, in North Austin. MLS announced March 10 that the debut home game for Austin FC will be held June 19, when the upstart team hosts the San Jose Earthquakes—one of the original charter clubs of the professional soccer league. Ahead of the team’s summer home debut, supporters groups, surround- ing businesses and Austin FC itself are nalizing preparations to make match days—for both home and away

VS. AUSTIN FC SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES JUNE 19 8 P.M. CST

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to open its stadium with 100% capac- ity for its April 5 home opener, and its Minor League aliate, the Round Rock Express, will open with limited capacity and social distancing when it begins home games May 6. “We will be able to observe MLS matches in Texas and other large professional sporting events,” Loughnane said. “We will continue to observe and continue to be patient.” But even without fans at the stadium to begin the season, Austin FC is nalizing plans to safely host watch parties for away games later this spring. Loughnane said the team

may explore hosting away game events inside Q2 Stadium before the home opener. When fans are allowed into the stadium, James Ruth, the senior vice president of marketing for Austin FC, said the team is working to craft an experience for fans before, during and after the game. Live Oak Park, the park adjacent to the stadium, and HEB Plaza outside the stadium are both on track to be open in time for the June home opener, Ruth said. “To have those assets in our vicin- ity, it’s just going to totally elevate the game day experience,” Ruth said.

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DEVELOPMENT

PLANNING FOR THE

The city of Pugerville now uses a downtown district overlay to guide future development and redevelopment initiatives. It does not rezone any current businesses and acts as a framework for the types of businesses allowed in the downtown area.

Residential: • Condominium • Duplex • Live-work unit • Multifamily home • Single-family residential, attached and detached Nonresidential: • Automobile parking lot • Bar, tavern • Body art studio • Brewpub, wine bar • Commercial animal business (minor establishments only) • Microbrewery, distillery, winery • Parks, playgrounds Permitted uses in entire downtown district overlay:

Residential: • Assisted living • Manufactured home dwelling • Nursing home • Retirement living village Nonresidential: • Car wash • Cemetery • College, university, private boarding school • Contractor’s shop • Distribution, logistics center • Gas station • Indoor shooting range • Laundromat • Oce warehouse • Pawn shop Prohibited uses in entire downtown district overlay:

An area of the downtown corridor with dierent development standards to help transition between residential and commercial spaces WHAT IS A TRANSITIONAL COMPATIBILITY ZONE?

GILLEAND CREEK POOL AND PARK

Downtown core Transitional compatibility zone

HERITAGE LOOP TRAIL

• Place of worship • Private outdoor amphitheater • Restaurant

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Pugerville’s downtown includes a blend of historic buildings and newer initiatives, such as the food truck park.

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integrity of the downtown area while also outlining which businesses are permitted or prohibited from developing in the region. The plan does not rezone any current businesses within the corridor and is designed to allow more cohesion between prospective businesses and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. As economic development opportunities arise in the city, some are calling for a stronger balance between larger-scale businesses and small, locally owned ones, including resident Mike Corrales. Whether it is an enhanced parks attraction, an arts center or a revitalized gathering space, he said downtown needs to connect residents and dene a sense of place, he said. “Over time, that becomes a more distinctive community with an image, and it’s shaped by the people working with the city and allowing these things to grow organically,” Corrales said.

city. The plan has additional community work- shops scheduled in the next few months as well as Pugerville City Council’s expected approval of the plan in December. Emily Barron, director of planning and devel- opment services for the city, said while the plan is more of a conceptual guide for future development, discussions have addressed arts and cultural initiatives downtown. Downtown revitalization is not a new conversa- tion. In the city’s 2030 comprehensive plan, con- ceptual plans detailed developing the downtown area as a “walkable, mixed-use central neighbor- hood center.” A March 2009 Old Town Pugerville report documented some resident concerns over a lack of identity and visibility for downtown. On Oct. 27, Pugerville City Council approved the creation of a downtown district overlay as a means of preserving the historic and architectural

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

As continued population growth and develop- ment opportunities linger on Pugerville’s horizon, conversations surrounding downtown revitaliza- tion have re-emerged on how best to preserve the historic integrity of the city and establish a sense of place and identity. “A lot of the conversation has been around the idea that we need to revitalize downtown—not in hopes that it will necessarily become the commer- cial nexus of the community, but that it really is, in certain ways, a cultural nexus,” said Robert Romig, chair of the planning and zoning commission. Pugerville is nalizing the 2040 Aspire Plan, a conceptual guide for future development that outlines downtown as a targeted area within the

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Round Rock, Pflugerville & Hutto ISDs

Hutto ISDninth-grade center set to open in fall

REDUC ING POPULAT ION

BY MEGAN CARDONA

of the district’s 2008 $128 million bond for the center. In April 2019, the budget for the center was set at $48.51 million with the extra money set aside for soft costs, or non-con- struction-related services. Originally constructed before the pandemic, the center’s opening was delayed due to the switch to virtual learning in 2020. With the possibility of a virtual option available for stu- dents in the fall, depending on Texas Education Agency approval, board member Phillip Boutwell expressed concern about whether it was fiscally responsible to open the center considering the costs to run it. Chief Financial Officer Glenn Gra- ham said it was fiscally responsible

2,400 STUDENTS Hutto High School capacity was built for

HUTTO ISD The district plans to open its ninth-grade center for in-person learning in fall 2021. The center will reduce the student population in Hutto High School by 800 students, Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas said during the board’s March 25 meeting. Hutto High was built for 2,400 students; enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is 2,396; enrollment for 2021-22 is expected to be 2,572 students with 2,865 expected the following year. If virtual learning had not happened, Hutto High’s campus would have been a sardine case, she said. In 2018, the Hutto ISD board of trustees approved use of $54 million

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RoundRock ISD announces 2 options for graduation “The only reason we do it is for the growth, and the growth generates the dollars,” Graham said during the meeting. The center will also maximize the efficiency of the learning spaces because the center was built based on what the ISD expects in future revenue.

NUMBER TOKNOW Round Rock ISD’s estimated number of students graduating in the class of 2021 3,708 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 Pflugerville ISD board of trustees Meets third Thursday at 7 p.m. 1401 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville 512-594-0000 www.pfisd.net Hutto ISD board of trustees Meets fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. 200 College St., Hutto 512-759-3771 www.hipponation.org MEETINGSWE COVER with more counseling support for social and emotional needs, Estrada Thomas said. As of March 25, the preliminary budget for operating the ninth-grade center, which includes staff payroll, services and supplies, is more than $3.7 million, according to a presenta- tion by Graham.

Pflugerville ISDprojects $14.3Mbudget shortfall for 2021-22 school year

loss of the fast-growth allotment. The 2020-21 enrollment is reported at 25,524, down from PfISD’s previous 2020-21 estimate of 26,800 students. Ramos said PfISD expects a slight increase in enroll- ment for the 2021-22 academic year, projected at 26,312. “TOGIVE [PFISD STUDENTS] ACADEMIC GROWTH IS GOING TO REQUIRE SOME FUNDING ANDA LOT OFWORK.” VERNAGENE MOTT, PFISD BOARD PRESIDENT

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

PFLUGERVILLE ISD Early esti- mates report a possible $14.3 million budgetary shortfall for Pflugerville ISD in the 2021-22 school year, district officials said March 4. PfISD officials attributed the lost funding to parents homeschooling during the pandemic. Due to decreased enrollment during the 2020-21 school year, PfISD lost its statewide fast-growth designation, which resulted in a $6.1 million loss in state funding, Chief Operating Officer Eduardo Ramos said. PfISD is advocating for additional funding following the

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

ROUND ROCK ISD The class of 2021 will have the choice between a traditional graduation ceremony or a commencement walk. The traditional ceremony will take place in the morning with students on the football field. Guests will not be allowed on the field. The second graduation option is for a commencement walk, which will be held in the evening. All events will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer Lane, Austin fromMay 24-29.

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