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Western Travis County responds to evolving socio-political movement

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

The coronavirus pandemic has been imposing signicant challenges for the upcoming school year for districts across the state and nation. In west- ern Travis County, Eanes ISD Superin- tendent Tom Leonard has frequently referred to the situation as the dis- trict’s “Apollo 13 mission.” But another issue has emerged and demanded responses from leaders not just at EISD, but throughout the Lake Travis-Westlake area. A move- ment seeking equality and justice and often led by younger community residents is leading to policy shifts that are beginning to take shape in institutions throughout the area.

AALIYA MAKNOJIYA, LAKE TRAVIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT I just wanted to organize something that was for our Lake Travis and surrounding communities that would use creativity and make an impact at the same time.”

A demonstration took place at the Hill Country Galleria on June 13 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Participants created chalk drawings throughout the center’s main plaza in front of the Bee Cave Public Library. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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2020 2019 Compared with March through April 2019, the Lake Travis-Westlake market has shown a steeper decline in months of inventory—the amount of time it would take to sell all of the listings in a given area—since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

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Realtors, residential sales in May 2020 in the ve-county region that makes up the Greater Austin metropolitan statistical area dropped almost 30% to 2,697. But while anticipated negative eects of the pandemic have created a lag in the market, members of ABoR and other local real estate companies said the recent data also shows that CONTINUED ON 30

The residential real estate market in the Greater Austin area has shown a steep drop in the total amount of inventory since the COVID-19 pan- demic began in the U.S., and local experts have said that sales in the same ve-county region have also dropped as a direct result. Compared with data from May 2019 provided by the Austin Board of

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FROMPHYLLIS: Our annual Real Estate edition has a slightly dierent focus from previous years. Editor Brian Rash’s front-page story centers on our residential real estate market— that is par for the course. But an examination of that market’s reaction to a global pandemic has made this year’s front-page real estate story unique. Local Realtors generally say that while the COVID-19 pandemic hit the market hard in March and April, the overall desirability of the area has not diminished. Great school districts, beautiful topography and abundant amenities throughout the region make it one of the most sought-after markets in the country, according to the experts. Phyllis Campos, GENERALMANAGER

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Phyllis Campos, pcampos@communityimpact.com EDITOR Brian Rash REPORTER Amy Rae Dadamo

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FROMBRIAN: World events have accelerated to a rate many of us might have predicted to be impossible just a few months ago. 2020 began with a pandemic, but it has added to the mix a worldwide sociopolitical movement. In western Travis County, residents and community leaders have risen to the occasion. Citizen activists are demanding change in numerous ways, and ocials are responding. In her front-page story, Reporter Amy Rae Dadamo has examined what changes have been made so far as a result of the growing movement and what changes are coming. Brian Rash, EDITOR

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will limit its in-store cafes to accom- modate takeout service only and will also postpone any in-store events until further notice. 512-263-7402. www.barnesandnoble.com 5 Baylor Scott &White Clinic-Bee Cave opened a new location at 16018 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave, on June 29. The primary care clinic will provide several services, from internal medicine to health screen- ings and more, according to the compa- ny’s website. 512-654-3900. www.bswhealth.com 6 Boss Orthodontics opened a new location July 10 at 15801 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. 600, Bee Cave. The practice is run by Dr. ReAnn Boss and Dr. Hunter Boss. Boss Orthodontics will oer several services, including Invisalign treatment and surgi- cal orthodontics. 512-640-4289. www.bossorthodontics.com 7 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 8 Domino’s Pizza opened its new loca- tion June 1 at 11805 RM 2244, Ste. 200, Bee Cave, operated by Chris Pallagi, who owns four locations in the Westlake, Bee Cave and Lakeway areas. Pallagi said each location has room to hire additional sta. Domino’s also serves pasta, sandwiches, chicken and more with delivery and carry- out options. 512-551-9916. www.dominos.com 9 Horseshoe Bay Resort welcomed guests back to its hotel, restaurant and golf course at 200 N. Hi Circle, Horse- shoe Bay. The resort ocially opened all services May 29 in accordance with orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a press release. The business will be operating with modied practices to serve a limited capacity of clients. 877-611-0112. www.hsbresort.com 10 Lake Travis Pizza opened at 3305 N. RM 620, Lakeway, on June 5. The independently owned restaurant serves brick oven-style pies in an Inferno Series revolving brick pizza oven, according to the restaurant’s website. Pizzas are made

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15 Assisted-living and memory care community Longleaf Bee Cave is set to open in fall 2021. Construction on the facility broke ground in April at 3936 S. RM 620, Bee Cave. The three-story build- ing will include 88 wellness-enhanced residences, 61 assisted-living apartments and 27 memory care apartments. Other amenities will include a salon, a library, a tness center, and an arts and craft studio. 512-877-5323 16 Paz Veterinary will open a Westlake location this summer at 2724 Bee Caves Road, Austin. An exact opening date has not been announced at this time, but the company will be updating the commu- nity through its social media pages. The full-service veterinary clinic oers both traditional and holistic treatments for pets. This will be the company’s fourth location in the Austin area. A phone num- ber is not yet available for this location. www.pazvet.com NEWOWNERSHIP 17 Halina Day Spa opened in June at 3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. The facility, previously called Woodhouse Day Spa, is operating under new owner- ship and underwent a rebranding. Though the spa was previously closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Westlake loca- tion is now open with safety precautions in place. The spa also has locations in Central Austin and Round Rock. 512-306-1100. www.halinaspa.com ANNIVERSARIES 18 Arbor Cash Wash had its one-year

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The Lake Travis Community Library and Bee Cave Public Library will host Mr. Will, a local performer of children’s concerts. Information for the Zoom event can be found on the Lake Travis Community Library’s online calendar. 2 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-263-2885. www.laketravislibrary.org

The Westbank Community Library will host a series of conversations focused on parenting and education led by Antonio Buehler, an Austin-based educator. The event will be on Zoom and can be found on the library’s online calendar. 6 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com

Guests are invited to a showing of “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” as part of the city of Lakeway’s Movies in the Park series. The event is at the lower level of City Park. Dogs are not permitted. 8:45 p.m. Free. Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov

JULY 17 BABYSITTER TRAINING CLASS The city of Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department will host a babysitter training program approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Successful participants, who are asked to wear masks to the training, will receive a two-year certication from The American Heart Association for pediatric rst aid CPR and AED, or automatic external debrillator. 9 a.m.-noon.

website or by using the meeting code, 87220782143. 3 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-313-3000. www.concordia.edu 18 BLOOD DRIVE Registration is open for the Lakeway Community Blood Drive. The event is run by We Are Blood with precautions in place to ensure the safety of all participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines and increased disinfecting practices will be implemented. Appointments are required through

$90 (members), $100 (nonmembers). Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tv.gov 17 VORTEXKIDS CLUB The Concordia University Texas athletics department will host a virtual Vortex Kids Club meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through July 31. The online program will feature 20-minute skill sessions for basketball, baseball, softball and soccer. The Zoom information can be found on Concordia’s

lakewaycommunityblooddrive@gmail. com, and all donors should be at least 17 years old. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov 20 THROUGH 24 ACTING CAMPWITH TEXARTS Local nonprot organization TexArts Association will host a children’s camp focused on conquering auditions. The camp will teach the ins and outs of theater auditions and will be available

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27 VIRTUALWESTLAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ORIENTATION The Westlake Chamber of Commerce has modied its member orientations to occur on Zoom due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Members will receive the event’s Zoom information upon registration. Noon. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechmaber.com 27 VIRTUALLY TOUR FOLIEPOPS FoliePops, a new customizable French pastry shop, will host a virtual tour of its upcoming Hill Country Galleria location. The family-operated shop was founded by Antoine Chassonnery and Audrey Sigoure, according to a press release from the galleria. The galleria has not announced an opening date at this time. Chassonnery will host the live tour on the shop’s Instagram page. 6 p.m.

for children ages 7-18, according to TexArts. Interested parties can register for the camp online. 2-6 p.m. $265. 2300 Lohmans Spur Road, Ste. 160, Lakeway. 512-852-9079. www.tex-arts.org 25 SUMMER READING PROGRAM The Spicewood Community Library will kick o its annual summer reading challenge on July 25. In previous years the program took place at the library, but it has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families can stop by the library to retrieve a list of reading activities to be completed at home. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spicewood Community Library, 1011 Spur 191, Spicewood. 803-693-7892. www.spicewoodlibrary.org 25 GOAT YOGA The Hill Country Galleria’s yoga studio, Yoga & Goga, will host a goat yoga event, a 40-minute yoga class featuring baby goats. Due to COVID-19, classes will run with 50% capacity, and registration is required prior to the event. All attendees should bring their own mat and wear a face mask. More information on the studio’s guidelines can be found on the Yoga & Goga Facebook page. 10 a.m. Call for price inquires. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. 115, Bee Cave. 347-770-3996. www.goga.yoga.com

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The Westbank Community Library will host Elizabeth Wetmore as part of the library’s author visit series. The event will be on Zoom and can be found on the library’s online calendar. 1 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com

$365 (full day), $265 (half day). TexArts Association, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Ste. 160, Lakeway. 512-852-9079. ww.tex-arts.org AUGUST 02 FARMERSMARKET The Lone Star Farmers Market featuring fresh produce and over 40 local vendors will take place at the Hill Country Galleria’s Central Plaza lawn. The recurring event will take place

with several guidelines in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Customers should comply with social distancing and sanitation eorts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-924-7503. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com *All events on this list had not been canceled as of press time July 9. It is recommended to contact hosts prior to attending any of the events, since plans may have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Free. Virtual. 512-263-0001. www.instagram.com/foliepops 27 THROUGH 31 BEST OF THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

TexArts Association will host a children’s musical theater camp with full day and half day registration available. The camp will be focused on songs and scenes from the Disney movie “The Greatest Showman.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., (full day), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-6 p.m. (half day).

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES TxDOT updates projects in Loop 360overhaul, holds virtual workshop

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ONGOING PROJECTS

The ongoing Loop 360 Project led by the Texas Department of Trans- portation, which is set to upgrade multiple intersections throughout the thoroughfare over the coming months and years in order to improve mobility and safety, is still proceeding. TxDOT has recently changed two projects within the Loop 360 plan, said Public Information Ocer Brad Wheelis. The new endeavor is the Loop 360 fromMoPac to RM 2244 project, and TxDOT has been holding a virtual workshop on its scope; it began July 8 and will last until July 23 at 5 p.m. “The Loop 360 fromMoPac to RM 2244 project is a new project that combines improvements for Walsh Tarlton Lane, Westbank Drive and Lost Creek Boulevard,” a newsletter from TxDOT states. “Rolling these intersections into a single project will help ensure safe access to businesses

step closer to completing the Vail Divide Southern Extension project. Construction is complete on Phase 4 of the project, which is now awaiting approval from Travis County. LTISD and Travis County entered into an interlocal agreement Jan. 15 for the project, which includes the construction of a roadway and bridge between Hamilton Pool Road and Hwy. 71 to relieve trac congestion. Once completed, the roadway will provide additional access to LTISD’s Bee Cave Middle School. and homes along that stretch of the corridor and streamline the environ- mental process.” Initial information from TxDOT said stakeholders may visit www. loop360project.com to access all workshop materials, including a prerecorded presentation explaining improvements as well as display boards, exhibits and fact sheets. As part of the ongoing virtual workshop, many other resources will also be available for citizens wanting to learn more about the updates, according to information from the department. Recent updates from TxDOT also show the section focused on Westlake Drive and Cedar Street, which proposes several upgrades to both intersections on Loop 360, has cleared the environmental stage this spring and has moved into the utility relocation phase. “Increased trac congestion at

Westlake Drive, Cedar Street and else- where along Loop 360 has resulted in a lack of mobility and increased safety concerns,” information from TxDOT states. “Unless something is done, trac conditions will worsen as our population grows.” Information from TxDOT states construction of the project is now anticipated to begin in early 2022.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JULY 6. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT LTWNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Completion date: Work should begin this summer and is expected to last 3 months. Funding source: TxDOT Raised medians on RM 620 A project to install raised medians from Lohmans Crossing Road to north of Bella Montagna Circle on RM 620 in Lakeway will help prevent trac from crossing in certain locations, accord- ing to information from TxDOT. The project is on target to start in July. Cost: $378,218 (construction)

As part of the project, LTISD straightened Vail Divide to enter the middle school’s campus and realigned the roadway within the Bella Colinas neighborhood to create a new intersection now called Los Flores. The district has requested accep- tance from Travis County on Phase 4 of the infrastructure improvement project for ownership and operation. Prior to acceptance, LTISD must convey a small right of way and slope easement and donate the land to Travis County per a warranty deed.

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DEVELOPMENTUPDATES Eanes ISD’s $10.3million aquatics center has begun construction

Residential & commercial projects

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than 80% of voters through the $80 million 2019 bond program. In an eort to minimize the bud- getary impact to the district, board members brokered a third-party contract with a WAQUA LLC to cover all operational costs associated with the facility, according to the release. “Not only will our students and community benet from this facility, but to operate at a cost-neutral basis is a huge win for our constituents,” Superintendent Tom Leonard said in the release. The facility will be utilized by the Westlake High School swimming and diving program and various middle school swim programs. It will also provide community access for swim lessons and rentals. The aquatics center was one of three extracurricular facilities included in the 2019 bond. EISD will

After a decadeslong push for an ocial district pool, Eanes ISD has moved another step closer to opening its $10.3 million aquatic center. Though the facility was ocially added to a bond package for the district in 2019, a new swimming and diving pool has been desired by many within the community for several years, according to Claudia McWhorter, EISD’s executive director of communication and community engagement, via a June 23 press release. In June the board of trustees nalized a contract ocials said will result in signicant cost savings for the district. Construction on the facility began this summer at a tract of land east of Loop 360 and west of Camp Craft Road. Funds were approved by more

Eanes ISD ocials approved a contract for the operational costs associated with its new aquatics center in June.

Breaking ground on Eanes ISD broke ground in June on instructional and extracurricular projects that were funded by the $80 million 2019 bond program. NEW FACILITIES $10.3 MILLION for a new aquatic facility $3.16 MILLION for a robotics center expansion $3.4 MILLION for a new wrestling facility 40 TO 50YEAR facility improvement completed by the 2020-21 school year SOURCE: EANES ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

begin construction on a $3.4 million wrestling facility and a renovation of the district’s existing robotics center totaling $3.16 million. In March, EISD Chief Operating Ocer Jeremy Trimble announced a goal to have all three facilities funded through the bond to be fully opera- tional by the 2021-22 school year.

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According to city information, council was able to approve the ease- ments because they already approved the development’s preliminary plat during an April 28 meeting. Specically, the approval involves what are called wastewater intercep- tor subdivision construction plans, which consist of the construction of an 18-inch wastewater main that will extend west to east across the subject development along the north bank of Little Barton Creek. This main will be

owned and maintained by the West Travis County Public Utility Agency. Developers Greenbrier Southwest, in partnership with CCNG Develop- ment, submitted plans for the Village at Spanish Oaks project in 2018. Included in the development is room for shops, restaurants, oce build- ings, an upscale inn and spa as well as a range of residences. City documents state complete build-out of the development is anticipated in seven to 10 years.

The Village at Spanish Oaks, the 80-acre multiuse development that will complete the Spanish Oaks sub- division in Bee Cave south of Hwy. 71, has moved forward with another round of infrastructure approvals from Bee Cave City Council. Specically, the latest round of advancements came during the June 23 council meeting, during which ocials approved on-site easements for the development.

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LOCAL JOBS RETAINED BY LOAN SIZE In the Lake Travis-Westlake area, 79 companies received loans from the Small Business Administration as part of the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program stimulus injection. The following graphic breaks down the number of jobs retained within each subcategory of loans based on amount received.

Almost 11,900 jobs retained in Lake Travis-Westlake due to federal loans

New data released by the Small Business Administration reveals which companies throughout the country received federal assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, a financial relief program created to alleviate losses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the nine ZIP codes that make up the Lake Travis-Westlake area, the data shows 79 companies received loans from the PPP ranging from $350,000 to $10 million. Companies that received less than $350,000 are not covered in this breakdown. Within that group of businesses, most reported how many jobs were retained as a result of those loans. In total, the numbers show 11,853 jobs were retained from companies, including Westlake Dermatology, which reported 220 jobs retained; Asure Software, which reported 485 jobs retained; and Texas Research BY AMY RAE DADAMO & BRIAN RASH

International, which reported 139 jobs retained. In Washington, D.C., lawmakers are discussing issuing another round of forgivable loans to businesses that have 100 or fewer employees and have experienced revenue loss of 50% or more during the pandemic. Locally, businesses and nonprofit organizations are still facing signif- icant challenges. Coronavirus case numbers and hospitalizations have surged in Travis County and the rest of the state since early June. On June 25, Gov. Greg Abbott once again postponed elective surgeries as part of measures he put in place to pause the reopening of the state. The SBA released the data July 6 after it was sued by 11 media orga- nizations, including the Associated Press, ProPublica, The New York Times and The Washington Post, over its initial refusal to release detailed loan information.

SIZE OF LOAN

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JOBS RETAINED

$350,000- $1 million loan 15 companies

$1 million-$2 million loans

37 companies

693 jobs retained

3,823 jobs retained

$2 million-$5 million loans

$5 million-$10 million loans

24 companies

3 companies

6,009 jobs retained

1,328 jobs retained

79 TOTAL COMPANIES 11,853 TOTAL JOBS RETAINED

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Eanes, Lake Travis & Leander ISDs

EISD: TEAguidelines not on par with district reopening plan

Lake Travis ISDOKs 2%salary increase for staffmembers

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

planned to implement social distanc- ing restrictions and limit campus capacity. As part of the R2R plan, in-person classrooms would accom- modate 10 students on average and potentially be moved to larger spaces, such as cafeterias or gymnasiums. Amid the possibility of evolving health requirements, the R2R plan was designed to navigate any poten- tial changes, according to Superinten- dent Tom Leonard. The plan was also designed to allow individuals to shift from in-person to remote learning if necessary. As more information becomes available regarding the TEA require- ments, district representatives said they will inform the community of any changes to its R2R plan. EISD’s plan was drafted using input from four task forces composed of 70 teachers, administrators, staffers and parents. A detailed outline of the plan to reopen schools can be found on EISD’s newly launched webpage, www.eanesisd.net/R2R.

How they differ TEA vs. EISD plans Eanes ISD’s plan to reopen for the 2020-2021 year diverges from the TEA’s in several ways, including: EISD plan: Classrooms limited to no more than 10 students TEA plan: No restrictions on classroom capacity EISD plan: Nurses must check temperatures for everyone on campus TEA plan: Staff members must “self-screen” for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving on campus EISD plan: Capacity restricted on buses and social distancing is required TEA plan: No capacity limitations but school bus windows should remain open when possible.

EANES ISD Following districtwide surveys, staff meetings and virtual community forums, Eanes ISD announced an extensive campus reopening plan during a June 23 meeting. Prior to an early July announce- ment from the Texas Education Agency, families could expect several procedural changes for the 2020- 21 school year at EISD, including required face masks, daily health screenings and social distancing measures. However, on July 7, the TEA released its own guidelines for the upcoming school year, with many in opposition to EISD’s plan, which is called Ready to Re-Engage, or R2R. In a June 9 statement to the community, EISD officials spoke out in opposition to the TEA’s guidelines, which do not restrict classroom capacity, but do encourage social distancing when possible. In addition to face masks, EISD

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LAKE TRAVIS ISD District officials approved salary adjust- ments for the 2020-21 school year during a June 17 virtual board meeting. Trustees unan- imously approved a raise for all staff reflecting a 2% increase of their pay grade midpoint. Each position within the district is structured with a min- imum, midpoint and maximum salary or hourly rate, and the raise is factored based on each position’s midpoint. For teachers, the decision rep- resents a raise of approximately $1,100, according to a June 17 letter from Superintendent Brad Lancaster. Adjustments for non-teachers will vary by posi- tion and pay grade, according to district information.

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