Northwest Austin Edition | April 2021

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION

VOLUME 15, ISSUE 3  APRIL 24MAY 21, 2021

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MEETING THE N E E D

Three projects in Northwest Austin will provide supportive housing for residents experiencing homelessness.

3 projects underway inNorthwest Austin to house city’s homeless

ESPERO AUSTIN AT RUTLAND 171 units

$8.5 million in Rental Housing Development Assistance Funds $868,616 in annual funding for the rst year Available late 2022

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In Northwest Austin, three separate city-backed developments will add hundreds of permanent sup- portive housing units to put a roof over the head of Austin’s growing population of residents experienc- ing homelessness. Local advocates for housing-rst policies state the three projects—Candlewood Suites, Texas Bun- galows and Espero Austin at Rutland—are a substan- tial step forward in nding humane and practical solutions to Austin’s homelessness crisis. “When you’re getting people into housing, they have a roof over their head. They have stability. ... They are out of the elements, so then they can start working on those next challenges and goals that they are going to address,” said Phil Leal, director of mobile services and outreach for local homeless- ness nonprot The Other Ones Foundation. But business owners and homeowners neighbor- ing Candlewood Suites o Pecan Park Boulevard— which Austin City Council voted in February to purchase for up to $9.5million—are pushing back in a CONTINUED ON 20

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TXDOT STATEWIDE AUSTIN’S DANGEROUS A $4.9 billion project to overhaul I-35 in downtown Austin aims to improve mobility and safety. Between 2013-18, the most recent crash data available, the 8-mile downtown stretch was more dangerous than highways across Texas. I35 CENTRAL SEGMENT

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Work is set to begin in 2025 on the rst major reconstruction of I-35 through downtown Austin since the 1970s. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to improve safety on one of its most dangerous stretches of highway and relieve congestion at a choke point that is the worst in the state, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Final design decisions from TxDOT CONTINUED ON 22

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

hair design and styling as well as beard trimming. Facebook: Mac’s Barbershop 11 Z’Tejas announced plans to open a third Austin location at 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin. According to the com- pany, the new location will have approxi- mately 3,800 square feet of interior dining space with a 2,000-square-foot patio. The Avery Ranch Z’Tejas restaurant is expected to open in fall 2021. www.ztejas.com 12 Daniel’s Jewelers is opening a store inside the Lakeline Mall at 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. The jewelry retail- er, set to open in June, will be located on the upper level of the mall near Dillard’s. www.danielsjewelers.com 13 Tex-Mex restaurant Mama Betty’s Tex-Mex y Cantina plans to open in Octo- ber in the Avery Ranch area. Co-owner Ja- son Carrier said the menu is inspired by his childhood and young adult life eating and working at Ninfa’s, his mother’s Houston restaurants. The restaurant will include a 2,000-square-foot outdoor area and will replace the now-closed Morelia Mexican Grill at 9900 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 220, Austin. www.meencantamamabettys.com 14 Austin-based bakery Rosen’s Bagel Co. announced it is opening its rst brick-and-mortar store at 11101 Burnet Road, Ste. 100, Austin, later this summer. Rosen’s started operations in 2017 and has oered delivery and pickup at select locations of its bagels and cream cheese schmears. This location will also serve bagel sandwiches and coee from Tiny House Coee Roasters. 737-888-9483. www.rosensbagels.com 15 Jewelry retailer Blue Nile is opening a storefront at 11700 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 122, Austin, on May 14. Blue Nile sells customized engagement and wed- ding rings alongside bracelets, earrings and other jewelry. www.bluenile.com 16 Free People Movement is opening inside The Domain later this spring. The clothing retailer, which will be located at 11601 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 129, Austin, sells leggings, sweatshirts and other activewear. 737-238-2538. www.freepeople.com/fp-movement 17 Local restaurant chain Louisiana Crab Shack is expected to open its new dining room in Domain Northside before the end of April. The restaurant, located at 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 124, Austin, serves classic Gulf seafood fare, including king crab, oysters, po’ boys and more. www.louisianacrabshackaustin.com 18 StreetLights Residential , a Dal- las-based apartment and mixed-use de- veloper, broke ground on a 377-unit multi- family development at 13460 Lyndhurst St., Austin, according to an April 5 release. The project is expected to be complete in October and will oer one-, two- and three-bedroom oor plans; coworking spaces; a pool courtyard; a resident coee 35

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NOWOPEN 1 Engineering rm L.A. Fuess Partners Inc. in late March announced it opened an Austin oce at 8200 N. MoPac, Ste. 130, Austin. The rm specializes in designing commercial, residential, institutional and industrial buildings. L.A. Fuess Partners has designed parking structures in The Do- main, several buildings at Dell’s campus in Round Rock and has other notable Austin projects in its portfolio, according to the company. 512-505-8722. www.lafp.com 2 Juliet Italian Kitchen on March 29 opened its second Austin location at 10000 Research Blvd., Bldg. C, Austin. The Arboretum-area restaurant serves upscale Italian dishes such as pork toretta and chicken saltimbocca alongside hand- tossed pizza, salads, antipasti and fresh pasta dishes. 512-666-3067. www.juliet-austin.com 3 Clothing retailer UpWest held its grand opening April 9 at 3211 Palm Way, Ste. 162, Austin. UpWest sells shirts, pants and more for men and women alongside pillows and blankets all made from sustainable fabrics, according to the company. 512-758-7937. www.upwest.com

4 Omaha-based Plank Seafood Provi- sions on March 29 opened to customers at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 136, Austin, in The Domain. First announced in late 2019, Plank Seafood Provisions oers lunch and dinner menus with responsibly sourced sh, roe and shellsh. 737-234-1122. www.plankseafood.com 5 Foundation Communities on April 7 held a grand opening ceremo- ny for Waterloo Terrace , its newest aordable housing community. Waterloo Terrace, at 12190 N. MoPac, Austin, will house 132 residents, including formerly homeless veterans, senior citizens and residents with disabilities. The develop- ment includes a food pantry, tness room and on-site support services for residents. 512-447-2026. www.foundcom.org 6 Japanese specialty pastry company Beard Papa’s in late March opened its rst Austin-area location at 3220 Feath- ergrass Court, Ste. 138, Austin, in The Domain. Beard Papa’s sells cream pus with an assortment of avors and llings such as green tea and honey butter. 512-394-5900. www.beardpapas.com 7 Worldwide consignment retailer The RealReal on April 2 opened a brick-and- mortar location in Domain Northside at

11700 Domain Blvd., Ste. 120, Austin. The store sells authenticated resale luxury goods, including women’s and men’s fash- ion, jewelry, footwear, home decor and more. This location oers consignment valuations along with cleaning, repair and alteration services. 512-580-4444. www.therealreal.com/austin 8 Porsche Austin on March 23 opened its new dealership at 9800 Research Blvd., Austin. The luxury car showroom is spread out over eight levels and more than 200,000 square feet and features an in- house parts and service center for routine care and car maintenance. 512-645-1265. www.porscheaustin.com 9 Blue Sushi Sake Grill , part of the Flagship Restaurant Group, opened April 21 at The Domain. The Japanese se- food restaurant, located at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 144, Austin, serves ethically sourced sushi with sashimi, nigiri and maki options. 737-234-1010. www.bluesushisakegrill.com COMING SOON 10 San Antonio-based business Mac’s Barbershop is expected to open by the end of May at 3220 Feathergrass Court, Austin. The business specializes in men’s

bar; and a tness center. www.streetlightsres.com

19 Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore is opening its third Austin-area location at 13804 N. US 183, Austin. The new store, expected to open in late summer 2021,

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Q2 Stadiumwill open with more than a dozen Austin food vendors for the 2021 MLS season.

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• Austin’s Table: located near Section 137 • T-Loc’s Sonoran Hot Dogs: located near Section 119 • Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ: located near Section 137 Other features inside the stadium include a queso fountain, traditional gameday concession stands and several specialty markets. Q2 Stadium

Austin FC on March 31 announced more than a dozen Austin-based food and beverage vendors that will operate at Q2 Stadium during games this year. • Bao’d Up: located near Section 118 • Casa Chapala: located near Section 121 • DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks: located near Sections 105 and 123 • Easy Tiger: located near Sections 108 and 127 • Mmmpanadas: located in El Mercado near Section 102 • One Taco: located near Section 107 • Pluckers Wing Bar: located near Section 135 • Slovacek’s: located near Sections 118 and 123 • Tamale Addiction: located in El Mercado near Section 102 • Tacodeli: located near Section 122 • Taco Flats: located in the Premium Terrace

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EXPANSIONS 21 Chabad of Austin on March 30 announced it has launched its new Juda Hebrew School . The after-school pro- gram allows children to explore Judaism through learning the Hebrew language, Jewish history and culture, and celebrat- ing Jewish holidays. Classes are held at the Hebrew Preparatory School at 2127 W. Parmer Lane, Austin. 512-765-5345. www.chabadaustin.com/juda-hebrew-school 22 Memory Forward , which digitizes photos, videos and memorabilia for fam- ilies, on April 1 held the grand opening of its new space at 12401 Hymeadow Drive, Ste. 1A, Austin. Owner Laura Woolsey said Memory Forward has grown over the past two years, and the new space, one suite over from its previous location, doubles the size of its business. 512-766-5393. www.memoryforward.com

will have more than 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to retail of gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and other home goods. Proceeds from sales go to Austin Habitat for Humanity to help build aordable homes for families in need in Central Texas. 512-367-5795. www.austinhabitat.org/restore RELOCATIONS 20 Licensed psychologist Linda Eldredge on March 15 relocated her oce to 4131 Spicewood Springs Road, Bldg. L, Ste. 4, Austin, from 9430 Re- search Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 140, Austin. Eldredge provides outpatient psycho- therapy and telehealth services and works with those who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf-blind and other patients with disabilities. 512-687-3436. www.drlindaeldredge.com

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is back at local breweries around the Austin area throughout May. With the purchase of a “pawsport,” participating guests can receive one free beer from 22 participating breweries. Breweries involved in Northwest Austin include 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Circle Brewing Co., Hopsquad Brewing and Oskar Blues. Proceeds from this event go to support local nonprot Divine Canines. $30. Business hours vary by brewery. Multiple locations. www.divinecanines.org 6 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK VIRTUAL HIKING CLASS Outdoor activity retailer and outtter REI is holding an online class for guests to learn about hiking and backpacking throughout Yosemite National Park in California. Virtual attendees will hear from experts on their favorite trips and trails in the park as well as backpacking tips. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. https://reivirtualevents.splashthat.com 21 THROUGH 23 NASCAR CUP SERIES AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS The NASCAR Cup Series this May holds its inaugural race at the Circuit of The Americas. Race events are spread out over three days. Times vary. $25-$999. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 833-450-2864. www.nascaratcota.com

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After Minor League Baseball initially delayed the start of its 2021 season, the Round Rock Express are set for its rst pitch against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 6. The Express will start its season hosting fans at a limited capacity. 7:05 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-2255. www.milb.com/round-rock

The Palmer Events Center is hosting the 40th Austin Record Convention. More than 300 vendors will be selling vinyl records, cassettes and music memorabilia. 10 a.m. for general admission. Free (general admission), $40 (early entry tickets). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-404-4500. www.austinrecords.com

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hundreds of local artists . 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Free. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com MAY 1 THROUGH 31 BARKS FOR BEERS RETURNS After a hiatus in 2020, Barks for Beers

panel following the screening of the lm. Viewings are available in person and virtually. Multiple screening times. $10.50. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. US 183, Bldg. F, Austin. 512-861-7070. www.drafthouse.com 30 THROUGHMAY 31 BLUE GENIEMAYMARKET Austin’s Blue Genie Art Bazaar is launching its new May Market featuring

‘DAZEDAND CONFUSED’ SCREENING AND CAST REUNION Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting multiple showings of the iconic Austin lm “Dazed and Confused.” Matthew McConaughey and Parker Posey will join director Richard Linklater for a

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First of two yovers above I35 in NorthAustin to open soon to drivers Approximately three years after the state began construction in North must be completed, as well as improvements at St. Johns Avenue,” Wheelis said in an email to Commu- nity Impact Newspaper .

CONNECTING I35 AND US 183 The rst two of three new yovers connecting I-35 to US 183 opened in April. Here are the new trac patterns open to drivers.

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Austin, the rst two of three new yovers at I-35 and US 183 will open before the end of April, according to ocials from the Texas Department of Transportation. Construction of the new south- bound I-35 to northbound US 183 yover and the new southbound I-35 to southbound US 183 yover is anticipated to come to a close in the coming weeks and open to trac. Brad Wheelis, public information ocer for TxDOT, said the project as a whole still has a couple of substan- tial structures and road congura- tions to complete before the state can close it out. “The new northbound US 183 to northbound I-35 yover must be completed and reconstruction of a portion of the existing northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 yover

State crews expect to nish paving the RM 620 bypass road in May. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)

Further construction at the project site includes a temporary closure and demolition of the existing northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 yover in May. While that yover is closed, vehicles will be detoured to the northbound to southbound I-35 U-turn at Rundberg Lane in order to access the new I-35 to US 183 yovers. State crews are reconstructing the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 to reduce the incline on the grade, which will improve trac ow, Wheelis said. That reconstructed yover will open later this fall. The northbound I-35 intersection bypass lane at St. Johns is also expected to open sometime in May. Crews rst broke ground on the transportation project in January 2018.

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Improvements alongAndersonMill Road progress ahead of schedule A collection of transportation improvements designed to increase pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety are now on track to nish before the end of the year. According to Emily Tuttle, senior public information o- cer with the Austin Transportation Department, city crews are progressing on a number of projects along AndersonMill Road, including curb and gutter work, utility adjustments, drainage improvements and trac signal upgrades. Crews within the next month will begin construction work on the frontage roads near AndersonMill’s intersection with US 183, according to the transportation department. Follow- ing that work, construction will begin to extend the existing

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Crews work on pavement for new sidewalks along Anderson Mill Road. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)

median and right-turn lane on AndersonMill near US 183. Crews in recent months have built new sidewalks dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists along AndersonMill. Work on the mile-long stretch of corridor is progressing ahead of schedule and is expected to substantially complete by late 2021.

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COMMUNITY Austin’s AsianAmerican andPacic Islander community seeks resources for hate crimes

Hate attacks against the AAPI community in Texas Nationwide nonprot reporting center Stop AAPI Hate found Texas had the fourth-highest amount of reported cases of hate attacks against Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders in the past year. In July 2020, Stop AAPI Hate published a report about attacks in Texas and found the rate of physical assaults was more than double the national average rate.

BY IAIN OLDMAN

AAPI Hate in the past year, 103 came from Texas. That makes it the fourth-highest reporting state nationwide, though more than half of U.S. incidents occurred in New York and California alone. “Here in Austin, we’ve been blessed. We’ve heard of a fewminor incidents, but nothingwe’ve seen of the level inNewYork,” said Robert Lee, CEO of local development rmPearlstone Partners. “Wewant to raise awareness, but we’re not looking to raise alarms.” Locally, Lee said AAPI leaders are holding some conversations with law enforcement agencies to create systems and databases to track hate inci- dents against members of the AAPI community. Kercher added she has heard about some hesi- tancy to reach out to law enforcement frommem- bers of the AAPI community. While she encourages everyone to call 911 during an emergency, Kercher said that hesitancy makes establishing communi- ty-based support important. “The main thing we need to focus on is getting people to report these incidents and tracking these incidents,” Kercher said. The Asian Family Support Services of Austin may be one of those community-based leaders that can help provide resources to victims of AAPI hate crimes. The nonprot group provides services in more than 30 languages to AAPI victims of sexual and domestic abuse across Central Texas. Zahra Shakur Jamal, director of prevention, education and outreach for AFSSA, said the needs within the AAPI community have changed since the pandemic began. Her organization has elded an increased number of calls reporting sexual violence, including stranger violence, and requests for direct monetary assistance. Moving forward, Shakur Jamal emphasized the importance for local governments to establish outreach programs for the AAPI community. “People who need those services are not hear- ing about those services. There isn’t a language outreach,” Shakur Jamal said.

Following a string of nationwide hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders, or AAPI, local leaders from the AAPI community are seeking resources to help victims of attacks and other hate incidents in Austin. During a March 23 news conference, AAPI leaders from across Texas joined together to highlight hate incidents that have occured statewide and to call on elected ocials to condemn all incidents of hate against AAPI victims. Margaret Kercher, a criminal defense attorney based in Austin, during the conference appealed to the city of Austin to establish a hotline specically focused to take calls about AAPI hate incidents. “There is a line that the city of Austin provides that is a hate crime-dedicated hotline, and on the city site there is an online form. Something we will be working on is if we can have a dedicated hotline for AAPI incidents,” Kercher said. The national nonprot reporting center Stop AAPI Hate in March published its report on inci- dents reported to the group fromMarch 2020 to February 2021. In all, Stop AAPI Hate stated it received 3,795 incidents from across the U.S.—a “fraction of the number” of incidents that actually occur, according to the nonprot. In a July 2020 report that focused solely on inci- dents reported in Texas, Stop AAPI Hate found that physical assaults counted for 22% of all incidents in the state. That rate was more than double the rate of the national average. The summer report highlighted several hate incidents in the Austin area. The reports included cases of verbal harassment and victims being called racial slurs. In one incident in Sunset Valley, a man spit at the victim. According to Stop AAPI Hate, an Asian American-owned bakery in Austin received “threats and harassment” after being featured in an article. Of those nearly 4,000 incidents reported to Stop

TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION

July 2020 breakdown of hate attacks reported in Texas

COUGHED/SPAT ON 3

WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION 4

PHYSICAL ASSAULT 14

SHUNNING 15

VERBAL HARRASSMENT 40

OTHER 7

SOURCE: STOP AAPI HATECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

How to report an AAPI hate attack • Call 911 if hate crime is occurring and there is immediate danger • Call 911 , 311 or 512-974-2000 if hate crime has already occurred and there is no immediate danger • Report crimes online at • http://austintexas.gov/department/ireportaustincom • Report assaults and crimes to Austin Asian Community Health Initiative at www.aachi.org • Report hate attacks to Stop AAPI Hate at • https://stopaapihate.org

Resources for victims

• Call Asian Family Support Services of Austin’s 24-hour hotline at 877-281-8371 or visit www.afssaustin.org • Connect to city of Austin resources through the Asian American Resource Center at 512-974-1700 or visit www.austintexas.gov/department/asian-american- resource-center • Find a therapist directory at the Asian Mental Health Collective at www.asianmhc.org SOURCES: ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF AUSTIN, ASIAN MENTAL HEALTH COLLECTIVE, AUSTIN ASIAN COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVE, CITY OF AUSTIN, STOP AAPI HATECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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After encampment res, city reckonswith eorts to address its homeless population

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from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Some of that money could be used to expand programs aimed at providing housing to people experiencing homelessness. As it stands, the demand for public housing in the city far outweighs supply. Walter Moreau, executive director of Foundation Communities, said at the news conference the housing nonprot had more than 1,300 applicants for its soon-to-open 132-unit complex Waterloo Terrace, located in Northwest Austin. Meanwhile, Austinites are set to vote May 1 on a proposition that could add criminal penalties for camping or lying down in certain areas of the city.

AUSTIN A re that started at a homeless encampment April 1 along West Cesar Chavez Street caused $12,000 in damage to the Buford Tower, a landmark along Lady Bird Lake, according to a tweet from the Austin Fire Department. Early the next morning on April 2, AFD said another re caused damage at the Esperanza Commu- nity, the state-sanctioned homeless encampment site o of US 183 near Montopolis. The two res hours apart have put a renewed focus on Austin’s growing homelessness problem. Data from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition showed an 11% jump in the city’s unsheltered homeless population from 2019 to 2020, and although there is no ocial data from 2021, tents have become more prevalent in the city. Chris Baker, executive director of The Other Ones Foundation, a nonprot working to address homelessness in the city, said at an April 2 news conference the organi- zation works with residents at the Esperanza Community, and about 10 people lost the place they were staying in the re. In late March, Austin City Council directed city sta to develop a spend- ing framework for the estimated $195.8 million coming to Austin

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Round Rock ISD upholds current mask policy

BY AMY DENNEY

MASKING UP Round Rock ISD declined April 15 to change its current mask policy. Here’s a look at the policy: Masks are required for: • all students in pre-K-12th grade • teachers, sta and adult visitors Masks should be worn: • on buses, school vehicles • inside school buildings • on school property, even outdoors On March 29 , the district revised its policy to allow mask removal at recess or during a P.E. class. Those who remove a mask should socially distance from others.

ROUND ROCK After an hour and a half of public testimony and more than an hour of board discussion, Round Rock ISD trustees voted 5-2 April 15 to keep its existing mask policy. Trustees Danielle Weston and Mary Bone voted to dissent. Weston, with support from Bone, led an unsuccessful eort to change the district’s masking policy on two key points: lift the mask requirements for students under the age of 10 and for wearing masks outdoors and during indoor physical education. About 50 community members and students spoke about the mask policy.

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MEETINGSWE COVER Austin City Council meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-974-2250. www.austintexas. gov/department/city-council Travis County Commissioners out of Austin. Allegiant has own from ABIA since 2013. AUSTIN Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown on March 30 ordered extending moratoriums against most residential evictions in the city and county through May 1. The orders generally apply to tenants who pay less than $2,475 in rent. Exceptions are in place for tenants engaged in criminal activity or present a threat of harm to those around them. HIGHLIGHTS ROUND ROCK Trustees for RRISD unanimously voted April 15 to increase RRISD teacher pay by 1%. The board also approved raising starting pay of rst- year teachers and librarians to $50,250, adjusting compensation based on years of service and increasing salaries below market average. Total cost of the changes is about $4.6 million. AUSTIN Austin-Bergstrom International Airport announced that Allegiant Travel Co. will launch an operations base at the airport’s south terminal this November. Allegiant will also expand hours and ight oerings BECOME VACCINATED INOURAREA, WE HAVE NOT YET REACHED HERD IMMUNITY INOUR COMMUNITY. TOGET THERE, WE NEEDMORE PEOPLE TOACQUIRE IMMUNITY, WHICH IS WHYWE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TOGET THE VACCINEWHEN IT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM.” DR. MARK ESCOTT, AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY’S INTERIM HEALTH AUTHORITY Court meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org

The Austin Public Library North Village branch will reopen in-person services this May.

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AustinPublic Library begins resuming in- personservicesMay 10

BY OLIVIA ALDRIGE

AUSTIN City libraries will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020. On May 10, certain library locations will reopen for limited capacity in-person services, with all locations reopening in-person services by June 28. Locations set to open in May include the Central, Carver, Hamp- ton Branch at Oak Hill, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park and Yarborough branches. All additional locations will open in June—barring any locations undergoing renovations. According to Austin Public Library, new health and safety features and protocols have been implemented.

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GUIDE

Noncomprehensive guide to area outdoor patios

• 2021 • outdoor patio guide

• Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. • Weekend brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, Austin 512-330-4554 www.thedogwoodrockrose.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 5 Emerald Tavern • Board games and tabletop games available for play • Full bar 9012 Research Blvd., Ste. C1, Austin 512-994-4649 www.emeraldtaverngames.com Hours: Tue.-Fri. noon-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Mon. 6 Flower Child • Kids menu 11721 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 160, Austin 512-777-2493 www.iamaowerchild.com Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 7 Luisa’s Patio • Live music on Saturday nights • Daily weekday food specials 11800 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 512-835-2414 Facebook: Luisa’s Patio Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 8 Manuel’s

• Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Margarita and tequila menu 10201 Jollyville Road, Austin 512-345-1042 www.manuels.com Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 9 Oakwood BBQ and Beer Garden • Happy hour Tue.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. • Live music stage • Pet-friendly • Games for kids 307 E. Braker Lane, Austin 512-520-5165 www.oakwoodbbqaustin.com Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Mon. 10 Pour House • Pet-friendly • Drink specials 11835 Jollyville Road, Austin 512-270-4740 www.pourhousepintsandpies.com Hours: Sun.-Thu. 3-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 3-11 p.m.

Here is a list of outdoor spaces where guests can relax on socially distanced patios across Northwest Austin. From live music to happy hours, enjoy these 15 patios at local restaurants and bars. This list is not comprehensive.

www.theboatatx.com Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight 3 Culinary Dropout • Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. • Weekend brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Cornhole boards 11721 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 100, Austin 512-777-3394 www.culinarydropout.com/locations/ austin-tx Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat. 10 a.m.- midnight, Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 4 The Dogwood • Rooftop bar and patio space • Watch parties for sports

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1 Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse • Lunch specials Mon.-Fri. • Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. 4005 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. E, Austin 512-582-0097 www.aviatorpizza.com Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 2 The Boat • Seasonal menus • Margarita, martini and • bloody mary menus • Live music on weekends • Pet-friendly 10931 Stonelake Blvd., Austin 512-956-0040

I-35 CAPITAL EXPRESS NORTH VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. through Thursday, June 10, 2021 Project information available for review and comment at my35capex.com .

The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a virtual public hearing with an in-person option to discuss improvements to I-35 from SH 45 North to US 290 East. The purpose of the public hearing is to request public comment on the draft environmental assessment (EA) and the recommended alternative for improvements on the I-35 Capital Express North project. Proposed improvements include: • Adding one non-tolled high-occupancy vehicle managed lane in each direction • Reconstructing six bridges • Constructing a Diverging Diamond Intersection at Wells Branch Parkway • Adding pedestrian and bicycle paths • Making additional safety and mobility improvements within the project limits The proposed project would require approximately 17 acres of additional right-of-way and would potentially displace five non-residential structures. It would also require the acquisition of approximately 0.6 acre from the City of Austin’s Upper Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt. This park is a designated public property subject to Chapter 26 of the Parks and Wildlife Code and Section 4(f) of 23 CFR 774.3(b). TxDOT anticipates making a de minimis determination for this use under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. Public comment on the effects of the proposed project on the activities, features, or attributes of the Upper Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt may be submitted as described below.

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Public comments on the project may be submitted by email, phone, mail or online: EMAIL: CapExNorth@txdot.gov VERBAL COMMENT BY VOICEMAIL: (512) 721-2832 MAIL: Michelle Cooper, P.E. 1608 W. 6th Street Austin, TX 78703 ONLINE: www.my35capex.com An in-person option will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the TxDOT Austin District Office, 7901 N. I-35, Austin, Texas 78753. Attendance at the in-person option will be by appointment only. Individuals wishing to attend in person must call (512) 522-6949 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make an appointment. Comments received or postmarked by June 10, 2021, will be included in the official hearing record. The virtual public hearing will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public hearing, please contact Nic Barbera at (512) 766-3472 no later than 4 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time for the Texas Department of Transportation to arrange. The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a memorandum of understanding dated Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

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