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Stories by Chad Swiatecki

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey, memo suggest progress on soccer stadium

Tuesday saw two notable developments in the possible move of a Major League Soccer team to Austin, with a downtown park making the cut as a possible site for the team’s stadium.The first happening was the release of the results…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Kitchen to take up city efforts to preserve music, arts venues

Council Member Ann Kitchen has started work on a resolution that will direct city staff to examine ways for the city to step up and help prevent music venues, small community theaters and other creative spaces from being priced out…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium proposal renews talk of hotel taxes for Expo Center revamp

Travis County officials appear ready to push for some of Austin’s growing pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax money to be used to pay for an ambitious expansion of the Travis County Exposition Center site, which is also where a group…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Commission wants live music venues specified in CodeNEXT

Austin city staff and live music industry stakeholders are working to add a “live music venue” use case designation to CodeNEXT, the city’s in-process building code that will determine how Austin grows over the next two-plus decades. If approved for…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Leaders say Austin’s Amazon hopes hang on transit, permitting issues

While Amazon executives take the next few months or more to pick the location for a massive new second headquarters, Austin real estate and business leaders hope the national audition process has caused local leaders to think about much-needed improvements…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Building heights, regulations among CodeNEXT concerns at RECA lunch

Builders and other leaders in the Austin housing industry hope the release of the third draft of the city’s CodeNEXT planning document later this month will alleviate the confusion and contradictory objectives they say have plagued the first two drafts.That…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

MLS team’s ambitions cast shadow over Austin’s other soccer hopefuls

The possibility of the Major League Soccer club from Columbus, Ohio, relocating to Austin has brought attention to other lower-profile but still ambitious soccer-related projects in the area. And one of the central questions surrounding Columbus Crew ownership group Precourt…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves searching city land for soccer stadium site

City staff will begin compiling a list of publicly owned parcels of land that could host the stadium for a professional soccer team that relocates to Austin.City Council on Thursday approved a resolution from Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo to…

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Campaign would raise $60M to house homeless

The Mobile Loaves & Fishes nonprofit announced plans to help reduce Austin’s homeless population over the next 10 years through a series of expansions of its Community First! Village project in Northeast Austin.The expansions will be paid for with a…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission seeks city properties list, but who’s got it?

Austin’s Music Commission is making another push to have the city’s Office of Real Estate Services compile a list of city-owned properties that are currently unused and could be made available for creative groups and music venues that get priced…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Possible lobbying ordinance changes headed to Council

The Ethics Review Commission approved a series of recommendations for how to amend the city’s Anti-Lobbying Ordinance, portions of which have been criticized as too vague or unfair by solid waste and other contractors who regularly do business with the…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown leaders eye busing changes to manage traffic growth

Downtown Austin leaders are hoping that proposed changes in downtown routes and frequency for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus service will increase the number of employers in the city’s core willing to offer alternative transportation plans for their employees in…

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

City could look to public land for soccer stadium

Beginning next month the city could begin an inventory of available land that would be able to suit a new soccer stadium for a professional team’s proposed relocation to Austin.Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo told the Austin Monitor on Sunday…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Data suggests economic boost from later Red River noise curfews

With the six-month pilot program giving outdoor music venues on Red River Street later weekend sound curfews set to expire at the end of the month, business owners and city officials are putting together their case for extending the program…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Med school seeks more ideas in helping distressed residents’ health

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is making another attempt to solicit ideas from Austin residents about how to address chronic and sometimes hidden health problems throughout the city.The school’s Center For Place-Based Initiatives announced its second…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Vote moves ‘downtown puzzle’ forward, with amendments aplenty

City Council voted Thursday to move forward with the “downtown puzzle,” a package of possible tax increases and assessment mechanisms seen as a way to fund a variety of public works projects and other community needs.The 10-0 vote – Council…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Rising hotel and other costs fuel SXSW’s growing economic impact

A rising cost of living and high prices for hotel rooms and other tourist accommodations helped fuel a 7 percent increase to the economic impact the city of Austin felt as a result of the South by Southwest festival.That was…

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

City to set ‘high bar’ for Colony Park developer candidates

City planners leading the move to redevelop more than 200 acres of East Austin property are making no bones about it: Developers looking to turn dirt on the Colony Park project will have a high bar to clear in terms…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Austinites call for halt, and a vote, on CodeNEXT

Residents and activists in East Austin called for a halt and possible public vote on CodeNEXT during a community session Saturday where reparations for displaced individuals and a program to create affordable housing stock on city-owned lands were also discussed…

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Could Austin be prime location for Amazon HQ?

To hear the Austin tech community talking on Thursday, it was a foregone conclusion that online retail giant Amazon will become Austin’s largest employer and have a major physical footprint here within the next decade. That prediction came about following…

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