Stories by Jessi Devenyns

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board recommends moving forward with COTA development

The motor racing track Circuit of the Americas has long been known for big-name concerts and Formula 1 races. In the future, however, the development may become better known for its water park, parkland and residential uses.With 1,037 acres of…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves its first climate action plan

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a comprehensive climate action plan that outlines how to reduce the county’s environmental footprint through 82 recommendations.Commissioner Brigid Shea, who called the plan a “big deal,” told the Austin Monitor that…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission says Public Works project ‘flies in the face’ of environmental regulations

In order to create easy access and support increased traffic headed to a new Habitat for Humanity development in Southeast Austin, the Public Works Department is working on constructing a road that crosses a “classified waterway.”Under city code, a classified…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County considers direct financial allocations to smaller cities

Twenty-one municipalities in Travis County did not receive direct allocations of financial assistance either from the state or the federal government to help temper the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. To help fund relief efforts for their residents, those…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County to fund Las Lomitas pipeline

Las Lomitas, a subdivision of 30 homes in southeastern Travis County, has functioned for decades without access to water or wastewater service. Now Travis County, in partnership with Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Company, a private water utility, is working to change…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission once again denies development proposal for Parker House

The family-owned Parker House sits on a 0.32-acre tract of land in West Campus that is worth $1.7 million. In an effort to preserve the historic home at 2404 Rio Grande St. and also develop the back portion of the…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Landmark Commission approves demolition of former West Campus grocery store

A two-story brick building at 601 W. 26th St. that has been around since 1890 may soon be replaced by high-rise student housing.Since the original building was altered in the 1950s in a way that has compromised its historical integrity,…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County regroups, contemplates upcoming budget

Budget season is well underway at Travis County. However, since the Travis County Commissioners Court approved budget guidelines in February, the coronavirus crisis has upended the initial projections from the county’s Planning and Budget Office.Three months ago, the budget forecast…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County plans for 75% of eligible county employees to telework permanently

Currently, 2,300 employees of Travis County telecommute to their jobs. Most of these newly minted teleworkers started working from home following the Stay Home-Work Safe orders issued by the city and county on March 24.Now the county is exploring ways…

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves nursing home emergency staffing

People who live or work in nursing homes and senior living centers are some of the hardest hit by Covid-19. Austin Public Health has said both staff and residents are particularly vulnerable to the virus with 17 percent of the…

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy expects only small revenue reduction from Covid-19 bill relief

Although Austin Energy expects to provide both residential and commercial customers with $35 million in bill relief between now and Sept. 30, the utility does not expect the rate reduction to greatly affect its balance sheet.Austin Energy’s Chief Financial Officer…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves $10M for direct rental and mortgage assistance

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the allocation of $10 million for direct rent, mortgage and utility assistance. The rental assistance will be available to Travis County residents.This one-time cash assistance was complemented by a $2.4 million…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP commissioners recommend zoning change for affordable senior living

The developer DMA Companies hopes to rezone a 4.5-acre site at 6306 McNeil Drive to Medium-Density Multifamily Residence (MF-3) from the existing Interim Rural Residence (I-RR) zoning. The change will allow for the construction of 147 affordable senior living units…

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Scarbrough Building narrowly avoids losing tax relief status

The historic Scarbrough Building had a close call with its tax abatement status when the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously at its April 27 meeting to remove its eligibility status.When the Velvet Taco restaurant opened a new outdoor seating area,…

Friday, May 8, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Public Safety Commission postpones budget recommendation, calls emergency meeting

Budget recommendations from boards and commissions are due to city departments at the end of May. However, the Public Safety Commission did not feel there was ample review time since its April meeting was canceled, so commissioners postponed their recommendation…

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County plans to spend $968K to prepare for voting in 2020

Travis County will spend $968,000 to expand ballot-by-mail voting and introduce new safety precautions at voting sites in preparation for the July runoff election and the November general elections.Already, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told the Commissioners Court on May…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City and county consider long-term telecommuting strategy

When the city and county issued Stay Home-Work Safe orders on March 24, Austin became a community of teleworkers virtually overnight. Although there was minimal preparation for the change in work environment, the effort has been sufficiently successful to prompt…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Public Safety Commission requests updates on APD’s response to Tatum investigation

At its May 4 meeting, the Public Safety Commission discussed the findings of a report by outside investigator Lisa Tatum that examined accusations of racism and homophobia leveled against APD’s top brass in recent months.While the report was unable to…

Monday, May 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission looks to save Rainey Street’s Bungalow

For years, 90-92 Rainey St. has been home to the Bungalow and the Container Bar, but those two nightlife fixtures could soon be replaced with a 53-floor high rise.However, the Historic Landmark Commission did not greet the project with approval…

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County directs $10M toward small business grant program

Despite the federal government authorizing $659 billion in small business aid, many small enterprises in Travis County are still in need of funds in order to survive the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. To help those business owners, the Travis County…

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