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Stories by Kimberly Reeves

CAMPO members wary of Mobility 35 project’s price tag

Mobility 35, a joint project between the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Austin, has a large number of small projects underway along the Interstate 35 corridor, but it may take billions, not millions, to achieve long-term fixes.…

Affordable housing bonds could be back on November 2013 ballot

A trio of City Council members wants to take another swing at the affordable housing issue in Austin, asking City Manager Marc Ott to put together a possible bond package proposal for November. Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole,  joined by…

Sen. Watson talks priorities as Legislative session begins

Democratic State Sen. Kirk Watson is learning it sometimes takes two, or even three, legislative sessions before his ideas take root.   This time two years ago, at the beginning of the 82nd session, Watson was touting his “Honesty Agenda,”…

Rezoning OK’d for new Little Woodrow’s on Burnet Road

In its last zoning vote of the year, a split Austin City Council approved rezoning a property on Burnet Road in North Austin to accommodate a possible new Little Woodrow’s bar and restaurant.   The vote on first reading was…

Creative housing concept proposed for Austin’s creative class

A new affordable-housing concept could provide more options for musicians and other artists who are finding Austin a pricey place to live.   City officials, including members of the Arts Commission and the Music Commission, have struggled to address the…

Questions remain on Waterfront Overlay rules

In another couple of months a City of Austin citizen panel will be making its recommendations for new regulations for buildings along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, including allowed heights and density. And after three years of work the…

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Design Commission likes ZaZa hotel-apartment project

The planned downtown Hotel ZaZa tower, which is slated to open in 2015 on the edge of Republic Square, breezed through Austin’s Design Commission on Monday night, as commissioners gave their unanimous blessing to place the project under a central…

Panel gives boost to couple planning boutique hotel on East 11th

The Austin Urban Renewal Board has agreed to add a hotel-motel option for a parcel in limbo on East 11th Street, leaving it to the Planning Commission and City Council to work out an agreement on the design between a…

Town hall shows ‘Y’ transportation solution elusive as ever

When it comes to fixing the “Y,” the two sides seem just as entrenched as ever on what needs to be done to get traffic moving on Austin’s southwest side.   At a town hall meeting last Thursday to kick off a new environmental impact study for improvements at…

Austin’s first Formula 1 race a shining success

From all accounts Austin’s entry into the world of international racing was a rousing success, with drivers and race fans soaking up the sunshine, world class track and hours of live music that mark most Austin celebrations. Despite concerns that…

UT System approves downtown administrative building

Travis County is about to get a new downtown neighbor. The University of Texas System plans to demolish two existing university-owned buildings and construct a new $102 million nine-story tower with a six-level parking garage on Seventh Street, between Lavaca…

City outlines long-term project to restore Eliza Springs

Austin’s Watershed Protection Department wants to create a new life for Eliza Springs, one of four springs at Zilker Park. On Wednesday, the city department hosted an open house to highlight its efforts to bring back a more natural setting…

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