Stories by Sean Saldaña

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Zero Waste Advisory Commission reassembles C&D ordinance subcommittee

At its Jan. 13 meeting, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission discussed the Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, a law that went into effect in 2016. The ordinance mandates that building permits with more than 5,000 square feet of new, added…

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Austin Animal Center’s December report looks bright

The Animal Advisory Commission convened on Jan. 11 to discuss, among other things, the accomplishments of the Austin Animal Center at the end of 2020. One recent highlight was the implementation of a new chatbot designed to field questions residents may…

Monday, January 11, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Historic Landmark Commission delays log cabin relocation decision

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a proposal to deconstruct and relocate a log cabin located at 5613 Patton Ranch Road. The cabin is on property owned by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a K-12 private school. The organization is…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission approves former Barton Springs florist shop for demolition

The building at 605 Barton Springs Road has been home to McPhail’s Florist, Austin’s most prominent florist, for decades. But the 92-year-old building may soon be demolished. The flower shop, which ceased operations in 2018, has become – at least…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission denies Congress building owner’s request for mural

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a proposal to install an eye-catching, soccer-themed mural at 506 Congress Ave. The mural, which would have been completed by the artist Ruben Sánchez, was noteworthy because it would be located near the…

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Historic designation recommended for Delta Kappa Gamma HQ, against owner’s wishes

The Delta Kappa Gamma building at 416 W. 12th St. could be on its way to a historic designation, which, given the home’s long history as headquarters of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, may come as no surprise.  Founded…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Urban Transportation Commission creates working group to form I-35 recommendations

A Texas A&M Transportation Institute report recently ranked the segment of Interstate 35 that goes through Austin the most congested roadway in the state. This congestion is one of the reasons behind the I-35 Capital Express Project, a multiyear, multibillion-dollar…

Monday, December 14, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Parks board tables renaming recommendations for Council

The Parks and Recreation Board has once again taken up the task of suggesting revisions to the city’s naming and renaming ordinance, the law that lays out guidelines for the naming process behind city facilities like parks, sports complexes, pools,…

Friday, December 11, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Cronk proud of city’s accomplishments in 2020

By many metrics, this year has been a difficult one for the city of Austin. The pandemic has played a role in the local unemployment spike, led to a number of permanent business closures and strained the city’s medical staff.…

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Discussions continue about Hancock Golf Course’s insolvency

Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Anthony Segura and Division Manager for Golf Operations Kevin Gomillion gave an update on the community engagement status of the Hancock Golf Course’s revenue troubles at the Dec. 4 special Parks and Recreation Board meeting.…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission postpones decision on Congress mural

A building at 506 Congress Ave., just a few blocks from the Texas Capitol, could soon be the site of a new mural – but not before additional review. A proposal to paint a mural with a soccer motif on…

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