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Stories by Syeda Hasan

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Rainey Street condo developer to fund neighborhood traffic study

Yet another new high-rise condo complex could be coming to the Rainey Street neighborhood. But before it breaks ground, developers and residents are working to identify the top traffic needs in the area.The Austin-based Sutton Company wants to build new…

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council Member Renteria seeks amenities for mobile home parks

Mobile homes are often referred to as Austin’s most affordable housing. But mobile home parks don’t always offer amenities, such as green space, for residents. One City Council member is hoping to change that.When Council Member Pio Renteria visited some…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council inches closer to action on Grove at Shoal Creek PUD

For several months now, City Council’s decision about whether to approve the zoning for the Grove at Shoal Creek, a proposed 75-acre mixed-use development, has driven hours of debate and faced numerous delays. Why is it taking so long?When we’re…

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

As city overhauls development code, Central Austin neighborhood works on its first plan

The city of Austin is working with people who live in the North Shoal Creek area to develop their first-ever neighborhood plan. The effort could help determine the future of that part of Austin and the rest of the city.Zora…

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin and Travis County officials talk sobriety center plans

People picked up in Austin for public intoxication downtown might no longer be headed straight to jail or the emergency room. Austin and Travis County leaders are moving forward with plans to open a sobriety center.The downtown facility would serve…

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

State report outlines potential new locations for Austin State Hospital

Austin is home to one of the first mental health care facilities in Texas, but state lawmakers are considering selling the property and relocating the facility.The Austin State Hospital admits about 4,000 patients a year, serving 39 counties. But its…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin theater at the center of code dispute

The Austin Code Department is responsible for making sure land is used for its intended purpose. So what happens when land-use rules are broken? One East Austin theater at the center of a code dispute is finding out the answer…

Friday, August 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Does Austin need a bigger convention center?

City leaders are considering a plan to expand the Austin Convention Center, but some question how much the entire city would benefit from the project.The convention industry is sort of like an invisible arms race among cities. Who can build…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Could more tourist spots benefit from hotel tax?

Austin residents are no strangers to big local events and, increasingly, neither are out-of-towners – but all of those visitors can take a toll on the city’s infrastructure. City Council is set to consider a plan that could direct more…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Craft brewers sue to overturn state regulation

A group of Texas craft brewery owners is suing to overturn a state law that affects their distribution rights.Until a few years ago, beer distributors in Texas paid craft breweries for the right to sell their products. But in 2013,…

Monday, August 15, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Residents uneasy about Housing Authority’s plans to renovate public housing

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin is moving forward with a plan to renovate its public housing complexes, but some residents are concerned about where they will live during construction.Julie Ahmadi has lived in the Housing Authority’s Lakeside…

Friday, August 5, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Affordable housing development facing delays at City Hall

The Elysium Park apartment complex, a new affordable housing development planned for North Austin, is facing delays at City Hall. City Council has decided to postpone a zoning decision for the project.The proposed development would include about 90 units, a…

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Hyde Park neighborhood groups divided over future of Austin State Hospital

State leaders are considering selling the Austin State Hospital, a historic facility near the Hyde Park neighborhood, but residents are divided over the future of the site.After construction was completed in 1861, the Austin State Hospital becaome the first facility…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin homeowners, hotel industry spar over city’s STR ordinance

The city of Austin is facing legal action over its rules governing short-term rentals. But some in the hospitality industry say those rentals should have to play by the same rules as hotels. Short-term rental supporters and critics sparred over…

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Lack of contractor oversight leaves Texas homeowners unprotected

Amir Khalil and his girlfriend, Emily Thomas, bought their duplex off of South Lamar in February, but so far, it doesn’t feel quite like home.Khalil pointed out the damage that’s left over from an incomplete remodel job on the house.…

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Hyde Park residents vote to keep state hospital, but Texas lawmakers will decide its fate

For more than a century, the Austin State Hospital has been a fixture in Hyde Park. While the facility near Guadalupe and 41st streets is primarily a psychiatric hospital, its winding trails and tree-lined campus are a popular recreational space…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

City faces lawsuit over short-term rental ordinance

A group of homeowners and renters are suing the city of Austin over its effort to regulate short-term rental units, or STRs, like those you’d find on sites such as Airbnb or HomeAway.The suit claims several problems with the city’s STR…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Legal battle over Shoal Creek PUD intensifies

A few months ago, residents of Austin’s Shoal Creek neighborhood sued to stop a massive new development from going up. Now that legal battle is getting more complicated.Twenty homeowners filed a lawsuit in district court in April over a proposed…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s first-ever housing plan hits City Hall

This week, city leaders released a draft of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan. Unlike broader visions for the city’s future, it focuses on how development will impact the housing supply.The plan is the direct result of a startling 2015 audit…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Potential Shoal Creek development sparks debate among neighbors

In Austin’s Shoal Creek neighborhood, residents are divided over the prospect of a massive new mixed-use development. While some welcome the growth, others say the proposal hasn’t been properly vetted. But taking a walk around the Shoal Creek neighborhood, one…

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