Tag Archives: East Austin

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“House with no friends” wins over commission

Only one neighborhood representative spoke against the demolition. But the home at 1175 San Bernard St. found enough allies on the Historic Landmark Commission to ensure it will stay standing for another month.Commissioners voted to initiate historic zoning on the…

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin demo spurs talk of moratoriums and trust

There has been a lot of talk recently about a moratorium on demolitions in East Austin. On Monday, that talk surfaced once again, this time around a proposed demolition that will be put on hold for the time being while…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Transportation Department rolls with punches at polka-dotted intersection

A small Austin Transportation Department project that attracted worldwide headlines earlier this year has had a bumpier road than originally anticipated.The polka-dotted intersection at East Sixth and Waller streets in East Austin became a minor sensation when crews first put…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA awaits better hardship for east side development

A project that could bring three-story homes to the east side may be on track for getting some of the variances it needs – but developers are going to have to strengthen their hardship claim first.At their most recent meeting,…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

One Two East gets Council preview

The battle over One Two East has been brewing on the east side for months. On Thursday, it will finally land at City Council, and this week’s Council work session offered a glimpse of what might be to come.The property…

Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel pushes for preservation, despite house deficiencies

Despite concerns that the physical structure lacks historic integrity, the Historic Landmark Commission has voted to move forward with historic zoning for the home of one of East Austin’s most prominent African-Americans.Commissioners voted 6-4 to initiate historic zoning on the…

Monday, April 4, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

East Austin reunion tells two tales of local preservation

Jimmy Reed, 78, stands in front of his childhood home on East Austin’s Garden Street. It has been stripped to the 1920s wooden frame, and the barely 800-square-foot home looks more condemned than livable.Reed lived here, he estimates, from 1942…

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Massive road expansion bears down on Austin’s east side

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will officially turn the dirt next week on one of the largest locally financed infrastructure projects in the region’s history.Unlike other CTRMA projects – including the MoPac Improvement Project, MoPac South and State Highway…

Monday, March 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Affordable housing manuever loses at City Hall

Though it earned the respect of some Planning commissioners, an attempt to leverage a site plan extension for more affordable housing on the near-east side didn’t pay off last week.At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, Nikki Hoelter, who works in…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Parking and character battle at BoA case

Is a lack of parking a neighborhood characteristic? In East Austin, maybe it is.At the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment, George Rodenbusch was seeking a variance to reduce the number of required parking spaces from four to…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo agreement falls short of labor advocates’ approval

The Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s board of directors on Monday approved the terms of its partnership with private developers to bring a massive urban infill project to the eastern gate of downtown Austin.At its monthly meeting, the board voted 7-0…

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

As East Austin changes, what power do neighbors have to stop it?

Recently, residents of the city’s East Cesar Chavez neighborhood asked a city of Austin committee to put in place interim controls potentially limiting the influx of new bars, restaurants and breweries. The decision was delayed – and then eventually denied.Had…

Friday, March 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County hears ambitious proposal for Expo Center

As South by Southwest once again tests the limits of the Austin Convention Center, Travis County Commissioners Court is considering a new proposal that could not only bring the facility some relief but also attract the attention of a major…

Friday, February 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts’ historic zoning back in play

It was far from clear what had happened after a flurry of amendments and votes. But when the dust settled, the question of historic zoning for Rosewood Courts remained open.City Council voted 8-0-3 to initiate historic zoning on Rosewood Courts,…

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts preservation fight finds new life

Anyone who thought the bid to save Austin’s Rosewood Courts was over just lost a bet.This Thursday, City Council will consider initiating historic zoning on the East Austin housing project. Council Member Ora Houston has sponsored a resolution supporting both…

Friday, February 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

County moves to correct shortened voting hours

Officials from Travis County and the city of Austin became aware shortly after early voting started this week that a failure to communicate meant that some voters have not been able to vote early in the morning or after work,…

Friday, February 19, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Crowd turns out to decry One Two East project

Anyone who has spent time on the near east side of Austin in the past few months has probably seen the (literal) signs that neighbors have been gearing up for a fight over development plans for the CVS shopping center…

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Jack Craver

Displacement fears block recommendation of Montopolis project

Concerns about family displacement and housing affordability prevented the Planning Commission from recommending approval of a proposed apartment complex in the Montopolis neighborhood Tuesday.In two different votes, the commission failed to garner the seven votes necessary to endorse the recommendation…

Monday, January 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

Ethics panel dismisses complaints against Historic Landmark Commission

For the second time in recent months, the Ethics Review Commission waded into the affairs of the Historic Landmark Commission in response to a complaint from an activist.But unlike the previous instance, the commission quickly dismissed the complaints, ruling that…

Friday, January 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Oracle: when a tech company expands in Austin

Demolition, it seems, follows Robin Wilkins.Wilkins, 54, moved into the Lakeview Apartments on South Lakeshore Boulevard after another apartment building she was living in was slated to be torn down. She stayed for five years, paying no more than $720…

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