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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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