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Tag Archives: South Austin

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

‘Spot Zoning’ case moved to subcommittee

A strange example of patchy zoning came before the Planning Commission at its Tuesday meeting. Chair Stephen Oliver and Commissioner Michael Wilson co-sponsored an item that proposed initiating a code amendment to create an overlay district for two lots on…

Monday, July 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

‘Stealth venue’ gets caught in neighborhood’s radar

A note to Austin business owners: When seeking a late-hours permit, you might want to make sure that your social media doesn’t celebrate “great noise” as a positive attribute, particularly if your establishment is nestled between Bouldin Creek and Zilker…

Monday, July 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Congress hotel waivers trump some neighbors’ worries

After a successful night at the Planning Commission, a new South Congress hotel will have both a pool and a driveway — despite concerns about their placement from neighbors and the church next door.While the zoning at 2510 South Congress…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Kitchen steps into planning personnel issues

Last fall, City Council Member Ann Kitchen asked Planning and Zoning Department Director Greg Guernsey to remove the staff member who had been overseeing the formation of one of the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan’s contact teams because she did…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council taps into zoning relief for South Austin beer store

A South Austin boutique beer shop looking to sell growlers to go got a boost from City Council on Thursday, but it’s not out of the woods yet.Council approved on first reading a measure to change WhichCraft Beer Store’s zoning…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel shoots down tax abatement, for now

The former home of one of Austin’s most famous African-American baseball players may soon be restored, but that restoration will take place without the benefit of a city tax abatement this year.Historic Landmark commissioners voted 7-2 to deny the tax…

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Jack Craver

ZAP OKs medical offices in South Austin

Competing concerns over facilitating the construction of a medical office and maintaining the character of a quiet area led to a compromise among members of the Zoning and Platting Commission on Jan. 19. The panel voted to recommend rezoning a…

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Vicky Garza

Austin Habitat for Humanity celebrates new headquarters, CEO

2015 has been an eventful year for Austin Habitat for Humanity. With bright new headquarters and a new leader at the helm, the nonprofit has built itself up into a good position to further help with the issue of affordable…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD begins South Austin academic talks

Even if the Austin Independent School District trustees come to an agreement in December, a new, advanced academic program in South Austin probably will not open its doors until the 2017-2018 school year, said Superintendent Paul Cruz.At the board’s dialogue…

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Stone cottage demolition leaves confusion behind

Over the weekend, James Retherford was arrested for criminal trespass while trying to stop the demolition of a stone cottage in Bouldin Creek.He was unsuccessful, and the house at 901 Dawson Road is no longer one of the nine intact…

Monday, August 17, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council denies landmark designation for Lightsey-Russell House

The yellow-clad neighbors who came out to urge preservation of the Lightsey-Russell House struck a chord with City Council, but not one strong enough to save the 83-year-old home at 1805 Lightsey Road from demolition.With a seemingly heavy heart, Mayor…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin to soon have one less A.D. Stenger home

When the Historic Landmark Commission meets later this month, it will not consider whether to grant historic zoning on a Barton Hills home designed by A.D. Stenger. That ship sailed last month, when a bare-bones commission did not have the…

Friday, July 10, 2015 by Kim Hilsenbeck

It’s About Thyme to move: Nursery to be replaced by apartments

A longtime business on Manchaca Road is searching for a new home. It’s About Thyme nursery recently learned that the property on which it sits was sold for $2.8 million.The new business taking over that land? Apartments.Co-owner Diane Winslow recently…

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Stone cottage raises passions at landmark commission

The new owners of one of the stone houses of the Bouldin Creek neighborhood would like to see it demolished to make way for their dream home. But at its last meeting, the Historic Landmark Commission bought a month’s time…

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Lightsey 2 back at City Hall, again

A neighborhood push to landmark a house that will otherwise be demolished to make way for development fell flat at the Planning Commission last week.Planning Commissioners voted 3-5 to designate the Lightsey-Russell House as a historic landmark, which is not…

Friday, June 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members sound off on historic district

The proposed Bluebonnet Hills preservation district took its first step forward at City Council on Thursday. But will it be its last?After several hours of public testimony both for and against, Council voted to approve the district on first reading.…

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Radio Coffee and Beer wins Planning Commission case

Though there were a number of conditions attached to the approval before it was all said and done, plans to allow liquor sales at Radio Coffee and Beer are moving forward.Planning Commissioners granted a request for a cocktail lounge permit…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission says Lightsey house should stay

The endless struggles of Lightsey 2 made their way through the Historic Landmark Commission on Monday.There, commissioners voted in favor of historic zoning for the main house at 1805 Lightsey Road unanimously, throwing a wrench into plans to demolish the…

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed local historic district in jeopardy

The proposed Bluebonnet Hills Historic District hit another speed bump Tuesday, this time at the Planning Commission.At the end of a lengthy discussion, commissioners opted to postpone the case until May 26. This will give the applicants time to return…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD board decides deadline for land purchase

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees directed district staff Monday to — after many years of discussion — create a timeline ending in January 2016  for the district to spend bond money to buy land for a proposed…

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