"...That's the rub, say the few remaining critics of a proposed land deal that would give Stratus the city-owned Robert Mueller Municipal Airport in exchange for some of Stratus' land over the Edwards Aquifer: It sounds great, even to longtime Stratus critics like City Council Member Daryl Slusher. "We want to develop Mueller, and we would prefer not to have urbanized development on Stratus' other properties, and so we could make both those things happen, potentially," says Slusher..."
"..."I am happy that everybody got into one room for the first time, and that the board recognized it's not just about legal technicalities, but about people ... who are struggling to stay in Austin." Mueller neighborhood resident Janeka Rector spoke to the Travis Central Appraisal District board on Monday, in hopes of staying in her home..."
"...In the latest stage of the ongoing dispute between residents of the Mueller neighborhood and the Mueller Foundation, and the Travis Central Appraisal District over property tax assessments, three homeowners in the affordable housing program – Laura Rodriguez, Stephanie Grimes, and Brady Dial – have sued TCAD, charging that the appraisals constitute an "unlawful valuation" of the properties. TCAD and the foundation are reportedly working on alternative solutions, but if one is not found soon, it is likely that more of the 290 homeowners currently in the program will follow Rodriguez, Grimes, and Dial in filing suit...."
"...Mueller Neighborhood homeowners and their advocates appeared before the board of the Travis Central Appraisal District Monday, to plead that TCAD has incorrectly appraised affordable home values in the northeast Austin development. The appraisers disagree...."
"...The last time folks in the central east Austin neighborhoods around the Mueller development were this fired up about a restaurant debut was when H-E-B's Cafe Mueller opened in the summer of 2013. Area residents are so hot for the new Torchy's Tacos, they've been lining up out the door since the opening in November...."
"...The grease fire that broke out at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor Saturday morning reignited Sunday and completely destroyed the restaurant's original ceramic brick pit. Third generation owner Wayne Mueller hopes to have his family's iconic Texas barbecue joint open again by the end of the week...."
"...Apparently dodging the courtroom, the Mueller Foundation and the Travis Central Appraisal District have (via mediation) tentatively resolved their disagreement over property tax appraisals on homes in the Mueller Neighborhood’s Affordable Homes Program...."
"...But a new Austin location? It’s been a while. And in central Austin? In the new Mueller town center? Today's announcement of a 2016 opening date can’t come soon enough...."
"...Josh Frank isn’t an average business owner, but the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is not an average business. As it moves back to Mueller, Frank said he is excited that the Starlite is returning to the “mini” roots that made the business fun to operate when he first launched it...."
"...Yes, Virginia, there is a Kerbey Lane Cafe opening in Mueller (2200 Aldrich) tomorrow, December 7, 9 am...."
"...When pastry chef and restaurateur Jodi Elliott opened Bribery Bakery in Pflugerville earlier this year, her long-range plans already included another outlet for a dessert lounge concept. That concept is set to become a reality in the Mueller development later this year...."
"...Liv Mueller was raised in Milwaukee on what she terms “schmaltz music: Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis – very emotive, orchestral, cinematic, over-the-top love songs.” As a result, her Thursday, 8:30pm, shows in the Continental Gallery approximate Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Joan Jett banding together...."
"...Catellus Development announced today that the fast-growing local chain, Torchy's Tacos, will open its 11th area outlet in the Mueller Market District in the summer of 2014...."
"...What could you do with 711 acres? Consider this -- Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, small and poky as it is, is 6.5 times larger than Vatican City. So the occupants of the New Mueller have enough room to dominate the temporal world, define the shape of art and architecture, and commune directly with God, and still include free surface parking and a new Randalls..."
"...Sometimes -- OK, lots of times -- Austin does nothing but talk and worry about an issue, or a project, for decades, and then "solves" the problem in a big old hurry, often not very well. If that's the rule, the redevelopment of Robert Mueller Municipal Airport is the exception that proves it...."
"...For inner-city pioneers priced out of Downtown condos, Mueller the new community on the site of Austin's former municipal airport could offer an affordable abode that beats the pine tar off a log cabin. Homesteaders adventurous enough to settle this new territory can register through April 30 to become one of the "Mueller Pioneers," the first 340 households to stake a claim at Mueller..."
"...As expected, the Mueller master development agreement between the city and Catellus Austin touched down smoothly last week at City Council; except for some straggling paperwork involving the creation of the tax-increment district that will support Mueller's $46 million in public financing, the 1,000-page deal is done. But while some Mueller watchers have now arrived at their final destination, others are hurrying to catch their next plane taking them on the 10-year journey to actually build the project crafted during the past 20 years of dreaming, 10 years of planning, and two years of negotiation with Catellus...."
"...After a generation of wishing, hoping, planning, and deal-making, the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport redevelopment project enters a critical decision-making phase this fall. Some key items on the prelanding checklist:..."
"...I just received an e-mail from local veteran activist Robert Singleton, currently affiliated with Keep the Land, the group that lobbied vociferously but unsuccessfully for the city to lease, rather than sell, the 711 acres of the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport as it gets converted into a model urban village. After the City Council voted unanimously last month to move forward with Plan A selling the Mueller land as part of its prospective partnership with San Francisco-based Catellus Development Keep the Land has naturally had to retool, and has morphed into a broader-purpose Mueller watchdog group..."
"...After more than 20 years in the air, City Hall last week turned on the fasten-seat-belts sign as the ambitious Robert Mueller Municipal Airport redevelopment project began its final (?) descent. After a discussion unexpectedly free of turbulence, the council voted 7-0 to proceed with the city's intended strategy for disposition of the 711 acres of the old airport by selling it, up front, to and through its presumptive private-sector partner, Catellus Development...."
"...Extension(51st St. to Paggi St.) H-E-B PaggiSquare Pecan StreetPike Powers Lab AMLI AustinChildren'sMuseum Elementsat Mueller Third patient wingat Dell Children'sMedical Center..."
"...So does Laney's buddy and fellow ex-Speaker Bill Clayton, and together, the two West Texas politicos helped create and keep alive the State Aircraft Pooling Board, an in-house charter airline for state agencies. The Pooling Board's days are now numbered, and the fate of its assets -- including the space leased by Rodriguez for his studio complex at the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport -- is, well, up in the air, making for some unexpected turbulence and dramatic star turns last week on the floor of the Texas Senate and in the neighborhoods around Mueller...."
"...In at least one respect, the master-planned neighborhood at Mueller is a microcosm of the city of Austin's own larger struggle with keeping the affordability factor in the local housing stock...."
"...If you live near the Mueller neighborhood, or regularly pass by, you're aware that quite a bit of change is in the Mueller air; the neighborhood has entered a new phase of rapid expansion and infill. The most readily visible development is the new retail center taking shape at 51st and Berkman Drive – soon a real address, in that the Berkman extension through the development and across to Manor Road will be open for traffic any day now, further opening up the still somewhat sheltered neighborhood to its neighbors in Windsor Park as well as to the east and south..."
"...The advisory commission over the Mueller Municipal Airport's redevelopment efforts has declined to rule out Wal-Mart or Lowe's as a future neighbor on the 700-acre site...."
"...The city and Seton Healthcare Network both agree that the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, closed since 1999, would be an ideal spot for a new Children's Hospital. But can the city make that happen without losing its shirt?..."
"...Both the local joint-venture Mueller Redevelopment Team and San Francisco-based Catellus Development Corp. agree on one thing: that the New Mueller needs to be a little less dense and more market-driven than outlined in its long-labored-over master plan..."
"...Dear Editor, The Austin Independent School District's Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee is reviewing and discussing its recommendations for a proposed bond program in 2008. Current, future, and prospective Mueller residents (Pioneers) and members of the city-appointed Mueller Commission have been working to get the elementary school named on the bond [“Postmarks” online, Jan..."
"...Hitch up them paperwork mules, pioneers! The Mueller Pioneer Program was designed by Catellus to ensure "a fair, equitable, and hassle-free process." It applies only to phase one, which includes 340 homes for sale (71 designated as affordable housing). Demand is likely to exceed supply, so the homes will be offered using a lottery-style system..."
"...[image-1] So along with the fascinating energy and water saving features, the covered bike racks, a community meeting room, and the walkable approach to the store, H-E-B Mueller (1801 East 51st) is home to the chain's first in-house restaurant, Cafe Mueller. The quick-casual eatery offers indoor and outdoor seating, beer and wine, live music programming on weekends and a full-service menu with affordable prices..."
"...Dear Editor, Through various media, we are subjected to stories of Mueller: the construction project [“The Changing Face of Mueller,” News, May 10]. While that can be appreciated, Mueller's true story is not one of its buildings and infrastructure, but one of its people..."
"...Dear Editor, As the Mueller Airport redevelopment project is a high-profile, urban, public/private collaboration that has served as a national model of community planning, the Austin Independent School District should contribute to the project by building the Mueller Elementary School. While the Mueller ES was on the list of original school-building projects for the 2008 bond, the school has been removed by the Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee for failure to qualify as a present, critical need. The Mueller neighborhood is finally taking shape after a decade of collaborative planning..."
"...Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Children's Hospital to be called the Children's Medical Center of Central Texas brought hundreds of well-wishers, dignitaries, and former young patients to the city's former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon. Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Austin Diocese blessed the site of the new $175 million facility, owned by the Seton Healthcare Network, which currently leases and manages the city-owned Children's facility next to Brackenridge Hospital...."
"...Dear Editor, The 7-0 council vote to sell the developer our former Mueller airport site doesn't quite yet mean "greed won," which we had concluded and the Chronicle quoted, June 18 ["Mueller in the Middle," News] – from our never-printed letter to its editor ["Postmarks Online," April 16]. Citizen input did clear up why, in contrast to varied reasons given for leasing (more revenue, more land-use control), the argument for selling was always "to move ahead" on the master plan: The developer, Catellus, revealed that nothing but selling Mueller to the developer was ever considered during the years Catellus has been exclusively negotiating with the city staff. The big hurdle remaining for Catellus and friends is how to get around the Texas Local Government Code that stipulates a government entity, whether selling land or leasing it, must get fair market value..."
"...Dear Editor, The main issue turns out not to be whether to lease or sell Mueller, but whether in either case the council can serve the public interest ["The New Mueller: Prepare for Landing!" News, May 21]. Under the theory that subsidizing the "haves" lets jobs etc..."
"...Certainly the council, as a group, doesn't seem too excited about keeping the advantages of owning our former airport in arranging for its redevelopment – not just the far greater yearly revenue stream from leasing than from selling it, but the surer control over the use of the land that goes with owning it. Members seem noncommittal even as the land-use headaches are already starting over the prospect of big-box retail like Wal-Mart on Mueller's northwest corner. Nor is the council, as a group, up in arms demanding figures on the revenue potential of Mueller and getting them reasonably in advance of having to choose whether the staff will develop a lease or sale plan..."
"...• Of the national chains located in Mueller's retail center, required to conform to its high energy-efficiency standards, at least one has now adopted those standards nationally for all new stores...."
"...Dear Editor, Major decisions regarding light rail in Austin will be made this year by city government. There seems to be an infatuation with Mueller, and for installing the first phase of light rail between Downtown and that subdivision..."
"...Dear Editor, Neighborhood leaders and members past and present of the city of Austin's Robert Mueller Advisory Commission (RMAC) deserve credit for helping launch Mueller. However, there are many challenges with the already developed space and the process for including input from the RMAC and the community – for example, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in the retail section. It is bewildering how Barbara Jordan Boulevard received a construction green light to proceed when any transportation planner should have been able to see that chaos would emerge trying to enter/exit the curb cuts between the Home Depot and Best Buy..."
"...Dear Editor, The Mueller “utopia” is a great deal if you do not know how to do math, don't consider interest, and spin the project like the city, project managers, and neighborhood/environmental cartel have done [“Building Utopia,” News, Sept. 29]..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: Mueller [“Building Utopia,” News, Sept. 29]: Since at least 2000, Mueller has been promoted exclusively through imagery of dynamic, well-structured, populated streetscapes and has been described as “urbanist.” And yet, the very first building on the site, the Dell Children's Medical Center, abandons urban site-planning principles entirely..."
"...A job-training facility has already been proposed for this area. Having big employers up here in the corner -- with easy access to I-35 -- would do no good to traffic on 51st or the interstate, but it would keep thousands of people from driving around Mueller's narrow streets...."
"...Dear Editor, Um … there has only been one phase at Mueller so far ["Green With Ambition," News, May 30]. And it had about 19% affordable housing..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: Mueller article [“Building Utopia,” News, Sept. 29]: Bravo! I haven't read many articles in the Chronicle lately until I saw this one..."
"...The ornamental entry to the Mueller neighborhood, on Aldrich Street off Airport Boulevard, is now planted with crepe myrtles and two massive twin oaks, moved from elsewhere on the property. Just south will be the Welcome Center and Lake Park (under construction). Recreational Greenway..."
"...The new Austin International Airport at Bergstrom opens in 1999, leaving over 700 acres of disused land at the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport site in central Austin to be redeveloped. Roughly 200 acres will be dedicated to state use..."
"...In advance of the hotly anticipated opening of H-E-B Mueller on Friday, July 26, we prowled around the 75,000-square-foot space for an early look at the homegrown grocery chain's most sustainable store to date...."
"...Drawn by the promise of a "New Urbanist" neighborhood three miles from Downtown, the Mueller pioneers hit the trail in 2007 and 2008. Their covered wagons were Smart Cars and Priuses..."
"...In its master plan, the new Mueller neighborhood in near East Austin offers the gratifying headiness of a nearly perfect world vision. Co-created by passionate Austinites, this inner-city village on the site of the old Mueller Airport embraces the city's declared progressive social values: Green Urbanism, affordable housing, neighborhoods that build community, and environmental sustainability..."
"...Right now, most of the Pooling Board's fleet is parked out on the north edge of Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, off 51st Street. Over the last year, Clayton, with the not inconsiderable backing of the general aviation community and their scary-ass lobbying group, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, have made noises about keeping their Cessnas and King Airs at Mueller when the rest of Austin aviation packs up and moves to the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport..."