Sam's Town Point
"...There was perhaps no more highly anticipated television premiere this spring than the Netflix-exclusive return of Arrested Development...."
"...Last Thursday marked the first partnership between Maxum Development and the Worker's Defense Project. In a press conference held at 21Rio, the plan was announced to ensure better safety training and protection for workers...."
"...24]. I live in the 78751 zip code and would like to cast a vote against this development..."
"...Last month the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced a plan to create a Clean Energy Development Council, a project financially endorsed by the City Council on Jan. 13 with a city grant of $100,000 for the first year of a five-year commitment..."
"..."I was scared about the direction that Georgetown was developing," Lyda says. "I believe that you can have a growing community that is both aesthetically and economically sustainable." Lyda says he opposes any kind of incentives to attract commercial and industrial development and is focused on preserving Georgetown's quality of life...."
"...Stop me if you've heard this one before: An oddly shaped parcel of state-owned land in Central Austin, currently undeveloped, is poised for imminent large-scale development. Concerned locals fear the project's impact on their lives and neighborhoods..."
"...A plan by Stratus Properties to develop its Circle C property has received the all-important blessing of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, laying a significant piece of groundwork for an overall development that could be the size of a small city in 30 years..."
"...Item 14: Accepting $3 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds for the Colony Park Sustainable Community Pilot Project “to plan a model sustainable and livable mixed-use, mixed-income community.” According to backup, the Project is..."
"...UPDATE: Thursday morning, Council Member Bill Spelman pulled down his proposal to allow lobbyists to serve on an advisory group that will help rewrite the Land Development Code...."
"...Can it be? Austin's urban design and planning processes actually seem to be working, at least for the South Shore planned unit development. The large mixed-use project proposed by developer Grayco Partners goes to City Council Sept..."
"...have prompted a state representative and other officials and citizens to seek a contested case hearing with the state agency charged with reviewing the developer's land application permit. The proposed development, along FM 967 in the sensitive recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer, seeks authorization of 330,480 gallons of treated domestic wastewater per day via surface irrigation of more than 122 acres of public-access land..."
"...It won't be without a lot of opposition. The Save Our Springs Alliance considers this a ploy by developer Bill Walters to get zoning approval for the Wildflower Commons planned unit development inside the ecologically fragile recharge zone..."
"...UT-area neighborhood activists, especially members of the North University Neighborhood Association, have spent the past few months worrying that a "New Triangle" development has landed on their doorstep in the form of the Villas on Guadalupe: an apartment-house development proposed for a triangular plot between the Drag and Hemphill Park. Villas on Guadalupe Limited -- mainly represented by property owner Brad Zucker and real estate consultant and project applicant Mike McHone -- hoped to erect a high-density housing and a six-story parking garage on the 2.4 acre-site, currently occupied by a Blockbuster video store, an historic building, an office complex, and vacant lots..."
"...Once completed, the campus will feature 500 units of senior housing – 250 of them for low-income seniors – plus 340 units of mixed-income apartments and condos, and 25,000 square feet of commercial space. Additionally, the new development will feature indoor and outdoor gathering spaces with new connective pathways to the Edward Rendon Sr..."
"...The Planning and Development Review Department is undergoing a bit of a sea change this year as additional staff comes on board to process a backlog of building permit applications and to move toward implementing the new Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. City Council has already adopted a plan to increase fees – the department's first hike since 1993 – to generate revenue for about a dozen additional full-time hires..."
"...And the pro-props are debating that, claim by claim. But the reasons I'd vote for them are exactly those. You say the city is already progressive and moving toward conscientious development..."
"...Dear Editor, Douglas Watkins writes [“Postmarks,” Jan. 6] about the extensive development in the Barton Springs Watershed of the Edwards Aquifer, where rainfall runs off land or pavement, enters the aquifer, flows underground, and emerges at Barton Springs. There has been an awful lot of urban development over the Barton Springs Watershed..."
"...The Edwards Aquifer contributing zone is similarly developed, particularly along highways 290 and 71. Assuming these existing high-density developments have not already ruined the aquifer and Barton Springs, I doubt that development of the AMD tract (especially as proposed) and the few remaining parcels in the vicinity will have significant additional impact..."
"...In a June 23 ruling that has generated instant controversy including proposed legislation down at the Texas Capitol the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments have the right to seize private property to promote "economic development" plans, even though those plans may primarily benefit private interests..."
"...Editor, I am writing in response to the News article regarding the protests over the development of the Waterstreet Lofts in East Austin [“Protesters' Message: 'Stop Gentrifying the Eastside'”]. Mr..."
"...Last week, City Manager Marc Ott appointed Betsy Spencer to head the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office. The move comes at a time when the city's ambitious affordable and supportive housing policies are coming under closer scrutiny...."
"...On Saturday, April 26, Central East Austin neighborhood residents, East End property owners, and all interested citizens are invited to a second consensus-building meeting concerning proposed developments in the East End. The meeting – organized by the Austin Revitalization Authority, in partnership with the city of Austin – will address changes to the East 11th and 12th streets Urban Renewal Plan..."
"...One – as explained by Mike Blizzard, a spokesman for Crestview Station LLC (a mixed-use development on the former Huntsman site, centered around the planned Capital Metro commuter-rail stop at Airport and Lamar, being developed by Trammell Crow and Stratus Properties), and Sonya Lopez of the city's Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department – involves a land swap between Austin Energy and Crestview Station for the location of an electric substation necessary to meet the neighborhood's current power needs. Currently, AE owns a pole yard on Justin Lane, within the borders of the TOD and right across the tracks from where the rail stop will be..."
"...Dear Editor, In “Downtown Density Dreams” [News, Dec. 23] by Rachel Proctor May, Kirsten Bartel said, "We're all for [Austin] being denser overall, not just downtown." In a piece about AMD moving out off of Southwest Parkway again there is an anti-development attitude..."
"...Admitting their band "still needs a lot of development," Kitty Gordon co-founders Mark Addison and Nina Singh are perhaps the only two music industry insiders who have heard the local act's seven-song EP, Seven, and not thought "huge advance," "bidding war," and "radio-ready." Whether the duo's reluctance to hype their own project is a defense mechanism against the backlash that generally accompanies nextbigthing status, or because the break-up of Addison and Singh's last grab at the major label brass ring, the Borrowers, is still fresh enough to sting, Kitty Gordon are remaining cautious...."
"...After hours of testimony over two (and a half) meetings, the Zoning and Platting Commission last week approved – with conditions – the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development. This is a major hurdle cleared for the Grove as it now makes its way to the full City Council next month...."
"...It’s the beginning of a construction project that the Red River club is begrudgingly hosting – their landlord agreed to accommodate the development of a Hyatt hotel parking structure that will butt up against the property’s western border...."
"...Dear Editor, We thank Amy Smith for her story about the Dream City development, a church with benefits [“'Dream City' or Neighborhood Threat?,” News, March 25]. Austinites take note: this can happen to you. An important precedent will be established if this outdoor events center – an amplified entertainment venue – is approved in residential zoning..."
"...For anyone itching to get their New Urbanism on today, there's a free conference at the university at 6pm pertaining to the city's plans for TODs around town. The press release: "With commuter rail expected by the end of 2008, the community has a chance to learn now how it can affect the areas surrounding future rail stops and what opportunities exist for development in close proximity to rail. The City of Austin and national planning consultant representatives will discuss Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and station area planning at 6 p.m. April 4 at the University of Texas Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.102. City planners will present the upcoming process for visioning and planning areas near commuter rail stops and how the public will have input..."
"...Brian Rodgers, a longtime critic of using public funds to assist retail development as the city of Austin did for the Domain luxury shopping area filed suit Monday, March 19 in Travis County District Court against the city. This was his second lawsuit against the city related to the Domain...."
"...Big news out of city hall: Councilmember Mike Martinez has announced Wal-Mart is undertaking a 60-day moratorium on development at Northcross. "This is a huge step in the right direction," reads a press release from Martinez..."
"...Dear Editor, The same people protesting these developments today were protesting the apparent racism shown by the lack of development on the Eastside not that long ago [“How Not to Gentrify: HRC Asks for Eastside Moratorium,” News, Nov. 4]..."
"...Dear Sirs, I have just read the article in The Austin Chronicle about the proposed projects on Hamilton Pool Road and I am appalled ["Westward Ho!" News, May 28]. No one seems to care anymore about the sensitivity of the Edwards Aquifer, the rich beauty of that area, the unique hidden treasure of Blue Hole (a longtime secret swimming hole), nor the overdevelopment of already congested Austin..."
"...The Yard – adjacent to the historic Missouri Pacific rail yard in South Austin – takes that spirit to heart, offering a mixed-use development that, when fully completed, will be home to a community of creative and collaborative businesses. Tenants like the Austin Winery and architects Drophouse Design have already settled in, and the coming months will welcome coffee roasters Spokesman and arts collective Raw Paw, among many others..."
"...Board chair Jane Rivera explained that she had asked to discuss the idea after hearing talk about the plan. And after the briefest of assurances from Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Director Jesse Vargas that the department stood with the community and opposed the proposal, the board unanimously embraced a recommendation from board member hill Abel that City Council "not consider any additional development of Hancock Golf Course." There were cheers all around (despite an oddly aggressive defense of the proposal from mediator Jim Huddleston of Crawford, Huddleston & Co., who explained his plan was misunderstood)...."
"...Dear Editor, Auto-centric, suburban-type development with little sense of place is multiplying at Mueller. Retro isn't cool when we repeat the mistakes of spreading asphalt far and wide that dominated the post-World War II period..."
"...Everyone knows about the classic lines from the first three seasons of Arrested Development. But we figured it might be a good time for a refresher course as the world prepares for the long-awaited fourth season, premiering on Netflix Sunday, May 26...."
"...All throughout the South by Southwest Film Festival, we brought you daily posts of trailers to help you plan your day. Now, it's not every week we have 140 features in town to promote and fawn over, but a few exciting developments have hit the interwebs in the last few days that we thought might warrant a return to … the Trailer Park...."
"...Dear Editor, When Capital Metro hijacked 'Dillo bus service from working-class riders on East Seventh and South Congress and gave it to the wealthy Downtown condo dwellers, it was with an assurance that these “New Urbanists” would ride it ["MetroRail Progresses; ‘Dillo Regresses,” News, July 24]. Ridership figures and imminent 'Dillo death belie the real motive of the transit authority and could lead one to believe that perhaps this “New Urbanism” is nothing more than a green-washed development scheme...."
"..."What distinguishes NWF from other festivals is the same intangible quality that helps a script in development: optimism!" That's Suzan Zeder, who succeeded David Mark Cohen as head of the department's playwriting program and has been co-producer of the festival with dance professor David Justin and department producing director Denise Martel. Zeder says that the three of them, along with every student and faculty member of the festival committee, "try to treat each creative team with the respect and rigor that it deserves..."
"...Dear Editors, Whether it’s the Domain mall subsidies, last year’s proposed forgivable $750,000 loan to Las Manitas, or the city’s failed investment in Don Limon’s Restaurant & Cantina back in the Nineties, the city should not be in the business of subsidizing retail development. That’s why I am voting for Proposition 2...."
"...Real hard. It’s made even harder by the seemingly divergent advice given to the eager writers who showed up for Friday morning's AFF panel on TV Development to hear advice from two men who’ve found work in the biz. On your work: Have fresh ideas, be unique, but make sure your characters are relatable. On spec scripts: Sure, everyone wants to spec The Office because it’s popular..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “City Sweeps Its Problems to East Austin” [“Postmarks,” May 30]: One thing that unnerves me is the entitlement felt by some Austinites who attend a lot of the city meetings and hate development. I'd like to remind you that you're speaking for those of us who can't go..."
"...The Texas General Land Office has responded to coverage in last week's "Naked City" of House Bill 699, a bill that expands the office's ability to keep information about development deals confidential. With gas and oil reserves depleting, the GLO is pursuing various new deals with developers..."
"...Now it is hellishly loud, as well as more poisonous from low-speed congestion, when the wind blows from certain directions, carrying even more noise to our side of the highway. God only knows how demonic it will be when 85-foot-tall buildings are insensitively built right up next to the west side of the highway on the Concordia University site ["Developing Stories," News, March 30]! I am so upset about this East Avenue IG development I could spit..."
"...Thus, his course is one in which story development trumps technology. While participants need to know (or learn in a crash course the first day) a little flash, they also need to have some game ideas in mind..."
"...These parcels of land (A, B, C) are slated for residential development near existing music venues (1, 2, 3, 4). A= The Pole Yard B= Privately -owned AMLI property C= City -owned AMLI property 1= Electric Lounge 2= La Zona Rosa 3= Austin Music Hall 4= Liberty Lunch..."