Central Austin

Stay informed about the latest local news in Central Austin, including development updates, Austin City Council coverage, Capital Metro news and more.


Catch these 12 events and activities to do in the Central Austin area in April and May

Here are a few events happening in the Central Austin area in April and May.


Council gives Austin Water $1.4M budget boost for staff, tech in response to February treatment breakdown

Officials chose the operational support instead of offering a billing credit to customers affected by the citywide boil-water notice.



Austin council members hope streamlined development guidelines on East 11th, 12th streets will lead to revitalization

The updates could open the door for new development and businesses in the east side neighborhood.


Property tax appraisals increase Austin ISD’s recapture payment to $855M

The district prepared for an 8% increase in property values but saw an 18% jump.


CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Village within expansive Fields development in Frisco to feature 5-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel; Voodoo Doughnut coming soon to Cypress and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of April 22.


Austin becomes Bee City, promises to create habitats for its pollinators

The city has already started initiatives to educate the public about the importance of bees by adding bee and bat gardens at the Austin Nature Center.



After a pandemic pause, local evictions on the rise as rental market strains remain

Following the end of local and federal eviction protections, the number of filings are ticking back up


Austin City Hall notebook: Council delays guaranteed income pilot, OKs tenant protection and COVID-19 testing for cats

Council's April 21 meeting also saw the postponement of an update to the city's vertical mixed-use development program.


Officials ask Capital Metro to improve healthy food access, awareness in Austin's food deserts

A council resolution passed April 21 aims to address food insecurity in Austin.


CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Construction to start on Magnolia Village retail center May 2; Stranger Things Store to open in Grapevine Mills and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of April 21.



Del Valle community raises roadway concerns after Tesla’s gigafactory opening in southeastern Travis County

Residents say traffic congestion is not a new problem but one exacerbated by recent development in the area.


Lawmakers, industry members tout Austin's growing presence in semiconductor sector

A federal bill aimed at boosting semiconductor research and production could benefit Austin-area companies and universities.


Austin on track to double number of 911 calls diverted for mental health response in 2022

The city's mental health option for 911 calls has been selected thousands of times since it became available.




Austin Resource Recovery to restart bulk pickup services

The city paused the service for three months due to COVID-19 staffing issues.


Council to delay vote on affordable development program expansion aimed at building denser transit corridors

The addition to Austin's vertical mixed-use program would grant builders more height in exchange for affordable housing units.


Austin ISD seeks family input on human sexuality education

The district sent out a survey to parents regarding planned human sexuality curriculum that will be introduced next school year.


Austin-based student housing developer American Campus Communities announces sale to Blackstone in $12.8B deal

American Campus Communities Inc.'s local portfolio includes more than a dozen housing complexes around the West Campus area.



CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: 5 businesses and restaurants coming to Keller, Fort Worth; Happy Goat Retreat now open in Willis and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of April 19.


Amazon launching new payment method at Austin-area Whole Foods Markets

Customers at Whole Foods Markets in Central Texas will soon be able to pay for their groceries with a scan of their hand.