The Backyard Set for Major Redevelopment

A $250 million redevelopment of The Backyard performance venue is underway behind the scenes, according to an Austin Business Journal update on the development. Located off of Bee Cave Parkway, between Highway 71 and Highway 620, The Backyard eventually will be home to two performance venues, a boutique hotel, a restaurant, luxury residential condominiums, and office space. The 50-acre project is expected to take up to five years for complete …

Bee Caves Shopping Center under New Ownership

The West Woods shopping center, at the corner of Bee Caves Road and Walsh Tarlton Lane, has new owners, according to GlobeSt.com, as reported by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The center, which houses Stein Mart, Michael’s, Petco, and CVS, among other retailers and restaurants, is now owned by Global Retail Investors LLC, an affiliate of First Washington Realty Inc. The 189,340 square foot shopping center is …

Changes in Westlake Fire Department Coverage Following Lost Creek Annexation

Following Austin’s annexation of the Lost Creek subdivision on December 15, 2015, the Westlake Fire Department will no longer respond to lower priority (Priority 4 and 5 EMS) Lost Creek calls. Instead, a City of Austin EMS Ambulance will respond. The lower priority, no-lights, no-siren calls include responses for “minor lacerations, falls under 10 feet with minor injury, lift assists, low-priority abdominal pain, medical alarm activations with no other details …

Bee Cave Road Expansion to Break Ground Soon

The long-awaited project to expand Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) is slated to begin this spring. The Texas Department of Transportation will be adding a center turn lane on Bee Cave between Redbud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane, changing the popular thoroughfare from four lanes to five lanes. Leaders in Rollingwood and West Lake Hills have been working for years with TxDOT to acquire the rights of way necessary for …

Westlake Football Falls in State Championship

The Westlake High School Chaparrals lost the Class 6A Division I state championship in overtime to the Galena Park North Shore Mustangs. After a regulation score of 14-14, the Mustangs scored on a 25-yard drive to win the game at NRG Stadium in Houston 21-14. It is the second state title for the Mustangs, following a 2003 Class 5A Division I championship. The Westlake players enjoyed a spirited sendoff prior …

Eanes ISD School Times to Change in January

The Eanes Independent School District will be changing start and end times for some students after the winter break, beginning with the new semester in 2016. The changes are a result of the recently passed Texas House Bill 2610, which modifies the requirement that public school students receive at least 180 days of instruction to students receiving at least 75,600 minutes of instruction. To meet the new requirements, Eanes ISD …

Eanes ISD Named #2 School District in Nation

Niche named the Eanes Independent School District the second best district in the nation, based on comparisons of over 10,000 school districts. Factors weighed for the 2016 Best School Districts in America list included academics, teachers, extracurricular activities, sports, and parent/student surveys, among others. Academics were ranked the heaviest, at 50% of the total score. Here is how Eanes scored: Eanes ISD Scores Academics Grade: A+ Health & Safety Grade: …

Hill Country Galleria Set for Upgrade

The Hill Country Galleria shopping mall at Highway 71 and Bee Cave Road is set for a renovation and reorganization in 2016. In addition to the upgrades, Austin’s second H&M store will be opening at the popular Bee Cave mall. As part of the reorganization, the Austin American-Statesman reports that Backwoods, Chisos Grill, and Café Blue will relocate within the Hill Country Galleria. This is in order to create more …