High Per Student Investment in Eanes, #2 District in Nation

The Eanes Independent School District has a long history of being one of the most respected districts in Central Texas, but with its recent accolade as the top district in Texas and the second top district in the United States, the school system in Westlake rightly is getting additional attention and a fresh look by those who may have overlooked its consistent academic, athletic, and extracurricular dominance. The Houston Chronicle …

Eanes ISD Implements Bus Camera Ticketing Program

The Eanes Independent School District, in partnership with Rollingwood, West Lake Hills, and Austin Police Departments, has kicked off a new program that automatically will ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses. Known as the Stop Arm Camera Program, automated cameras are used to record and identify offenders. The new program includes additional interior and exterior cameras. The footage also can be downloaded and reviewed by District officials after an …

New Home Development Coming to Eanes ISD

The former Eanes Independent School District parcel that had been planned for a second high school will now be the site of a new home community. The site, bordering the Lake Pointe subdivision off of Bee Caves Road, will have 132 homes in a gated neighborhood known as Lake’s Edge. While other Bee Caves neighborhoods are zoned for the Lake Travis Independent School District, Lake’s Edge students will attend Eanes …

Walsh Tarlton Movie Theatre to Be Redeveloped

The former Cinemark Theatre off of Walsh Tarlton Lane near Capital of Texas Highway is finally set for redevelopment. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the 16-acre theatre site, which is across Walsh Tarlton from Barton Creek Square Mall, will be part of a larger development that will include an office building, apartments, and luxury townhomes. The townhomes are expected to be priced starting in the $600’s and will break ground …

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 …