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Southwest Austin Events for this Week: What You Need to Know

Looking for a fun-filled activity in Southwest Austin this week? We've got new store openings, seminars, and development projects lined up just for you! Here are some local events you might be interested in:

1. Income Tax Code Seminar- The Oak Hill Business and Professional Association is set to hold a luncheon on Thursday, February 2, to discuss updates and changes to the income tax code for the tax returns of 2016. The meeting will take place at Mandola's Italian Market, 4301 W. William Cannon Drive. A $15 will be charged to members and $20 for guests. For more details, you can access the organization's Facebook page here.

2. Welcome back, Lyft and Uber!- Statewide ride-hailing regulations may be the only thing standing between Austin and the return of Lyft and Uber on its streets this year. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, explains that new regulations may reverse the vote Austinites too last May thet mandate fingerprint background checks for the services' drivers.

3. New Store!- Famous Valentina's Tex Mex will open a new store in Southwest Austin. The popular food trailer outlet located at 7612 Brodie Lane is a best-selling foodie spot for customers craving sandwiches, sides, and briskets. Stay tuned for more updates on when their store will open!

4. New 'The Salt Lick BBQ' Outlet- BBQ lovers, here's some good news for you! Salt Lick recently opened a food truck at the Moontower Saloon to cater to its loyal parishioners. This comes after Salt Lick's proven popularity while serving...

What's Happening in Southwest Austin: This Week's Updates

Curious to know what's happening in Southwest Austin this week? Here are some local news and updates for you: 

New Coffee Shop at 5400 Brodie Lane

Good news, coffee and doughnut lovers! Bougie's Donuts & Coffee will open another store at 5400 Brodie Lane, Ste. 930. Known for its donut variety and interesting coffee flavors, owner Ryan Brown promises something new to watch out for at their new store.

Additional Pluckers Wing Bar Branch to Open

A new Pluckers Wing Bar branch is set to open its seventh store in Austin at the Oak Hill Plaza on Hwy. 71. Details about the new sports bar and wing restaurant will be released at a later date.

Proposed New Bella Fortuna District
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday (Jan. 24) to gain feedback from Southwest Austin residents regarding the proposed Bella Fortuna district that is proposed to be developed on the southeast of I-35 and Onion Creek Parkway. The project is set to develop 400 new single-family homes.
Women's March

The south lawn of the Texas State Capitol was filled with thousands of supporters of the Women's March, a demonstration of support for the rights and equality of women.

Latest A-F Accountability Report for School Districts in Texas

Two Texas school districts (out of 1,200) managed to receive straight A's under the Texas preliminary A-F...

Harper Park in Southwest Austin to Offer 76 New Family Homes this Spring 2017

5820 Harper Park Drive is the latest addition to home construction and development in Southwest Austin. The gated community will be home to 76 new single-family homes. With model home construction slated to begin in mid-February and with a target sales schedule in late spring of this year, buyers have ample time to consider which of the seven floor plans will be suited to their lifestyle. Each model offers 2,100 square feet of living space, with shared amenities like open spaces, pocket parks, trails, fire pits, and a community pool. 

Developed by David Weekley Homes, 5820 Harper Park Drive is a convenient choice for buyers who want to invest in a home with an award-winning design and convenient location. Located just off of Highway 290 between West William Cannon Drive and Industrial Oaks Boulevard, Harper Park is located near to wherever you need to be.

If you want to learn more about this upcoming development, you can visit their website or call them at 866-933-5539. 


Travis County Acquires 1930's U.S. Courthouse to House New Probate Court

Travis County's bid to acquire the historic Austin Federal Courthouse at 200 W. Eighth St. has finally pushed through. The deed was accepted Thursday at the courthouse steps by County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and other elected officials.

Eckhardt expressed that, “we have been hoping and praying for this gift from Uncle Sam for a while.” 

The building was previously declared by the federal government as a surplus, so county officials moved to have the property transferred under local jurisdiction, especially when a bond referendum for a new civil and family courtx complex failed in 2015. The Commissioners Court approved the application to have the said property obtained from the National Park Service for use by Travis County. Travis County was not required to pay any amount for obtaining the said property.

With a $28 million renovation plan for the historic structure, locals are eyeing the property as the new house of probate courts. The Heman Marion Sweatt County Courthouse has been in need for additional space for district courts for quite some time.

Travis County currently only has one probate judge, but with the renovation plans completed for the historic building by 2020, they are expected to open two more probate courts, and by 2035, two more. Probate court deals with wills, declaration of heirs for deceased people who die without a will, establishment of guardianships, court-ordered involuntary mental health commitments, and domain cases.

Want to know more about this awesome Austin local news? You can access Kelli Weldon's Community Impact article from which this post was based by clicking here.