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East Austin Info- October 2011

Roadways in East Austin see renewed development, support

EAST AUSTIN — The city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has worked since 1999 to improve the infrastructure of East 11th and 12th streets to facilitate business growth and quality of life, and current plans to continue improving that area are not slowing down.

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With the help of the Urban Renewal Agency and the Austin Revitalization Authority, “there has been significant change,” said Gina Copic, NHCD Department real estate development manager, on the infrastructure improvements made in that area.

Copic said the city has put out a request for proposals on two blocks owned by the city on East 11th Street.

The city hired several consultants, including Darin Smith, principal at Economic and Planning Systems in Berkley, Calif., to assist in developing a strategy for East 12th Street. Smith’s firm helped create the master plan for the Mueller development and has been involved in revitalization projects further into East Austin.

Smith said the community has been creating plans to redevelop the area for more than 15 years. The community pointed toward a lack of infrastructure, including safe sidewalks, proper utilities and property use, that facilitated ongoing development and jobs.

“We are not talking about changing that vision at all,” he said. “Certainly East 11th has received some city investment … From what we have heard from the community, they are looking for similar successes [on East 12th Street].”

The city and Smith’s firm have held meetings with property and business owners, as well as residents of the area. Smith said there will be a series of workshops to further mull over the redevelopment strategy, and the plan is anticipated to be finalized and rolled out in January.

“We have put this plan in place over 10 years ago, so I think it’s important to the community, and I think it’s important to the city that we do it,” Copic said.

Dining

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Blue Dahlia Bistro considers expansion atop success

Blue Dahlia’s tight-knit atmosphere, located within a small alcove off East 11th Street, is a culinary effort stimulated by fresh food and a thriving East Austin.

The restaurant, headed by Amy and Sam Ramirez and Fred Nelson, opened in 2007. The European-inspired restaurant receives many orders for its tartines, Amy said, and come in a variety of sandwiches including smoked salmon with herb cream cheese and chicken salad with nuts and dried cranberries.

Amy said Blue Dahlia intends on expanding into West Austin soon, but the original location will forever remain unique because of the area that has supported its growth.

“I can’t imagine being anywhere else but East Austin,” Ramirez said. “Being here for four years, we saw everyday growth—it’s fantastic. There is something about it.”

Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 E. 11th St.
542-9542
www.bluedahliabistro.com

History

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Now a venue, Browning Hangar serves as city landmark

Named after an early Austin aviator family, the Browning Hangar, located at the Mueller development, continues to serve as an East Austin landmark that is home to events and mobile businesses throughout the year.

The Mueller development is built on the former land of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, which opened for service in 1936. After it was decommissioned in 1999, the nearly 80-year-old hangar remains as a reminder if its service to the airport. As the Mueller development began to see construction in the early 2000s, The Catellus Development Group restored and repurposed three historic buildings, including the Browning Hangar.

The hangar is made out of glue-laminated wooden arches, as opposed to steel, and its walls have been removed to help preserve the structure. The Browning Hangar is also the only wooden bow-trussed hangar in the United States.

Browning Hangar at Mueller Central
4550 Mueller Blvd.
703-9202
www.muelleraustin.com

Impacts

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Now Open

1. Food trailer Regal Ravioli opened in August at 1602 E. Sixth St. in East Austin. The trailer offers handmade pastas stuffed with various ingredients, including squash, sausage and peppers, beets and wild mushrooms. www.regalravioli.com, Twitter: @RegalRavioli

Coming Soon

2. Texas-based developer BOKA Powell announced Oct. 4 the creation of RiverView, a 4-acre mixed-use development on East Riverside Drive, directly south of Lady Bird Lake. The project, slated to open in spring 2013, will include 302 apartments. www.bokapowell.com

Anniversary

3. In October, The City Theatre celebrated five years of live theater entertainment in Austin. Located at 3823 Airport Blvd., the 80-seat theater venue produces new works, stage comedies, dramas and musical events year-round. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org

Calendar

October 31
Haunted History Mystery
Paranormal researchers will show guests how to search for ghosts in Austin’s oldest home, the French Legation Museum.
Tours offered 3 p.m.–2 a.m. $15–$35
802 San Marcos St.
www.frenchlegationmuseum.org

November 2
‘The Battle of Algiers’

Austin Community College will host a screening and discussion of the 1966 film in light of revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
6:30–9 p.m. • Free
ACC Eastview Campus,
3401 Webberville Road, Room 8500
www.austincc.edu/evc

11–13
LazyZach.com’s inaugural laz-a-thon

Thirty college students will take the challenge to be lazy as possible for 48 hours to raise money for a local charity. One minute will be added to each student’s time for every new visitor he or she brings to the website and for every $1 donated.
6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m.
Sunday 2100 E. MLK Blvd.
Register by emailing brittany@lazyzach.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

11–20
The East Austin Studio Tour

Studios, galleries and art spaces in East Austin will open their doors to the public for the 10th annual tour.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. • Free
Locations in East Austin www.eastaustinstudiotour.com

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