Austin City Council approves street improvement projects for the city for 2023 at Monday meeting

The Austin City Council approved six different street improvement projects for the city for 2023 after holding public hearings for the various projects at their regularly scheduled meeting at the City Council chambers Monday evening.  Two of the projects will take place in northwest Austin, two are scheduled to take place in the northeastern section of the city, and two will take place in the southwestern section of Austin, with the earliest start dates scheduled for early May, and the latest estimated completion dates on three of the projects are scheduled for late October.  The council approved the project slated for 7th Avenue NE and 19th Drive NE with no new sidewalks in phase one of the three-phase project from 19th Drive and 7th Avenue west of 19th Street NE on a vote of 5-1, with councilwoman Laura Helle casting the lone dissenting vote.  

In other business, the Austin City Council approved taking $5,000 from 2023 contingency funds and $5,000 from Park and Rec Capital Improvement Plan funding for an Austin Whitewater River Trail feasibility study, and the council also approved a number of motions and ordinances at the meeting concerning the 1st and 3rd Apartments project, an estimated $16 million, 40-unit apartment complex to be constructed adjacent to the Austin Post Office.  The council approved a motion to relocate storm sewer at the proposed construction site, and they also approved a preliminary and final plat, plus a zoning ordinance change for the project, both on the unanimous recommendation of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.  The council also moved to set a public hearing for May 1st at 5:30 p.m. for the establishment of tax increment financing district No. 17 for the project, which is being proposed by Three Rivers Community Action of Austin.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Austin City Council is scheduled for Monday, April 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the city council chambers.