Construction of New Downtown, Austin Library to Start in June

            The library will replace the 34-year-old John Henry Faulk Central Library, which will become archival and display space for the nearby Austin History Center. The library is expected to cost $120 million, including money to design, engineer and build it, as well as outfit it with furniture, computers and new books and library materials.
Most of the money, $90 million, will come from a 2006, voter-approved bond package. The rest will come from the city budget and proceeds from the sale of another city-owned lot downtown, among other sources, Gillum said.
            The library will be located in downtown

City Offers Tools for Public Engagement in 2014 Budget Process

            One tool the city is encouraging residents use to provide feedback to the city is the Budget-in-a-Box. Similar to the Meeting-in-a-Box, a tool the city used to gather feedback about the Imagine Austin plan, the Budget-in-a-Box tool is designed for a group of five to 10 people and includes material about city services and ways for participants to provide feedback about what their service priorities are and about the city’s tax rate.

City Reveals Master Plan for a New City Park

            The master plan is to redevelop Edward Rendon Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens, and the Holly Power Plant Site. The decommissioned plant will provide an additional nine acres of park land. “It’s going to increase recreational opportunities, and it’s going to open up the area for pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle access,” Yanez said.
The long-term vision, planners say, is to improve and maintain the quality of life in that area. That’s important for families looking to the future. “They’re improving the shoreline,” said Lance Lambert, looking at his six-month-old baby girl, “and they’re creating more play space, specifically for children.”
            The entire project could take up to 20 years. Planners say the rate of progress depends heavily on funding. Austin City Council will vote Thursday to approve an extra $7 million for the continued decommissioning of the plant. The extra money would help with engineering and also environmental concerns to make sure the land is ready for use as a park.

 

Plan Could Help Save Some History on Rainey Street

            Four of the homes have been torn down or moved, four have been remodeled so that they no longer retain their historic character and 23 remain, said Alyson McGee, the city

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