Dec. 1 -- All day activities at the Downtown Austin Alliance’s annual Holiday Sing-a-long & Downtown Stroll on the Capitol Grounds  

Dec. 13 -- Holiday Candlelight Tour

Dec. 16 - 23 -- Trail of Lights Returns!

Jan. 8 -- Original Austin Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, Regency Apartments, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

March 2 -- Shoal Creek Clean Up Events (multiple Shoal Creek clean up opportunities, in conjunction with "It's My Park Day")

Bonds Pass!

Passage of 6 of 7 Bond Propositions Clears Way for Many Downtown Projects

On Nov. 6, Austin voters approved six of the seven City of Austin 2012 Bond Propositions.

The Austin City Council limited its general obligation bond package to a total amount that would not require any property tax rate increase. Many important downtown projects made the cut, including: transportation projects that will enhance access to and mobility around downtown; a City contribution toward Waller Creek parks and trails, which will help kick start the Waller Creek Conservancy's fundraising efforts renovations to the Austin History Center; enhanced downtown historic squares; and design funding to help us achieve the Congress Avenue Vision.
The following bond propositions earned voter approval:

Proposition 12: Transportation and Mobility - $143,299,000

Proposition 13: Open Space and Watershed Protection - $30,000,000

Proposition 14: Parks and Recreation - $77,680,000

Proposition 16:  Public Safety - $31,079,000

Proposition 17:  Health and Human Services - $11,148,000

Proposition 18: Library, Museum and Cultural Arts Facilities - $13,442,000

The following bond propositions did not receive voter approval:

Proposition 15: Housing - $78,300,000

Approval of the six propositions allows the city to issue nearly $307 million in bonds to fund transportation and mobility improvements, preserve open space and renovate libraries and museums, among other projects.
 The OANA Board supported the approval of all 7 City of Austin Propositions as well as Central Health Prop 1. Planning for 2012 Bond-funded projects will begin immediately, and the City anticipates starting the first wave of construction as early as summer 2013.
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The Big Picture

A look at master planning items & government activities

ACC is deeply involved in master planning for its campuses, and it appears that top priority is being given to its Rio Grande Campus. ACC has assembled nine parcels of land in and around the old Austin High School and will be presenting its plans and asking for zoning changes consistent with the Downtown Austin Plan to various city boards and commissions.
At press time, key upcoming events are as follows:
Dec. 17 -- Historic Landmark Commission
Jan. 8 -- Planning Commission
Jan. 24 -- City Council
read this article for more information about ACC’s plans in the community.

Hot Spots

New & Exciting Openings and Events

Restaurant Jezebel was an Austin favorite before an unfortunate fire closed down the restaurant in 2010. The restaurant has returned and is now open inside the Cirrus Logic building on 6th Street and West Avenue. Chef Parind Vora continues his focus on a small, premium dining experience. Check out the New Year's Eve menu!

New or Opening Soon:

Core Power Yoga is, 801 W. 5th  St.

Men’s Clothing store, Escalator, 411 Brazos St. 

Opening in early 2013:  Houndstooth Coffee, 401 N. Congress Ave. 

SAVE THE DATE: JAN. 8, 2013: The Original Austin Neighborhood Association will host its Annual Meeting at the Regency Apartments community room (601 W. 11th St.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on this date. Members present will nominate and vote to fill three Board of Directors seats that are up for election.  Aside from this special Annual Meeting, the OANA Board typically meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Regency apartments community room. All interested are welcome to attend. Also, follow us on Twitter or Facebook for any updated meeting notices or changes.

Social Order

Police, Fire & Public Health & Safety

Many downtown residents believe that perhaps there was a bit too much fun at the Fun Fun Fun Fest on Nov. 2-4, at least where noise level is concerned. 

The OANA Board contacted Don Pitts, Austin Music Coordinator, who said that over 85 complaints were received by the City about the level of noise. Also, Mr. Pitts said that up until now, his operation was not consulted about events held on park property, but that as a result of the numerous complaints received by the City concerning Fun Fun Fun Fest, the City's Parks Department has agreed to consult Mr. Pitts and get his input on how to control the noise generated by music events conducted on parkland. The City of Austin's Design Commission will look at downtown noise issues and we will monitor its activities in this area.

Hopefully, future musical events on downtown parkland will result in a more agreeable sound level for participants and downtown residents.

Common Ground

A Look at Neighborhood Green & Public Spaces

New irrigation systems and new turf have been put in to Woodridge Park. A new tree planting will take places soon --  Please contact
Michael McGill if you would like to help! Volunteers are needed for mulching on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.

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Farmers Market continues year round at Republic Square.

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A feasibility study to create a support organization for improvements to Shoal Creek continues.
OANA, along with help from Cirrus Logic and others, is organizing Shoal Creek improvement projects to happen on March 2, 2013, as part of It’s My Park Day! Contact Ted Siff, if you have a project or want to volunteer.

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Cirrus Logic also recently sponsored a program with Austin Parks Foundation to help rescue and "resuscitate" 11 important trees along the Shoal Creek Trail between 6th and 10th Streets. 

In Development

Zoning Issues & Related Development Activities

OANA supported and assisted in the rezoning of property at 408-416 West 11th owned by the Texas PTA. The current plans are for Travis County to buy this property and construct office space for the County and District attorneys. Texas PTA will continue to occupy part of the space.

OANA supported and assisted with the rezoning of 702 San Antonio, where a boutique hotel is planned.

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