Update on State disposition on Bull Creek Road property

state landFront page, above the fold: Bull Creek Road land vote in today’s Austin American-Statesman:

Council votes to seek Bull Creek Road land
Austin will buy out 300 more homes on flood-prone creeks.
By Sarah Coppola [email protected] 
Two major land purchases dominated the Tuesday meeting at which the Austin City Council approved a $3.5 billion budget for the coming year.
The City Council agreed to negotiate with the state to buy 75 acres of highly coveted land at Bull Creek Road and 45th Street for nearly $29 million. It also decided to spend $78 million to buy out about 300 more homes along flood-prone Onion Creek and Williamson Creek.

Read the complete article at the Austin-American Statesman (paywall). This information is also available on the Bull Creek Coalition’s Facebook page.

New 311 smart phone app simplifies city service requests

Find out more about Austin's new 311 appAustin recently made it easier for Rosedale residents to report problems to the city.  A new smart phone app, available for iPhone and Android, let users provide information to alert the city where services are needed.  The app knows where you are (and you can adjust the report for the actual location of the problem). You can take a picture or attach one already in your smart phone. Categories available for reports range from animal and lighting issues to noise, park and property maintenance, street and water issues. You can monitor action on your request and see other requests around the city. As always you can still just call 311 to report and issue or request service online.

Here’s the city’s press release about their new 311 smart phone app:

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TreeFolks may have a free tree for your yard

TreeFolks offering free treesBeautiful trees are part of what makes the Rosedale neighborhood so special. Rosedale’s history helps explain why we have such a concentration of towering trees, but many of our trees are getting ‘long in the tooth’ and will be gone before you know it. TreeFolks, a central Texas charity promoting urban forestry, distributes FREE trees that can help replenish Rosedale’s stock of leafy shade providers.
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Lamar Central developer donates $10K to Ramsey Park Fund

Lamar Central develop delivers $10K check to Ramsey Park FundAt the annual Ramsey Park pool party on August 23rd, David Bodenman, Vice President of Highland Resources, presented a check for $10,000 in support of the Ramsey Park project.

According to Mr. Bodenman, “We have been a part of this community for more than 30 years and the Lamar Central development only furthers our commitment to positively contributing to the neighborhood and its public spaces. We are delighted to have the
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State moving forward on land at Bull Creek and 45th

Land to be offered for sale at 45th and Bull Creek RoadAccording to an article in the August 23rd Austin American-Statesman, state officials are moving forward with plans to dispose of the largely undeveloped 75 acre tract at 45th Street and Bull Creek Road. According to the article one developer has a proposal in the works and another is considering whether to submit one.

The first step in the process is offering the land at fair market value to local government agencies, such as the city of Austin and AISD.   If nothing comes of that sealed bids would be solicited in September or October.

Nearby neighborhoods, including Rosedale, across Shoal Creek, are described in the article as

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New Route 803 brings new buses to Rosedale stop

rapidrideaustinstationAugust 24th marks the start of MetroRapid’s new Route 803 which serves the shiny new Rosedale bus stop on Lamar between Central Market and Taco Shack. The route runs 15 miles from The Domain and UT Research Campus to the north, and south past the UT West Campus, Museum District, the Capitol, Zach Theatre, and on down to the Westgate Shopping Center. The Rosedale station shares many of the features of other MetroRapid stops, including their silver and red coloring, bench seating, shade and rain protection, lighting, and a digital sign indicating
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End of summer party: Ramsey Pool, Saturday, Aug 23rd, 6pm

It’s been a great summer for hanging out at Ramsey Pool, but the end of the swim season signals time for another Rosedale  pool party. August 23rd from 6:00pm ’til close (8:00pm) the RNA will host its annual neighborhood pot luck. The RNA will provide music, water, soda, and fruit. Neighbors are welcome to bring munchies, a casserole, dessert, or whatever. Come visit, say good-bye to a great year in the Ramsey Park pool, chat about the super start to the park improvements, and enjoy the pool one last time before it closes for the year August 24th.