December 2014 Mueller Update/Review

Written by Rick Krivoniak

2014 at Mueller was a busy year. Last December’s opening of the Thinkery led to far larger-than-anticipated crowds visiting the great new facility. The HEB also continues to attract customers from well beyond Mueller and Windsor Park, and those living on Berkman have been asking for help with the subsequent traffic. Special-event parking overflow and some other related issues have led the City and Catellus to propose a Parking & Traffic Management District pilot program for Mueller, elements of which will start to be implemented early next year, including a number of metered parking spaces. TXDOT’s improvement plans for central Austin proposed closing several bridges spanning I-35 to cross traffic – the “super-street” concept – that Mueller, Windsor Park and other area neighborhoods managed to vanquish.

In February, Residence Inn–University Area finally opened, but no cafe or coffee shop has yet leased their corner space at Lancaster & 51st. Among some other Mueller businesses opening this year were Capitol One, Twin Liquors, Smashburger and Xian Sushi & Noodles, but sadly, Boneheads restaurant did not make it through the year. And lastly – Torchy’s Tacos opened on November 20th.

With the failure of a 2013 AISD bond package for a new northeast elementary, Catellus conducted several surveys and public meetings regarding the options for a school at Mueller during 2014, something they will continue to investigate. Infrastructure to the east of Berkman was built this year and the first Mueller homes in the Blanton attendance zone are now under construction. Breaking ground in January and opening in October, the Sally & Mack Brown Rise School of Austin in Rathgeber Village, a part of Windsor Park but south of 51st, provides high quality early childhood education to children with developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities to provide an integrated learning environment. The AISD Performing Arts Center and its parking garage appeared this year, with grand-opening events planned for January 22nd – 24th.

An amendment to Mueller’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) is anticipated early in 2015. More information will be forthcoming on that in the new-year.

Council Member Kathie Tovo’s RMMAPIAC (Mueller Commission) appointee Jerry Perkins passed away in July. She recently appointed Mueller resident Dennis Mick to the Commission. Terms for all City of Austin Board & Commission members expires in July of 2015. Visit the City Clerk’s website for an online application if you are interested in serving.

There is no December RMMAPIAC meeting, so the next meeting is January 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street. Please send Mueller-related questions & comments to .

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