November 2013 Mueller Update

Written by Rick Krivoniak

From the MuellerAustin.com site: “Torchy’s Tacos will soon serve up its famous green-chile pork and other signature entrees plus a full bar and all the character originated with its food trailer beginnings when it opens its 11th Austin-area location at the corner of 51st Street and Berkman Drive in the Mueller Market District.” Opening the summer of 2014, Torchy’s Tacos will operate Monday through Thursday 7AM to 10PM, Fridays 7AM to 11PM, Saturday 8AM to 11PM and Sunday 8AM to 10PM.

Catellus continues workshops with stakeholders to fine-tune coming Mueller’s Town Center. Opening in early December, the Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum) will anchor an important corner at Simond Avenue across from Lake Park. A portion of the Town Center “paseo” is now in place adjacent to the big red Thinkery, complete with decorative lighting. It’s worth a look if you get the chance.

The Austin Studios held an open house to present its “Public Face” concepts on October 26th. While most of the work at the Studios must be away from the public eye, an entry area to welcome the general public for certain events and daily interaction will begin construction in January of 2015.

The annual Mueller Tower Lighting holiday event will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd. Location has yet to be determined, but this is always a fun family event, so keep an eye out for more information.

In November of 2014, Windsor Parkers will be voting in our newly created City Council districts, and hopefully, on the first segment of urban rail/streetcars for Austin. It appears that Windsor Park will be split into two, and possibly three, districts. That could dilute our voting strength, but our voter turnout has been strong. With a push to increase it, we could still have an impact on elections, and have two council members and a mayor to address our concerns. While most current route proposals for urban rail link downtown to the Capitol complex, UT and its future medical school, and Mueller, there are those in Austin who feel a Guadalupe-Lamar route should be first. That route will have Rapid Bus service beginning in January of 2014, addressing many of the transit issues in that corridor. These are critical issues for our neighborhood, so if you’re not registered to vote, you’ve got 11 months to do so.

Mueller resident Carol Drennan was elected chair of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Plan Implementation Advisory Commission at the October meeting. The next Commission meeting is Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6PM in Meeting Room 1 of the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street. Please send Mueller-related questions & comments to .

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