Archives for September 2014

Large Retail Center Could be Coming to I-35 and Lakeway Drive

PecanBranchGeorgetown developer Randy Mongold is working on a project that could bring more than 900,000 square feet of commercial and retail space to the northwest corner of Lakeway Drive and I-35.

The Pecan Branch Georgetown project includes 110 acres for retail and commercial space that could include big box retailers and restaurants and create more than 900 jobs, he said.

“This is the only intersection that has this mass of land to do this kind of project,” Mongold said

On Sept. 17 the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corp. approved beginning the process to see if the project would qualify for funding to help build a new road into the development that could be known as Pecan Center Drive and eventually connect to Aviation Drive.

“I was going to build a private road into the project, but it may be a win-win-win if the road were built through the top of the property to support future development,” Mongold said, adding that to build the road he would require funding from the city. “We recognized that that was opening the door to develop the property to the north of this project.”

Funding could also be used to improve the intersection of Lakeway Drive and Airport Road and portions of Airport Road; however, those projects could also be included in the proposed May 2015 transportation bond.

City Councilman Tommy Gonzalez, who also serves on the GTEC board, said the project would be the “premier site for entrances and exits,” referring to the site’s location, which has frontage along Airport Boulevard, Lakeway Drive and I-35.

“There is nothing about this [project], I don’t like,” Gonzalez said at the Sept. 17 GTEC meeting.

Mongold said he was still working with the city to get final approval for the project, and approximately 75 acres needs to be rezoned to Commercial C-3 and platting for the project could continue into early 2015.

If approved, construction on the project’s infrastructure including roads and utilities could begin in early 2015, and vertical construction on the commercial center’s structures could begin in mid-2015, Mongold said.

The project does not have any agreements with potential users; however, Mongold said he has received a lot of interest from several big-name retailers.

“Most [businesses] won’t give a final commitment until they see commitment on the city,” Mongold said. “That’s what we are still working on. … I really don’t see any issues with the city. They’ve been very supportive of the project, and I think part of that support is because of the spreading out of retail because the existing concentration of retail is pretty overwhelming.”

Mongold said he anticipates the development’s customer base will include Sun City residents as well as people driving in from Jarrell and farther north along I-35.

by    September 18, 2014   Community Impact Newspaper

2014 Cost vs. Value: 5 Mid-Range Remodeling Projects That Offer the Biggest Returns

Just replacing that front door may offer some of the biggest bang for a remodelers’ buck, according to the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. It’s one of the least expensive remodeling jobs and offers the potential of a 96.6 percent return on investment at resale – the highest of 35 remodeling projects recently analyzed. Front door replacement has topped the Cost vs. Value report since the first survey in 2009.

Remodeling Magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR® Magazine, each year takes a look at some of the most popular remodeling projects and gauges how well the projects retain their value at resale.

For mid-range projects, here are projects that retain their value by the highest rates, according to national averages:

1. Entry door replacement (steel)

Estimated job cost: $1,162

Estimated resale value: $1,122

Cost recouped: 96.6%

2. Deck addition (wood)

Estimated job cost: $9,539

Estimated resale value: $8,334

Cost recouped: 87.4%

3. Attic bedroom

Estimated job cost: $49,438

Estimated resale value: $41,656

Cost recouped: 84.3%

4. Garage door replacement

Estimated job cost: $1,534

Estimated resale value: $1,283

Cost recouped: 83.7%

5. Minor kitchen remodel

Estimated job cost: $18,856

Estimated resale value: $15,585

Cost recouped: 82.7%

By: Melissa Tracy on March 24, 2014

http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/category/remodeling-adviser/

Texas Football!

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I hope that you are all having a peaceful transition into the school year. Can you believe it’s already football season? Below you can find the schedules for several of our area high schools as well as the home games for Southwestern and UT.

 

GHS

8/29       Westwood          (Parent Night)                   GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

9/5         Hays Cons.                                                          Bob Shelton Stadium      7:30

9/12       Pflugerville         (Homecoming)                 GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

9/19       Leander                                                               GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

9/26       Cedar Park                                                          Gupton Stadium               7:30

10/03     Open

10/10     Marble Falls                                                       GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

10/17     Eastview              (EVHS is home)                 GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

10/24     Vista Ridge                                                          GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

10/31     Dripping Springs                                               Tiger Stadium                    7:30

11/07     Vandegrift                                                          GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

 

EVHS

8/29       Austin Travis                                                      House Park                         7:30

9/5         Waco University                                               Away                                     7:30

9/11       Austin Crockett                                                 GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

9/19       Vandegrift                                                            Monroe                                 7:30

9/26       Vista Ridge          (Homecoming)                  GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

10/03     Open

10/10     Dripping Springs                                             Away                                     7:30

10/17     Georgetown                                                      GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

10/24     Leander                                                               Bible                                      7:30

10/31     Cedar Park          (Senior Night)                    GISD Athletic Complex  7:30

11/07     Marble Falls                                                        Away                                     7:30

 

RRHS

8/29       Temple                                                                 Wildcat Center                  7:30

9/4         Killeen                                                                  Leo Buckley Stadium      7:00

9/12       Copperas Cove (Senior Night)                    Dragon Stadium                7:30

9/19       Stony Point                                                         Dragon Stadium                7:00

9/26       Pflugerville                                                         Kuempel Stadium            7:00

10/03     Open

10/10     Rouse                                                                   Dragon Stadium                  7:00

10/17     Cedar Ridge                                                        Dragon Stadium                 7:00

10/24     Hendrickson                                                       Hawk Stadium                    7:00

10/31     Westwood (Homecoming)                          Dragon Stadium                   7:00

11/07     McNeil                                                                  Kelly Reeves AC                 7:00

 

LHS

8/29       Killeen                                                  Leander High School                        7:30

9/5         Pflugerville                                         Pflugerville High School                  7:30

9/12       Rouse                                                   Bible Memorial Stadium                   7:30

9/19       Georgetown                                      Georgetown High School                  7:30

9/26       Vandegrift                                          Bible Memorial Stadium                  7:30

10/03     Open

10/10     Cedar Park          (Rivalry Game)  Leander High School                      7:30

10/17     Marble Falls                                        Marble Falls High School             7:30

10/24     East View                                            Leander High School                       7:30

10/31     Vista Ridge                                          Vista Ridge High School                7:30

11/07     Dripping Springs                               Leander High School                     7:30

 

Southwestern University

9/6         Hardin Simmons                                                                                               7:00

9/13       Sul Ross St.                                                                                                           1:00

10/4       Austin College                                                                                                   3:00

10/11     Oklahoma Panhandle State                                                                           1:00

11/8       Trinity                   (Homecoming)                                                                  6:00

 

University of Texas

8/30       North Texas                                                                                                       7:00

9/6         BYU                                                                                                                       6:30

10/4       Baylor                                                                                                                   TBA

10/18     Iowa State                                                                                                          7:00

11/8       West Virginia                                                                                                     TBA

11/27     TCU                                                                                                                       6:30

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