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This website provides all kinds of local civic information and occasional Dawson-specific news. Our more frequent posts on Facebook, G+, Twitter and other social networks have a wider scope – anything that might be of interest to our neighbors. Follow ’em all! Explore the menu bar at the top. Make a post in the Forum to discuss anything (it’s also a mailing list), and the Chat Room is for live group conversations. Click for more info about us: (more…)

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Aug 2017

Nursing Services

Please click here to download the nursing schedule (Eng & Esp)

Hello all, here is the August nursing services calendar, please share with the community. Fresh Foods for Families event is August 15th at 9:00 am. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Social Services

SANC also offers a Food Bank/Emergency Food Pantry, Social Services, Workforce Solutions satellite office, Pregnancy Testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Free Computer Classes and more! Call SANC at 512-972-6840 for services schedule.

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Durwood Senior Center

Please click here to download the monthly calendar.

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. [click for map]

Download the calendar to see Regular Events, Special Events and Closures This Month!

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

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Major Development In Dawson’s SOCO

Yellow: 116 Dunlap. Red: 3842 Congress. Blue: 3822 Congress. Green: 3820 Congress & 103 Krebs. Light Blue: 3801 Wadford. Click the image for larger size:

A local businessman has informed us that billionaire Rick DuPont recently purchased the NAPA Parts property at 3820 South Congress Avenue, as well as the Renaissance Recordings studio behind it at 103 Krebs Lane. The same source tells us that talks are going very well to acquire Murphy’s Garage, 3801 Wadford and that Jeep Masters, 3822 South Congress Avenue are all-but certain to sell too. They’ve been actively looking for a new location.

A bid was also made for 3842 South Congress Avenue, previously a used car lot across from El Borego De Oro, but the owners declined. However, local residents at 116 Dunlap, behind this property, say they received notice to vacate in mid-January. The tenants offered an unconfirmed rumor that the property owners, William and Yen Ng, plan to demolish and rebuild there; possibly for a restaurant or coffee venue. The Ngs also own 3842 Congress and three other properties on the same block. They once personally ran the El Borrego De Oro site as an Asian restaurant, and lived at 117 Dunlap. It is also possible they have reconsidered selling to DuPont, and are evicting in preparation of that.

Considering the stately SOCO Lofts just across the street, the assumption is that a similar condominium building will be erected. This will be welcome to some, and really top off the SW tip of Dawson neighborhood with easily-accessible homes, restaurants and entertainment all within steps of each other. We’re also proud to have a P. Terry’s Hamburger Stand just around the corner.

 

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Krug Development Files Appeal For Hotel

Guesthouse Hotel Austin (draft)

KRUG Development has filed an appeal with the Travis County Board of Development to request reversal of the staff’s determination that a religious assembly exists at 2530 South Congress Avenue. KRUG is the firm representing The Guesthouse Hotel Austin, LLC. This boutique hotel has been proposed for 2510 South Congress Avenue, in place of the former Taste of China Express. Existence of a church next door has triggered zoning obstacles which limit the design and placement of the Hotel’s driveway, swimming pool and pub.

Neighbors on streets surrounding the two properties may already have received a letter from the City regarding this appeal. Qualifying neighbors may mail in their recommendation to be considered at the hearing. The hearing will be held at City Hall, 1st floor, 301 West 2nd Street at 5:30 PM on March 13, 2017.

Street view, the church in Austin.

Like myself, you may have driven or walked past “the church in Austin” (their spelling) many times without realizing it was owned by a religious movement. The unassuming beige walls at 2530 South Congress Avenue are said to hold a quiet sanctuary and housing for the church’s missionaries and their families. There are no religious symbols to be seen from the street. The only signs are plastic “No Trespassing” sheets, which appeared in the summer of 2016. The chapel building is hardly changed from it’s original construction as a small office. The facility is, ironically, a former motel. An examination of the church’s website shows weekly meetings at 2530 South Congress and other locations, but I was unable to determine the identity of their clergy. However, in some religions, the Members are also the Ministers.

Tim Seay, the church in Austin.

Tim Seay (pronounced “see”) sits on the church’s governing board. Seay made the following statements to the Zoning Commission in July of 2016: “The issue here is protection of residential property rights and church property rights, That’s what we are deciding. We’re a very active church — pretty atypically. We’re there most of the day, every day, and into the evenings”.

Read: KRUG Development speaks in favor of the waivers. The church in Austin speaks against the waivers.

Our understanding of the situation is that the church board fears a loss of quality in their environment. They are opposed to potential sources of noise and traffic, despite their location in a rapidly developing strip of South Congress Avenue. Property along that street, probably closer to downtown, were determined in 2015 to be the most expensive in Texas! In pursuit of their peace, the church board have rejected KRUG Development’s requests for zoning code waivers. This negatively impacts the freedom of design for the Hotel, but does not eliminate it entirely. On June 12, 2016 attending members of the Dawson Neighborhood Ass’n voted to recommend all three setback waivers requested by the Guesthouse. On June 28th, the Austin Planning Commission approved 2 of the waivers, KRUG having dropped the request to feature alcohol within 300′ of a religious assembly.

It seems to me that had the church board allowed KRUG to build the Hotel wall right along the property line, it could work out well for both of them. This would allow the the driveway, pool and pub to be built on the other side. This would also have blocked out noise the church no doubt suffers from HEB Grocery’s loading dock and other businesses in that direction. Without the waivers, KRUG must build the driveway facing the church, and the Hotel’s traffic and pool noise may project onto the church property.

Another part of the picture may be this: the development of the Hotel property will reduce the amount of open green space the church enjoys, though they do not own all of it. Interestingly, a look at the two properties on Google Maps shows that the back end of the proposed Hotel property experiences an extraordinary amount of traffic – coming from the church property! It looks like it has been used by the church for strolling and parking. There are clear tire tracks and foot paths crossing the property line. We are aware of homeless camping in the area, though. The construction of the hotel may affect local property values. While the church is likely free of property taxes, it may still affect maintenance costs in many ways. We don’t know exactly what it could mean if the property serves as an investment holding for the board.

We hope the church and KRUG Development are able to work out their differences. It may be that the church benefits in this by the elimination of homeless trespassers, and furthermore they may even choose to sell the property and build something better elsewhere! Either way, they are our neighbors, and they contribute to the wonderful and diverse nature of Dawson Neighborhood.

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Mar 2017

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Nursing Services Schedule (Eng & Esp)

The SANC monthly newsletter is no longer available, but SANC still offers a Food Bank/Emergency Food Pantry, Social Services, Workforce Solutions satellite office, Pregnancy Testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Free Computer Classes and more! View previous month’s newsletters for details, then call SANC for current dates and times. Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Thursdays 10:20 Tai Chi
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

  • Monday 6th 11:00 Healthy Aging Series, Nutrition – What’s For Lunch?
  • Friday 17th 10:30 Spring Fling! (wear green)

Closures This Month:

  • None!

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

March is Texas Independence Month

Read more about it on the flyer! The download link is right above the calenar.

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Feb 2017

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Nursing Services Schedule (Eng & Esp)

The SANC monthly newsletter is no longer available, but SANC still offers a Food Bank/Emergency Food Pantry, Social Services, Workforce Solutions satellite office, Pregnancy Testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Free Computer Classes and more! View previous month’s newsletters for details, then call SANC for current dates and times. Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

  • Thu Feb 2nd: “Writing My History”
  • Tue Feb 14th: Valentine’s Day Celebration
  • Thu Feb 23rd: ATT Cell Phone Workshop
  • Mon Feb 27th: Washers Tournament

Closures This Month:

  • Mon Feb 20th: President’s Day

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

February is Black History Month

Read more about it on the flyer!

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Jan 2017

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Nursing Services Schedule (Eng & Esp)

The SANC monthly newsletter is no longer available, but SANC still offers a Food Bank/Emergency Food Pantry, Social Services, Workforce Solutions satellite office, Pregnancy Testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Free Computer Classes and more! View previous month’s newsletters for details, then call SANC for current dates and times. Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

  • MLK Jr. Remembrance
  • UT Nursing Students
  • Community Tax Prep

Closures This Month:

  • Mon Jan 2

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

In January We Observe Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read more about it on the flyer!

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Dec 2016

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Newsletter (English & Spanish combined).

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

  • Holiday Party
  • Birthday Bingo
  • New Year’s Party

Closures This Month:

  • Mon 19th through Sun 26th Closed For the Holidays

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

In December We Celebrate Human Rights!

Read more about it on the flyer!

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Nov 2016

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you, Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Newsletter (English & Spanish combined).

South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

Closures This Month:

  • Mon 10th – Columbus Day
  • Fri 11th – Veteran’s Day
  • Thu & Fri 24th-25th – Thanksgiving

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

November is Native American Heritage Month

Read more about it on the flyer!

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Halloween Carnival Block Party on Wilson 2016

Join Jonica Willingham, family and friends for a Halloween Block Party in the street!

Wear your costume, bring some candy and enjoy lots of games.

When: Saturday, October 29, from Noon until 3:00 PM.

Where: 3001 Fontana Drive – held on Wilson St where it dead ends past the intersection of Wilson, Fontana and Sacramento. This is where the walking shortcut to El Paso is.

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SANC & Durwood Senior Center Oct 2016

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Newsletter (English & Spanish combined).

October 2016
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street
Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

Durwood Senior Center

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

Closures This Month:

  • Mon 10th – Columbus Day

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

October is Polish American Heritage Month

Read more about it on the flyer!

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