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Dawson Neighborhood


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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Neighbors Vote in Favor of Variances for Guesthouse Hotel

On Monday, June 13, attending members of Dawson Neighborhood Plan Contact Team voted in favor of all 3 variances for the Guesthouse Hotel. It is to be built at 2510 S. Congress Ave by KRUG Development.

DNPCT will send a representative to the Austin Planning Commission to deliver their positive recommendation. This public meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 PM (check back here to confirm) at 301 W 2nd St.

The City of Austin will televise this meeting live on the web here:

You can check back here to replay the meeting later:

Read the Editorial from KRUG here.

Read the Editorial from The Church in Austin here.

Read the documents filed with the City of Austin here.

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San Juan Diego CHS Meeting April 10

The Catholic Dioceses of Austin is building a new high school for students in the Galindo – Dawson – Bouldin Creek area! This will be a modern, permanent construction which will replace existing portable buildings.

The President of San Juan Diego Catholic High School [websitefacebook] cordially invites parents and neighbors of Dawson Neighborhood to attend an informational meeting regarding the school’s proposed facilities.

The meeting is at San Juan Diego Catholic High School, 800 Herndon Lane, Portable bld 3A & 3B, Sunday, April 10, 2016 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Read the flyer and take a look at the site plan and landscape plan that illustrates the placement of the school building; parking and drive; and ball field on the property.

Please direct questions to:
Don Sansom, P.E.
Urban Design Group
3660 Stoneridge Road, Suite E101
Austin, Texas 78746
512-347-0040 x 111

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Dawson Elementary Closing Early March 11

President Barack Obama’s trip to Austin TX on the first day of SXSW is going to cause some traffic snarls! As happened last time he visited, expect closures on IH-35 and Ben White (290). He’s making appearances at several locations including the The Long Convention Center (watch the live video stream) and a fundraiser for Democratic National Committee, so some interior streets will be closed for public safety. This may include South Congress Ave and South 1st Street.

President Obama will be in town between 1 PM and 8 PM.

Many City of Austin employees have been invited to work from home that day, and will be sent home at lunchtime regardless.

In anticipation of the disruptions, AISD have announced the early closures of 17 Austin schools on Friday, March 11. [Full list here] Each will close at 12:30 PM, so please be prepared to pick up your children early, or arrange for someone to watch them if necessary. Classes and transportation at other schools will go on as usual. However, if you pick up your children early at campuses remaining open, their absence will be excused.

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