Upcoming Neighborhood Team meetings / Reuniones del equipo del vecindario

Tuesday, Aug 8, 5-7pm – regular quarterly meeting at Austech
Sunday, Nov 12, 4-6pm – regular quarterly meeting at YMCA
Sometimes things do not go as we have planned! Check back to confirm meeting times and locations.

There are lots of smaller gatherings and project activities between quarterly meetings. Check out the calendar and the articles on our site for something that interests you, and join our email list.

Hay muchas reuniones de grupos pequeños y actividades en proyectos entre las reuniones trimestrales. Consulte el calendario y los artículos en nuestro sitio por algo que le interesa, y unirse a nuestra lista de correo electrónico.

As Austin’s most international district, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team believes that every resident is a valued member of our community, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and that when some of our residents live in fear of contact with public officials it makes all of us less safe, and has a negative impact on our community.

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TA Brown @ Barrington

The Barrington school and park site now has nine more portable classroom buildings, for TA Brown Elementary. Brown will also share some of the Barrington buildings, such as the cafeteria.

During the past school year, TA Brown faculty and students were split between buildings at AISD’s Allen campus, in southeast Austin, and Reilly Elementary. The criteria for the selection of a site for the school’s home for the next two to five years were:

  • A strong community and staff desire to keep all TA Brown students together at one site
  • The proximity of the selected site to the TA Brown community [in Georgian Acres and Highland]
  • The capacity of the site to adequately hold additional portables

According to Valerie Taylor Schkade with AISD:

Barrington was the campus selected because it is the campus that best meets the criteria.

AISD facilities staff have looked closely at minimizing the impact of the portables on the track and park area.  The portables will not displace any part of the current track.  Our current information indicates that out of 85 trees, only six will need to be relocated.  No trees will be removed.  The contractors that relocate the trees will take all necessary precautions to protect the trees from damage.

AISD will provide school buses for the students who live south of 183. The city was already developing a written Safe Route to Schools plan for the Barrington campus, which will now include the TA Brown students. They also already had construction projects scheduled over the summer including accessible sidewalks and traffic calming.

More information about AISD portables
Next school year, AISD will have three north central schools entirely in portable buildings: Dobie PreK, Webb Primary, and TA Brown.

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I35/183 expansion

June 2017 update: TxDOT plans to start construction later this summer. The city plans to upgrade the water and wastewater lines, since the area is under construction anyways.

From May 2016:
TxDOT is in the final stages of deciding on a project to improve I35 from Rundberg to 290, including expansion of the access road in Georgian Acres and adding flyovers at the I35/183 interchange.

  • The U-turn at Rundberg would be widened for large trucks, and extended south. I35 Rundberg
  • Sixteen-foot sound walls would be considered for areas around Middle Ln, Avesta Solano and Capella, Woodland Heights, and motels and businesses around Powell and Wonsley. The Cedars International area would also be affected by increased noise.
  • A flyover would be added from southbound I35 to northbound and to southbound 183. This means that traffic would not have to exit the interstate, stop at the light, and then turn, as it does now. This should reduce traffic on the access road and 183 I35 interchangeimprove our air quality.
  • The southbound access road near 183 would be expanded to five lanes, with an 8- to 12-foot shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians.183 flyover cross section_1
  • For right-of-way, TxDOT would need to acquire one building at Towne Oaks, much of the University Inn property, and the area used for school bus access at the Republic of Texas museum. Federal law requires that the tenants who are displaced, permanently as well as temporarily during construction, be provided relocation assistance. Contact Daniel at Austin Tenant Council if are a resident concerned about your displacement.
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Comida de verano para niños y jovenes / Summer meals for kids and teens 2017

Complete list / lista completa Eat right, find a site! / ¡Come Bien, Encuentra un Sitio!

watermelonSeveral schools, parks, and other sites in our area offer free, healthy meals during the summer to anyone 18 and under through a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. For more information, call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877. That’s ANYONE 18 and under – it doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, where (or if) you go to school.

Varias escuelas, parques y otros sitos en nuestra área ofrecen comidas saludables gratuitas durante el verano a cualquier persona de 18 años o menos a través de un programa del ministerio de agricultura de EEUU. Para obtener más información, llame al 211 o text FOODTX a 877-877. Eso es CUALQUIER persona de 18 años y menos – no importa de dónde eres, donde vives, donde (o si) vas a la escuela.

Austin ISD sites and menus / sitios y menús

Cedars International Academy summer meal program / programa de comida de verano

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North Lamar Boulevard sidewalks (June 2017 update)

Construction is in progress to complete accessible sidewalks along much of North Lamar Boulevard from 183 to Braker Ln. This work is primarily funded by a grant which ADAPT and others worked to get in 2011. It also uses a little bit of money from the City’s 2012 bond election.

There will be lots more improvements coming over the next several years, from the 2012 and 2016 bonds. Learn more about the North Lamar Boulevard 2011 mobility corridor study, including proposals for raised medians, complete sidewalks, more effective intersections, street trees, and pedestrian crosswalks.

Recommendation 75: Construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps at all intersections with sidewalks.
Objective T.6: Improve the safety of pedestrians traveling along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.13: Provide transportation alternatives to those who live, work, or visit.
Objective T.8: Improve traffic flow along North Lamar Boulevard.

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Barrington Neighborhood Park improvements / Mejoras en el parque Barrington

Over the summer, Barrington Neighborhood Park will be getting new green features, designed to connect children and nature.
Durante el verano, el parque vecindario Barrington recibirá nuevas características verdes, diseñadas para conectar a los niños con la naturaleza.

El Departamento de Parques y Recreacion (PARD), el districto escolar Austin (AISD), la facultad de salud pública de la universidad de Texas, y otros trabajaron durante el año pasado para proveer recursos y entrenamiento en conectar a los niños con la naturaleza en los planes de estudios de la Primaria Barrington.
The Parks and Rec Department, Austin ISD, UT School of Public Health, and others worked during the past year to provide resources and training for connecting children with nature in Barrington Elementary‘s curricula.

Austin Voices and Austin Parks Foundation surveyed students and residents of nearby neighborhoods to identify the most desired park improvements.
Austin Voices y Austin Parks Foundation encuestaron a estudiantes y residentes de vecindarios cercanos para identificar las mejoras de parque más deseadas.

More information about Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature grant

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Agenda regular quarterly meeting / reunión trimestral May 14, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 4-6pm – regular quarterly meeting at YMCA. Meet and greet at 3:45pm, quarterly meeting starts at 4pm.

0. Introductions and purpose of neighborhood team
1. Approve minutes (March 4, April 8, April 10, 2017)
2. Neighborhood plan amendment status and next steps (LisaH, Julia)
3. CodeNEXT draft text and mapping (all)
4. Priorities for FY18 city and school district budgets (afterschool programs, health, TA Brown)
5. Parks and trees (Barrington, Brownie, medians, creek pocket park)
6. Public safety policies
– Rundberg Ln container ordinance
– juvenile curfew
– pedestrian near the roadway
– driving without a license
– SB4
7. Officer elections – Chair
8. Housekeeping (eg designate new officers to be on bank account)

Written updates on transportation and finances.

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