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Mommapreneurs forms in Four Points, Networking group keep family balance in focus

By VAL OLIVAS, Four Points News

Mommapreneurs of Austin is a newly formed professional networking group in Four Points made up of women building their careers while working to maintain the balance of family life.

The group boasts some 50 members, each representing her profession with nominal overlap of expertise within the group. (Directory listed below.)

Businesses vary in goods and services from health and wellness, kids’ haircuts, financial consulting, children’s toys and activities, cosmetics, to medical practices.

MOA founders are Brandy Harrison, Debbie Swanston, Carrie Harper and Alina Sholar. The group was born on the grounds of Bella Mar Park in Steiner Ranch. With one child in the pool and more on the swings, the moms began talking about how to ease back into the professional workforce while maintaining their desire to be available to their families.

This photo is from the first official meeting  of Mommapreneurs of Austin, which was held on Feb. 4 at Sage & Sweetgrass Wellness Spa.

This photo is from the first official meeting of Mommapreneurs of Austin, which was held on Feb. 4 at Sage & Sweetgrass Wellness Spa.

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Construction site thefts reported at Preserve at Four Points, Appliances, lumber, doors stolen

By RICH KEITH, Four Points News

Early-morning thieves have stolen lumber, appliances and doors from new-home construction sites located at The Preserve at Four Points community. Austin Police are actively looking for suspects as the robberies continue to occur.

At 10701 Twisted Elm Dr. an entire “truss pack” of lumber was stolen in the middle of the night. Sources on site valued the lumber loss at between $10,000 and $15,000. The theft slows the construction process and creates scheduling problems for framing crews, according to the builder, Standard Pacific Homes.

Just after the first theft, four empty “spec” homes on Senger Place had their front doors taken, along with all the microwaves, dishwashers and gas cooktops in the homes.

Other homes have had stacks of new doors and windows removed from their garages.

These four spec homes had their front doors and all appliances stolen at The Preserve at Four Points recently. Photo by Rich Keith

These four spec homes had their front doors and all appliances stolen at The Preserve at Four Points recently.
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Tacara Steiner Ranch to bring 246-units

LA-TACARAATSTEINERRANCH-260x260By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

Construction is expected to start in mid May on Tacara Steiner Ranch, a 246-unit apartment complex at 4306 Quinlan Park Road North owned and developed by Casey Development.

After already three years in the works, the project is expected to offer its first units in a year and to be fully complete by mid to late 2016.

“We are excited to be in the neighborhood and look forward to getting started next month. We love the market,” said Darren Casey, founder and CEO of Casey Development Ltd.

Tyler Sibley, development analyst with Casey Development, agrees.

“Market demand is strong as seen by the performance of the competing assets. We are building in Steiner Ranch because we believe in our site and know it will be a great addition to the community,” Sibley said.site plan Tacara Continue reading

TxDOT launches RM 620 feasibility study, Forming small groups for feedback

By CASSIE MCKEE, Four Points News

A $650,000 feasibility study launched by the Texas Department of Transportation earlier this year will be taking a closer look at each section of RM 620 and discussing all possible improvement options with the community members who live and work along the congested roadway.

The study will focus on the 18.8-mile segment from SH 71W to US 183N by breaking the roadway into six sections and evaluating each section individually.

“Each area requires a different response,” said Bruce Byron, TxDOT project manager. “We’re trying to customize the options based on what’s most feasible for that area.”384px-Texas_RM_620.svg (1) Continue reading

New pool house in Steiner causing concern, Residents want HOA rules changed

By KIM ESTES, Four Points News

Two Steiner Ranch residents have each hired attorneys to seek changes in the Steiner Ranch Homeowners Association, about which one said, “It has too much authority and not enough transparency.”

Peggi Patel and Lori O’Connell who both live in Lakewood Hills of Steiner are upset with the HOA for its approval of a pool house — possibly as large as 1,590-square-feet — on a lot where there is already a house and a pool.  “People add pools, cabanas, outdoor kitchens… This is like another house,” O’Connell said.

This pool house being built at the corner of Lakewood Hills Terrace and Arbor Lake Cove is causing concern among some of its neighbors who are challenging the way the Steiner Ranch HOA approves projects.

This pool house being built at the corner of Lakewood Hills Terrace and Arbor Lake Cove is causing concern among some of its neighbors who are challenging the way the Steiner Ranch HOA approves projects.

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