Travis County buys 94-acre tract in Grandview for preserve land, visitor center for $19.5 million

Former SAS site off Wilson Parke  to host exhibits, educational programs

A year ago, SAS Institute Inc. had rezoned about 94 acres of its undeveloped property off Wilson Parke Avenue near RM 620 to make it more attractive for potential buyers. Travis County ended up buying the property recently and will make it into a Visitor Center for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

By LESLEE BASSMAN, Four Points News

Last month, Travis County purchased the former SAS Institute property located off RM 620 at Wilson Parke Avenue, with plans for the grounds to serve the public.

According to Public Information Officer Hector Nieto, part of the tract’s existing 3-story office building will be transformed into a Visitor Center for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, or BCP, which is partly managed by Travis County. 

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620/2222 connector road to be finished spring 2021

A new bypass road will connect RM 620 and RM 2222 to the east of the Four Points intersection, improving mobility in this heavily traveled corridor. Elected officials joined the Texas Department of Transportation to break ground on the RM 2222/RM 620 Bypass project on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Texas Department of Transportation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the bypass road which will connect RM 620 with RM 2222 by going along the power lines behind the officials with shovels. Brian Thompto, chairman of the Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association, and Morgan Briscoe, West Austin Chamber of Commerce president, were among TxDOT and the city of Austin officials at the event this morning. LYNETTE HAALAND
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Turkey Trot brings together hundreds on Thanksgiving

By SARAH DOOLITTLE, Four Points News

The 2019 Steiner Ranch Turkey Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run hosted nearly 500 runners this Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. 

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Strawberry Hill makes its mark in Four Points

By K. Q. THOMAS, Four Points News

Strawberry Hill has grown from a spot for lake homes to a full- edged community over the past  ve decades. Strawberry Hill Homeowner Association board L-R: Front row: Sherry Reynolds (vice president), Carol Butler, Carla George (secretary) Back row: Charlie Johnson (treasurer), Dave George (vice president of quality control and newspaper delivery boy), John Butler, Roger Millar (president)

The Strawberry Hill neighborhood has emerged over the last several decades to what it today — a close-knit and caring community where many residents have expansive Lake Travis views.  

Located west of Steiner Ranch and adjacent to St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church, Strawberry Hill has roughly four dozen lots with 26 homes and some under construction now. The community erected a sign in January 2017 at its entrance off of RM 620. 

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SEC accuses local man of role in Ponzi scheme

Staff Reports 

On Nov. 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against Brett Pittsenbargar, a Texas-based external sales agent for Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, and his wholly-owned alter ego company, for illegally selling Woodbridge securities and other securities in unregistered transactions to retail investors while acting as an unregistered broker. 

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