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Allandale's Day in Court

Posted Thu, 11/01/2007 - 10:46pm

Tom Linehan, president of Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA), has posted a report on today's hearing, where ANA asked for a summary judgement on the Northcross redevelopment.

There was no court ruling that came out of today's hearing on ANA's case for a motion of summary judgment on the Lincoln site plan. After about 1 1/2 hours of the two sides arguing their case, Judge Margaret Moore said she would take it under advisement and issue a ruling within the next 2 to 3 weeks. There is speculation that it could come sooner given RG4N's trial date is set for November 13th.

Read the full article here: Today's Court Hearing

KVUE: Battle Shifts to Courtroom

Posted Thu, 11/01/2007 - 11:45am

KVUE is reporting in advance of today's court hearing on the Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA) request for summary judgement.

Both [ANA and RG4N] say approval of the plans to develop a two-story Wal-Mart was done illegally. Thursday, the Allandale Neighborhood Association will seek a summary judgment in its lawsuit.

At issue is whether the Lincoln Property site plan violated city code, which requires a public review process when a "conditional use" of land is included as part of a development.

Read the full article here: Judge to hear part of Northcross Wal-Mart lawsuit

3:10pm Update - more media coverage:

Allandale Lawsuit: Court Hearing Thursday

Posted Wed, 10/31/2007 - 8:02pm

There is a court hearing Thursday (Nov. 1) regarding the Allandale Neighborhood Association's case against the city of Austin. Allandale is asking for "a show of support from the neighborhood to make the point that responsible city government matters to us."

RG4N and ANA cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining decorum at all times.

Get all the details here: http://allandale.typepad.com/allandale/2007/10/court-hearing-t.html

Lodi, CA: Court Ordered Study Finds Wal-Mart Supercenter Harms Local Business

Posted Mon, 10/29/2007 - 8:08pm

The Lodi, CA City Council gave Wal-Mart approval to build a giant supercenter. Citizens sued, saying the City failed to consider the impact on the community. The judge agreed and ordered a study.

The court-ordered study is in and confirms what citizens have said: the Wal-Mart supercenter would hurt the community.

Sacramento Street has long lagged behind in Lodi's downtown renewal efforts, its string of boarded-up and deteriorating storefronts a familiar eyesore.

If economic forecasters are right, planting a behemoth Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lodi could mean the street stays that way a lot longer.

It could mean fewer Heidi Johnsons: small business owners willing to take a chance on the underdeveloped corridor. A recent study analyzing the potential economic impacts of a 226,868-square-foot Supercenter in Lodi says the mega-retailer could stunt downtown's growth.

The Northcross situation is different: it's a growing area. But, much of that growth—particularly the most desirable growth—is coming from local and small businesses. The challenge those business owners face is similar to that as in Lodi. That's another reason why we need to stop the Wal-Mart Supercenter at Northcross.

Read the full article here: Wal-Mart report backs critics

The Center of Austin

Posted Sun, 10/28/2007 - 10:40am

There is a story in the Sunday Statesman about municipal offices moving out of downtown. It asks an interesting question:

Where is the center of Austin?

Geographically, it's just southeast of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and West 35th Street.

Population-wise, it has moved over the years: Sixth Street and Congress Avenue at the close of World War II and then north and west in the past 50 years. Now, it's on top of Northcross Mall, says city demographer Ryan Robinson. But in the future and with development, he expects it to head east.

This just confirms what we all already knew: Northcross is the wrong place for suburban, highway sprawl. Northcross lies at the center of Austin, and should be redeveloped with an urban, mixed use design.

That will happen only if we win our lawsuit. So, please show your support today.

Bigger Saturday Protest

Posted Fri, 10/26/2007 - 10:06am

We're starting to wrap up our summer of weekly protests, and it's just getting bigger and better.

Last weekend was great and the response from drivers was amazing. We need more hands to collect donations and to pass out information.

We'll be out once again this Saturday, from 11am to noon, at the corner of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road. We'll have signs and water. Wear red.

Brentwood Tavern Closing

Posted Mon, 10/15/2007 - 8:10pm

We are sorry to hear that the Brentwood Tavern (6701 Burnet Rd.) will soon be closing. The Tavern has been a great supporter of RG4N and our neighborhoods. They have been our gracious host for events such as the Arms Around Northcross after-party and fundraiser.

Here is the announcement that was mailed out recently by Kathleen Macek, owner of the Brentwood Tavern:

Dear Friends:

Brentwood Tavern will be closing its doors permanently on Thursday, October 25th. The Farmer's Market is under new ownership, and we were unable to secure a new lease from the owner. Thanks to everyone for their support over the past years.

To anyone who has a gig booked with us after the 25th, we apologize for the cancellation. We hope that you understand.

Please join us at the restaurant on the 25th for our customer appreciation party. We'll have live music, great drink specials and all of the staff will be here to say farewell.

Brentwood Tavern is on land that was owned by Travis County. The County used the land to operate the Historic Farmer's Market. This summer, the County decided to close the market and sell off the land to commercial real estate interests. Thus current tenants are leaving so the land can be redeveloped.

Are Ya Feeling Feisty?

Posted Thu, 10/11/2007 - 1:45am

Hey! You and me and over two thousand of our closest friends just won a big Best of Austin 2007 award in this week's Austin Chronicle.

RG4N was selected a critics choice as Feistiest Neighborhood Rebellion for the "Arms Around Northcross" protest:

We thought they were crazy. Get enough protesters out on a Saturday morning to link arms all the way around Northcross? We had visions of 20 people showing up and barely blocking the front door. Boy, were we wrong.

Read the whole thing here, fifth entry from the bottom: Best of Austin 2007, Critics Picks, Politics & Personalities

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