News and Announcements

A Message from RG4N President Hope Morrison

Posted Fri, 11/30/2007 - 1:27am

one year birthday cakeThis Friday marks one year since RG4N held our first big meeting. As you may recall, hundreds of people came to Grace Church of the Nazarene that cold evening to say, "No!" to putting a big box store in the middle of our neighborhoods.

What A Difference A Year Makes.

Had RG4N not brought attention to the Northcross redevelopment and raised awareness of the problems a Supercenter would cause for our neighborhoods, here's what would have happened:

Trial Update: Closing Arguments

Posted Fri, 11/16/2007 - 6:59pm

Closing arguments in the Northcross trial occurred today. Here is a summary of the day and a wrap-up of the week.

Closing Arguments

Both sides gave closing arguments this morning. Doug Young summarized RG4N's case relating to drainage, traffic and public safety issues, while Brad Rockwell summarized the tree protection and garden center issues.

Lincoln's attorney Bruce Scrafford led closing for the other side, followed by Chris Sileo and finally Casey Dobson for the City.

Our Day in Court

Posted Mon, 11/12/2007 - 6:51pm

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 13), RG4N will appear in the District Court of Travis County to argue that the Northcross redevelopment site plan is illegal.

We won't know which judge will hear the case until 9am, and the trial should begin shortly thereafter. Expect delays.

(Nov. 13 update: The case has been assigned to the 419th District Court, where it is being heard by the Honorable Orlinda Naranjo.)

We will present our case Tuesday and Wednesday. The City will present its side on Thursday and into Friday. Both sides will give closing arguments on Friday.

Statement on ANA Court Ruling

Posted Thu, 11/08/2007 - 8:31pm

Last Thursday, Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA) appeared in court to request a summary judgment to block the Northcross redevelopment. Today, their request was denied.

The ruling on ANA's motion does not affect a claim RG4N made about the proposed garden center nor does it affect RG4N's other three claims. We remain confident that we have a winning case. We expect a huge turnout at Feisty Fest this Sunday afternoon at the Triangle as our supporters from all over Austin send a message to the City that "business as usual" is not acceptable anymore.

It is still not a done deal.

New RG4N Store on eBay

Posted Sun, 10/21/2007 - 9:40pm

RG4N has opened a new storefront on eBay. It's called—appropriately enough—the "Wal-Mart isn't Weird" store. You can find it here:

With your support, the store can provide significant funds towards our lawsuit. So, please help us get it rocking and rolling.

RG4N Bazaar This Weekend

Posted Tue, 09/25/2007 - 11:14pm

The RG4N Bazaar and Thrift Sale is this weekend.

It's not too late to donate items. Check your closets. Look in your garage. You know you have something you can give to RG4N to sell at the bazaar.

Then on Saturday morning, come by the Encore Records parking lot and check out the bargains.

Check the event calendar for details.

RG4N Launches Massive Public Education Campaign

Posted Wed, 09/12/2007 - 12:35pm

Responsible Growth for Northcross (RG4N) is going door-to-door to distribute 10,000 newsletters to supporters and homeowners throughout the neighborhoods surrounding Northcross Mall.

The newsletter will be distributed by volunteers over a two-week period.

Wal-Mart Supercenter Halted for Now, Court Date Set for November

Posted Tue, 08/14/2007 - 8:25pm

Mark your calendar for November 13, 2007. That's the date scheduled by RG4N, the City of Austin, and Lincoln Property Company for a bench trial regarding the Northcross Mall lawsuit.

Lincoln has also agreed to not begin any exterior building demolition in the area designated for the planned Wal-Mart Supercenter prior to November 20, 2007.

Under a separate agreement, RG4N will consolidate its lawsuit with the Allandale Neighborhood Association, which also sued the City of Austin and Lincoln over traffic concerns.

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