The burgeoning technology corridor in northwest Austin is gaining a massive development filled with office space, shops, two hotels and thousands of residences. Developers broke ground this week, and the project is expected to have a value of more than $2 billion once finished.
Dubbed Pearson Ranch, the mixed-use development is 156 acres at the northeast corner of State Highway 45 and West Parmer Lane, just two miles from Apple’s new campus. Local officials welcomed the space being developed by Austin-based Inspire Development and architecture from globally-renowned Urban Design Associates.
“Located in the new premier hub for major technology companies, Pearson Ranch will provide needed access to office space for employers, generating new jobs and providing on-site access to retail, housing and park space for Central Texas,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said.
Pearson Ranch will have public plazas once completed. (Inspire Development)
Developers boast nearly 50 acres of land for a corporate campus, nudging at tech employers like Dell, PayPal, Amazon, Visa and others.
It’s estimated the development will take about 10-15 years to complete, with the first phase involving 41 acres used for about 600,000 square feet of office space, three apartment communities and retail shops.
The site is expected to offer expansive parks, public plazas and hike-and-bike trails. And developers say it will have easy connectivity with four entrance points and a frontage road from SH 45. Visitors and patrons will also be able to access CapMetro’s Lakeline Station that runs from Leander to Downtown Austin as part of the MetroRail Red Line.
Austin-based developers say the site will feature parks and trails. (Inspire Development)
“This property has such an inherent natural beauty and rich heritage, yet is juxtaposed with incredible proximity to major tech employers and workers that define the future in so many ways,” Brett Ames, Inspire Managing Principal said. “We worked very closely with our team to create a plan that tightly knits the past, present and future into the most compelling land plan possible. Frankly, we feel a true sense of obligation to get it fully right.”
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.