New to Austin, February 2010

Take a look at this list of all things new to the Austin Real Estate Market in February.

New Austin Development

San Marcos considers incentives for Alamo Drafthouse (AAS, 2/15/10)  The San Marcos City Council is once again looking to bring an Alamo Drafthouse theater to the city’s beleaguered Springtown center at tomorrow night’s council meeting.

Pedestrian Friendly 2nd Street Corridor begins (KVUE News, 2/16/10)  Construction began this week on part of Second Street in downtown Austin — the goal is to make the area more pedestrian friendly and cut down on traffic.

New Austin Business

Facebook is coming to Austin (AAS, 2/25/2010)  BusinessSocial networking company Facebook will open an Austin sales and operations office, creating 200 jobs, Gov. Rick Perry announced this morning. You can find our story here. We’ll be updating throughout the

Chinese solar manufacturing company proposing $20.7 million Austin plant
(AAS, 2/25/2010) A Chinese solar energy company is proposing to build a solar-panel plant in Austin, investing $20.7 million and creating more than 300 jobs. In return, the city of Austin is proposing to give the company an 80-percent break on

Pioneer Surgical Technology to open Austin Office (AAS, 2/19/10)  A Michigan medical devices company will create 30 jobs in Austin with the opening of a marketing and product development office later this year. Pioneer Surgical Technology announced last month plans to expand into Austin. The company will lease

Council OKs incentives to bring LegalZoom to Austin (AAS, 2/18/10)  The Austin City Council unanimously approved an incentives agreement Thursday aimed at persuading Inc. to establish its regional Headquarters in Austin.

Austin Ventures team starts a new firm (AAS, 2/18/10) Austin Ventures veteran Venu Shamapant and three others from AV are breaking out on their own. They have founded LiveOak Venture Partners, which will invest in early-stage technology startups in Austin and statewide.

Quartet of ex-Austin Ventures execs starting own firm (AAS, 2/17/10) After more than a decade with Austin Ventures, Venu Shamapant is going out on his own. Shamapant is starting LiveOak Venture Partners, an Austin-based venture capital firm that plans to invest in technology-related startups in Texas .

Austin Business Expansion

HealthTronics’ new facility means 45 new jobs for area (AAS, 2/23/2010) |Barry Harrell|Last 7 days of headlinesHealthTronics Inc., an Austin-based medical technology company, is set to open a manufacturing facility that company officials say will bring 45 jobs to Central Texas.

Heatwave buys rights to shelved ‘Gods and Heroes‘ (AAS, 2/23/2010)  BusinessAustin gaming studio Heatwave Interactive has bought the rights to a much-anticipated online game, and company officials say the purchase will bring more jobs to town.

Online college services company raises $5.5 million in venture backing (AAS, 2/19/10)  Austin-based MyEdu , an online service for college students, has raised $5.5 million from Bain Capital Ventures to expand its marketing efforts and product development.

Applied Nanotech grabs $100K Army contract (ABJ, 2/18/10)  Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: APNT) was awarded a $100,000 contract from the U.S. Army, officials said today.

HealthYes! now in Oklahoma (ABJ, 2/18/10)  Exactly a week after adding Colorado to its service area, Austin-based mobile medical screener HealthYes! added Oklahoma to the bill today.

Valence inks deal with world’s largest yacht builder (ABJ, 2/18/10) Valence Technology Inc. signed a multi-year supply agreement with BJ Technologie, a division of Bénéteau Group, the world’s largest sailing yacht manufacturer.

Valence to provide batteries for hybrid yachts (AAS, 2/18/10)  Austin-based Valence Technology Inc. said it signed an agreement to provide rechargeable batteries to the world’s largest sailing yacht maker. Beneteau Group will use Valence batteries in all of its hybrid electric boats that use a hybrid drive.

Cielo Wind Power moves forward with $1.5B wind farm (ABJ, 2/16/10) Cielo Wind Power LP today moved forward with a $1.5 billion West Texas wind farm project, according to a press release from the Austin company’s partners in the deal.

Heart Hospital purchased by St. David’s, MedCath Corp. for nearly $84 million (Community Impact Newspaper, 2/17/10) MedCath Corporation and its physician partners have agreed to purchase The Heart Hospital of Austin to St. David’s Healthcare Partnership for approximately $83.6 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing released Feb. 17.

Seton, St. David’s competing for STAR Flight headquarters (Community Impact Newspaper, 2/16/10) Travis County Commissioners are considering competing bids from Austin’s two hospital systems to decide where to base the Austin–Travis County EMS System’s STAR Flight helicopters. Both Seton Family of Hospitals and St. David’s HealthCare have offered to pay for a new facility.

St. Jude Expanding (AAS, 2/16/10)  AUSTIN (Austin American-Statesman) – Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical Inc. has signed an 85,000-sf lease in Palisades West at Bee Cave Rd. and Loop 360 in preparation for its headquarters expansion.

Austin Retail

The Domain Phase II opens Friday
(ABJ, 2/24/2010)  The second phase of the closely-watched Domain retail, office and residential project opens Friday, with some retailers coming on line in April. (SPG) [More]

Aéropostale comes to The Domain
(Community Impact Newspaper, 2/23/2010)Teen fashion retailer, Aéropostale, will open it’s newest location on Feb. 26 in The Domain.

First Texas Honda plans bigger, greener home
(AAS, 2/17/2010) First Texas Honda has two goals for its new home: to go big and to go green. The dealership is moving to a larger location near Steck Avenue and MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1), and sustainability will be a focus of the new construction.

Austin getting a Mini dealership
(AAS, 2/11/2010) Austin’s first Mini car dealership is set to open next month. The dealership will be next to BMW of Austin, which is at 7011 McNeil Drive.

Dillard’s sets March 11 opening for Domain store
(AAS, 2/10/2010) Dillard’s to open Domain store next month with fashion shows, music Dillard’s Inc.

Office Depot Goes for Gold (AAS, 2/23/10) AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) – Office Depot Inc. will open a store this summer that is expected to receive the LEED Gold rating, making it the second Austin location with the designation.

Star Furniture relocating to I-35 showroom this fall (AAS, 2/22/10)  Star Furniture plans to move this fall into a new 77,000-square-foot showroom in the Lakes@TechRidge shopping center near Interstate 35 and Howard Lane in North Austin.

Newflower Farmers Market opens in Bee Cave
(AAS, 2/10/2010)  Natural foods grocer Newflower Farmers Market opened its second Austin-area store on Tuesday, with grand opening events scheduled for today. Based in Boulder, Colo., Newflower is a self-proclaimed “value-oriented” chain similar in concept to

Goodwill Industries in Round Rock opens
(ABJ, 2/8/2010)  Goodwill Industries of Central Texas will soon open its new Round Rock store. [More]

Austin Restaurant Openings

Now Open: Rio’s Brazilian Cafe
(Austin 360, 2/17/2010)| – Dining408 N. Pleasant Valley Road. 828-6617, Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf adds 4th Austin store
(ABJ, 2/16/2010)  Less than two months after announcing its third Austin location, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will open another local franchised store, this time in the new Domain II north of the city. [More]

More Kebabalicious on the way
(AAS, 2/10/2010) Thanks to a Twitpic from neiliyo, we finally have a handle on when we might get some Kebabalicious in the daytime. The Turkish wrap trailer, whose falafel from the location at Seventh and Trinity landed on my 25 Great

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop brings artisanal cheese to Hyde Park
(AAS, 2/11/2010) – Food-drinkJohn and Kendall Antonelli know that Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, their artisan cheese store at 4220 Duval Street that opened today, won’t have the biggest cheese selection in town — after all, the overflowing cheese counters at Central

Former Driskill chef David Bull to open two restaurants at Austonian condo tower
(AAS, 2/19/2010)  Former Driskill Grill chef David Bull said Friday that he plans to return to the downtown culinary scene in September with two restaurants at the Austonian.

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