Summer Kickoff Party

Join your neighbors for a Summer Kickoff Party this Thursday, June 1, 2017, starting at 3:15pm in West Austin Park!

Games! Live Music! Kona Ice! Revelry! And More!

June 2017 General Membership Meeting

The June 2017 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

The meeting will start early at 6:30pm so that neighbors can enjoy some live music with Three Dollar Bills. Agenda items include information from Chris Perri, a candidate for Texas’s 21st Congressional District, and Travis County Commissioner, Brigid Shea; zoning reports on cases at 910 Baylor and 802 Pressler; a discussion on residential permit parking; and an update on CodeNEXT. The complete agenda is available online and in the June 2017 OWANA Owl newsletter.

March 2017 General Membership Meeting

The March 2017 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

The meeting will start early so that neighbors can enjoy some live music with Aimee Bobruck. Agenda items include a discussion of a number of projects in the neighborhood including an 804 Winflo variance, 10th Street speed bumps, the Mathews 100-year time capsule Kickstarter campaign, Palma Plaza Park and West Austin Park planning and fundraising, and other topics. The complete agenda is available online and in the March 2017 OWANA Owl newsletter.

December 2016 General Membership Meeting

The December 2016 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2016, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

The meeting will start early so that neighbors can enjoy some live music with The Melancholy Ramblers. The meeting will also include special guest, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo who will participate in a Q&A about historic preservation and other topics. Agenda items include the election of the 2017 Steering Committee, discussion of residential parking permits, park planning and fundraising, zoning cases, and other topics. The complete agenda is available online and in the December 2016 OWANA Owl newsletter.

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Clarksville Christmas Caroling – December 10!

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Join us Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 6-9pm starting at the Historic Haskell House (1703 Waterston) for caroling, seasonal refreshments, and a special visit from Santa for the kids.

Frances Barton will lead the carolers in a warm up at Haskell House at 6pm and then everyone will walk to a couple houses in the neighborhood. Refreshments — including hot chocolate and wine — will be provided by Zocalo Cafe and Nightcap.

Austin Monitor: Council sacrifices Old West Austin building for park improvements

A fourplex in Old West Austin is likely to be demolished despite a push by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo to save it in the name of historic preservation.

A resolution put forward by Tovo to initiate historic zoning on the property at 1618 Palma Plaza failed, 3-8, with only City Council members Ora Houston and Leslie Pool joining Tovo to protect the building from being razed and replaced with a different development.

Tovo originally had the backing of the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association in her attempt to preserve the building. However, after Council postponed action on the resolution the previous week, the neighborhood group struck a deal with the company planning to develop the property, by which it would drop its opposition to the demolition in exchange for a financial contribution from the developer to help finance two area parks projects.

Read the rest of the article on Austin Monitor.