Paid parking at Mueller will be instituted prior to the opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - still scheduled for late 2016 - and other upcoming Aldrich Street/Town Center businesses. Locations for paid parking will include Simond Avenue and the City-owned parking garage behind the Thinkery. The off-street lot at Lake Park will remain free for those using the park, though it will be controlled in some fashion. Free on-street parking will remain available on Zach Scott, Camacho and Mattie Streets that form the southern and eastern borders of Lake Park.
Every Wednesday the Thinkery museum stays open from 4 to 8 PM for families to discover and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. A suggested $1 dollar donation will gain you entry. Bilingual Storytime is each Wednesday at 6 PM. More information is available at www.thinkeryaustin.org.
Kurt Stogdill, Austin Energy Green Building and Sustainability Manager relayed information at the March WPNA meeting regarding funds from a $4.3 million Department of Energy grant, a $1 million Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant, and a $3.3 million AE contribution for Austin SHINES. This program will encompass a “community” lithium-ion battery storage facility at the upcoming solar farm near Springdale Road and Airport Boulevard, and another at a yet to be determined location at Mueller, where a high concentration of both commercial and residential rooftop photovoltaic panels will also allow medium-scale battery storage at office and retail complexes, and residential “Tesla” garage-wall batteries as well. The Mueller portion of this program will likely not be implemented until 2017.
Travis Central Appraisal District has rejected a proposal from the City of Austin and the Mueller Foundation in seeking a resolution to the substantial property tax appraisals/assessments on the affordable homes at Mueller. While several individual lawsuits are in progress, the groups continue to seek a resolution for the owners of Mueller's homes. 2016 appraisals should be issued by TCAD in early April.