Flood Mitigation Work on Del Curto

We’ve got some good development news! The flood mitigation project on Del Curto is well underway.


As you are most likely aware, several of our neighbors along a stretch of Del Curto near Bluebonnet have had their homes flooded one or more times due to new development activity. Homes that have been here for decades and never had an issue with flooding, all of a sudden were flooded, some even after just modest rains. The City of Austin (correction) The Developer is installing new curbs and driveway cuts to divert the water down the street. We are certainly hoping for our neighbors that this flooding nightmare is nearing an end.

One can’t help but wonder where all this water will go? The hope is it will run south down the hill on Del Curto to the creek. Hopefully this happens without incident to the downhill, uncurbed neighbors. Stay tuned.

It’s My Park Day!

Hey Neighbors! Mark your calenders for It’s My Park Day, this coming Saturday March 2 from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm.

Time to sign up for It’s My Park Day and get your FREE IMPD T-shirt on Saturday March 2, 2013. This year we will be cleaning up trash and debris and raking the trail. If time permits we’ll repair the fence as well.

Additionally, We will be removing and covering the graffiti that had marred our park lately.

Go to this link and signup.

To receive a FREE T-shirt you must signup online.

See you Saturday in OUR PARK on Del Curto!

Call for Photographs

You probably have noticed that our website’s banner photograph is of the Lamar Street bridge as it heads into South Lamar. While this is a great photograph and we appreciate Austin photographer Jim Nix allowing us to use it, we would like to have a banner photo that is more representative of our neighborhood. If you have a photo of our area that might work for a banner (that is, can be cropped to 1000x288px) please notify us via the contact page.

We also are accepting photographs of our neighborhood to assemble a historical gallery to keep track of the changes over time. We’ll be happy to add yours to our collection. The neighborhood is changing at lightning speed, so it will be nice to chronicle the history with your photographs.

Thank you!

Seasons Greetings!

We would like to wish everyone in South Lamar NA a very Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! We hope you enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends, and of course, your neighbors. We are glad you are here.

There is a whole host of holiday happenings going on in Austin. You can find out about them by visiting the Austin Christmas Guide website. Enjoy!

And of course, don’t miss our SLNA Holiday Party! Happening tomorrow night, Thursday, December 13 at 7PM at the Faith United Methodist Church on South Lamar. Join us for some food, some caroling, and fun. Bring a dish if you like, it’s a pot luck of sorts.

2013 will be a year of unbelievable change for us. By the end of 2013 we probably won’t recognize much of our neighborhood! We look forward to working together with you through these changes towards ensuring the best future possible for all of us – both the current residents and the new.

Happy Holidays and have a very Happy New Year!

‘Smart Growth’ or Debacle?

We are on the brink of incredible change in SLNA, and our once pastoral, quiet, little neighborhood is quickly being transformed. Transformed into what? We don’t yet know. On the one hand is the ideal of “Smart Growth”: compact, walkable urban areas of sustainable housing and open space where community is nurtured in concert with the existing neighborhood. On the other hand is development run roughshod, where every available square inch is paved over to maximize density and profit. In SLNA, the ball is rolling, but we don’t know in what direction. Whether we end up looking like an urban planner’s glossy flyer, or simply a bunch of condos and houses all crammed in together is yet to be seen. A few rain barrels does not “Smart Growth” make.

In SLNA we sit squarely in the “Desired Development Zone”: This yellow area on the map is the urban core that the city of Austin has designated for major growth. You have already seen the large number of development projects starting up on South Lamar. This development is not stopping at our neighborhood boundaries!

We have already seen one neighbor on Del Curto sustain substantial flood damage due to new development. The flood cleanup alone cost over $15,000 out-of-pocket, and the situation is not yet resolved. How this legal entanglement will unfold is not clear. The flood potential at the site still exists, leaving the homeowner in limbo.

On Del Curto alone, there are 7 large properties where development is either taking place or soon could be. How will this affect our neighborhood? What infrastructure improvements need to be made to sustain the cumulative impact of all of these developments? How will this affect flooding along Del Curto and Cinnamon Path? Will you be building a sandbag wall? How will this affect traffic and other issues of public safety?

If you’d like to hear more about the current developments being planned in our neighborhood, meet your neighbors and share your opinions, please join us for our neighborhood meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, June 21 at 7PM. The meeting is taking place at the Faith United Methodist Church at 2701 South Lamar Blvd. We will be in classroom Alpha-2.

We hope to see you there!

Summer is Here!

And unfortunately that means more break-ins in SLNA are likely to occur. We’ve already had reports from a few neighbors about cars and homes being broken into, and of suspicious ‘security alarm salesmen’ going door-to-door. This is a good time to remind everyone to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If you see something in progress, please call 911. If you feel something is amiss but don’t feel it is of an emergency nature, then call 311 to report it. In either case, let your neighbors know.

This is a good time to get on the South Lamar Yahoo group email list to share and get updates on this type of information. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SouthLamarNA/ for more information.

Austin Police Department provides a Crime Viewer utility where you can see what crimes have occurred in your area. Find that site here: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/GIS/crimeviewer/CrimeViewer_disclaimer.html.

Another useful sight is Jack Darby’s Krimelabb. Many of you remember Jack from our April 2012 SLNA meeting where he talked to us about the valuable services that Krimelabb provides. Visit Krimelabb here: http://www.krimelabb.com, and get up-to-date Krimelabb tweets at: https://twitter.com/#!/krimelabb. Krimelabb just tweeted some interesting news and also posted a security alert about these ‘salesmen’.

Remember to lock your doors and windows, and keep valuables out of sight!

It was OUR Park Day!

Last Saturday, March 3rd was “It’s my Park Day” sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation and many corporate donors. A group of us met at our park on Del Curto Road — no it doesn’t have a name yet — under the leadership of Bruce Evans. Our charge was to remove the debris and undesirable plants from the creek bed — to keep the water smooth flowing. We were introduced to the tool called a “weed wrench” — what great little device to pull out really big ‘weeds’. Even a one inch diameter ligustrum couldn’t resist.

It was a beautiful day and much brush was piled up for subsequent pick-up by the city. Plus the participants got great looking t-shirts and yummy snacks.

Meanwhile — what is happening with the plans for improving the park with equipment and amenities? Well we hear from the PARD Landscape Architect assigned to our park that there will be a formal update submittal for the Del Curto Park site plan Thursday 3/8. That will be followed by another 14 day review. Then we can get it on the agenda of the Planning Commission for approval. SO slowly, slowly wending our way through the system. We’ll get a real park yet!

Change is Afoot in 2012

Yes, change is afoot in SLNA. It’d be pretty hard to miss the construction now taking place in the 2600 block of Del Curto, as development is in high gear on the Milestone homes being built there.  It also appears that Sola City Homes are ramping up the next phase of their project next door.

Development along Del Curto

These are only two of a number of locations in our neighborhood where significant developments are being planned, including the corner of Del Curto/Lightsey, and on Clawson.

What will these developments look like? How will they impact our neighborhood? We will be discussing these issues at our next SLNA meeting taking place on Thursday, January 19th, 7PM at the Eco School on Manchaca. Please join us to learn more about what is being planned, and share your thoughts about the future of our neighborhood. There are a number of items on the meeting agenda that you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you there!