AUSTIN (KXAN) - Been to east Austin lately? Every week it seems you see new homes, condos and businesses going up.
More is coming.
A group of developers called thinkEAST presented their plan to The City Council this week with favorable reviews.
The proposal would develop an artistic colony on 24 acres, east of Airport Road and north of East Seventh Street.
"The developers expect everything from technology to film to music to visual arts," said Robert Nash, a spokesman for thinkEAST. "A full range of creative activities will be represented."
Austin's arts community generates nearly $4.5 billion a year, up by one-third from five years ago. It provides $71 million in annual city taxes and 49,000 jobs.
"The creative factor in Austin is huge and that's what thinkEAST is embracing," Nash said. "There's a lot of energy in east Austin and this tract is a very unique and beautiful piece of land."
Of the 24 acres, eight would be designated for affordable housing. There are also plans for a community center, trails and gardens.
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.