SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (KXAN) - A plan to move Austin's Alamo Drafthouse into an empty shoppingcenter in San Marcos has been put on hold. Tuesday, the citycouncil tabled an incentive deal to bring the famous movie housefranchise to anchor the Springtown development.
Mayor Susan Narvaiz cited two reasons: not all of the councilmembers were up to speed on new developments and a technical issueon the city's website kept vital information from the public untilthe day of the meeting.
One piece of information was the Springtown development is upfor foreclosure on March 2.
The development is just north of Highway 80 in San Marcos andwest of I-35. The Springtown shopping center lost two large tenantsin the last year. Target and JC Penny relocated their stores and aBest Buy planned for the center did not move in.
Jack Harrison has run his San Marcos Flower Company out of theshopping center since 1980. He supports bringing in the AlamoDrafthouse.
"Anything that's going to employ some people is good- it doesn'treally matter what kind of business it is," said Harrison.
Mayor Susan Narvaiz said she thinks the Drafthouse would make agood anchor for Springtown.
"This is something the community can embrace," she said. "Thesynergy that could be created with a partnership of any kind onthat piece of property renews that area."
In the summer of 2009, a deal with developers would haveincluded restaurants and bars, along with the Alamo drafthouse.That deal fell apart after a group of Downtown business ownersobjected. They said the deal went against the city's promise tosupport a downtown entertainment district. This time, the developeris out of the picture and the city is working directly with theDrafthouse franchise holder, Triple Tap Ventures.
The city council will consider an incentive deal for theDrafthouse at their meeting Tuesday night.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.