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Round Rock poised for more economic growth in 2019

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More economic growth is on the horizon for Round Rock and the Austin metro as a whole, according to Mark Sprague, director of information capital at Independence Title.“The demand, the desire to be in Round Rock, to be in the Austin area, is higher than any place else I’ve seen in the United States,” Sprague said during an annual economic overview at a Feb. 26 Round Rock Chamber lunch.

In light of a growing list of regulations in Austin and Travis County, Round Rock and Williamson County are increasingly viewed as friendlier to do business, he said.

“My biggest concern with Austin is regulations,” Sprague said. “For every other metro in Texas, the entitlement process is measured in weeks. In Austin, it’s measured in years. That will continue to be a bigger and bigger issue.”

Nationwide, key indicators of the economy—including job growth and gross domestic product—remain strong, he said. In fact, the country is in the midst of its second-longest period of economic growth ever.

If trends continue—and Sprague said he believes they will—in six months, this could be the longest economic expansion in history.

“We will continue to see growth,” he said. “We’re ten years into this, and I’m telling you I think we have five more good years. We’re in a phenomenal place.”

In 2019, Sprague predicts employment growth in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area between 1 percent and 2 percent. Real estate sales will mirror or exceed 2018, he said, with home values continuing to rise.

 

Photo: Mark Sprague, director of information capital at Independence Title, shared a 2019 economic outlook with the Round Rock Chamber on Feb. 26. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Artist rendering of The District development.

City Council approves development agreement for dynamic mixed use project

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City entered into MOU with owners of The District in 2017

The Round Rock City Council voted unanimously Thursday, Feb. 14, to approve an agreement with the developers of The District, a 65-acre mixed-use project planned for SH 45 just east of IH 35. The City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Mark IV Capital for the project in November 2017. 

In return for the company building 1 million square feet of Class A office, retail and residential space, the City will contribute $12.56 million toward public infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks and utilities. The City projects the development will generate over $1.5 million per year in tax revenues to the City when it is completed.  

The development is also expected to create 5,000 jobs when it is fully developed. 

“We are excited to partner with Mark IV on the development of The District in Round Rock,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “This is exactly the type of unique project we need in this high-growth area.” 

Mark IV manages the Summit I and recently completed construction on Summit II office projects in La Frontera.* 

“We are very excited about our continued partnership with the City of Round Rock on The District, which is our third project within the community,” said Justin Basie, Regional Vice President, Mark IV Capital. “The District is a dynamic mixed-used development that will combine working, living and retail in one prime location. This is a great opportunity to bring an unmet need to the city and one that will have long-term benefits for the region. We look forward to breaking ground on this unique project, and we are proud to be involved in what will soon be a landmark in Round Rock.” 

According to the agreement, Mark IV would have to reach the following performance milestones: 120,000 square feet completed by 2022; 250,000 square feet by 2029; and 1 million square feet by 2039. Mark IV would be required to repay the City if it fails to meet those performance measures. 

The City will fund the infrastructure improvements with its half-cent, Type B sales tax revenues. Type B funds are limited specifically for economic development projects, including transportation improvements.

“We’re thrilled about this development project, which along with other projects recently completed or breaking ground this year, will unlock opportunity for our growing community,” said Nichole Vance, Director of Business Attraction, Round Rock Chamber. “The District will transform the southern area of Round Rock and will be an ideal location for the types of companies looking for high-end office space in Round Rock.” 

Originally posted by City of Round Rock on February 14, 2019.

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