'Missing middle' housing planned near Taylor Samsung plant "An Austin-based developer is considering a 56-acre residential and commercial project near where Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is building its multibillion-dollar chipmaking plant in Taylor — and aims to provide the kind of 'missing middle' housing needed to support a nascent manufacturing workforce." (Justin Sayers, Austin Business Journal)

Yet another large mixed-use project proposed for Austin's trendy South Congress Avenue "The proposed project, which would create hundreds of residential units, sits on 2.8 acres located a few blocks south of the trendy SoCo retail, restaurant and live music district. If completed, the project would add to the rapid ongoing change transforming Austin's premier avenue." (Lori Hawkins and Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman)

Former City Hall and One Texas Center eyed as possible arts and music spaces "A memo released last week regarding a number of initiatives related to the preservation and enhancement of the local creative community noted that the former City Hall building on the corner of Eighth and Colorado streets is one of the sites that 'may be appropriate' for cultural uses. Other properties listed as part of that discussion include One Texas Center, a two-story storefront on Guadalupe Street near 30th Street and a warehouse building on Chicon Street between Fourth and Fifth streets (Chad Swiatecki, Austin Monitor)

Nearly 50 acres for sale in Bastrop County next to SpaceX, Boring Co. facilities "Nearly 50 acres in Bastrop County are going up for auction — and their proximity to SpaceX and Boring Company facilities makes them ripe for development. Illinois-based Hilco Real Estate LLC, a real estate disposition service that has a specialty of selling assets for bankrupt businesses, is accepting bids for the 49-acre tract through July 18." (Cody Baird, Austin Business Journal)

Federal trial date set for Nate Paul, Austin real estate investor accused of mortgage fraud "A trial date has been set for Aug. 14 for Austin investor Nate Paul, who is at the center of allegations against suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and who stands indicted on eight counts of federal mortgage fraud." (Austin American-Statesman)

Greg Abbott Wants to End Property Taxes; Dan Patrick Won't Agree "It's bad news when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is your voice of reason. But that's where we are, as Gov. Greg Abbott continues to pursue his ridiculous goal of 'eliminating a property tax in Texas.' Abbott announced a second special session on June 27, saying he wants to end the collection of taxes for the maintenance and operations of public schools, the largest portion of the Texas property tax system." (Brant Bingamon, Austin Chronicle)