Commercial development ramps up this spring on Liberty Hill
By Rachel Madison
With the weather finally improving, construction took a busier turn across Liberty Hill. New buildings are being constructed as existing buildings begin to fill with new tenants, bringing a slew of new businesses to town.
The Highway 29 office park, located at 14001 SH 29, is expected to be completely full by the end of April, said Ryan Perry, vice president and broker at Asterra.
“We have about 2,000 feet left to rent,” he said. “We have a good mix of construction offices, counseling groups, therapists and marketing groups there.”
Current office park tenants include Islet and Goertz, Homebuilders; Elite Construction: Roofing and Construction; Erica Thomas with Vita Nova Counseling, PLLC; Hill Country Pharmacare; Insurance Denis Silva and Son; Counsel Jenna Fleming, PLLC; Consulting for Parasec/Paracorp companies; and Randolph Texas, Residential Development and Construction.
Vista at 29, about a mile west of Ronald Reagan Boulevard on the south side of SH 29, is about a month away from completing its first building and about two months away from completing its second building .
“We’re going to be completely full on these buildings by the time they’re finished,” Perry said. “We’ve signed many letters of intent, and I want to wait until I have leases in place before naming companies, but we have a mix of doctors, restaurants, a UPS store, a grocery store. , a professional users office and a cafe. We also work with a breakfast cafe.
According to the City of Liberty Hill, the new Tex-Mix location will be located in the Vista at 29 business park and will be the company’s main sales and shipping office.
Perry said that when Vista at 29 is complete, it will include six different buildings and multiple pad sites.
“This will be a very positive addition to the Highway 29 corridor at Liberty Hill,” he added. “These are much needed retail and office condos. What you have here is the opportunity to buy or rent retail or office space in a really cool mixed-use development in a great location.
At the Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) at 12779 SH 29 West, the panel has been installed and finishing of the building is underway. The planned opening of the clinic is at the end of May.
“We plan to open in late spring and hope to have our new clinic ready for Liberty Hill residents,” said Darlene Guynes, ARC’s director of operations.
Norman Phillips, property manager for Life Long Property Management and a partner at Hawkins Family Partners, said half of the new strip center behind Liberty Meadows Plaza at 12705 SH 29 West – where the Donut Palace is located – has been leased to PT Solutions , a physical therapy company. The other half of the building is still available for rent.
On the east side of Liberty Meadows Plaza is the new Liberty Hill Pediatrics site.
“We’re supposed to inaugurate on April 1,” said Dr. Tiffani Scott of Liberty Hill Pediatrics. “COVID and the ice storm have delayed things.”
The new office will have two separate entrances, one for sick children and one for well children. There will also be a breastfeeding room for mothers to have privacy. Scott added that the office is currently only open Monday through Friday, but with the opening of the new building, Saturday hours will also be offered.
Phillips said construction and renovations to the old Hobo Junction are nearing completion. Farm to Fork plans to open its second location – the original restaurant is in Leander – in early April.
At 13750 SH 29 West, Happy Wok plans to move within the next 60 days to a new location at Water Tower Plaza, in the same building as Texas Taco Kitchen and The UPS Store.
“We are working with the family of owners of Happy Wok to put another restaurant [in their current location]”, said Phillips. “The new restaurant would be a seafood restaurant. The details of the agreement are being worked out and we hope to close this agreement very soon.
Phillips added that they were also in talks with a cellphone distributor to take up space in the plaza where Texas Pawn & Jewelry was located before its new building was completed.
“These talks are also progressing well and should also be finalized soon,” Phillips said.
Panther Plaza, at the corner of County Road 200 and Highway 29, still has only one tenant, Security State Bank and Trust. Finishing construction is underway and the bank hopes to open this spring. Emilie Niekdam, commercial adviser at RESOLUT RE, added that she was also talking to a few restaurant groups about renting the remaining space in the square, but nothing has been signed yet.
At Live Oak Center, home of the Comanche Trail Veterinary Center and Country Girl shipments, the last available 2,000 square feet was recently leased to Selah Hills Church, Niekdam said.
On the south side of Highway 29 and MR 1869, the McCoy’s Building Supply project is progressing and should be complete by May, said McCoy’s communications specialist MJ Toops.
“The design team is working on several components of the store interior, including the STIHL product display area,” she said. “The Liberty Hill store will be a Certified Dealer of STIHL Outdoor Equipment.”
Toops added that the store has also begun the process of hiring its core team members.
“Some of these team members will be internal hires, but jobs are also posted externally,” she said. “Once this team is in place, our people development team will begin hiring for other optional positions, including cashiers, sales associates and triage team members. It is likely that the store will employ between 25 and 35 people, full-time and part-time.
At the Heritage Ridge development, which is located along SH 29 eastbound across from Liberty Hill Junior High, construction is underway on Starbucks, which will be the development’s primary customer. The project is expected to have seven to eight lots for restoration and retail as well as a car wash upon completion.
In North Leander, at The Shops at San Gabriel Ridge, occupancy is officially 100%, promoter Dwain Schuh said.
“The Asian restaurant, An Thinh, is expanding and opening a neighborhood bar just south of its restaurant,” he said. “It will be a chic and really nice place. You can get food from the restaurant to the bar. On the other side of An Thinh is a beauty products company called RDA Salon Centric. Just south of that is a title company called Acclaimed Title, then south of that is Liberty Mail. They will have post office box rentals and shipping and packing services. Between Liberty Mail and the living room suites that already exist, there will be PT Solutions, a physiotherapy group. These businesses will all open in July and August.
Schuh said there is another business in the space between Perky Beans Coffee and Frontier Bank, but he is unable to name it yet.
“I’m finally satisfied,” he said. “It’s been a long road, but quality tenants, that’s what I wanted here.
At 183 Highlands Retail Center, located on Highway 183 heading north toward Liberty Hill, Turner Commercial Properties partner Mason Turner said they’re getting a lot of interest, but there’s nothing new to officially report on new tenants or moves in. Texas AC Supply Inc. and #thesmiledoc are the current tenants of this center.
Behind A-line Auto Parts, at 12700 W. SH 29, a new strip center is being built by Star Developers, LLC. There will be six units, each approximately 1,900 square feet. The building is intended for a mixed use of shops and offices.
Jardin Plaza, located next to Jardin Corona Mexican Restaurant at 15395 W. SH 29, is nearing completion and will feature six units ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet each.
Other new businesses heading to town include Golf Cart King, which will relocate its facilities from Austin to Liberty Hill and be located just north of the QuikTrip convenience store at SH 29 and County Road 214. Happy Hill Country Liquor, a family , will open across from Smokey Mo’s on Highway 183. Construction on HEB continues at the intersection of SH 29 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, and Main Street Social, on the 332 loop near downtown Liberty Hill, should open soon.